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The Woman Behind Little Women  

Here you will find our list of events that are scheduled throughout the months of the program.

Kickoff Event

Sunday, October 9th, 2:00pm - 4:00pm:
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT ARRIVES @ SANDUSKY LIBRARY - Join us for a 19th Century-style family festivity focusing on the life, works, and times of Louisa May Alcott. Meet Louisa May Alcott and hear about her life, view film clips from the documentary film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, enjoy 19th Century tea and cookies, and hear about our upcoming programs from Project Scholar Sandy Zagarell of Oberlin College. Children, who were a key audience in Alcott’s popular success, may join us for Louisa’s Birthday Party. Meet the four “Little Women,” make jewelry, make 19th Century caps and bonnets, make checker sets, dress in 19th Century costumes, play games, and visit the general store. Birthday cake will be served, and children will take home their creations. Copies of Little Women and Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women will be given away to the first 50 participants. Sandusky Library staff will demonstrate how to obtain these books on eReaders.
This program is graciously co-sponsored by the Erie County Historical Society. Sandy Zagarell of Oberlin College is the Projector Scholar. Louisa May Alcott will be portrayed by Charlene Connors of Women in History. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy will be portrayed by Sandusky Library TLC volunteers.

Join Project Scholar Sandy Zagarell of Oberlin College as she leads a number of programs focusing on Alcott’s extraordinary life and works.


View With Us

Wednesday, October 19th, 6:00pm - Library Program Room
The documentary film features Elizabeth Marvel as Alcott and Jane Alexander in scenes recreating the author’s life. It follows Alcott’s life from a childhood of dire poverty through her quest to find fame and money through her books. The film was co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same title was written by Harriet Reisen.

Saturday, December 10th, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Library Program Room
MOVIE: LITTLE WOMEN: Starring Winona Ryder as Jo and Susan Sarandon as Marmee, the film brings to life the classic story of a family of women in Civil-War era New England. This film is rated PG and runs for 1 hour, 55 minutes, 1994. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Discuss With Us

Wednesday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m - Library Program Room
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: THE WOMAN BEHIND LITTLE WOMEN - BOOK DISCUSSION: A vivid, energetic account of the life of the beloved author, Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her character, Jo March. Author Harriet Reisen addresses all aspects of Alcott’s life: the effect of her father’s self-indulgent Utopian schemes, her family’s economic difficulties and frequent moves, her experiences as a Civil War nurse, and the loss of her health and her recourse to opiates to relieve the pain.

Saturday, November 12th, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Library Program Room
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB: This book discussion program is for girls ages 11-14 and their mothers, grandmothers, or other caregivers. Join us as we discuss the book The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Fredrick. The book is set in Louisa May Alcott's hometown of Concord, Massachusetts and tells the story of four middle school-age girls that must read the book Little Women at a book discussion group organized by their mothers. Stop by the Reader's Advisory Desk beginning October 24 to register and pick up a copy of the book. It is not necessary to read the book to attend the discussion.

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00 p.m. - Library Program Room
Alcott is best known for her children's novel Little Women , but she authored many books for adults. At this program, Sandy Zagarell will explore My Contraband, the first sketch from Hospital Sketches and other short fiction about the Civil War. She will also lead the discussion of Alcott's literary thriller Behind a Mask .

Wednesday, December 7th - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Location TBD
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: LITERARY PHENOMENON AND SOCIAL REFORMER: This discussion will focus on Alcott's success at making a living as a writer and how she used her writing to advance some of her era's ideas for social reform, including Abolitionism and women's rights. Participants will read and discuss Transcendental Wild Oats, a satire on her family's life in a 19th Century Utopian community and Work: A Story of Experience, a novel about women's rights and responsibilities beyond the family.

Saturday, January 14th, 2:00 p.m. - Library Program Room
BOOK DISCUSSION: GOOD GIRLS, MEAN GIRLS, VAMPIRES, AND LITTLE WOMEN: LITTLE WOMEN AS POPULAR CULTURE: Join us as we discuss the classic novel Little Women and talk about its place in contemporary culture. We will show clips of the movie Mean Girls and Little Women. This program will wrap up the series.


Learn With Us

Wednesday, November 16th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Library Program Room
IF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT VISITED SANDUSKY: Join us as we take a look back to 1860s Sandusky through the eyes of a visitor to our community. What would Louisa May Alcott have done in Sandusky? Who would she have visited? What sites would she have seen? Museum Administrator Maggie Marconi will take you on a journey to 1860s Sandusky. Registration is requested but not required. To register, call the Library at 419-625-3834.