Honoring the Legacy of JFK at Scotch Plains Public Library
Thursday, October 24, 2013 • 12:03pm
Fifty years after the death of John F. Kennedy, the Scotch Plains Public Library will host a series of events to commemorate his legacy. On Thursday, November 7 at 7:00pm, Scott D. Reich will discuss and read excerpts from his new book, The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation. Books will be available for purchase and signing. People interested in coming to Scott Reich’s program can register through togather.com (www.togather.com/event/682/scott-reich-in-scotch-plains.html), or by contacting the library.
On Saturday, November 23 at 1:00pm, bagpiper Jim Tansey from the Essex County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will play a selection of Irish tunes, including The Boys of Wexford, JFK’s favorite. This performance will take place at the library entrance, moving inside in the case of inclement weather.
On Monday, December 9 at 7:00pm, Colonel Paul L. Miles, U.S. Army (retired) will discuss The “New Frontier” in Vietnam: John F. Kennedy’s Policy and Strategy. Col. Miles taught military and diplomatic history at Princeton University from 1999 to 2013. During his military service, he commanded an engineer company at Cam Ranh Bay, served as aide de camp to the chief of staff of the Army, and was a member of the U.S. military delegation to the Paris Conference on Vietnam.
The library will also display a four-panel exhibit titled The Kennedy Connection, which showcases the contributions of the Kennedy family to disability awareness, from November 4 through November 23. This exhibit is on loan from the Museum of disABILITY in Buffalo, NY.
These programs are free and open to all interested participants, funded by donations from Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library and Beckerman & Company. Attendees are encouraged to register through the library’s website, by phone at 908-322-5007 x204 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.