Porterville College

March C.H.A.P. talk celebrates library ladies

Damn Hard Work: The Women of Early California Libraries

The Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) will continue its spring schedule with “Damn Hard Work: The Women of Early California Libraries” from 7-8 p.m. Friday, March 4 in the PC Theater, presented by Dr. Cindy Mediavilla, Library Programs Consultant California State Library and Lecturer UCLA Department of Information Studies.

At the turn of the 20th century, large California cities, like San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, offered their residents what was already considered traditional public library services. In rural parts of the state, however, very few people had access to library services and so local county librarians often had to carry books—by horseback, mule and on foot—to readers who lived in the mountains and back country. These women are still greatly admired today for their stamina and undying "missionary zeal" in bringing books to their communities. The audience will learn about these amazing women and the legacy they left behind. The talk is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required for this event.

Look for more C.H.A.P. presentations coming up throughout the spring.

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students' awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public. For more information about C.H.A.P. call Dr. Robert Simpkins at (559) 791-2464.

Porterville College is located at 100 E. College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2200.  

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