On July 18, The Library opened the summer Regent Reads series with a program titled “Celebrate Our Diverse Abilities.” Twenty-nine adults and fifteen children came together in the Library Gallery to listen to readings from stories about children with Down syndrome, written for young readers and teenagers:
- My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson (Read by Brenda Chappell-Sharpe)
- My Sister Annie by Bill Dodds (Read by Dorothy Hargett)
- A Small White Scar by K. A. Nazum (Read by Gina Walker)
Following the readings, special guest Patricia Ingmire Richard introduced a short film shot by her father, Dwight Core, in the 1960s and edited more than forty years later by her son, George Ingmire. Think of Me First as a Person is composed of home movies and commentary that tries to see the world through the eyes of the filmmaker’s son, Dwight Core, Jr., who was born with Down Syndrome in 1960. Think of Me First as a Person was selected by the Library of Congress in 2006 for inclusion in the National Film Registry, an exceptional honor for an amateur film and an acknowledgement of the work’s artistic excellence.
Regent Reads continues on July 28, with a program on diverse experiences. We will read excerpts from three books for young people before turning to Snitch, the acclaimed novel by Cinema-Television professor Booker T. Mattison. You won’t want to miss it!