Faith in Fiction:  World Faiths TALK Series


Join us for a three-part book discussion series February through May

Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. Kim Stanley will lead a discussion of “The Romance Reader” by Pearl Abraham. The daughter of a Hasidic rabbi, Rachel is expected to care for her siblings, dress modestly, and submit to an arranged marriage. But there’s a more enticing world in the pages of her forbidden paperback books. Kim Stanley is a Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at McPherson College.

In this series, readers will also meet Hindu and Christian individuals and families who are struggling to find and keep their faith in a changing world.  The books do not analyze or argue for faith; they pose unpredictable questions and offer no simple answers.  They permeate the minds and hearts of characters who live in worlds that are often unfamiliar to us.  Yet they also bring us home to a greater understanding of what gives us faith, how that faith is tested and transformed, and what common fears, desires, and challenges link us in the human family.

The series continues with “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by James Baldwin on April 4, 2024 (6:00 p.m.) presented by Thomas Prasch, Professor and Chair of History at Washburn University; and “Nectar in a Sieve” by Kmala Markandaya on Thursday, May 2, 2024 (6:00 p.m.), presented by Anne Hawkins, educator and historian

The series is sponsored by Humanities Kansas (HK), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program.  HK is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Abilene Public Library TALK series.  For more information about HK, visit

Books will be available to check out at the front desk

Brown Bag Special Documentaries

Brown Bag Documentaries. Select Tuesdays at Noon. Bring your sack lunch. Watch a one hour documentary. Coffee provided

Select Tuesdays at Noon

Bring your sack lunch and  join us for a Documentary Film.  

Each film last under an hour, beginning at Noon in the Carnegie Level of the Library


Every Tuesday in March and April , starting at Noon

March 5 – Ancient Builders of the Amazon  –  Archeological discoveries show the ancient civilizations that flourished in the Amazon

March12 – World’s greatest palaces: Neuschwanstein  –  Visit this fairytale castle in Bavaria and it’s eccentric owner King Ludwig the 2nd

March19 – The Great Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach  –  This famous composer and church organist worked in many German states

March 26 – Grand Central  – Learn of the events that led to the creation of the Grand Central Station in New York City

April 2 –  The Feud  – Discover  the real story of the Hatfield and McCoy conflict

April 9  – World’s greatest Ships: Titanic  – This marvel of engineering was thought to be unsinkable

April 16 – Artic Sinkhole  – Learn how sinkholes discovered in the artic are having an impact on our climate

April 23 –  The Great Composers: George Frideric Handel – Follow this widely traveled famous composer’s career

April 30 – World’s Greatest ships: Mayflower  – This ship carried a historically important voyage, bringing pilgrims to the new world


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