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Anderson-Lee Library sets Native American Heritage Month talks

Terry Jones

SILVER CREEK — The Anderson-Lee Library, 43 Main St., Silver Creek, will hold several programs in November.

The library will also hold a speaker series for Native American Heritage Month.

Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. Flip White, a member of the Wolf Clan of the Seneca Nation, an Air Force veteran and former director of the career development program at Seneca Gaming will share “Gano:nyok: Teaching the Message and Lessons of the Thanksgiving Address”. Pre-registration is requested.

Tuesday Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. Lafayette Williams, a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and from the Beaver Clan, will speak.

Williams is a professional actor, speaker and writer. In his presentation, “Experiences of a Native American Actor”, Williams will share his personal life experience and how he got his start in acting as an extra and then progressed to a professional level in television, movies, and live theater. In addition, Williams will speak of his immersion in Iroquois Culture during his time at Buffalo State College and at home on the Seneca Nation Cattaraugus and Salamanca Territories. Pre-registration is requested.

Ritchie Sasala

Tuesday Nov. 16, at 6 p.m.,. Richie Sasala, a citizen of the Cayuga Nation Turtle Clan and a teacher of social studies at Lakeshore High School in Angola, will speak about the history of the Thomas Indian School. Pre-registration is requested.

Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m., Terry Jones will present “Historical Trauma & the American Indian Boarding School Experience.” Jones is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He grew up and is living on the Seneca territory in Western New York and is a member of the Wolf Clan. Jones has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture through his film works.

He strives to find a balance between entertaining and educating his audiences. Jones’ film works have screened all over the world including the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto where his films “Empire State,” “Soup for My Brother,” “[untitled & unlabeled]” and “Ode to the Nine” had their international premieres.

Jones will be sharing a video he produced while researching historical trauma and the American Indian residential boarding school experience at Syracuse University. The video includes an interview with the filmmaker’s parents, former students at the Thomas Indian School. Jones will also screen his short documentary “Thomas Indian School Reunion” and his yet-to-be released short film “Savage/Future”, which uses personal images and sound to show how Thomas Indian School affected his family.

An audience Q&A session, light refreshments, and traditional Iroquois roast corn soup will follow the video screenings. Pre-registration is requested.

Lafayette Williams

Programs are free and open to the public.

Registration is required unless stated otherwise, to ensure enough seating and materials for all patrons attending the program.

To register, call the library at 934-3468, stop by 43 Main St., message the library via Facebook or visit www.andersonleelibrary.org and click on the events tab for online registration. Email and text alerts are also available.

The library will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and Nov. 25-26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pre-school story time for children ages 2-5 will be held Thursdays, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. with Miss Jill and Molly. Children will participate in reading, singing, rhymes and fun crafts. There is a limit of 10 children and pre-registration is requested.

Flip White

School-age story time for children ages 6 to 12 will also be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, with Miss Amy. Stories, crafts, games, and other activities are offered. There is a limit of six children and pre-registration is requested.

Lego Club for children between the ages of 5 and 12 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Build the challenge of the day, pick a challenge card or free build. There is a limit of 10 children and pre-registration is requested.

A Dinovember Celebration for dinosaur lovers of all ages will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, with stories, games and crafts. Pre-registration is requested.

Take-and-make kits for November will be available on Monday, Nov. 1. Kits are free, limited in quantity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For November, children can pick up a bag of supplies to celebrate Dinovember. Included are coloring sheets, drawing tutorials, and the materials to make dinosaur parachutes. Adults and teens can pick up a bag of supplies to make a miniature Zen Garden. Check the library’s Facebook page for samples of the crafts.

The Anderson-Lee Library is open to the public Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is closed Wednesday and Sunday. Fax and copy service is available any time the library is open. Those entering the library who are unvaccinated must wear a mask.

Visit www.andersonleelibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page for the latest up to date information.

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