Love Letters Focus of “One Book, One Baytown”
WWII letters between sweethearts are the focus of the “One Book, One Baytown” program at Baytown’s Sterling Municipal Library. Wings and a Ring: Letters of War and Love from a WWII Pilot, by Texas City author Rene Palmer Armstrong, is this year’s selected title. Armstrong, using a parcel of letters containing the correspondence between a young airman and his sweetheart, weaves a compelling and fascinating picture of life and love during wartime.
The book had its beginnings a decade ago when the author unexpectedly came into possession of the letters. Armstrong and a friend transcribed all 295 letters, while researching military documents from that time to set the letters into context of events that occurred during the same time period. The result was a fabulous true story that captures the imagination and brings history to life.
Books are available for checkout at the Library and readers are invited to meet the author during a special Evening with the Author event on Tuesday, August 14 at 7pm. Readers are also invited to attend a book discussion on Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm.
To help bring the WWII theme to life and to celebrate the service men and women from World War II, Sterling Municipal Library has created a special Facebook page where individuals can post pictures and stories from that era. To “like” the page and to share content, go to Facebook and search for One Book, One Baytown.
Susan Chandler, the library’s Community Connection Librarian, has also begun interviewing WWII vets and those who want to share their memories of what the home front was like during wartime. She is recording these interviews on film and hopes to create a DVD that will preserve these priceless stories for generations to come.
The annual “One Book” program, co-sponsored by Friends of Sterling Library and ExxonMobil’s Reading and Cultural Enrichment Grant, encourages community members to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings. The four-week celebration of the selected title includes discussion groups and special events inspired by the themes in the book. The goals are to make reading a shared experience, build community, and encourage library use.