Fauquier County Public Library Presents The Singing Stream

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Fauquier County Public Library Celebrates Black History Month

(Warrenton, VA) January 25, 2017 —In celebration of Black History Month, the Fauquier County Public Library presents a short screening of the documentary series “The Singing Stream,” followed by audience Q&A with the filmmaker, Tom Davenport.

“The Singing Stream” series tells the story of the life and legacy of Mrs. Bertha Landis and her family through song, stories and scenes of daily life as they made their way from tenant farmers to land owners in eastern North Carolina.

According to Richard Harrington, The Washington Post, “Director Tom Davenport has managed to capture the Landises – at a family reunion, performing gospel concerts, going about the business of their daily lives – without intruding or making them self-conscious. That allows him to reflect not only on the strength of this particular family, but to use it as a microcosm reflecting the slow process of social and cultural change in this region.”  “The Singing Stream” has been awarded three stars by “Video Librarian” and a starred review by “Booklist,” respected journals used by librarians to choose materials for their collection.

When: Sunday, February 5, 2 p.m.
Where: Family Life Center, First Baptist Church
39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton

In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held February 26 at the Family Life Center.

The presentation of “The Singing Stream” is the first in a new monthly library series – Sunday with the Library, which will include a wide range of topics and formats, including guest speakers, author visits and demonstrations.

“We found that people responded in great numbers to special Sunday programs last year,” said Maria Del Rosso, library director.  “And, our recent community survey confirmed that our patrons are interested in nature programs, author talks and other timely topics, like sustainable living.  With Friends of the Fauquier Library support and other generous donors, we are eager to expand our earlier success to offer something for everyone.”

A full list of Sunday with the Library topics will be available shortly.

Tom Davenport is an independent filmmaker and film distributor who has worked for decades documenting American life and exploring folklore. A Virginia native, Davenport is currently based in Delaplane, Virginia. He is the founder and project director for Folkstreams, a website that houses independent documentary films about American folk roots and cultures.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator
Fauquier County Public Library
(540) 422-8518 (w)
(540 272-0241 (m)


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