Battle Creek Reads 2014
We have selected two titles for this season's Battle Creek Reads. The program kicks-off after Thanksgiving 2013; author visits and book discussion meetings will be announced then.
The Leisure Seeeker by Michael Zadoorian
The Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
Noon Film Series: Great Transformations
Join us for documentaries, cookies and coffee each week. This year's Noon Film selections show how great transformations in history, nature, and human culture have shaped the world we live in today.
Tales of Masked Men
Watch as ordinary men are transformed into masked heroes who reenact a timeless battle between good and evil — in the wrestling ring. Learn about the history of lucha libre, an acrobatic form of wrestling that’s immensely popular in Mexico. Explore the cultural, athletic, and social aspects of lucha libre through the colorful careers of three iconic wrestlers.
The Last Flight of Petr Ginz
By age 14, Petr Ginz wrote five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupaton of Prague. By 16, he produced more than 170 drawings and paintings, edited a satire magazine, wrote numerous short stories, and walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. This film combines live action with animation to show how one boy's creativity represents the best of humanity.
Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now
“A mix of art, science, and caring” is how one nurse in this inspiring documentary describes her calling. The profession of nursing has changed drastically since it was founded. This film follows nurses working in many different settings, who interweave medical technology, caring, activism and even spirituality in their life’s work. Take an emotional journey and visit nurses across the country as they care for patients.
Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks
Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted transformed cramped, squalid urban spaces into wilderness refuges when he helped design many of the nation’s most famous parks, including New York City’s Central Park, in the nineteenth century. Told in large part through Olmsted's own words, this film weaves together his poignant personal story and pioneering vision with contemporary footage of his lasting masterpieces.
Selection from Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Clark Kent, the mild-mannered reporter, can transform into the all-powerful Superman in an instant. But where did the idea for Superman come from? And how did he become so popular? We will watch the first episode in this three-part documentary, which examines at the rise of superhero comics during the Great Depression and their growth in popularity during the Second World War. Hear the untold stories of the writers and artists who created the very first superhero comics.
In August 1963, the American civil rights movement was changed forever when citizens from across the nation came to Washington, D.C. to march for racial equality. This documentary examines the political climate that convinced civil rights leaders to organize the march and the celebrities and everyday people who worked tirelessly to make the march a success.In honor of Black History Month, take a journey to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and join in The March.