By Andrew Edwards
Though most in-person events have been cancelled for past year and for the foreseeable future, that hasn’t stopped people from hosting those same experiences on a virtual platform.
The Autauga Prattville Public Library has led the way with those virtual experiences, as they continue to host nearly all the same events that they held before COVID guidelines directed otherwise.
The APPL’s mission statement is to provide a, “Safe and inviting place where residents can interact; find information about their community; investigate a wide range of topics; and develop a love of reading and learning that will continue throughout their lives”, which is why they have adjusted their guidelines to not only keep people safe and health, but to still provide the same experiences that they provided pre-covid.
Some notable events for the upcoming APPL schedule includes:
Movie Night – Kung Fu Panda – February 20th
Holocaust Speaker: Leon – Zoom – February 23rd
Black History Month Genealogy – Zoom – February 24th
As for the Holocaust speaker event, Leon was born in Czernowitz, Romania in 1931 and was ten years old when the Nazis invaded in 1941. He has been a member of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau for many years and has shared his testimony on Zoom with over 700 individuals in the past since shelter-in-place began.
Viewers are encouraged to prepare questions before the event, which takes place from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. You can learn more and get some background information by visiting the JFCS Website: holocaustcenter.jfcs.org
The Black History Month Genealogy event will be a Zoom workshop on Wednesday Feb. 24th at 6 p.m. to learn about African Americans in city directories. It will be presented by Carlie Anne Burkett, a Reference Archivist at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
To learn more about all events, email Rachael Parlier at email@example.com for zoom invitation links or with questions.