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I can’t help but imagine how many people’s lives have been changed by 100 years of reading your books.  …  I remember how it felt as a child walking into that quiet room and realizing that I could go just about anywhere I wanted.  That room was an escape from the world, and, at the same time a window onto any part of the universe that I chose to explore.  …  I still feel a sense of possibility and experience a feeling that time has stopped when I walk into a library.  I usually don’t have a particular book in mind, but like to wander around and see what I can discover.

Steve Jenkins
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Light in the Dark Ages II

Event Date: 
Aug 19 2014 - 6:00pm

Join us, at the LaSalle Public Library for another fascinating look at history, when author and historian, Mark Walczynski presents "The Light in the Dark Ages II," an insightful cultural journey to medieval Moorish Spain. Moorish Spain (711 – 1492) was a time and place when the arts, literature and sciences flourished while in most, of what today would be western Europe, civilization faltered in the so-called Dark Ages.  What became of the Moors?  What happened to their knowledge?  What were the forces at work with the Reconquista, and how did they impact the New World?

Like “Light in the Dark Ages,” which focused similarly on the flourishing culture of Byzantium during the medieval years, this program, carefully presents the connections, people and events that brought forth the cultural richness and contributions of Moorish Spain.

This is a free program, open to the public.  The LaSalle Public Library is located at 305 Marquette Street, LaSalle, Illinois.  For more information, please call the library at
815 223-2341.