Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

When I enter a library, when I enter the world of books, I feel the ghosts of the past on my shoulders urging me to speech.  I hear Patrick Henry cry to the Burgsses, ‘Is Life so dear, or Peace so sweet, to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?’  I hear Sojourner Truth tell me that the hand that rocks the cradle can also rock the boat, and William Lloyd Garrison say, ‘I am in earnest, I will not be silenced.’

Sara Paretsky
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Benjamin Franklin: The Kite, The Key and Other Tales

Event Date: 
Sep 16 2014 - 6:00pm
Barry Cloyd is continually researching and developing one-man presentations which focus on niches and historical time-periods, 
both obscure and well-known.
 
This presentation humanizes the amazing story of the “First American”, Benjamin Franklin. His regard for America’s developing work ethic, indomitable spirit and unique position in the world is presented 
through the persona of his only surviving son, William Franklin. William, although imbued with a healthy respect for his world-renowned 
father differed sharply in his political views.  This conflict provides dramatic tension as Benjamin’s inventive genius, love of liberty and creative restlessness became the archetype for a new nationality, the American. 
 
Includes music penned by Ben Franklin, traditional and original music by Barry Cloyd.
 
This program is free and open to the public.  It is provided by the Alwin C. Carus Trust.  The Library is located at 305 Marquette Street, 
LaSalle, IL. For more information please call: (815) 223-2341.