Conversations, VOLUME 4

Audio: Scott Russell Sanders on the Importance of Public Libraries.

Last Saturday was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of The East Washington Street branch of the Indianapolis Public Library (the library located just south of Englewood Christian Church).

One of the treats of this celebration was a brief talk by renowned Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders on the importance of public libraries for common good.  Scott’s most recent book A Conservationist Manifesto was selected as a 2009 Englewood Honor Book, as one of the best books of that year (Read our review here).  He also has a large retrospective collection of his essays (that includes nine previously unpublished pieces) entitled Earth Works that will be released by Indiana University Press in early 2012 (and is available for pre-order).

Listen to or download this talk:

Scott Russell Sanders on Public Libraries

Recording posted with the permission of the speaker.

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One Comment

  1. Chris, thanks very much for posting Scott Russell Sanders’ keynote address. I was delighted to get to listen to it here since I was out of town during the East Washington Street Library Branch’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.