The annual meeting of the Friends of the Oak Ridge Public Library (FOL) will be held Sunday, and the guest speaker will be Richard Cook, author of “Ignored Heroes of World War II: The Manhattan Project Workers of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.”
The meeting is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the Oak Ridge Public Library auditorium. There is no charge. Everyone is invited to attend, a press release said. New board members will be elected during the meeting.
Cook, who has lived in Oak Ridge since 2000, said his work is an oral history of Oak Ridge, the press release said. His wife, Katy (Orrick), was born and raised in Oak Ridge.
Cook wrote an op/ed column for The Oak Ridger from 2003-2005, the press release said. He has written more than 130 op/ed columns, which have appeared in The Oak Ridger, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, and The Tennessean website, the release said. His book has been profiled locally on WBIR, WATE, and PBS.
During the last two years, Cook has given more than 60 talks in East Tennessee about the Oak Ridge story, the press release said. His talk to FOL will focus on the perceptions and, more importantly, the misconceptions that people in East Tennessee have about the Oak Ridge story. He will have copies of his book for sale and signing, the release said.
FOL President Nancy Hardin will conduct a short business meeting, including the election of new board members, before Cook’s talk, the press release said. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
FOL is a nonprofit organization that holds used book sales to raise funds for the Library as well as to recycle publications. FOL supports the Library’s summer reading program for children, sponsors a book club, and takes part in other activities, all to benefit the Oak Ridge Public Library. Membership forms are available in the Library Lobby. The FOL Facebook page is www.facebook.com/foloakridge.
Contact Nancy Hardin at (865) 482-4560 or [email protected] for more information.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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