This blog has led me places I never thought I would go! One of those places was Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT where I donned a hat I have not worn since a year after I graduated from college with a BS in Elementary Education: the hat of a teacher.
A longtime reader of this blog, Nancy Gluck of the Silver Threads blog, invited me a year ago to teach a class in her multi-part series on Louisa May Alcott offered through the Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College.
A snowstorm last fall cancelled the first attempt but on February 20, Mother Nature cooperated and I was able to conduct the class in front of forty wonderfully engaged students.
It was here that I shared the story of my lifelong friendship with Louisa May Alcott, beginning with a children’s biography (The Story of Louisa May Alcott by Joan Howard), growing in intensity over the years as I read more and more about her life, and culminating with this blog. I used all the different biographies about Louisa and books by her that I’ve read as the vehicle and provided an extensive reading list for my students.
I shared about all the adventures I’ve had because of this friendship with Louisa; reading adventures that have so broadened my mind, visits to the Concord Library Special Collections and Houghton Library at Harvard (and the privilege of reading papers written in Louisa’s hand), meeting authors, scholars and librarians, and best of all, meeting so many others like myself who just love Louisa and her work. My intention was the inspire the students with the desire to read, learn and pursue their own passion. and see where it will take them.
Nancy Gluck is one of those people, a new friend that I am delighted to have. Meeting her has introduced me to a most extraordinary association, the Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College.. Here is a perfect partnership of older people eager to learn and the institution that can provide the opportunity. Both groups work together and enhance the community. I am hoping Central Massachusetts holds similar opportunities.
I am more than happy to continue bringing Louisa May Alcott is My Passion to colleges, libraries and churches in the New England area. If your organization is interested in hosting me, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk!
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