Literary Panel Discussion

  • Venue:
    McKinney Center
  • Start:
    February 16, 2018 6:30 pm
  • End:
    February 16, 2018 8:30 pm
  • Address:
    103 Franklin Avenue
    Jonesborough, Tennessee, 37659
    United States

From the Austrian Alps, to the coast of Sicily, to a village in Spain, words and art have the power to transport us around the world.  They also have the power to bring us back home to a farm in Washington County, Tennessee.  Children’s book author/illustrator Rhea Wells ventured far and wide throughout his life, but he always held his hometown of Jonesborough near and dear to his heart.  Wells’ work will be showcased in the exhibit Far Away and Close to Home: The Art and Words of Author/Illustrator Rhea Wells which will be on display at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School from January 26 through February 23.  The exhibit will be open to the public from 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-3 on Saturday.  Far Away and Close to Home is presented by the Heritage Alliance and is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On February 16, join us at the McKinney Center for a panel discussion with local librarians and educators.  Where does the field of children’s literature stand today?  How has the field changed since Rhea Wells?  What challenges do libraries face today?  Why are libraries important?  Our panel will tackle these topics and more as they honor Rhea Wells’ legacy of advocacy.

Illustration of Jonesborough from An American Farm by Rhea Wells