The Bedford Lyceum

A Forum on the Arts, Spirituality, Science and Justice

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coordinated by Ellen Scheiner

* Note that until further notice Lyceums will follow a varying schedule and will be conducted “virtually” via Zoom. Watch this space for info.


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** Free Lecture **

The Bedford Lyceum is proud to present

Diversity and Race in Children’s Picture Books”

with Doris Smith

Doris Smith, former Elementary School Librarian for the Bedford Public Schools and past president of the Massachusetts School Library Association will introduce a few of the many children’s picture books available on this topic. 

Even if you do not have a young person with which to share these titles, come, and learn about and enjoy these wonderful books for yourself!

 SUNDAY, June 5th  from 3–4pm (Eastern) via Zoom

PRESENTER: Doris Smith

In addition to having been an Elementary School Librarian in Bedford for over 30 years and served a term as the President of the Massachusetts School Library Association, Doris Smith has had many opportunities to study children’s literature during summers at Children’s Literature New England (CLNE) conferences in Canada, England, Ireland, and the United States.  Author Greg McGuire was one of the founding members of CLNE.   Doris has also traveled with the Nye Group – which features visits with authors, illustrators, librarians, and educators throughout Europe.

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** First Parish in Bedford is proud to host this presentation as part of The Bedford Lyceum, a monthly lecture series on a wide range of topics.  All talks are free and open to the public.   Registration is not required.  **