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Gloria Burgess

RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Carlson-Prandini
Bellingham Public Library
(360) 778-7236


Wondering how to make a positive difference in our world? Already doing it but feeling the need to recharge? On Saturday, April 6 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. in the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, Gloria Burgess will present "It Takes a Village: Sparks of Light", specifically addressing how much impact one person can really make.

Burgess will lead an interactive group conversation on the power one person’s actions can have. She will anchor the presentation with individual examples of everyday citizens who’ve been affected by the generosity of other members of their communities. Burgess will share her family’s life-changing encounter with one of the “villagers” in her hometown – Nobel laureate William Faulkner. Burgess will invite the audience to join her in the conversation by recalling some of the “villagers” who have made a difference in their lives. And she’ll discuss how we might act – individually and collectively – to make a difference with what we have and where we are, every single day.

"Bellingham is known for its active citizenry," says Bellingham Public Library staff member Suzanne Carlson-Prandini. "Burgess's presentation offers those community-minded individuals inspiration and a chance to connect and converse with other movers and shakers."

This presentation, which is free and open to the public, is made possible with the support of the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and a grant from Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit For more information about this presentation, contact the Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323.


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