Learning to Stay: Community Conversations about Veterans

Film Screening
Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield
Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 pm
Room 302, Central Library
ABC News correspondent, Bob Woodruff who was critically injured in 2006 while covering the war in Iraq, reports on military medical advances and technology from the battlefield to the return home. Following the film, Dr. Michael Messina, Director of Psychology Training at William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, will lead a discussion about the challenges and issues veterans face.

Veterans Exhibit
Wisconsin Remembers: a Face for Every Name
Monday, March 6 – Thursday, March 9
Madison Room, Central Library
Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum created this travelling exhibit that features a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Book Discussion Kits
The novel Learning To Stay, by local writer Erin Celello, addresses the issues of veteran trauma and PTSD through the story of a married couple coming to terms with the after-effects of trauma when the husband returns from Iraq. Call Madison Public Library to reserve multiple copies of the book for your discussion group! 266-6300

Forward Theater Company Events
How do you turn a novel into a theatrical play? Join us at the Madison Public Library for a conversation between author Erin Celello and playwright James DeVita as they discuss the process of adapting Celello’s novel, Learning to Stay, for the stage. Forward Theater Company presents the world premiere of Learning to Stay at Overture Center for the Arts, March 23rd through April 9th. Forward Artistic Director Jennifer Uphoff Gray will facilitate the discussion. For more information about the Forward Theater production, visit http://forwardtheater.com/show/learningtostay
Thursday, February 16 at 7:00pm
Central Library,Room 301

Forward Theater Company commissioned local author and playwright James Devita to write a play based on the nove lLearning to Stay. The play will run at Overture Center for the Arts March 23 – April 9. Information and tickets: http://www.forwardtheater.com/show/learningtostay or 258-4141. Several Dane County libraries are hosting From Page to Stage Play Club meetings. Sign up at a participating library, check out a script and study guide, and then head to the library for the discussion. The conversations will be led by a Forward Theater Company artist, and scenes from the play will be read aloud by Forward Theater actors.
Thursday, February 23, Cross Plains Public Library
Thursday, March 2, DeForest Public Library
Wednesday, March 15, E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland
Thursday, March 16, Middleton Public Library
Monday, March 20, Sequoya Branch Madison Public Library