The Florence Community Library invites patrons to “Escape the Ordinary” for a weekend. There will be an author visit Friday, June 12 and a movie Saturday, June 13. Both events are free and open to all members of the public!

Author Monica Sucha Vickers

Friday, June 12, at 5:30 pm, the Florence Community Library is hosting author Monica Sucha Vickers. She will discuss and sign copies of her memoir, “My Extraordinary Life,” about her life as a triple amputee.

“The worst thing about a disability is that people see it before they see you.” Vickers has singled out this statement, by nonprofit organization Easter Seals, as her single favorite quotation. Born with no legs and only one arm, Vickers has lived her life determined to accomplish things as if she was “normal.” She took to heart her father’s advice: “Try it first and if you can’t do it, then ask for help.” Despite this attitude, she has faced challenges – particularly related to people’s refusal to perceive her as anything other than “disabled.”

Her memoir, describing her life, was an Honorable Mention in the Great Southwest Book Festival and was the winner of the Beach Book Festival. Kirkus Reviews has described the book as “poignant… a touching look at the effect stereotypical attitudes have on the disabled.” Vickers will bring copies of her books to sell and to sign, in cooperation with the Friends of the Florence Community Library. Door prizes are also available.

Limited seating is available, so advance registration is recommended. For more information, or to sign-up, please contact the library at (520) 868-8311.

Monthly Movie

“Escape the Ordinary” will also be the theme of the library’s monthly movie presentation. Join us in the library programming room at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 13, for a look at the life of a major figure in the modern science world. The discussion is followed by a showing of a major motion picture from last year – All completely free of charge!

A short presentation will discuss the subject of June’s movie, and how he overcame enormous obstacles to become a rare scientist who is a household name. Readings and documentary film clips are used to provide background on his life and work, followed by a showing of the Academy Award winning main feature. Free popcorn and water is available to all who attend. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own food and soft drink to the show!

For title information or other questions, please contact the library at (520) 868-8311.