Wallingford Public Library Association 137th Annual Meeting

Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Jennifer Munro
Join us to celebrate our 137th year! After refreshments and a brief business meeting, we will enjoy a performance by Jennifer Munro, an award-winning storyteller whose sense of humor permeates every story she tells. Jennie has been telling stories since 1987. However, the real adventure began when she started creating her own stories. Some of her stories are based on the unusual characters in her life, others are myths and fairy tales informed by personal experience, while others are old stories disguised in modern garb. No matter the source, Jennie’s stories are witty, uplifting, and often poignant original stories that explore the triumphs and foibles of the human condition.

All are welcome. Registration not required

The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets

Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet. But who did? Better yet, when did people first start using toilets? And were they anything like the toilets we know today?

Presenter Kimberly Worsham will explore the long and fascinating history of toilets, from ancient Mesopotamia to today. We will walk through the not-so-short history and learn things like: why we should be grateful for Queen Elizabeth I, how toilets have been useful in wars, and the best reasons to visit Japan and Malaysia.

We will also learn about how even in current times, toilets are not as common as we often think they are, why that is, and what is being done about it – from Cambodia to San Francisco. Of course, we will also tastefully touch on how you can better your toilet experience in your own home and on the road. The class will be partly interactive, so bring all of your most curious questions and taboo tales.

Kimberly Worsham is a water & sanitation (WASH) specialist in the development industry. She is currently Manager of Monitoring and Evaluation for Safe Water Network.