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THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBRARIES IN JANE AUSTEN’S TIME:

JASNA CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WELCOMES CLAIRE BELLANTI TO FRESNO FOR HER ILLUSTRATED LECTURE ON THE HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE AND INFLUENCE OF CIRCULATING LIBRARIES

[Fresno, CA] – The Central California region of the Jane Austen Society of North America is pleased to present “You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time,” an illustrated discussion by former JASNA President Claire Bellanti. Ms. Bellanti will present at the Woodward Park Library on Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. during the region’s quarterly meeting. The discussion is open to the public and free of charge.

Circulating Libraries of the 18th and early 19th centuries were an important source of books to Jane Austen and her contemporaries, as well as a strong influence on her writing. The illustrated talk addresses how these libraries developed and functioned as well as how they are used in Jane Austen’s novels. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a meet-and-greet with Ms. Bellanti after the presentation, where attendees can find out more about the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Claire Bellanti is the former President of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). She holds an MA (European History) from UNLV and an MBA from UCLA. Retired from a 35 year career as a library professional at UCLA, she specialized in public services and preservation storage facilities. In addition to lectures and articles in the area of her professional interests, Ms. Bellanti has lectured and written on the Sadleir Collection of 19th Century Literature, 19th Century Silver Fork novels, and publishing Jane Austen in the 19th Century, using materials located in the UCLA Library Special Collections Department.

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers and dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a committed network of thousands of members throughout the United States and Canada. Its mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius.

For more information about the Central California region of JASNA, please click to www.jasnacencal.org or e-mail regional coordinator Heather Parish at info@jasnacencal.org.

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WHAT: “You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s”: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time.

Illustrated talk and discussion by JASNA President Claire Bellanti.

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Woodward Park Library, Fresno.

DETAILS:Free and open to the public.

WEBSITE: www.jasnacencal.org

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