Learn About Leonardo DaVinci at the Altus Public Library

The Southern Prairie Library System Summer Library Program continues this week with Quartz Mountain Nature Park’s Naturalist, Sue Hokanson. Hokanson will be at the Hollis Public Library at 10 a.m., and at the Altus Public Library at 2 p.m. on July 2 with a presentation on Leonardo da Vinci. Stop in the library to learn more about this extraordinary person as part of the Summer Reading Program’s “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program will last approximately 45 minutes.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a painter, architect, inventor, and student of all things scientific. His natural genius crossed so many disciplines that he epitomized the term “Renaissance man.” Today he remains best known for his art, including two paintings that remain among the world’s most famous and admired – the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Art, da Vinci believed, was indisputably connected with science and nature. Largely self-educated, he filled dozens of secret notebooks with inventions observations and theories about his interests in aeronautics and anatomy. Scholars were just beginning to share their knowledge in printed books; however, the concepts expressed in his notebooks were often difficult to interpret. As a result, his contemporaries did not fully appreciate his genius—the combination of intellect and imagination that allowed him to create, at least on paper, such inventions as the bicycle, the helicopter and an airplane based on the physiology and flying capability of a bats.

These programs are funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

For more information about this program or the any of the summer library program activities, please contact the library at 477-2890 or check their Facebook page: Southern Prairie Library System.

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