2018-09-14 / Community

Library to host book launch

The South Portland Public Library will hold a book release party 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15 at its main location for author Mary Morton Cowan and the launch of her latest juvenile nonfiction book, “Cyrus Field’s Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable.”

Attendees of all ages can participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities, Morse code messaging, and a scavenger hunt. Copies of Cowan’s book will also be available to purchase and be signed at the event.

In Cyrus Field’s Big Dream, award-winning author Cowan explores the extraordinary achievement of Cyrus Field and one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: laying a transatlantic telegraph cable to create instant communication between two continents. In the mid-1800s, no one knew if it was possible. That didn’t dissuade Cyrus, who set out to learn about undersea cables and built a network of influential people to raise money and create interest in his project. Cyrus experienced numerous setbacks: many years of delays and failed attempts, millions of dollars lost, suspected sabotage and technological problems. Cyrus, however, did not give up and forged ahead, ultimately realizing his dream in summer 1866. Cowan captures Cyrus’s life and his steadfast determination to achieve his dream.

Cowan has focused on writing for young readers for more than 25 years. Her books include, “Cyrus Field’s Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable,” “Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer,” “Timberrr…A History of Logging in New England,” and “Ice Country: One Boy’s Adventure in the Arctic with Commander Donald MacMillan.” Her articles, stories and activities have been published in nearly 100 issues of children’s magazines and a number of them have also been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies.

For more information, call 767-7660, ext. 3 or visit www.SouthPortlandLibrary.com.

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