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Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

Hobart Book Chat

2023-11-21 11:00:00 2023-11-21 12:00:00 America/Chicago Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini Our November 2023 book chat title is Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Pick up a copy at the Hobart branch to chat! Contact hobart@lcplin.org or (219) 942-2243 for more details. Hobart

Tuesday, November 21
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-11-21 11:00:00 2023-11-21 12:00:00 America/Chicago Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini Our November 2023 book chat title is Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Pick up a copy at the Hobart branch to chat! Contact hobart@lcplin.org or (219) 942-2243 for more details. Hobart

Hobart

Hobart Zoom Room, Children's Program Room, Large Meeting Room

Our November 2023 book chat title is Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Pick up a copy at the Hobart branch to chat! Contact hobart@lcplin.org or (219) 942-2243 for more details.

In June 1917, General John Pershing arrived in France to establish American forces in Europe. He immediately found himself unable to communicate with troops in the field. Pershing needed telephone operators who could swiftly and accurately connect multiple calls, speak fluent French and English, remain steady under fire, and be utterly discreet, since the calls often conveyed classified information.

At the time, nearly all well-trained American telephone operators were women--but women were not permitted to enlist, or even to vote in most states. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Signal Corps promptly began recruiting them.

More than 7,600 women responded, including Grace Banker of New Jersey, a switchboard instructor with AT&T and an alumna of Barnard College; Marie Miossec, a Frenchwoman and aspiring opera singer; and Valerie DeSmedt, a twenty-year-old Pacific Telephone operator from Los Angeles, determined to strike a blow for her native Belgium.

They were among the first women sworn into the U.S. Army under the Articles of War. The male soldiers they had replaced had needed one minute to connect each call. The switchboard soldiers could do it in ten seconds.

Deployed throughout France, including near the front lines, the operators endured hardships and risked death or injury from gunfire, bombardments, and the Spanish Flu. Not all of them would survive.

The women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps served with honor and played an essential role in achieving the Allied victory. Their story has never been the focus of a novel...until now.

AGE GROUP: | Adults (19-99) |

TAGS: | Virtual | Discussion Groups |

Hobart

Phone: 219-942-2243

Branch manager
Jo

Hours
Mon, Jun 17 12:30PM to 8:30PM
Tue, Jun 18 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Wed, Jun 19 12:30PM to 8:30PM
Thu, Jun 20 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Fri, Jun 21 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Jun 22 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jun 23 Closed

About the branch

The Hobart Branch is conveniently located at 100 N. Main Street in downtown Hobart. The current building was built in 1967 and an addition was added in 1979 and then remodeled in 2007. The Hobart Branch is known for its unique architecture and fabulous views of Lake George. The interior areas have slight floor elevation differences which help provide a cozy atmosphere.

The Hobart Branch has many amenities for the community. The library has a private small group room, and a public meeting room that can accommodate up to 100 people. Every month we hold many preschool, toddler, infant, and family and adult classes and events. From computer classes, to arts and crafts, to teen gaming, we've got something for everyone, no matter your age!

Upcoming events

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Program Room

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart Zoom Room,Programming Room

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Programming Room

Wed, Jun 19, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 19, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Programming Room

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Children's Program Room

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Programming Room

Thu, Jun 20, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Programming Room

Sat, Jun 22, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Programming Room

Mon, Jun 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Programming Room

Mon, Jun 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Programming Room

Tue, Jun 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Program Room
This event is full

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Program Room
This event is full

Fri, Jun 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Children's Area

Sat, Jun 29, 2:30pm - 4:25pm
Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Program Room

Fri, Jul 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Children's Program Room

Sat, Jul 06, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 06, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Programming Room

Mon, Jul 08, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Programming Room

Mon, Jul 08, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 10, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Programming Room

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Programming Room

Fri, Jul 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Children's Program Room

Sat, Jul 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart Zoom Room,Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342

Wed, Jul 17, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Programming Room

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Children's Program Room

Thu, Jul 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Programming Room