Mary Childers will talk about her memoir Welfare Brat, which describes her early experience growing up on welfare in a family in which five out of seven children dropped out of high school and all four fathers dropped out of sight. She will focus especially on how she uses the book to encourage reading and coping skills in lower income people and to prompt in a general audience visceral understanding of how a child may experience poverty in circumstances involving stigma and unstable family structure. In addition to being an author, Mary has had a long career as a college administrator. She recently retired from her position as Dartmouth College Ombudsperson. For more information, please contact Gary or Rosemary Brown at 643-3365