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John M. Barry Talks About "The Great Influenza" April 19; Spring Book Sale April 25-29 at E*Plex

"The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History" by John M. BarryIt’s rare that an author’s book grabs the adulation of science and government experts, but John M.  Barry’s account of the 1918 killer flu prompted the National Academies of Science to arrange his keynote speech at an international scientific meeting on pandemic influenza.

In the years since, he has advised national security entities, the George W. Bush and Obama White Houses, state governments and the private sector on influenza preparedness and response.

On Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium, Barry will talk about “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” and the work he continues in that area. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Barry’s talk comes at a time when families and medical workers are still reeling from the past winter’s deadly flu epidemic, and in the 100th anniversary year of the 1918 pandemic. It was at the height of World War I when history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an Army camp in Kansas, moved east and overseas with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.

Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won multiple awards. The National Academies of Science named his 2004 book "The Great Influenza" the year's outstanding book on science or medicine.
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The huge Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale is coming April 25-29 to the E*Plex on the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, and there are six tractor-trailers full of 25-cent, $1 and up bargain-priced books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks in all genres for all ages; puzzles and games.

Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 25 through April 28 – Half-Price Day. The sale continues 1-5 p.m. April 29, Bag Day, when everything you can stuff in a bag costs only $1, or $5 per sack from the better books side. Cash or checks, only.

Friends Night Preview Sale is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Friends members admitted free, or pay $5 at the door and join that night. (Admission is free all other nights.)

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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