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Westfield Memorial Library Hosts Program on Four Fearless Female Flyers


On Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present a program entitled, “Nobody Owns the Sky: Four Fearless Female Flyers.” The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Historian Carol Simon Levin will bring to life the colorful stories of the early female flyers. Before Amelia Earhart's famous exploits, female flyers had already proven that aviatrixes were every bit as brave and daring as their male counterparts.

Flying in flimsy wood and canvas biplanes, Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Bessie Coleman and Elinor Smith awed and thrilled people on the ground—executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English Channel, setting records, barnstorming and buzzing beneath all four New York bridges.

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Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to show that anything that men could do, they could do better! Inexplicably, these women's astonishing accomplishments have been largely forgotten.

Ms. Levin is a Youth Services Librarian with a background in the history of technology and women’s history. Last summer she spoke at the library about Emily Roebling and her part in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The program is free and open to the public but attendees must register for this very popular event. To register, visit the library’s website at, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.


Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.


For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”



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