A series of programs about the origin of the King James Bible will be presented starting Thursday by the Mid-Columbia Libraries.
Five presentations, The Manifold Greatness: Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, are part of a traveling national exhibit being taken to 40 communities through the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the American Library Association.
The first program in the Tri-Cities will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kennewick branch library, 1620 S. Union St.
The Manifold Greatness exhibition will feature the history of the King James Bible, starting in 1611, and its cultural impact through the centuries.
It was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in honor of the 400th anniversary of the creation of the King James edition
Thursday's program will include refreshments and a Kindle Fire e-reader giveaway.
At 7 p.m. March 8 at the Kennewick branch, John Rhys-Davies will narrate a film, KJB -- the Book that Changed the World, in revealing the world and culture into which the Bible in the English language was introduced.
At 7 p.m. March 14 at the Kennewick branch, Susan Davis Faulkner, past president of the Tri-City Genealogical Society and Franklin County historian, will talk about how the family Bible can be a genealogical resource.
At 7 p.m. March 22 at the Kennewick branch, Donald Brake, vice president and dean emeritus of Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, will present a visual history of the King James Bible.
The final program, set for 7 p.m. March 29, will feature the film, Fires of Faith: The Coming Forth of the King James Bible, shown at Fairchild Cinemas, 5020 Convention Drive, in Pasco.
All of the programs are open to the public. More information and movie trailers available at www.midcolumbialibraries.org/manifold-greatness.