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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:00 am

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Main will host Indiana Humanities’ “Spirit of Competition” exhibit from July 1 through July 24.

The traveling exhibit includes engaging interactive opportunities such as a bicycle to match Major Taylor’s track speed, a chance to build John Wooden's Pyramid of Success, debate podiums, a mascot photo-op, information about items invented in Indiana, and a scoreboard that shows statistics about where Indiana ranks in the world on a variety of topics.

“We are pleased to bring this high-caliber, thought-provoking exhibit to Kokomo. Partnering with Indiana Humanities is a perfect way to expand the role of the library in enriching the life of area residents,” said Faith Brautigam, KHCPL Director.

The community is welcome to explore the exhibit during regular KHCPL hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It will be near the Circulation Desk, in the Children’s Department, and in the lower level of KHCPL Main, 220 N. Union St.

The exhibit also includes short films on Hoosier competition-related stories, including the following:

• Marshall "Major" Taylor, a world-champion cyclist

• Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the television

• Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, the classic rivalry

• Gebisa Ejeta, a World Food Prize winner and Purdue University professor

• Madam C.J. Walker, the first African American millionaire

• New Harmony, Indiana, a town that experimented with communal living

• Jeanette Lee, a.k.a. “The Black Widow” on the professional billiards circuit

“We all engage in competition every day – whether it’s by participating in an extracurricular activity, selling a product, creating an innovative solution, or trying to beat an opponent on the campaign trail,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “This exhibit teaches us that competition affects us all and contributes to our individual character, as well as the culture of our local communities and our state.”