Ladies of Skydiving at library

Sep. 23—HENDERSON — Perry Memorial Library will host a book talk and signing with Robert Lewis, author of "Ladies of Skydiving" on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.

The book explores local skydiver Tiny Broadwick. Her granddaughter, Bonnie Ayscue, wrote the book's foreword and will join in on the discussion.

Broadwick was a Granville County native who lived in Henderson. She made over 1,100 parachute jumps in her career — in fact, she was the first woman to ever parachute from an airplane, earning her an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now, her parachutes are displayed at the Smithsonian's Museum in Washington, D.C. and in Raleigh's N.C. Museum of History.

Lewis, besides writing, is a skydiver as well, having made more than 1,500 jumps in his 20 year career. In 2020, the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame awarded him the Trustee's Award. Five years back he put together a presentation on Tiny Broadwick for the organization.

"We are looking forward to this program that highlights a local legend," said the library's assistant director, Christy Bondy.

The event will take place at the library, at 205 Breckenridge Street, in the Farm Bureau room. For more information, call the library at 252-438-3316 or visit the website at