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Murder and mayhem coming to the library

In keeping with the season, the Local History Potluck Dinner Program this Thursday, May 25, 6:15 PM, will serve up heaping helpings of May-hem. Yes, Jennifer Mattern and Angela Turner, the reference department’s mayhem molls, will present their eighth installment of Bluegrass Murder and Mayhem, one of the most popular programs of the series.

I can’t give away program details, but I can tell you that for weeks, now, Jennifer and Angela have been scouring newspaper and online sources for tales of insidious plots and ignominious crimes that occurred right here in Clark County and the Bluegrass.

This program is a mystery history buff’s dream come true. What better way to share a pleasant May evening than meditating on — to quote Agatha Christie, “delicious death?”

So, bring a dish and join us for this frightfully fascinating program; it is free and open to the public. You may arrive at 6:50 p.m. if you prefer not to enjoy the potluck, but let us know either way to ensure you have a seat. Call for a reservation, 859-744-5661. Or, register by using Evanced accessed from our web site, www.clarkbooks.org.

The Adult Summer Reading Program begins Thursday, June 1. That day the Library will start collecting and displaying, arts and crafts brought in for the Cumulative Community Art Show. What that means is June 1 the Art Show will start to grow like a summer garden with works of art and craft pieces that local artists and craft people bring in to display during June and July. Two dimensional pieces will be displayed in the Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room, three dimensional pieces in the Library’s reference area. You can bring them in any time during June or July.

I want to make this show as eclectic as possible. It is open to any age artist or craft person. The works can be everything from refrigerator art and found pieces to classically composed masterpieces. Hooked rugs, quilts, weavings, mobiles, toddler art, children’s art, teen art, senior art, photography, pen and ink, Japanese brush paintings, collage and any of their cousins, bring it on in and let the Library show it. With this show the Library hopes to unveil the entire rainbow of artistic expression in Winchester and Clark County.

If you have a two dimensional piece that is 11 X 17 inches or smaller, but you do not have it framed, please contact me. The Library has a number of frames that can be used for art that size. Say your child has done a wonderfully imaginative drawing or painting, but it does not have a frame. Contact me, I’ll meet you when you when you bring it in, and we’ll see if it will fit a Library frame.

All other two dimensional pieces must be framed and must have — must have — a secure hanging wire across the back. Any framed piece that does not have a secure hanging wire across the back cannot be accepted. They fall, sometimes glass breaks, that’s dangerous.

When you bring your art or craft in you will fill out an identification card with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the name, media, and price of the piece if you want to put it on sale. The Library takes no commission on sold work and we will not sell it for you. If a viewer expresses an interest in a piece we will give her or him your contact information.

If you need more information about the Cumulative Community Art Show, please contact me at the Library, 859-744-5661, ext. 110; john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

Let’s get arty.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.