Maruskin: Author speaking at library Thursday

Published 12:02 pm Monday, July 10, 2017

Donna Gatewood, The Poetry Lady/Lady Wordsmith/Word Artist, will read her work here at the Clark County Public Library Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Donna is a native of Winchester and she grew up here and in Powell County. She began writing poetry in her journals when she was a teenager simply as an outlet for her thoughts and ideas. She continued writing and performing poetry all her life.

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Now in her fifties, she has transformed herself into The Poetry Lady. This Thursday she will present “a Poetry Reading with writings inspired by growing up in Winchester and Powell County. She invites everyone to “come listen… absorb … and let these home grown inspired writings settle down in your spirit as you enjoy the reads…. performed by… the PoetryLady.”

Donna will be glad to meet with members of the audience before and after the reading. Light refreshments will be served.

If you’d like to contact Donna before the reading, her email address is: You can see videos of her reading some of her poems on Youtube: “My Mama’s Fried Apples,” “Cobblestone Road” and “Pretend.”

Light refreshments will be served. This inspiring reading will be suitable for the entire family. Please register to attend or simply come by the day of Donna’s performance. If you have any questions, please call the Library at 744-5661, ext. 110.

One of the Library’s favorite Winchester visual artists, SueZ Early, will be presenting a bead making workshop this coming Saturday, July 15, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Anthropologists say beads have been made and exchanged for 72,000 years. Some suggest bead-trading was the origin of language.

Early brings the tradition of bead-making palaver to a pinnacle of its possibilities. This class will leave you beady-eyed with joy.

All the materials you’ll need will be supplied, but if you have paper with a pattern or a picture you love, bring it along.

This class is limited to 12 and there are just a few spaces left, so call to register quick if you’d like to attend.

Attention anyone who is studying for the GED. The Library has just received copies of all the Common Core Study Guides for GED candidates. These test guides have been shelved right at the front of the Library in the shelves marked “Test Prep and Study Guides.” Always feel free to get help from librarians for any of your test guide needs.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Internet 1 on July 11, and Internet 2 on July 18 will begin at 4 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. Same classes, but you can sleep in longer. You must register to attend.

On Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents a 1942 dramedy in which Jack Benny takes on the Gestapo. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier’s efforts to track down a German spy. Well!

If’n the clouds don’t split ‘n the creek don’t rise, there will be free yoga on the Library lawn Saturday morning at 9 a.m. If there is rain, yoga will be canceled.

And rain or shine, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Outside the Lines Adult Coloring will meet in the Library board room.

After getting limber, oxygenated and centered, at lawn yoga, visit Outside the Lines to project your chakras hues into a Zendoodle and then craft some beads with SueZ Early. Wow! Buddha would have left his meditations beneath the Bodhi tree for a Saturday like that.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at