What’s Happening at the Library?: Liberty Road performing at ‘Concert on the Lawn’

The library will present another Concert on the Lawn from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

In June and July, the library sponsored lawn concerts with percussionist Tripp Bratton and gypsy jazz guitarist Bruce Lewis.

The people who came had a great time and asked for more. This Friday’s concert will mark the Autumnal Equinox and the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

Lexington-based bluegrass band Liberty Road will be the featured performers.

Liberty Road is one of the most brilliant and effervescent bluegrass bands in the Bluegrass, playing everything from traditional folk music like “Banks of the Ohio” to “Happy Together” by The Turtles. These people love to sing, and their musicianship is mighty satisfying. They are one of the regular house bands for Windy Corner Restaurant outside of Lexington and they have played at Bluegrass Festivals throughout Kentucky.

Check out Liberty Road audio on their Facebook page.

The weather is forecast to be perfect Friday, in the high 70s at performance time and sunny. Start your weekend right by soothing your soul with some scrumptious Bluegrass music in glorious Kentucky sunset light.

Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.

If the weather goes haywire, the concert will be in the library’s Rose Mary Codell Brooks Community Room.

This program is free and open to the public. For information, call 744-5661, ext. 110 or email john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

Were they not in the Grey Havens, Frodo and Bilbo would be here for sure and I bet they will tune in through the Mirror of Galadriel.

Next time you are in the library, be sure to wander over to the reference section and see the display of art by students from this summer’s Migrant Student Art Camp.

Migrant student teachers Madeline Potter and Elana Davis were kind enough to let the library display the work their students did here and at art classes in Maysville.

The theme of this summer’s Camp was “Earth, Learn, Inspire,” so there are fabulous bean mosaics of flowers, hand-drawn posters, painted pictures, a large, colorful collage of geological forms and a wonderfully imaginative dinosaur cartoon that represents various natural landforms.

These pieces are charming and illuminating in terms of color, forms and inspiration. I like to wander near them because they cheer me up, and the bean mosaics give me all kinds of great ideas about how to play with food … which makes mealtime less routine.

In the library lobby there is a display of award-winning art from the 2017 Migrant Students’ Summer Art Camp. Alex Hernandez got the award for most realistic drawing/Dibujo mas realista; Luis Cruz got the award for most inspirational drawing/Dibujo inspirador; Noemi Gomez Velasco was awarded most detailed drawing/Dibujo con mas detalle; and Brenda Cruz Ramirez won most artistic drawing/Dibujo mas artistic.

Their work powerfully demonstrates how determined these students are to make their lives better. They inspire me. Take a look. Their words and images are worth taking to heart.

Other programs this week:

—At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Easy Email. Set up and learn to use a personal email account.

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents a 2017 dramedy about three lifelong pals desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones who risk everything by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the bank that absconded with their money. Rated PG-13.

— At noon Thursday, Book Lunch discusses Agatha Christie’s first Hercule Poirot novel, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles.”

— At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local. At his presentation for the library’s writers series last week, local author Chuck Witt said he writes because he’s interested in doing it. That’s the perfect reason to write. Interested? Come to Write Local.

Hope to see you at the Liberty Road concert Friday night.

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