What’s Happening at the Library: Columnist speaking to writer group

Published 9:07 am Monday, March 19, 2018

By John Maruskin

Clark County Public Library

Lisa Johns will be the featured author for the Library’s Writer Series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Johns is well known in Clark County. She writes insightful and challenging feature columns for the Winchester Sun. She is a perennial and dedicated advocate for downtown, a talented hooked rug artist and she is one of the Clark County Public Library’s most respected patrons, not only for her wide reading interests, but also for her excellent reader advisory skills. Lisa was the librarian at GRC High School for many years and she has recently worked at the library at St. Agatha’s Academy.

Writers pay attention, attention to life, attention to words. She cultivated those characteristics in herself and Tuesday night she’ll talk about how paying attention helped her writing and how it can help you.

Johns is a joy to encounter. You don’t have to avoid this program because you fear dry-as-dust prescriptions for subject matter and syntax. Lisa has a great sense of humor and she uses it to inspire others to relax and believe in their own thoughts and writing.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not necessary. If you have any questions about the program, please call the library and connect to extension 110. Even if you don’t write, you’ll be inspired to appreciate life and reading by hearing her program.

Come celebrate the vernal equinox with Lisa Johns at the library.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Amy Williams from the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) will be at the library to talk to people interested in starting a small business.

Have you wondered what it takes to start a business? Do you have an idea to make extra income? Williams can answer questions about starting a business and resources available to help. She can give you an overview of different types of business structures, how to do market research, how to write a business plan, what banks look for when applying for a business loan, or any other questions you have. Amy will be happy to help you with the next steps to starting your business.

For more information about Williams’ visit, call the MACED office in Berea, 859-671-0222.

At the Potluck Dinner Program at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, the library’s own local history dude Andy Gary presents “Edward West Jr., 1757-1827: Hand-Made in America.”

There was a time when most people in Kentucky knew all about Edward West. Almost all Kentucky school children used history textbooks that included references to him. A central Kentucky silversmith, gun maker and inventor, West embodied the spirit of the “new” American western frontier.

He had the hands of an artisan, the curiosity of a problem-solver and the drive of the new world entrepreneur. In 1785, at the age of 28, he came to the Kentucky territory from Stafford County, Virginia. By the time of his death in 1827, he’d made remarkable contributions to the history of a vital young American state, and to the region. Edward West was one of Andy Gary’s ancestors, too.

Andy is a thorough historian and a wonderful speaker. Bring a dish and join the Local History Club for this enlightening and entertaining program. It is free and open to the public. Arrive at 6:50 p.m. if you prefer not to partake of the potluck, but let us know either way to ensure you have a seat. Call f744-5661 for a reservation or register by using Evanced which is accessed at the library’s web site, www.clarkbooks.org.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Marie Quick will show you how to make adorable Easter chick and bunny decorations out of colored eggs and bits of construction paper. Along with being a superb quilter and photographer, Marie is noted for making brilliant, whimsical holiday decorations.

This workshop will be a great way to spend a pleasant, crafty Saturday afternoon. It is free and open to the public. All craft materials will be supplied. Attendance is limited to 12. Please register to attend by calling the library or using Evanced.

Other programs this week:

— Wednesday at 2 p.m., Kentucky Picture Show presents a 2017 film. International art dealer Ron Hall befriends a dangerous homeless man to appease his wife, a woman whose dreams leads all of them on the journey of their lives. Rated PG–13.

— Wednesday at 7 p.m., Trivia Challenge at the Engine House Pizza Pub.

— Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Outside the Lines Adult Coloring.

Happy spring!

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