Mystery and local history at the library this week

Published 1:38 pm Monday, April 23, 2018

The Local History Potluck Dinner Program this week is the latest of the longest running and (by far) the most popular series ever presented at the library. At 6:15 p.m. Thursday, reference librarians Jennifer Mattern and Angela Turner present Bluegrass Murder and Mayhem, volume 10.

This program will equally delight mystery and local history fans. If you are both, you will be swooning by the time the last perpetrator is identified.

Angela and Jennifer are consummate reference librarians who know how to track down salient information about any question.

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The research they love most concerns Central Kentucky’s historic crimes.

Bringing their skills to their interests, they create surprising and mesmerizing narratives about shocking events that stained the Bluegrass red. You will be flummoxed by our ancestors’ infamy.

For months to come you will be discussing the depredations Jennifer and Angela will deliver at Bluegrass Murder and Mayhem, X.

This program is free and open to the public. Bring a dish and join your neighbors for the potluck. You may also come at 6:50 p.m. if you would prefer not to enjoy the potluck, but let us know, either way, to ensure you have a seat. Register by calling the library at 744-5661 or by using the Evanced online registration system at If you have any questions, connect to ext. 111 when you call the library.

Time to get out the trench coat and the worn fedora and experience the thrills and chills of another episode of Bluegrass Murder and Mayhem, a perfect 10.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Helen He, who taught a class on Chinese calligraphy in February, will present a traditional Chinese watercolor painting class at the library.
Chinese watercolor is a delicate and expressive art form that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is an essential artistic technique.

You don’t have to have art experience or training to take this class. All materials will be supplied. This class is limited to 15 participants, so you must register to attend.

Call the library or register using the Evanced online registration system at the library website.

On Tuesday, Meeting of Minds, the library’s discussion group meets to discuss whatever comes up.

We call this “freestyling.” One of the members will start off the conversation and we’ll see where we go from there.

If you’ve ever considered coming to Meeting of Minds, Tuesday’s session will be a good introduction to what we do and the members of the group.

We don’t argue we just enjoy playing with ideas, rolling them around in our brains, looking at them from different perspectives. No right or wrong answers, just honest and often humorous inquiry.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents one of the most highly-acclaimed films of 2017. During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe depends on the newly-appointed British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or fight on against incredible odds. Rated PG 13.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Reference Librarian Jeff Gurnee challenges your memory with Trivia Night at the Engine House Pizza Pub, where there are right and wrong answers.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local. Now that Chuck Witt has quit writing Michael Tate stories, what will we do for our weekly serial? Got a good story? We love to hear it.

Ah, spring, when the world burgeons with good books to read.

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