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What’s Happening at the Library: Bead-making as a revelatory experience

By John Maruskin

Clark County Public Library

On Saturday, June 23, master bead maker and all-star cosmic kid Sue-Z Early will be offering one of her fabulous bead-making workshops in the Clark County Public Library’s Community Room from 2 to 4 p.m.

Early is Winchester’s premier bead artist. She has developed an artist’s intuition for materials and techniques, and she knows how to make a bead for just about any project.

The real delight of attending one of her workshops is sitting around and kibbutzing with her.

If you want to expand and light up your horizons, sit down and talk to Early.

If that isn’t enough enticement, the workshop is going to be attended by internationally-known fiber artists Arturo Sandoval. Put Sandoval and Early in a room together and they’re liable to come up with things more exotic in nature and structure than the Higgs Boson and theories about the universe that make parallel universes mundane.

This is going to be a great workshop. It is limited to 12 people, so you must register to attend. You can do so by calling the library at 859-744-5661 or by using the Evanced online registration system on the library’s home page, www.clarkbooks.org.

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., John Maruskin … oh, wait, that’s me … will be presenting the CCPL Writers’ Series Program.

I’ll be talking about some of my favorite writers, lessons I’ve learned from them, and the glories of dictionaries, thesauri and idiosyncratic language.

Along with talking about writing, I’ll suggest one can live in the 21st century without a smart phone, and that watching animals might be more productive and enlightening than heeding conventional wisdom.

If you decide to attend, I encourage you to bring a sample of your own work, too.

This week special thanks go to Joyce Morton, Anna Marie Mason and James Robinson who donated a number of truly superb pictures to the Adult Summer Reading Program Photography Show, “All Together Now.”

Their photographs of family members, student graduations, Labor Day festivities and good times at PeeWee’s Jazz and Blues Club, are lively, fun and inspiring.

We usually spend so much time taking care of our daily routines that we lose sight of each other and the way all of our experiences are remarkably similar.

Personal pictures like the ones donated by Joyce, Anna Marie and James allow us to recognize each other as members of one community.

Why not donate a picture yourself? If you don’t have a frame, I can lend one. Attach a piece of paper to the back of your picture with identification and contact information.

If you have any questions about “All Together Now,” give me a call at the library or email john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.

Other programs this week?

— Wednesday at 2 p.m., Kentucky Picture Show shows a 2017 film that celebrates the birthof show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle thatbecame a worldwide sensation. Rated PG– 3.

— Wednesday at 7 p.m., trivia night at the Engine House Pizza Pub asks “who put the Bop in the Bopp-Sh-Bop-Sh-Bop?”

— Thursday at noon, The Book Lunch Reading Group cools down by reading J. Jefferson Farjeon’s “Mystery in White.” Five Christmas travelers abandon their snowbound train only to find themselves trapped in a haunted house with a corpse buried outside in the snow. A quirky cozy.

— Friday at 10 a.m., Write Local writers meet to come up with some quirky writing of their own.

— Saturday at 9 a.m., Yoga on the Lawn. Get namaste!

Have you signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program yet? Better hurry because the new Library bags are getting rave reviews and they are disappearing fast.

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