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What’s Happening at the Library: Art camp, Mary mysteries and the Whiskey Rebellion

By John Maruskin

Clark County Public Library

want to send thanks to Madeline Potter and Alicia Smith who direct and teach at the Campbell Junior High School Migrant Education Summer Camp, and to all the students who attend the camp.

Clark County Public Library circulation manager Caleb Diederich and I had big fun visiting on June 12 and June 19.

I gave the students writing prompts and Caleb explained drawing techniques and styles.

The students produced wonderful poems and nifty, imaginative art.

Caleb got everyone going when he used the classroom’s white board to  create a colorful abstract design which he then transformed into a cat and then into an imposing and brilliantly-colorful grasshopper with a gotee. (Hey, art camp is all about imagination.)

Smith, a Campbell math teacher, has wonderful rapport with the students and encouraged them to do their best work every step of the way. She also amazed us by arranging straight lines into parabolic curves, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project that turns math and science into art.

Going to the Migrant Education Summer Camp is a treat. The humor, energy and creativity of the students is very inspiring. Thanks again for a wonderful time.

Please come to the library often and let us help you with your studies. You are a super group of students.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, adult services super sleuth Jennifer Mattern (of Bluegrass Murder and Mayhem fame) presents “The Virgin Mary Murders” a special program for mystery lovers.

Jennifer will be serving Virgin Marys and recommendations for great mystery reads. She brings her powers of deduction to the spectrum of whodunits, cozies to serial sociopaths.

She’ll also reveal resources to help you discover new authors and track down great contemporary and classic mysteries.

Jennifer tells me one of our favorite patrons, Mary Buckner, was disappointed the program’s Marys are merely virgin. All I can say is, no one’s frisked for flasks at the door. Be sure to pack some of your favorite mystery read suggestions, too.

Jennifer’s program is free and open to the public, but it is limited to 15 participants, so you must register to attend. Do so soon. There are only a few spots left.

Speaking of the trials of tippling, for the Local History Potluck Dinner Program Thursday, June 28. Clark County historian Harry Enoch will present a program about the Whiskey Rebellion in Kentucky.

If ever you doubted the historic tenacity of Kentuckians, come to hear Harry tell about the Kentuckians who were caught up in this early American rebellion.

In 1791, Congress passed the first internal revenue act: a tax on distilled spirits. The burden fell largely on farmers, the major distillers of the era. Violence erupted in southwest Pennsylvania — the insurrection was known as the Whiskey Rebellion. It has long been assumed Kentucky complied with the law, which overlooks a turbulent — and fascinating — period of our history.

Bring a dish and join local history confreres for this interesting program; it is free and open to the public. The potluck dinner begins at 6:15 p.m. You may come at 6:50 p.m. if you prefer not to partake of the potluck.

Either way, to ensure you have a seat, call 744-5666 for a reservation or register using the Evanced online registration system which can be accessed from our web site, www.clarkbooks.org.

Other programs:

—At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meeting of Minds. The library’s discussion group savors ideas, coffee and cookies.

—At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents a 2017 film set in 1950s London. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock’s fastidious life is disrupted by young, strong-willed Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. Rated R for language.

— At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Engine House Pizza Pub Trivia.

—At 10 a.m. Friday, Write Local writers read work.

— At 9 a.m. Saturday, Yoga on the lawn. Dress lightly and carry a yoga mat.

— From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Outside the lines Adult coloring.

And, the library’s got fab books every day of the week every week of the year.

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