What’s happening at the Library: National Pet Photo Day

Published 2:26 pm Monday, July 10, 2023

My wife is quite the photographer.

In fact, she is primarily responsible for all of our family’s recorded memories. Whether it’s a birthday party, a family vacation or a trip to the park, you can be sure my wife will have her phone at the ready, telling the rest of us to look into the camera lens before promptly telling us we need to move to a location where my glasses don’t create a glare. I’m fine with this because I see the fruits of her labor on her various social media accounts or sitting in our living room.

Such a task is indeed an awesome responsibility. Being the family photographer means chronicling the family’s milestones, even those ephemeral moments of magic caught in a smile or a hug. That especially includes our furrier family members this also includes the feathered and scalier family members.

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July 11 is National Pet Photo Day. This day celebrates the pets who make our lives better simply by existing in them. However, within that existence, pets do so much more. They show their love when we come home to them, no matter what happens to us during the day. Their destructive and non-destructive antics are sources of amusement, even if it takes some time for the destructive antics not to hurt as much. It all ends up as nostalgia worth preserving in a photograph.

The teen department even has a board where teens can feature their adorable animals. If you have a teen with a pet, they can send their pet’s photograph to yadept@clarkbooks.org and show the library’s patrons how much of a good boy or girl their pet is.

If you have a pet, now is the time to photograph them. If you don’t photograph them, then be sure to show them how much you appreciate the joy they give you.

And here are some joyful programs going on at the library this week:

• On July 11 at 6 p.m., Comedy Classics w/ Ron Kibbey features Charlie Chaplin’s last “silent” film (with some sound effects) and the farewell to his popular “Little Tramp.” We follow the character in his comedic attempts at being a factory worker, shipbuilder and singing waiter. He is accompanied through these adventures by Paulette Goddard. A tribute to both the silent film era and the “Little Tramp.” Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

• On July 12, at 2 p.m., the Kentucky Picture Show presents a film loosely based on Steven Spielberg’s childhood growing up in post-World War II era Arizona. From age seven to 18, a young man named Sammy Fabelman discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of movies helps us see the truth about each other and ourselves. The film is ated PG-13. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

• This month’s Learning @ the library, meeting on July 12 at 6:15 p.m., will feature The Wildflowers of Lower Howard’s Creek. Clare Sipple was the manager of the Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve for 18 years, retiring in 2019. Devoting her time and energy to the preserve’s growth and maintenance, she led countless hikes throughout the preserve sharing her knowledge of the natural and cultural resources contained there. This presentation contains photographs of a few of the many wildflowers that thrive there today. Space is limited, so please register to attend. Just contact the library at 744-5661 or through Evanced.

• Why should kids be the only ones to get storytime? On July 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the library will be having Adult Storytime. Sit, enjoy some snacks, have some fun, and listen to some classic and contemporary stories being read aloud. Feel free to bring your favorite short story to read and share with others. Napping is not allowed because you won’t be able to get to sleep later.

• Come join us at the library on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. for Neurographic Art with Jackie Crouch. Neurography is a meditative drawing process that combines psychology and art. The technique is said to link your conscious and subconscious mind and create new neural pathways. The creative drawing process can help reduce stress and create overall well-being. It is easy and your personal creation. There is no wrong or right way. The only rule is that the lines go to the edge of the page.