What’s Happening at the Library: Seeking talent for summer concert series

By John Maruskin

Clark County Public Library

Programs for the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program are being scheduled. The free concerts on the Clark County Public Library lawn were very popular last year, so we are planning to reprise that series this year.

I am looking for local musicians who’d like to be part of that series, acoustic duos, trios or quartets who can play on a Friday evening in June or July between 7 and 8 p.m.

Acoustic is the operative word in that last sentence. There are no electric circuits out there on the library lawn, so musicians who play there have to be able to perform on unamplified instruments.

Last summer, the library had performances by the Tripp Bratton Drum Ensemble (Tripp will be back again this year), Bruce Lewis performed gypsy jazz and Liberty Road performed bluegrass music.

All of the performers enjoyed the experience of playing on the library lawn and not having to lug around equipment.

This year, I hope to schedule another acoustic bluegrass group, and I’d really like to schedule a classical, jazz or acapella vocal group.

If you are interested in performing for this year’s Library Lawn Concerts series, please contact me at 744-5661 or  john.clarkbooks@gmail.com. I will need to hear some recordings of your work, so please be able to provide links to online audio samples, a CD or tape.

There’s a lot going on at the library this week. Here’s the run-down:

— Tuesday at 10 a.m., Internet 2. If you have basic internet skills but want to learn faster, more efficient ways to search for websites and within websites come to Internet 2. You will also learn to take images and text from the web and place it in a Word or Publisher document. That’s good to know for creating distinctive documents and posters. You must register too attend this class.

— Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Spiritual Writing. Tamera Rehnborg has developed a popular monthly writing program here at the library. She provides interesting writing lessons, writing prompts, and encourages participants to develop their skills through group discussion during the session. If you like to write and you’re looking for an open, friendly group of writers, you’ll appreciate Tamera’s Spiritual Writing group.

— Wednesday at 2 p.m., Kentucky Picture Show presents the perfect romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day. This 1959 classic stars Rock Hudson and Doris Day in a movie about a man and a woman who share a party line and cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

— Thursday at noon, Book Lunch. Two romantic stories for Valentine’s Month: Lori Colwin’s, “The Lone Pilgrim,” a beautiful story about a book illustrator who falls in love with a publisher, and “The Achieve of, the Mastery of the Thing,” a very funny story about a history professors wife who has a special obsession. Copies of the stories are all available at the circulation desk. Please register to attend.

— Friday at 10 a.m., Write Local. Write Local writers are working on some wonderful stories, and their critiques are great. If you have a piece of fiction you’d like to develop, come to Write Local.

— Saturday at 1 p.m., traditional Chinese costume show. Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the library. Helen He, who led the Chinese calligraphy and Tai-Chi classes earlier this month, has acquired a number of traditional Chinese costumes from the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute. She will display them at this event and make them available for attendees to wear while they have pictures taken. A fun event for the whole family.

Happy Valentine’s Day. Happy Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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