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November at Curry Public Library

Meet Library Board Member Tim Scullen

Last month we introduced new library board member Kelly Margolis, and promised an introduction of other board members each month following. This month, meet library board member Tim Scullen.

We asked Tim some questions about reading and libraries. Below are his responses. You will also have an opportunity this month to meet Tim, also a tree expert, in person for an informational tour of the library trees on Saturday, November 20th at 2pm. The program is free and open to the public. Please come prepared to walk around the library property.

What book are you currently reading?
This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan, a thoughtful exploration of the human condition told through the coffee plant, the opium poppy, and the mescaline cactus.

What was the first book you can remember reading on your own?
Technically, Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman, but the first meaningful one would have to be The Uncle Shelby's Story of Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein. I am still finding new hidden meaning in the story.

 
Do you have a favorite book? If so, what is it?
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. It is hard to pick a favorite, but tellingly, Elvis never traveled without a copy of this book.

Do you prefer hardcovers, paperbacks, or audiobooks? Why?
Hardcovers. Call me old-fashioned but I can't stare at screens. Audiobooks are good on the road and I have certainly come to appreciate their value to those among us who are visually impaired.

As an adult, have you ever read a graphic novel? If you have, what did you like or not like about it? 
R. Crumbs The Book of Genesis was my first and honestly, the first time I read the whole thing through. I think the language used (in the bible) can be a barrier to understanding for some of us, and pictures can really help. I don't think I would have ever read about the Japanese internment experience if Sulu (George Takei) hadn't written about his personal experiences via the graphic novel format in They Called Us Enemy.

What role have libraries played in your life?
As a youth, I spent more time goofing off in the library than reading. Only as an adult have I realized the immense value of the public library in our society.

What is something about Curry Public Library that you really like?
Location, though I hated it at first. The natural setting, the people, the facility, the resources, and the community of people that support it. I could go on.

What is some inside information about the library that not everyone knows, that you would like to share? 
All our former library directors are entombed in an exquisite catacomb complex located underneath the new addition. Unfortunately, due to the COVID thing, all tours have been cancelled at this time. Log in to our website for the latest updates.

...stay tuned in December, to find what our Board Chair Sandy Grummon has been reading!
On October 30, families gathered for free pumpkin carving in the library
parking lot, followed by a double feature on our outdoor movie the screen of "Halloweentown" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon." Fun was had by all involved, and the rain even stayed away! This event marks the
end of the 2021 outdoor movie season at Curry Public Library.
Protea Program on November 6

Join Protea expert Gordie Dickinson for an informative session all about Proteas, a genus of South African flowering plants. The session will take place outside the front of the library in the library Protea garden on Saturday, November 6 at 2pm. Gordie has been growing Proteas in Southern Oregon for over 20 years and planted the garden here at the library.

In the event of rain the day of the program, please join Gordie indoors in the large Meeting Hall.

Lionharp Returns, Offers Workshop and Concert

Musicians Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter will return to Curry Public Library to give a concert on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:30pm at Curry Public Library. Earlier in the day, Lynne will offer a hands-on-harps workshop at 2:30pm. Both programs are free; however, space is limited. Use the links at the end of the article to register. The duo has made several visits to the library in past years, and has always been a crowd favorite.

During the evening concert, Lynne and Frankfurter will perform with two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern, and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as heartwarming original compositions. They will present an enchanting blend of music and tales from their adventures as modern-day troubadours.

No musical experience is needed to play beautiful sounds on the provided traditional Celtic harps during the hands-on-harps workshop earlier in the day. Learn some well-known melodies and how to freely improvise your own music.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic harp. She specializes in traditional acoustic folk and rare instruments and is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies that transcend category and genre. From humble beginnings, Lisa has ascended the ladder of success to owning her own production company and recording studio.  She has released several internationally recognized recordings on the prestigious Windham Hill and New Earth Record labels, while simultaneously running her own label Lavender Sky Music.

Since 1994, Aryeh Frankfurter has been delighting audiences around the globe with his passionate, enduring, and evocative music. Aryeh’s uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, command of the unusual Swedish Nyckelharpa (or keyed fiddle) and other stringed instruments, his recording and production credits, and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording, and performance artist. Aryeh currently pursues a career as a full-time freelance musician, performance and recording artist, record engineer, and producer based in the San Francisco/Bay Area region of California.

Register for Concert: Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments & Wondrous Stories
Register for Workshop: Hands-on-Harps Interactive Workshop with Lisa Lynne

Tiny Art Show Coming Soon

Artists are busy at work creating tiny art on 3"x3" canvases for a November tiny art show. The show’s theme is “Grateful for…” Participants of all artistic abilities, ages 13 and up, picked up free tiny art kits from the library in October. Each kit included a mini 3”x 3” canvas, acrylic paint, and paint brushes. If you picked up a kit, you still have a little time left. Paintings are due back to the library by 7pm on Monday, November 8. Our hope is that this show will draw a variety of participants. Maybe even some who might not normally participate in an art show. We're really excited to see what you all create! The tiny art will be on display for the public to visit between November 12 and December 10. Judging and prizes will be announced the week of November 29.
Friends Hold Gift Quality Book Sale in the Library Lobby

The Friends of Curry Public Library will hold a gift quality book sale on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 from 10am-5pm. For this first time ever, the event will take place in the library lobby. This book sale will feature 300+ new (since 2016) fiction and non-fiction titles. These items are hand-picked for quality and are all recently published and will be five dollars apiece. Additionally, the Friends will feature a large number of beautiful, just-like-new cookbooks donated from the personal collection of Sandy Dwyre. Sandy, a long-time Friends member, library volunteer, and ardent cookbook collector, recently relocated. She is very missed at the library. Sandy's donation includes some very recent titles, including ones focusing on Instant Pot and air fryer recipes. The sale will also provide an opportunity to join the Friends for a reduced rate, or to sign up your little loved ones to receive a letter from Santa (see the bottom of the newsletter for more details).
Family Photo Event Offered, Slots Fill Up Immediately  
A message from Rebecca Marcus, Curry Public Library Programs Librarian

We wanted to hold a family photo shoot event ever since hearing about another library doing something similar. It seemed like a great offering for families in the community, especially those who may not have the time or means to travel to a studio for a formal family shot. It also seemed like a great low-stress opportunity for families to get a nice photo. This fall we put the plans in place to make it happen. Local photographer Shawna Martin signed on for a day of free mini-photograph sessions for families, sponsored by the library and the ASCEND after school program. The library will provide a simple backdrop with optional winter and holiday props for families to choose from. Each family will receive four edited photographs via email for their personal use. We were blown away by the immediate and enthusiastic response to this event. We had 16 families sign up in the first 24 hours after posting the event online. The remaining slots filled quickly after that and several families are on a wait list. There is a first time for everything- we are going to see how this event works for our participants, as well as our photographer and staff, and consider offering other versions of it again in the future.
LIBRARY & LOBBY HOURS
Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

NOVEMBER CLOSURES
Veterans Day: Thursday, November 11
Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 24 at 3pm,
all day Thursday, November 25


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