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Programs Slated For National Library Week


April 3, 2009

Two events scheduled for the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library in celebration of National Library Week 2009 feature photographer Kevin Adams and author Julia Ebel.

On Tuesday, April 14 photographer Kevin Adams will be the featured speaker at a program in celebration of National Library Week 2009.

In 2005, Adams embarked on the most educational and rewarding project of his career. With 750 historical photographs in hand — culled from some 50,000 he had reviewed at archives across the state — Adams journeyed across North Carolina to re-photograph the scenes for a modern perspective.

His goal was not merely to present a contemporary portrayal of the historical images, but rather to walk in the original photographer's shoes and to place his camera at the precise location from which the old image was made. In the resulting image pairs, Adams wanted the viewer to see exactly the changes that have occurred since the historical photographer stood in the same spot.

Join Adams as he presents these photographs and relates experiences from this emotional two-year journey across the Tarheel State. Highland Books will have copies of his books for sale and signing following the program.

In addition, library volunteers from 2008 will be recognized and members of the Friends of the Library are especially encouraged to attend as all Friends' members in attendance will be eligible for a special door prize drawing. A reception honoring all past elected officers of the Friends will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. This program and reception, which also serves as the Friends' annual meeting, is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 15, author Julia Ebel will present "Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns as told by Orville Hicks." Storyteller Orville Hicks has enthralled audiences beyond the porches of Beech Mountain for more than two decades. His listeners asked for a book of Orville's tales. Ebel began working with Hicks to transcribe more than 20 of the Jack Tales and other lore that Hicks heard from his mother and from his second cousin, famed teller Ray Hicks. Ebel will share the experiences of getting the stories on paper and offer insight into the "tale behind the tales."

Ebel hails from Jamestown, N.C. and conducts poetry and writing workshops for children and adults across the state. She is the author of several books and an avid writer of poetry. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library.

For more information about either of these events sponsored by the Friends, call the Transylvania County Library at 884-3151.


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