The Siuslaw news. (Florence, Lane County, Or.) 1960-current, July 18, 2018, WEDNESDAY EDITION, Page 5A, Image 5

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Chris Chandler looks
at 30 years on the road
Provocative American story-
teller Chris Chandler hosts the
KXCR Summer Celebration on
Sunday July 22, at 7 p.m. at the
Florence Unitarian Universal-
ist Fellowship.
Only a small fraction of Flor-
ence's entertainment seekers
has experienced the likes of
this unique American story-
teller show. As such, join with
KXCR in celebrating Chan-
dler’s 30 years on the road.
Behind Chandler’s spoken
word riffs on American cul-
ture is a sharp eye and a deep
love of language. Striking in
appearance, sporting a black
bowler on his shaved head, he
sometime finds himself climb-
ing any nearby chair to add
emphasis to a story’s riveting
conclusion. A showman to the
Chandler, son of a southern
preacher, left his home and,
instead of pursuing a career
in New York theater, he trust-
ed his instincts to hit the road
to find and tell the stories of
As any entertainer will attest,
it hasn’t been easy. For the last
30 years he has traveled from
gig to gig losing his long blond
hair but sharpening his craft.
Everywhere he and his guitar
playing sidekick, Sean Shanah-
an, appear, the reaction usually
includes a recognition that this
is a totally unique entertain-
ment experience.
As a special anniversary
treat, Chandler will be doing
a retrospective of pieces from
over the years.
The suggested donation is
$15 to attend. Doors of the fel-
lowship, located at the junction
of Highway 101 and Heceta
Beach Road, open at 6 p.m. and
the show begins at 7 p.m.
For more information, call
541 997-2997.
a b o u t the
Pu b l i c
Li b r a r y
Library Tidings,
a regular feature
of the Siuslaw
News, features
news about
upcoming Siuslaw
Public Library pro-
grams for adults
and children, new
books and videos,
and other library
news of interest to
the community.
Library Tidings by
Kevin Mittge
Book Review
“Summer Hours at
the Robbers Library”
by Sue Halpern
Author Sue Halpern lives in
Vermont with her husband, en-
vironmental writer Bill McK-
ibben. In “Summer Hours at
the Robbers Library,” Halpern
presents intriguing, sympathetic
characters and the hope of sec-
ond chances, all set in a small-
town library.
People are drawn to libraries
for all kinds of reasons. Most
come for the books themselves,
of course; some come to borrow
companionship. For head librar-
ian Kit, the public library in Riv-
erton, New Hampshire, offers
what she craves most: peace.
Here, no one expects Kit to talk
about the calamitous events that
catapulted her out of what she
thought was a settled, suburban
life. She can simply submerge
herself in her beloved books and
try to forget her problems.
But that changes when
Sunny gets arrested for shop-
lifting a dictionary. The judge
throws the book at Sunny —
literally — assigning her to do
community service at the library
for the summer. Bright, curious,
and eager to connect with some-
one other than her off-the-grid
hippie parents, Sunny coaxes
Kit out of her self-imposed iso-
lation. They’re joined by Rusty,
a Wall Street highflyer suddenly
crashed to earth.
In this little library that has
become the heart of this small
town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are
drawn to one another, and to a
cast of other offbeat regulars.
As they come to terms with how
their lives have unraveled, they
also discover how they might
knit them together again and fi-
nally reclaim their stories.
Today: “Judy, Joan & Joni”
On Wednesday, July 18, at 1
p.m., award-winning nationally
touring duo Jennings & Keller
will be presenting “Judy, Joan and
Joni — 3 Voices That Defined a
Laurie Jennings and Dana
Keller will share the songs and
the stories behind the songs of
Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Joni
Mitchell, three women who were
at the heart of the folk music re-
vival of the 1960s.
This program is free and open
to the public.
Terra Nova Trio
On Wednesday, July 25, at 2
p.m., the library is pleased to
present the Terra Nova Trio in
a free concert. The trio consists
of musicians Annalisa Morton,
Mike Curtis and Sandy Holder.
Offering a fresh vision of
concert programming, the Ter-
ra Nova Trio is a new ensemble
with players from the Eugene
Symphony and the Oregon Bach
Festival. With their tradition-
al classical instruments (oboe,
bassoon, and piano), they bring
for Friends
of Florence
Bach and modern French com-
posers to life. With their popular
instruments (sax, guitar, and ac-
cordion) they generously mix in
klezmer, tango, blues and exotic
originals. The result is a satisfy-
ing new world of possibilities.
This is the second time that
the library has been able to have
the trio perform. If you saw then
once you’ll want to see them
again, and if you haven’t heard
them perform, you’re in for a real
Don’t miss this wonderful day
time concert open to the general
South American Potluck
The Friends of the Library will
be hosting a South American
Potluck immediately following
the Terra Nova Trio in the library
lobby. Come for the concert and
then stay for some delicious food
or just stop in around 3 p.m. and
have a bite.
Library Roof Work
Visitors to the library will no-
tice that roof replacement work
is moving right along at the Flor-
ence location.
The roofers have begun the tile
replacement and area working on
our cupola.
Please be patient as the con-
struction continues and alert for
parking lot disruptions and noise
and dust. If it gets too noisy while
you are reading or working in the
library, stop by the circulation
desk for a free pair of earplugs.
The nonprofit Friends of Florence,
which provides free bus transportation
for cancer patients, is seeking volunteer
drivers. For more info, call 541-997-8663.
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