A Hodgepodge of Happy At the Library
Mary Z. Cox

Since its inception, Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library has been charged with bringing the larger world to the residents of Southern Jackson County.

This July, that mission goes into overdrive. 

Internationally-recognized banjoist Mary Z. Cox delivers a free banjo and dulcimer concert to the library’s Meeting Room at 7:00 P.M Thursday, July 6.  Mary’s performance will feature an exhilarating mélange of blues, heartbreak, bluegrass, old-time traditional tunes, steppy fiddle/banjo duets, and her spontaneous humor. 

Friday, July 7, brings a different sort of dynamic energy when Professor Whizzpop stops by for a visit at 11:00 A.M.  The Professor Whizzpop Show stars the hapless Professor Whizzpop, whose myriad instances of mishandled magic provide giggles galore as the Professor gets nearly everything wrong and the kids in the audience help to make everything right.  During the show, the audience may see the “World’s Longest Piece of String Trick,” the “Rabbit in the Hat Trick” (with a very unrabbit-like bunny), the “World’s Biggest Magic Wand Trick,” and the “Mommy is a Magician Trick.”

The Mysteries and Magic of Monarch Butterflies are explored on Tuesday, July 11, when the Balsam Mountain Trust’s Bethany Sheffer visits.  She’ll have a presentation for children at 10:45 A.M. and a separate lecture for adults at 2:00 P.M.  These harbingers of happiness and harmony are facing extraordinary environmental challenges and are slowly vanishing from the American landscape.

“The Age of the Mind” will be screened at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 19.  This PBS documentary will focus on the tumultuous administration of Florida Governor Farris Bryant in the 1960s.  His daughter, Adair Simon, will be on hand to answer questions and provide personal insight into the era.

On Thursday, July 20, everyone is invited to audition for the library’s Playfest, a collection of short comedies set for August 17.  Auditions will be held at 6:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room. 

The library will host the Discovery Dome Planetarium from 10:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Friday, July 21, and Tuesday, July 25.  Everyone is invited to participate in this interstellar learning experience.