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Like to knit or crochet? Come “Sit & Stitch” at NAFC Public Library

Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 PM, Strassweg Auditorium

Do you like to knit, crochet, or do other needlework? Would you like to make new friends that enjoy these things too? If so, please join us for our weekly Sit & Stitch program! Sit & Stitch is held every Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in Strassweg Auditorium, located in the lower level of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Our Sit & Stitch group enjoys trading patterns and helping one another with them, and new members are welcome anytime – just drop by.

Adult Services staff member Lori Eskridge started Sit & Stitch in 2009, inspired by her own interest in knitting and crochet. Lori has been doing both since she was eleven. About this program, Lori says, “We enjoy getting together and seeing each other's work, and sharing our days with each other. We also enjoy discovering new patterns, and often we are able to help one another out with a 'tough part' of a particular project – it can help to have a new set of eyes." For those who are new to knitting or crochet, Lori is glad to provide instruction. All skill levels are welcome at Sit & Stitch.

For more information, please stop by the Reference Services Desk or call 812-949-3523.

Spanish Winter Reading Club (Concurso de lectura invierno) at NAFCPL

December 1st through February 28th - Warm up to a good book with us this winter!

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is seeking readers for our annual Spanish Winter Reading Club (Concurso de lectura invierno), and the process couldn’t be easier: starting December 1st, simply visit http://nafclibrarysr.evanced.info/ and click on the tab marked “CDL” to register, and then fill out a review online for every book you read. If you don’t have online access, you can also ask for a registration form at the Reference Services Desk, and pick up copies of our form to submit written reviews. Each week, a random drawing will select a participating reader to receive a jar of hot chocolate mix. After the Spanish Winter Reading Club ends on February 28th, a random drawing will be held for several different grand prizes, including a quilt (perfect for those cold winter nights!). For more information, please stop by the Reference Services Desk, or contact staff member Lori Eskridge at 812-949-3523.

The mission of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is to support the growth and creativity of an engaged, informed, and connected community. The Library is located at 180 West Spring Street in downtown New Albany, Indiana. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-8:30 PM; Friday-Saturday from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM; and Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM (Sundays after Labor Day through the last Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend only). Please visit us online at www.nafclibrary.org and www.facebook.com/NAFCPL for more information on Library programs and services.

David C. Barksdale reappointed as Floyd County Historian

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and the Indiana Historical Bureau are pleased to announce David C. Barksdale of New Albany has been reappointed as the official Floyd County historian.

In this role, Barksdale serves as a liaison between statewide agencies and local organizations. He also answers questions from the public about Floyd County's rich traditions and legacy—a position to which the New Albany native is well suited.

Barksdale serves as president of the Floyd County Historical Society. His long history of civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Develop New Albany and the YMCA Advisory Board. Barksdale is also a member of the New Albany City Council.

IN Historical SocietyBarksdale has written several hundred house and building histories. He co-authored and helped to compile several books. Most recently, Barksdale teamed up with Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks, Southern Regional Office, to write Historic Homes of New Albany, Indiana, published by The History Press.

Barksdale is one of dozens of men and women lending their talents to the County Historian Program. Established in 1981, its goal is to improve the historical communication network locally— and across the state.

"County historians know what the resources are and where to find them," says Jeannette Rooney, IHS assistant director of local history services. "Their depth of involvement on the local level helps to bolster community interest in local history and its preservation."

With a goal towards making New Albany a better city for each of its citizens, Barksdale embarks on a new three-year term as county historian sharing those sentiments.

"It is very important to continue the tradition of appointing county historians so each county has a go-to person who can direct history-related inquiries to the proper sources," says Barksdale.

For more information about the County Historian Program and other IHS resources and events, call (317) 232-1882. In addition, a directory of local county historians is available online at www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana's Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

First Friday Concert Series

PianoFree lunchtime concert series at NA-FC Public Library
The first Friday of each month at Noon
Strassweg Auditorium

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is excited to offer a free lunchtime concert series on the first Friday of each month. The First Friday Concerts will take place at noon on the first Friday of the month March through August 2017 in Strassweg Auditorium, located in the lower level of the Library. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a lunch, and with each concert only lasting 30 minutes, our hope is that members of our community can enjoy access to a curated series of musical performances – even over a lunch break!

The First Friday Concerts are co-sponsored by the Kentuckiana Association of Musicians and Singers (KAMS), whose mission is to reach out to singers and musicians throughout Kentuckiana, helping everyone that plays or sings to enjoy making music together. KAMS has selected the performers and well-rounded, accessible pieces for each concert. The First Friday Concerts are free and open to the public, no registration required.

First Friday Concert Series Schedule

Friday, March 3, 12 PM: Nada Loufti (Piano)
Program: Two Rhapsodies op. 79 (Brahms); A selection from 16 Waltzes op. 39 (Brahms)

Friday, April 7, 12 PM: Heather Tomko (Soprano), Owen Heritage (Piano)
Program: Ave Maria (Gounod/Bach); Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams); Pietà (Kendzia); If I Told You Now (James Robert Brown); When I am Dead (Heritage); Caro Mio Ben (Giordani)

Friday, May 5, 12 PM: Mircea Ionescu (Violin), Chris Combs (Piano)
Program: Sonata No. 1 in A Major (Handel); Gigue from Partita for Violin in D Minor (Bach); Sonata No. 21 in E Minor (Mozart)

Friday, June 2, 12 PM: New Albany High School Silken Strings Ensemble
Violin: Levacy Quinn, Michael Mifflin, Zecong Liang, Callen Dolcimascolo, Kelly Chin, Allison Sheets, Gavin Corley; Viola: Cassie Horn, Shane Ledbetter; Cello: Alex Thompson, Dylan Kost; Bass: Aaron Thompson

Friday, July 7, 12 PM: Mircea Ionescu (Cello), Daniyela Ionescu (Piano)
Program: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor (Benedetto Marcello); Prelude, Allemande, Courante and Sarabande from Suite in G Major (Bach); Sonata No. 1 in C Major (J.B. Breval); Chanson Triste No. 2, Op. 40 (Tchaikovsky)

Friday, August 4, 12 PM: John Cloud (Piano)
Program: Excursions Op. 20 (Samuel Barber); Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 (Chopin); Etude Op. 25 No. 1 (Chopin)

The mission of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is to support the growth and creativity of an engaged, informed, and connected community. The Library is located at 180 West Spring Street in downtown New Albany, Indiana. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-8:30 PM; Friday-Saturday from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM; and Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM (Sundays after Labor Day through the last Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend only). Please visit us online at www.nafclibrary.org and www.facebook.com/NAFCPL for more information on Library programs and services.

Adult Winter Reading Club at NA-FC Public Library

December 1st through February 28th

Warm up to a good book with us this winter!

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is seeking readers for our annual Adult Winter Reading Club, and the process couldn’t be easier: starting December 1st, simply visit http://nafclibrarysr.evanced.info/ to register, and then fill out a review online for every book you read. Each week, a random drawing will select a participating reader to receive a jar of hot chocolate mix. Every participating reader who reads 5 books will receive a tote bag, flashlight, and bookmark. After the Adult Winter Reading Club ends on February 28th, a random drawing will be held for three different grand prizes: a Kindle Fire, a mug for soup, and a quilt. The Adult Winter Reading Club is open to readers ages 18 and up. For more information, please stop by the Reference Services Desk, or call 812-949-3523.

Bread and Roses Exhibit at the Pat Harrison Gallery

#BlackArtMatters

Friday, February 3 – April 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Above: Black Beauty by Fahamu Pecou, Acrylic, enamel, spray paint and gold leaf on canvas, 48 x 84 inches. 2016. Photo courtesy the Artist and Lyons Wier Gallery, New York.

We are pleased to invite the public to the Carnegie Center for Art and History for the free, opening reception of our first new art exhibition of 2017. Our galleries welcome the works of ten African American artists from across the United States. Participating artists include: Ray Dalton, Stephen Flemister, Robyn Gibson, Natasha Giles, Christina Long, Fahamu Pecou, LaNia Roberts, Dread Scott, Scheherazade Tillet, and Shawn Michael Warren.

Carnegie Center Curator, Dan Pfalzgraf has pointed out, “This is an exhibit born out of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, created to provide space for people to be seen and heard. This exhibition is about sharing histories and celebrating lives, and to encourage understanding and respect among neighbors.” Our exhibition’s goal, however, is to create a platform for dialogue, civility, and understanding through the use of visual art. Pfalzgraf adds, “In this moment in history, the Carnegie Center for Art and History felt a sense of urgency to share our space to highlight the work and vision of both local and national African American artists to bring national conversations to our space and community.”

Pfalzgraf also acknowledges that “It is important for African American children to be able to walk into a museum and see images that they can immediately identify with.”…“This exhibit also provides a significant opportunity for non-African American visitors to step outside of themselves to hear what others are saying, to see things they may not have seen before, and to better recognize the things that are universal to us all.” Art is a very good way to communicate this idea.

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