2018-06-27 / Front Page

Libraries Rock benefit for adult literacy to be held July 13

Libraries Rock is a blast of a benefit to support Putnam Adult Literacy Services (PALS).

On Friday, July 13, from 6-10 p.m. the library is getting out of the stacks and under the stars in the Putnam County Public Library’s parking lot. The fundraising event will feature music, poetry, a beer and wine garden and food vendors including Hatchet House BBQ!

Admission is $5 at the entrance. All proceeds will benefit the PALS program.

The festival lineup brings together creative and entertaining artists with local roots including poet Abby Chew, singer/ songwriters Ron Dye and Gus Moon (Anthony Mullis), and vocalist/ guitarist Jesse Lee (Pravada) who is the son of PCPL literacy coordinator Cheryl Hayes.

Abby Chew will launch and read selections from her second book of poetry, “A Bear Approaches from the Sky.”

“Abby Chew’s poems evoke a sensory world that is not quite human, one that feels remnant of our more richly animal past, when we were never without the hunting teeth,” describes Emily Wilson. “Her composite, selfpossessed voices—half man, half coyote; half crow, half bear—lope and swoop their waste spaces, smelling the air, catching the scents of prey and danger.” Abby’s books will be available for sale and signing.

Ron Dye is a quinfecta of talent: playwright, actor, director, musician and songwriter. A long time fixture in the Greencastle music scene, Ron will be performing with the talented Gus Moon, lauded as “equal parts genius, charisma, and humility” in National Road Magazine.

Pravada is described by Nuvo as “one of Indy’s best and brightest indie rock bands.” In their 2018 record, Still the Sea, “the group entices once again with their poetic and dreamy nature. Hailing from Indiana, the group made up of Jesse Lee, Casey Tennis and Hubert Glover entice with every listen,” according to pastemagazine.com. This performance will be their Greencastle debut.

Literacy is important to individuals and communities alike. Through literacy programs individuals gain the skills needed to get and keep a job and support the economic needs of a community. Literacy improves lives of individuals by providing access to information and enables performance of fundamental needs such as taking a driver’s license test, reading and understanding medical information for themselves and their families, allowing for civic participation including voting, enabling access to knowledge, and furthering creative aspirations.

Residents are invited to come and enjoy an evening of music and poetry, and help support adult literacy so the beauty of words and the power of written language can be within the grasp of everyone.

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