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Starting the first Saturday of February, the David A. Howe Library will be hosting their first Winter Reading Program. This event will last four weeks – from Saturday, February 3, through Saturday, March 2 – and is open to community members of all ages!
Each week of the program, we will ask participants to report the amount of time they have spent reading. Children and tweens will color in tracking charts and turn them in each week for an entry to win a grand prize. Teens and adults will receive a bookmark on which to track and will be able to report their progress in-person or online. Library staff will tally all of the minutes reported by participants each week and add them to our thermometer tracker! Our goal is for our community to beat the winter chill by collectively reading for 500 hours during the 4 weeks of the winter reading program. Adults and teens will also have weekly opportunities to enter a trivia contest for an additional prize.
The third week of the winter reading program coincides with Wellsville Central School’s mid-winter break, February 19-23. We encourage caretakers to bring kids and teens to the library to hang out, read, play games, do puzzles, and make use of our Xbox during this time. If you come mid-day during break week, your children and teens will be able to enjoy lunches provided through a partnership with the Salvation Army.
On Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will wrap up the winter reading program with The Winter Chill. This event will include a movie, hot drinks, snacks, and cozy areas to chill and read or play games. Patrons are encouraged to come in their comfiest clothes and bring cozy blankets. This event is the conclusion of our winter reading program but anyone is welcome to attend!
Girl Love is a queer folk pop trio bringing an eclectic blend of story and soul. Lead singer, Laura Beth Johnson, is joined by Marc and Hannah LeGrand on a musical journey through jazz, folk, and pop. Their self-titled debut album was released in January boasting whimsical waltzes, poetic folk tunes, and jazzy power ballads. Laura, Marc, and Hannah are all alum of Houghton University and hope that their openly LGBT presence will bring light to the community with their message that all of us are beautifully and wonderfully made.
Stone Circle, a contemporary Irish band, based in Western New York, formed nearly seven years ago. With over fifty years of professional music experience among them, the small group brings a big sound with multi-talented instrumentation. Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, octave guitar, 5-string banjo, 4-string Irish tenor banjo, and fiddle are readily employed on stage. They perform a wide variety of Irish music, from old traditional tunes to contemporary songs, and even some light Celtic rock and their own original music.
Spencer LaJoye makes indie folk music for everyone. LaJoye is an East Coast singer/songwriter with Midwest roots, a classically-trained violinist with a proclivity for Broadway vocals, and a student of Americana music with a theology degree hanging in their studio. They’ve been writing and touring their own autobiographical folk/pop music for over a decade, but the virality of their 2021 anthem “Plowshare Prayer” secured them a permanent place in hearts and households across the world. Spencer has a lengthy catalog of recorded music. On February 16, 2024,Spencer released Shadow Puppets, their first full-length album under their new name.
Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs over 50 concerts a year and has released recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels to critical acclaim. Peter has a repertoire that runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century. His program this spring includes pieces from Bach, Jean-Baptiste Besard, Andrew York, Paganini, Ponce, Scarlatti, and Villalobos. Visit www.peterfletcher.com for more information.
Emma Tyme is a singer-songwriter, educator, and multi-instrumentalist from Allegany County. Raised on a dairy farm, Emma’s songs often include lyrics pertaining to nature. Emma’s music took her to Ithaca College, where she studied French horn and classical guitar, and where she graduated with a degree in gerontology. Emma now works full time at Steuben County Office for the Aging and remains passionate about promoting the arts in rural communities.