White Salmon Library community reads event in February

During the month of February 2015, the Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library will sponsor our first Community Reads event. The event is named KOOBDOOGA*(“A Good Book” backwards). The featured book is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis” by Seattle author Timothy Egan. The featured book won the Washington State Book Award for 2013. Edward Curtis photographed native people during the early 1900s. His subjects included the Columbia River tribes, Eskimos, Sioux, Navaho, Apache, and Nez Perce, including Chief Joseph. The purpose of our KOOBDOOGA project is to encourage community members, high school age through adult, to come together to celebrate the reading of a good book.

We are planning a variety of events to be held during February, 2015 related to our featured book. One of the featured events will be an exhibit of artworks, photographs, bead work, fiber arts and other mediums at the library. We invite interested artists to participate. Works included in the exhibit must be inspired by or related to the book. Submission deadline is Saturday, January 24, 2015. The Friends of the Library will host an artists’ reception at the library on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. If the artist wishes, the piece may be for sale. If works are sold, the Friends of the Library would appreciate a small donation (the amount to be determined by the artist).

Interested artists may pick up a copy of the book, exhibition details, display agreement and registration form at the library. There will also be a selection of books on Edward Curtis and his photographs on hand at the library for your further inspiration. The art exhibition will not be juried; however, the KOOBDOOGA Committee reserves the right to reject works that do not meet the exhibition criteria.

Contact the library at 509-493-1132 for details.

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