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Librarians and Strummers unite to celebrate Library Day

Librarians and Strummers unite to celebrate Library Day

Smith Memorial Library, a gathering place on the grounds, will take a day to celebrate the giving personalities of local librarians. The Summer Strummers, a group of some of the most generous personalities on the grounds, will strike up a sing-along on the library steps from 8:30–10:30 a.m. this morning.

Library Day has been a tradition on the grounds long before Lynn Kinnear, library director, arrived on the scene in 1990.

“It’s just a day that shines the spotlight on the library for the community and also the area librarians,” Kinnear said.

Chautauqua architecture: Foster reveals thinking behind some of Institution’s beloved shared spaces

Chautauqua architecture: Foster reveals thinking behind some of Institution’s beloved shared spaces

“Let’s take a walk,” Jane Foster said, traces of her Georgia burr softening the edges of her sentences. “We’ll see what we find.”

Foster has been visiting Chautauqua since the 1980s and became a property owner more recently. She is a licensed architect, having been in private practice for 30 years in Philadelphia with husband Arthur Willson. She is also a freelance professional opera singer who performed Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with New York City’s One World Symphony earlier this year and once sang the part of Michaela in Carmen at Christmastime in Bavaria — on two days’ notice.

We had decided to look at some of Chautauqua’s major public buildings, Foster serving as an impressionistic docent.

Civil War artifacts with local ties on display at library

Civil War artifacts with local ties on display at library

Visitors to the second floor of Smith Memorial Library this week will find an exhibit of Civil War artifacts with strong connections to Chautauqua County history.

The season-long exhibit is from the collection of library employee Deborah Reynolds, who attributes the interest in Civil War memorabilia to family history.