During the summer season, the Smith Memorial Library is easily overshadowed. The respectable, brick building anchors its end of Bestor Plaza, but most people are drawn to its larger neighbor, the Amphitheater.
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Pam Spremulli will read her book Letter Birds at 10:45 a.m. today during Story Time at the Smith Memorial Library. She will be signing books at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the bookstore.
Like fairway divots come and gone, innumerable narratives have left their marks on the grounds of the Chautauqua Golf Club’s during its 100 years, contributing to a rich and enduring history.
Women have been influencing Chautauqua Institution’s development since it was founded in 1874.
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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.
“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.
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.