Guitar Concert at the White Sulphur Springs Library
Featuring Allan Sizemore
Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m.
Allan Sizemore, who performs professionally under the name BlacKingCoal, has been a professional musician for over 30 years. He has played every small dive bar and almost every major festival in the United States and still has a hunger for performing and writing songs. He draws on his time growing up in a hollow in West Virginia and from everyday life and blends it into a mix of blues, soul and folk style music.
Allan has had Top 10 albums and songs overseas as well as having his groups Rust Kings and The Wild Rumpus named in various Top 20 lists of performers in Americana. His songs have been named the NPR Song of the Week on All Songs Considered twice and he also penned most of the music for the TV show Barnwood Builders for the first season.
Now residing in beautiful White Sulphur Springs WV and still traveling the country as the blues/soul act BlacKingCoal, he is still going strong with new releases and upcoming projects. We hope you enjoy an evening of toe tapping good time and engaging storytelling.
This free program will be followed by light refreshments. please call 304-536-1171 if you have any questions.
Every Monday at 10:30 a.m.
Story hour is held every Monday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interesting stories, a fun craft, and a yummy snack are included! All children up to the age of 7 are welcome. For more information, give us a call at 304-536-1171. We hope to see you next week!
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY (WSSPL)
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
WSSPL needs your help. We are initiating our annual fund drive. We need to raise approximately 30% ($27,000) of our budget in private donations/non tax-based moneys. Currently the WSS Rotary Club is the only local group that sponsors fundraising events for our library. The story is found following the Bottom Line. We are desperate for your advocacy to your friends and personal networks.
What we need--What we aspire to be:
We need money for operations: All of the programs we put on require motivated, competent staffing; program planning and execution, including after hours events. We need to increase staff compensation (in 8 years we have cycled 4 Library Directors, in part to low pay). Grants, both public and private typically will not fund operating costs.
Our vision is a vibrant cultural hub with expanding programs/month with superior staffing: More children’s programs; adult reading; incentive funds to encourage literacy-particularly youth; money for music, history, art, quilt and photography shows etc.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
Obviously we are seeking donations: If you have the means please give. If you are part of a civic or business/ group-adopt the library with fundraisers or as a yearly charitable donation. We need your help with obtaining donations, memorial funds and endowments.
Even if you are financially limited: EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS AN IMPORTANT SOMEBODY! REACH OUT--BE AN ADVOCATE/ AMBASSADOR AND GET OUR MESSAGE OUT.
Please read on for more and share our story anywhere and everywhere!
Our Mission-Community Needs We Fulfill
What We Need--Our Aspirations
Our basic mission: serve as the information center for our service area (Just under 6,000 people: Caldwell, WSS, Route 92 communities, Big Draft). Additionally, it is our goal to provide our library as a Community/Hub/ Center for our local area, providing expanded meeting facilities and historical, cultural and entertainment programs.
What We Provide-Why it Matters
Books etc; Our reading, audio/digital book and audiovisual collection are first rate and kept up to date. In what appears to be a post coal economy, a literate W.Va. is more important than ever.
Children’s Reading- Read Aloud and Summer Reading Program’s: Fact: 2014 57.6% of Greenbrier County fourth graders score below proficient in reading/language arts. Your financial support allows us to provide added staff hours and materials to be a significant factor in solving this problem.
1) Our rural patrons are grossly underserved with broadband: 2 miles from WSS will find computer service absent, unreliable or cost prohibitive. We provide a means for these adults and children to access computer resources.
2) Employment- we have many patrons who use our resources to do job searches, fill out online applications or print the same. Employment benefits everyone.
Community Center for Arts, History, Musical Cultural Events: We host art shows, volunteer live music, History Alive and Local Area History projects. We view these as a critical role in the revitalization of “community” in WSS in concert with Main Street WSS, Civic and Business entities.
Note--currently Mark Linkous- has given us the local area history collection of Debbie Simpson, news articles, photo’s, memorabilia and newspapers going back to the early 1900’s. An 8 person group spearhead by Dr.Frank Collin’s has volunteered over 240 hours in initial sorting and cataloging to preserve this precious history for our local area.
WSSPL is committed to W.Va., Area and Local authors and history. With your funding we hope to digitize all local history documents for computer/Web accessibility.