GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library will host comedian and storyteller Bil Lepp at 7 p.m. March 4 as part of “Mirth Month.”
“Mirth” is a word commonly used to express humor and laughter and the library wishes to promote comedy in the March season.
“We don’t use that word in everyday life around here,” said Bossard Memorial Library Director Debbie Saunders. “We want to remember every day that we should find joy and smile, and so in that spirit we are bringing a comedian here to the library.”
According to leppstorytelling.com, “Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson Stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Bil’s first picture book, The King of Little Things, was published by Peachtree Publishers.”
Saunders emphasized the event as being free to the public and family friendly.
On Feb. 6, the library will be promoting “Take your Child to the Library Day” as part of en effort to encourage children to read. At 2 p.m., families will be able to engage in games crafts and story listening.
Feb. 13, the library will be conducting another adult coloring day — by popular demand. The library will provide all materials and some refreshments at 10 a.m. Saunders said it was a good opportunity for community members to “make new friends and mingle while relaxing.”
At 2 p.m. Feb. 20, the library will host “From Log Cabin to White House.” The event is a living-history portrayal of U.S. President James Garfield by presidential historian Edward Haney.
Haney has performed history for roughly 20 years and worked at the James Garfield National Historic Site as an interpreter speaking to students and tour groups of Garfield’s life. Audience members should walk away from the event with an understanding of Garfield’s life as a child, his time working on the Ohio Canal, his career at Hiram College, his education and spiritual beliefs. Haney will detail Garfield’s involvement during the American Civil War, as well as his time in Congress.
Community members should also anticipate a forthcoming nutrition informational program to be implemented at the library in partnership with Holzer Health System. The program will help teach community members about what food choices are best for them. The event is 6 p.m. March 1.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.