The summer reading program is in full swing now, and we’d like to thank the sponsors for contributing to the plethora of prizes we have to offer this year.
Crumb & Get It
Garrett’s & Megs
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Lamplighters—Friends of the Library
Nesselrod on the New
Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint
We also have two individuals, Sharon Oliver and John Phillips, who have contributed to the new weekly knitting group for adults, the Knit Wits.
I was treated to an interview with Mr. John Phillips a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve noticed the lovely artwork that is now on display throughout the library, you may thank John Phillips who has donated several pieces of original artwork from his personal collection. Mr. Phillips was born and raised in Snowville where he attended a one room school house, complete with a black, pot bellied stove and outdoor facilities. He served in the military from 1954 to 1958. After being released, he moved to New York City where he completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in nursing. Over the years, he worked at the famous Bellview Hospital, taught at Hunter College and NYU.
In 2008, he returned home to Radford. Mr. Phillips really values the culture in the area as he was accustomed to attending operas, art museums, concerts and auctions in Manhatten. He says there is not really that much difference when you think about it between Radford and the big city. We are fortunate to have cultural diversity in our community.
To that end, please come enjoy the next summer concert series at the library. We will have a jazz performance from The Graduates on Friday, July 6th at 7pm. And be sure to thank our sponsors for their donations to Radford’s culture.