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The Perry County Public Library in Linden is continuing to offer basic computer training classes funded under a Grant Contract by the State of Tennessee. Call the library at 931-589-5011 to register for the classes described below. Space is limited, call soon. Classes will be offered at the Library in Linden, 104 College Avenue, on the street behind the High School. 

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It's not too late to buy your 2019 calendar at the library.  The Perry County Cultural Arts Commission has created a 2019 calendar showcasing the beauty of our county on each page. The calendars are available for just $5 and can be purchased at the Library in Linden or the Buffalo River Artisans Cooperative (BRAC) at 110 Main Street in Linden.

pccac calendar 300Don't miss your opportunity to purchase this limited edition calendar showing photos taken by other Perry Countians. This calendar sale is an important fund-raiser supporting the local arts.

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When Dale E. Long asked Library Director, Gail Spragins, if the library in Linden could use a cash donation from the Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter 1123, she was delighted. Spragins explained that she wanted to purchase from the list of Top Ten Western Books. In particular, she hoped to find the books in Large Print format.

Books given to the Perry County Public Library by The Viet Nam Veterans of America, Chapter 1123According to Director Spragins, "Large print books cost nearly double the price of regular print books.  It's worth the extra cost because the library in Linden serves many people in the community who can read only large print. For example, Pulitzer Prize Finalist "The Son" by Phillip Meyer costs about $40 in large print format."

With the generous donation from the Viet Nam Vets, Spragins purchased three additional Top Ten Westerns in large print: "The Virginian" by Owen Wister, "Wyatt Earp" by Max Braun, and "Hondo" by Louis L'Amour. 

The 1968 bestseller "True Grit" by Charles Portis is no longer available in hardback for less than $100. And the book is not available in large print at any price. So, Spragins purchased a new, regular print, paperback copy for about $12. She also purchased a few other titles in regular print.

"We put the new books on the shelves last week, and they have already been checked out," said Spragins, "but the library has many other Westerns available in large and regular print. We are grateful to the local Viet Nam Veterans for supporting our local library."

Young Drake Boutwell, shown in the photo picking up his latest book at the post office, is excited about receiving his book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which distributes about 327 books each month to children under the age of 5 in Perry County. Our county’s program is currently in its fourteen year thanks to the continuing support of many generous donors.  The Imagination Library helps children develop a love of books and reading, an important part of early literacy for the preschool children in Perry County.  

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“The Coon Hunter”
Ellen McGowan, Sculptor

“In my work I have always sought to capture both the poignancy and the humor that characterize the human experience.”

coon hunter sculptureHere, Ellen McGowan’s sculpture, “The Coon Hunter,” depicts her Cotton Branch neighbor on a coon hunting adventure.   This piece, along with others she has created, displays her talent for capturing ordinary moments as people go about their lives.

In 1965 Ellen and her husband, Robert W. McGowan, purchased 100 acres on Cotton Branch in Perry County, TN. They built a home and in 1981.    Dr. McGowan retired from Memphis State University where he had been a professor of biology and she had been a public school art and music teacher.

Living in a small town suited the McGowans and soon both became involved with the community. He wrote a column for the Buffalo River Review and she had a studio built where she could continue her art, music, sculpting and “people watching.” The clay that was readily available along the creek at her home was the perfect medium allowing her to capture and preserve her impressions and memories.

Ellen created two sculptures she called “The Coon Hunter”. One was used to help raise funds for the Perry County Historical Society Genealogy Room that was being added to the public library in Linden. The second one she donated to the library to remain on permanent display.

Another sculpture she created in 1998 was entitled “The Quilter” and is proudly displayed in the Perry County Senior Citizens Quilting Room at the Azbill Community Center.


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The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides age appropriate books for children from birth to 5 years old. Be sure to register your child. It's free!

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