Friends to Unveil Barth Sign on Saturday

June 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

On Saturday June 12th, the Friends of the Dorchester County Public Library will unveil a newly installed historic marker/interpretive sign honoring writer John Barth. Winner of the National Book Award and F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction, Barth was born and raised in Cambridge. His debut novel, The Floating Opera, was set in Cambridge and much of his writing since then has been inspired by the Eastern Shore. The Barth sign is the first in Dorchester to honor a literary figure.

The unveiling ceremony begins at 4 pm on the lawn of the library at 303 Gay Street. The program will feature live music by jazz saxophonist Carl Grubbs, comments by local dignitaries, and remarks from Barth, who will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony, which will be held rain or shine.

The Barth celebration will then continue along Race Street, as part of Main Street’s “Second Saturday” festivities. Bags of candy will be distributed at the former site of Whitey’s Candyland, which was operated by Barth’s father, near Craig’s Drug Store. Copies of Carl Grubbs’s new CD (Maryland Traditions in Jazz) and books autographed by Barth will be raffled off, as well.

The historic marker and unveiling ceremony festivities were made possible by the Friends, with help from the Maryland Heritage Area, the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, the Nannie Waddell Foundation, and Cambridge Main Street.

For additional information, call the Dorchester County Public Library at 410-228-7331.

[photo: David Colwell]

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Dorchester County Public Library

Central Library
303 Gay St.
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-7331

Hurlock Branch
222 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 114
Hurlock, MD 21643
410-943-4331

Join the Friends of the Library!

It is easy to become a Friend. Come by the library and pick up a Membership Form.

What You Can Do

Join and support the Library with your membership donation.

Help sort and shelve donated books for the monthly Book Sale.

Help promote and publicize the Book Sale.

Organize Special Events such as local author Book Signings, Book Sales at other local events, and literacy promotion.

Serve on the Friends’ Board, which meets quarterly with the Library Director.

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