The following news comes from the Puskarich Public Library in Cadiz.
Local author to visit
Local author Kerry George will visit the Puskarich Public Library, 200 E. Market St., Cadiz, at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 to meet interested readers and sign copies of his new book "Black Damp Century."
According to a news release about the book, William "Buck" Storm is the tyrannical patriarch of his family and brutal coal mine owner whose war-time experiences have flawed him. He respects nothing and no one.
Jesse Kamin is the passionate son of a coal miner killed in an Ohio mine explosion and raised by a mother full of hate. Violence and anarchy in the United Mine Workers drive him to the government and by chance, he is pitted against Storm.
This is the story of strife, loyalty and fury as told with a backdrop of the historical events of the 20th Century, beginning with the bloody battle at Blair Mountain in West Virginia. The clashes deeply mar the coal operators, miners and the government for generations.
The miner's world holds multiple forms of black damp, which threatened to suck the oxygen from the lives of all involved.
George is a graduate of Ohio University and a retired U.S. mine inspector with the federal government. He lives in Adena with his wife, Christine and a daughter, Carrie.
Free tax clinics scheduled
The Ohio Benefit Bank will hold a free tax clinic on Feb. 2 and March 2 at the library from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The service is provided for any household making less than $54,000 a year.
Completed tax forms are E-filed for free, and refunds can be direct deposited in order to obtain reimbursement promptly.
The bank will determine tax credits a person can claim, including the Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
Call the library at (740) 942-2623 to make an appointment and learn what papers to bring for the clinic.
There's a new addition
The Cadiz library has a new addition.
It's on the right side of its home page - a link to the Tumblebook Library with e-books that are always available to patrons of the library system. As long as the library client has an Internet connection and a device with browsing capabilities, patrons can view an e-book from the Tumblebook Library without ever waiting in line.
Help with losing holiday weight gain
Joseph Maiorano, family consumer science educator, will hold a program to shed holiday weight gain at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
This is a program with strategies for healthy nutrition and physical activity to aid in reducing the weight gained during the recent holiday celebrations. Contact the library for information.
Maiorano will hold a summer get-away program from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 4. Participants will explore options for local destinations and ways to save money.
A class on scarf sewing
Marie Mader will be instructing a scarf sewing class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 30.
Stop at the library or call to get the list of materials needed for the project.
Attention, area hiking enthusiasts
The Outdoors Club will meet at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 to hike part of the Clendening Lake section of the Buckeye Trail. Hikers should meet at 1:45 p.m. at the state Route 799 pull-off at the start of the hill from the lake toward Kennedy Ridge.
Cherilynn Morgan will demonstrate the basics of jewelry making and then the class will create a special piece at the session at noon March 9 at the library.
Pre-school story hour will be held from 11 a.m.to noon each Wednesday for those 3-years-old through kindergarten. It will be held on Tuesdays at the Scio Branch Library from 1 to 2 p.m. Call (740) 945-6811. The Clark Branch Library will hold the story hour on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.
Toddler Time, for children age 1 to 3, will meet on the second and forth Wednesday at the Puskarich library from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m on Feb. 13 and 27.