The Times West Virginian

January 10, 2014

Fairmont art, architecture being displayed at library

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Art and architecture of Fairmont are being displayed at the Marion County Public Library.

Original art from the late Raymond Stoker and architecture work from the late Andrew C. Lyons will be on display in the library’s exhibition room until Jan. 30.

Julie Mike, public relations manager of MCPLS, said both Stoker and Lyons contributed to art and the architecture of Fairmont.

“Stoker was a local photographer and artist,” she said. “He painted a picture of the first MCPLS director, which is on display.”

Lyons’ architecture can still be seen in downtown Fairmont, and more pictures of his Marion County work can be seen at the exhibit. Mike said he designed two major buildings, including the now Marion County Sheriff’s Department office building and the building beside it where Friendly Furniture is located.

“Lyons designed White School building and the house where the Woman’s Club of Fairmont is located,” she said.

Also new in January is the library’s adult reading program, Hot Read of Cold Nights, that runs through February. Mike said adults 18 years or older can participate.

“They have to come in and register,” she said. “They’ll get a reading log, and they can read whatever books they want to. There will be a drawing at the beginning of March.”

For children of all ages, the Marion County Public Library will be celebrating the birthday of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne on Jan. 18. Mike said activities start at 1 p.m., and children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal.

Mike said at 2 p.m. they will be showing the newest Winnie the Pooh movie, “A Very Merry Pooh Year.”

“We’re going to have activities like coloring sheets and games before showing the movie,” she said.

Mike said MCPLS is participating in West Virginia Reads 150+ again in 2014. Last year the library system took part in West Virginia Reads 150.

This year’s challenge is a little different than 2013’s program. Mike said there is no limit on the number of team members.

“Last year the limit was 15 members on a team,” she said. “This year there is no limit; you can have as many members as you want.”

All the libraries in the MCPLS are participating in West Virginia Reads 150+.

Mike said registration packets can be picked up at any circulation desk at MCPLS libraries.

“They have all year to read their books, and there will be a drawing in January 2015,” she said.

Mike said they are still looking for an artist to feature in their exhibition room during the month of February.

For more information about the programs at the library or for those interested in displaying their work, contact the Marion County Public Library at 304-366-1210.

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