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Representing yourself in court is hard…

May 19, 2014

The law is not so obvious, court procedure is not obvious at all, and sometimes you wonder whether the judge is considering your well-made argument or texting on his phone—so preparation is important.

To help, the library offers a Virtual Pro Se Legal Clinic once a month, and tomorrow, May 20th , is the next one, from 3:00 p.m. to as late as 6:00 p.m. “Virtual” means you will meet with a lawyer online in a video chat session. Don’t worry—it works well. And we set it up.

If you need help with court procedure in a civil matter, come try it. While you’re waiting your turn, you can spend time with the library’s seventh annual challenge show. Seven years—I didn’t know until I read the introduction to the show.

The challenge this year was “Tell me a story.” I can’t cover the whole thing here, but I want to wet your whistle. It’s a really good show with fine two- and three-dimensional artworks and poetry and prose produced by artists from age 10 to … I wouldn’t dare guess.

The first piece you see coming through the doors is “Changing Woman,” beautiful lithography by Sibyl Teague and based on a story, “Where do we come from?”

Upstairs, you’ll see “Illusion,” a signature watercolor by Ellen Maurer inspired by “The cow jumped over the moon.” And nearby is “Splat,” ink on lined paper, by Azzie Alloy-Dryden inspired by “Diary of a wimpy kid.”

That’s great variety right from the start. Proceeding, you’ll find a poem by Sam Kearley based on a photograph from the Jean Hanfelt collection in the Salida Regional Library Archive.

Then, “Mending Day” by Padgett McFeely, a head-turning painting based on the song “Needle and thread.” Next are stories by Zane Timko and Jeffrey Johns-Roberts based on photographs, which you’ll see.

Sally Mather’s multimedia piece celebrates “Four generations of artists,” and beside it are photographs of the four generations (including Sally). Barbara Ford, Dennis Fischer, and Esperanza Zane have poems interspersed with the art.

Virginia Castro’s painting was inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “The hero’s journey,” which I mention because I keep coming upon references to this book everywhere.

Rich Tyler’s mixed media piece is based on the story “Engine summer.” Jimmy Descant’s found-object assemblage is called “Jet,” based on the song “Leaving on a jet plane.”

This is not even the halfway point of the show, which includes entries from students at Crest Academy. There are three-dimensional entries on the counter by the windows upstairs. Here’s the important thing: Go to the end! See the entire show. It fills both sides upstairs.

We hoped to get a story from Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but nothing was submitted by the deadline. However, we chose his story “The Double” as the next reading for the library’s online book club.

If you’re interested, we can get copies of the story through our usual channels—Marmot and Prospector network libraries—or you can read an online text. We have provided a link to one on our website.

Old Russian literature, you wonder? Those Victorian era Russians (Doestoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, etc.) are so modern it’s a bit embarrassing to consider how little we’ve “advanced,” smartphones not withstanding.

If you need further prodding, “The Double” was recently made into a film, plus the story is relatively short. Do a book/film combo. It had been my plan to do the “Cannery Row” book and film this spring, and I might still get to it. Summer is still a month away.

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