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'Books That Made a Difference' series continues Thursday

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sue Murray and Rick Provine will be the featured speakers Thursday, Sept. 26 for the third in the series of "Books That Made a Difference" programs.

The free program will begin at 11:40 a.m. in the Putnam County Public Library (PCPL) Kiwanis room.

The series is co-sponsored by the DePauw University Library and the PCPL. It is a brown bag event so the public can feel free to bring a lunch. Starbucks coffee, drinks and light dessert will be served.

"Books That Made a Difference" features local personalities who speak about a book that has had a significant impact on his or her life.

Rick Provine
On Sept. 26, Murray, the mayor of Greencastle, will discuss the book, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Harold Kushner.

Provine, the director of libraries at DePauw, will discuss "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut.

Previous speakers in this series have included Diana LaViolette who spoke on "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, Doug Harms on "The Mind's I" by Douglas Hofstadter and Daniel Dennett, P.T. Wilson on "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein, and Claudia Mills on "Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown" by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Murray was elected mayor in 2007. Born in Chicago, she grew up in upstate New York and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from St. Lawrence University.

DePauw brought her family to Greencastle in 1978. Since then she has served two terms on the City Council and 12 years on the Greencastle Board of Public Works and Safety. Before becoming mayor she was the director of Community and Social Services at Putnam County Hospital, responsible for social work, community engagement and marketing.

Sue Murray
Sue and her husband, Dave, have three grown children.

As director of libraries, Provine has been at DePauw since 2000. He previously held positions at the University of Virginia and Indiana University after receiving a BA and MLS from IU in Bloomington.

He has served as chairman of several professional organizations, including the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, the ALA Video Round Table and the ACRL Media Resources Committee.

He served locally as president of the Putnam County Museum.

Provine is a drummer for the band, Hauskatz, and will be performing in the upcoming DePauw production of "The Rocky Horror Show."

Provine is married to Ann, a librarian at the PCPL. They have two grown children, several cats and a giant dog, Dewey.

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