Libraries Rock benefit for adult literacy set Friday at PCPL

Monday, July 9, 2018

Libraries Rock, a benefit in support of Putnam Adult Literacy Services (PALS), is scheduled for Friday, July 13 under the stars on the Putnam County Public Library's parking lot.

The 6-10 p.m. fundraising event will feature music, poetry, a beer and wine garden and food vendors, including Hatchet House Barbecue.

Pravada, Indy indie band to play Friday at PCPL event.

Admission is $5 at the entrance. All proceeds will benefit the PALS program.

The festival lineup brings together creative and entertaining artists with local roots, including poet Abby Chew, singer/songwriters Ron Dye and Gus Moon (Anthony Mullis) and vocalist/guitarist Jesse Lee (of the band Pravada) who is the son of PCPL literacy coordinator Cheryl Hayes.

Chew will launch and read selections from her second book of poetry, "A Bear Approaches from the Sky."

"Abby Chew's poems evoke a sensory world that is not quite human, one that feels remnant of our more richly animal past, when we were 'never without the hunting teeth," Emily Wilson said. "Her composite, self-possessed voices -- half man, half coyote; half crow, half bear -- lope and swoop their waste spaces, smelling the air, catching the scents of prey and danger."

Chew's books will be available for sale and signing.

Dye is a man of varied talents -- playwright, actor, director, musician and songwriter. A longtime fixture in the Greencastle music scene, Dye will be performing with Moon, lauded as "equal parts genius, charisma and humility" in National Road magazine.

Pravada is described by Nuvo as "one of Indy's best and brightest indie rock bands." Hailing from Indiana, the group made up of Jesse Lee, Greencastle product Casey Tennis and Hubert Glover. Friday's performance will be the group's Greencastle debut.

Through literacy programs individuals gain the skills needed to get and keep a job and support the economic needs of a community.

Literacy improves lives of individuals by providing access to information and enables performance of fundamental needs such as taking a driver's license test, reading and understanding medical information for themselves and their families, allowing for civic participation including voting, enabling access to knowledge and furthering creative aspirations.

Residents are invited to come and enjoy an evening of music and poetry, and help support adult literacy with a goal of making the beauty of words and the power of written language within the grasp of everyone.

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