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Public Library hosts singer, musician, songwriter, storyteller and
author Mike Anderson
[NOV. 10, 2001] Family
Reading Night at the Lincoln Public Library is Thursday evening, Nov.
15, at 6:30 p.m. Singer, musician, songwriter, storyteller and author
Mike Anderson will be performing.
programs are entertaining for people of all ages, and he is an
award-winning teacher. He received a National Childrenís Television
Award for "Mikeís Music Works," a television show that he
wrote and hosted. His latest storytelling recording, a collection or
original writing entitled "The Great Sled Race," won a
Parentsí Choice 2000 Silver Honor. He has written a new childrenís
book entitled "The Phantom Teacher."
refreshments will be served after the program.
library is located at 725 Pekin St. For more information about this
program and future childrenís programs, call the library at 732-8878
Public Library news release]
[NOV. 7, 2001] ďFollowing
Fake Man," by Barbara Ware Holmes. Alfred A. Knopf, 2001, 228
kid was nursed on a pickle," Madeleine liked to tell anyone who
would listen. Meaning me, of course, Homer Winthrop. "Nursed on
a pickle and weaned on prune juice."
is our introduction to the main character of this book as the
housekeeper, Madeleine, is describing him.
enjoys not talking and sulking as a way to get back at a mother he
feels has closed him out of her life. Homerís father was a
neurologist who died of a neurological disease when Homer was 2
years old. That is almost all he knows about his father because his
mother refuses or is unable to talk about him.
Winthrops live in Boston but are on their way to Maine for summer
vacation, which in itself is a mystery to Homer because his mother
doesnít take vacations. He has a feeling that this is more than a
vacation when his mother announces that the house they will be
staying in is their house.
knowledge really surprises Homer, and he decides to talk because he
wants to know all about the house. He realizes that his father would
have been there at one time, and he is determined to find the truth
about his fatherís death. His mother tells him as little as she
can, and the rest of the story he must find out for himself.
goes exploring on his first morning in Maine and meets a boy named
Roger, who introduces Homer to the mystery of the costumed man.
Roger has discovered that even though the man appears to be old and
gray, it is really a disguise. Homer and the mysterious man are soon
linked when his mother reacts drastically to seeing him on the
street. He is sure that this man is a part of the answers he needs
about his father. The boys soon become fast friends with the common
goal of exposing "Fake Man."
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after seeing Fake Man, Homerís mother announces that he is not to
make any connections while they are there and takes to her bed with
one of her frequent migraines. This makes Homer more determined than
ever to find out the truth. There is something about being where he
has history that gives him a courage he has never experienced
before. His motherís illness also makes it easier for the boys to
carry out their plan of following Fake Man.
leads them to a cabin in the woods at the edge of town, where even
more secrets are exposed. Homer eventually follows Fake Man to Owl
Island. The man turns out to be a famous artist who disguises
himself so he can paint in peace. He was also Homerís fatherís
best friend. He tells Homer about his father and other much-needed
information about his past. They confront Homerís mother with the
information, and it seems as if the Winthrops will be able to start
the healing process and have a future together as a family.
is a humorous yet poignant story about friendship and family. It is
recommended for grades five through seven. Barbara Ware Holmes has
written several other books for children, including "Letters to
Julia" and "My Sister the Sausage Roll."
more information, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217)
732-8878 or 732-5732.
Harmon, Lincoln Public Library District]
presents Ď12 Angry Jurorsí
12, 2001] Lincoln
College Theatre Department opens its second production of the
season, "12 Angry Jurors," on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the
Johnston Center for Performing Arts.
drama "12 Angry Jurors" was written by Reginald Rose. It
is a story told against the backdrop of a murder trial in which a
young man has been accused of killing his father. The 12 jurors who
have heard the testimony and seen the evidence must decide the fate
of the young man. In the initial vote, one juror stands alone with a
vote of not guilty. What unfolds is a story of people facing their
own past, their convictions about illusion and truth, and ultimately
discovering the truth about themselves.
director Tom Quinn feels this play will help people to explore and
understand prejudice, stereotyping and the concept of reasonable
doubt. "This play was first presented on television in the late
í50s, and the subject matter and theme in this production remains
as important and insightful as it was then," he says.
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members include Jemel Washington of Decatur as the Guard, Rachel
Brancecum of Canton as the Foreman, Chad Pedigo of Springfield as
Juror 2, Ashley Lyons of Waverly as Juror 3, Michael Heath of
Annawan as Juror 4, Ben Fulks of Rushville as Juror 5, Larry Jones
of Hartsburg as Juror 6, Kelly Wiegand of Henry as Juror 7, Nichelle
Bringham of Oak Park as Juror 8, Nathan Beagle of Muskegon, Mich.,
as Juror 9, Annemarie Windhorst of Mahomet) as Juror 10, Jessica
Buck of Effingham as Juror 11 and Courtney Cooley of Springfield as
time is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; Friday, Nov. 16; and Saturday,
Nov. 17; with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children and senior citizens. To
reserve tickets, call (217) 732-3155, Ext. 280, Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
College news release]
Lincoln Community Theatre website
Community Theatreís website serves a number of functions, from providing information on
becoming a season ticket holder to showing what new productions are
being planned. Pictures from past productions are also
Visit LCTís website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html,
e-mail LCT at email@example.com,
or write to Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
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