News & Events
Meet the August Artist: Nancy Patterson Adair
The Collierville Burch Library is pleased to welcome local artist Nancy Patterson Adair as our artist for the month of August. Nancy has had a background as varied and colorful as her work. Not only has she had formal training (art classes at then-Memphis State University), but also she has actively pursued to refine and enhance artistic techniques by attending workshops and classes in oil and watercolor painting from some of the area’s finest artists.
Ms. Adair refuses to limit herself to any one medium. A visit to Murano, Italy, peaked her desire to work with glass. She studied fused glass techniques under Jan Singer and Teresa White. Curious by nature, she soon discovered the ancient art of encaustic painting (pigmented hot wax “painted” with a heat gun); as an artist, she enjoyed the freedom of moving color with heat in order to get unexpected results.
Whether depicting large floral oil paintings or waterscapes, creating collages, or embracing exciting new opportunities in tech art, Ms. Adair has merged experience with self-discovery and allowed her talent to venture beyond normal boundaries.
Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Did you know that something special is happening to the sun this summer? On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. This will be the first total solar eclipse to touch the United States since the 1990s (when one occurred on Hawaii), and the first to cover it coast-to-coast since 1918!
Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. Here in Collierville we will be seeing a partial eclipse rather than a total eclipse - still an amazing astronomical event to observe.
Join us for two library events in the week prior to the eclipse on Thursday, August 10th:
- At 5 pm children of all ages are invited to drop by in the Storytelling Room at the Library for some make and take projects before the 6 pm presentation.
- At 6 pm Jeremy Veldman from the Memphis Astronomical Society will speak to the Collierville community in the Board Chambers at Collierville Town Hall about the Solar Eclipse. We will learn how this fascinating event happens, what it means, and how to safely watch it all! Eclipse glasses will be provided for you to use on the day of the eclipse.
To see maps, resources, community activities, live coverage and more, go to http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
Fall Session of Adult Computer Classes Begins in August
Free Computer classes are offered at the library for adults beginning in August. Registration begins 2 weeks prior to the first class session. Register for classes online by going to the Library's Events Calendar and clicking on the first date of the class or call the Information desk at (901) 457-2601.
Intro to Computers for Seniors (3 Sessions)
All ages welcome; Priority given to those over 60 years of age
Wed, Aug 16th, Wed, Aug 23rd, Wed Aug 30th
10 am - 12 pm
No experience necessary
Keyboarding skils helpful
Registration begins 8/2/17
Microsoft Word for Beginners (2 sessions)
Mon, Sep 6th, & Wed, Sep 13
10 am - 12 pm
Basic skills required
Registration begins 8/23/17
MS PowerPoint for Beginners (2 sessions)
Mon, Sep 18 & Wed, Sep 20
10 am - 12 pm
Intermediate computer skills including stron mouse/navigation skills required
Registration begins 9/5/17