North Central Regional Library is presenting three programs in July designed especially for the grown ups — including a story-hour performance based on vintage American literature, an evening with a National Geographic adventurer and a musical presentation featuring the West African kora, a 21-string harp.

1. Tales Well Told: a Story Hour for Grown Ups

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Actress Michele LaRue presents “Tales Well Told: A Story Hour for Grown Ups.”

Actress Michele LaRue provides vibrant performances of vintage American literature in “Tales Well Told: A story hour for grown ups.” Join her for an evening of being swept away to the turn of the century by an actress and a book.

LaRue will rotate three programs, each based on a different story.

  • “The Bedquilt” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher centers on old Aunt Mehetable who is taken for granted by her New England family until she conceives a quilt "beyond which no pattern could go." A suspenseful tale from 1906 reveals Mehetabel's journey to self respect, universal admiration and the realization of her ideal.
  • My Summer Vacation — Stories Sweet and Surprising includes "The Nice People," by H.C. Bunner, and "Miss Esther's Guest," by Sarah Orne Jewett. In "The Nice People" (1890), a charming young couple innocently brings mystery to a rustic resort: they seem nice, but ... ? A different surprise greets "Miss Esther's Guest" who — though invited — is thoroughly unexpected.
  • “Revolt of Mother” is Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s classic American story. Adoniram Penn promised his wife he would build a proper house on their New England farm. That was early in their marriage — two children ago. Now, as their eldest prepares for her wedding, the family still crams into the old, shabby cottage and Father is building a barn where the new house should be. It's the last straw for Mother, and she's going to do something about it.

LaRue will present nine performances, from July 15 to July 25. Here is the schedule:

  • July 15: Ephrata Public Library, 6:30 p.m. The Bedquilt
  • July 16: Moses Lake Public Library, 6:30 p.m. My Summer Vacation
  • July 17: Waterville Public Library, 6 p.m. The Bedquilt
  • July 18: Cashmere Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Revolt of Mother
  • July 19: Chelan Public Library, 6 p.m. My Summer Vacation
  • July 22: Pybus Public Market, Wenatchee, 6:30 p.m. Revolt of Mother (co-sponsored by Confluence Health)
  • July 23: Quincy Public Library, 6 p.m. Revolt of Mother
  • July 24: Omak Public Library, 6 p.m. The Bedquilt
  • July 25: Twisp Public Library, 6 p.m. Revolt of Mother

2. An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis, 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

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Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has covered more than 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents.

In 2011, Davis covered the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of 47 miles per day, claiming the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the “A.T.” and the first woman to set the mark.

Davis has authored two books, “The Pursuit of Endurance” and “Becoming Odyssa.”

Join us for an evening with Jennifer and hear about her trail adventures!

  • July 22: Republic Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • July 23: Tonasket Public Library, 5:30 p.m.
  • July 24: Winthrop Public Library, 7 p.m.
  • July 25: Peshastin Public Library, 6 p.m.
  • July 26: Pybus Public Market, Wenatchee 7 p.m. (co-sponsored by Confluence Health).

3. Sean Gaskell on the West African kora

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Sean Gaskell plays the West African kora, a 21-string harp.

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the West African kora, a 21-string harp he learned to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa.

Gaskell has studied exclusively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarta and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia, and has been featured at music festivals in the U.S., Gambia and Senegal.

Gaskell's presentations:

  • July 15: Republic Public Library, 6 p.m.
  • July 16: Oroville Public Library, 6 p.m.
  • July 17: Quincy Public Library, 6 p.m.
  • July 18: Entiat Public, 3 p.m.
  • July 19: Leavenworth Public Library, 3 p.m.
  • July 20: Omak Public Library, 1 p.m.
  • Amanda Brack is the adult services manager for the North Central Regional Library, which operates 30 community libraries in five counties, as well as mail order and bookmobile services.