Friends of the Sulphur Springs Public Library plan week-long festivities in March

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

Feb. 12, 2007 - The week of March 5 - 9 is going to be filled with opportunities to support the Sulphur Springs Public Library, so mark your calendars right now. Library staff and the Friends of the Sulphur Springs Public Library will be hosting a silent auction, a book sale, a special evening with Campbell author Jim Ainsworth and a luncheon to honor those who have helped the library throughout the years. 

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Delta County native Jim Ainsworth will be the featured speaker during the Sulphur Spring Public Library’s festivities next month.

An exciting silent auction begins Monday, March 5. “Businesses from here to Dallas have donated items for our auction,” said library Director Cheryl Lawson. “This is a great opportunity to grab a bargain and support the library at the same time.”

Auction items include a makeover from Janeen’s Country Cottage, floral arrangement from Sulphur Springs Floral, dinner for two at Chili’s, a night’s stay at the Celtic Queen Country Inn, savings bonds and much more. Items in the auction can be viewed on the web at or at the library, beginning Wednesday, February 28. Hours for the auction are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., March 5 - 8, with final bids due by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 9. 

At the request of their patrons, the library will also sponsor a book sale Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 through 7. “We’ve had a lot of people asking for a book sale,” said Lawson.

The sale will include both hardback and paperback books, books on tape and video tapes. Hardbacks, books on tape and videos will be priced at $1 each, with paperbacks costing a quarter. Hours for the sale on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

On Thursday, March 8, library staff and Friends of the Library will host  “An Evening with Jim Ainsworth” in the large meeting room at the library. Ainsworth will give the audience a sneak peek at his third novel, “Rivers Ebb,” due to be released Saturday, March 10. 

Ainsworth, a Delta County native, is the author of several non-fiction books on financial management and a fiction series called “Follow the Rivers.” The books detail the trials and tribulations of a Delta ounty family of five trying to eek out a living during the horrific drought of the 1950s. Told through the eyes of young Jake Rivers, the stories are an autobiographical look back at the author’s childhood and about growing up on a farm near Cooper.

Ainsworth will also discuss the writing process and will, of course, share stories from his childhood. 

�I break a lot of rules in my writing, but I generally adhere to two,� said Ainsworth in a recent interview.� �I write what I know.� I write about places I have lived and people I have known.� My second rule is that I write the type of fiction I like to read, stories that emphasize characters a reader wants to know up close and personal.��

Ainsworth doesn’t have to dig too deeply for interesting material and characters. 

��Truth is stranger than fiction� may be a clich�, but I find it to be true every time I sit down to write.� There are so many rich and wonderful stories and wonderful characters in Hopkins, Delta, Hunt, Fannin and Lamar counties. I�ve not seen a need to stray far from the comfort of the places I have lived most of my life,� Ainsworth commented.� �In fact, some of stories from Northeast Texas are so incredible that my editors have advised me to change them to make them more believable.�

Ainsworth is looking forward to the evening at the library. 

�I�ve told stories all over Texas and the nation, but being asked to present at the Sulphur Springs Library is like hearing my mother call me in for supper once again,� the author said. �I hope everyone will join us for an evening of storytelling in this wonderful facility.�

Tickets to the special evening with Ainsworth are $5.00 and may be purchased at the library. Tickets will also be available at the door. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited.

On Friday, March 9, the Friends of the Library will host a Gala Fundraiser Luncheon with a special guest speaker, to be announced.  Friends of the Library from the past, present and future will be honored during the event.

�In nearly 100 years of service to this community, the Sulphur Springs Public Library is hosting this Gala Luncheon as a tribute to former and current Friends and staunch library supporters,� Lawson said.�

Tickets for the luncheon are $10 and should be purchased in advance.

Proceeds from all events during the week go to support the library. The Sulphur Springs Library is located at 611 North Davis Street. The library is open 9:00 until 6:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thursday hours are 11:00 until 8:00. The library is closed Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information on the week’s activities, please call 903-885-4926.

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