A man can do a lot of things with his free time. Don Ahern of Cedaredge decided to use some of his, along with literary talent, to create a fundraising project for one of Surface Creek Valley's most popular institutions — the Cedaredge Public Library.
Ahern's project developed the unique idea of publishing a literary guidebook for use by local book clubs and study groups. Individual book lovers find it useful, too, as a way of choosing titles and for navigating through themes and ideas of major literary figures as expressed in their most popular and classic works of fiction.
In addition, Ahern's idea provides a gentle funding appeal for the private Cedaredge Public Library Foundation — a self-addressed envelope in which a tax-deductible check can be placed for return by post or personal delivery to the library or the foundation.
So the opportunity to donate is placed directly in the hands of a target demographic which is likely to benefit most from the library's services.
And the guidebook is free, completely written by Ahern and produced at his own expense.
Ahern has served on the Library Foundation board of directors and is immediate past president of the organization.
The guidebook, which also serves as a handy desk calendar reference, features one well-known writer each month of the year who was born in that month. There is a list of other famous writer born in that month along with their birthdays.
Might you share a birthday with some famous author?
January's featured author was Jack London. There is a short biographical note, and then a synopsis of the writer's best known works. "Call of the Wild" is the Jack London book that Ahern reviews.
Following at the bottom of the page are three study guide questions that can any discussion group that wants to explore some of the deeper meanings and more profound themes of the works can use to spur thought and discussion.
Other writers with January birthdays are E.M. Forster, J.D. Salinger, Edgar Allan Poe, and Edith Warton.
Other featured writers in the guide are Charles Dickens,, February; Kenneth Grahame, March; Charlotte Bronte, April; T.H. White, May; George Orwell, June; Ernest Hemingway, July; Walter Van Tilburg Clark, August; F. Scott Fitzgerald, September; Eugene O'Neill, October; Robert Louis Stevenson, November; and, Gustav Flaubert, December.
If any of those names are unfamiliar, it could be indication that a visit to the local Cedaredge Public Library is in order. Library staff are source also for inquiring about area book clubs that might be looking for new members.
Adding a hometown feeling and familiar touch to the guidebook is a color photo on each calendar page taken by a local photographer of a Surface Creek area scene. The photos range from a trail on Grand mesa to a sandhill crane at Eckert. Along the way the fill-color local travelogue includes Chapel of the Cross, Pioneer town, Veteran's memorial, AppleFest, and Little Britches rodeo.
Ahern published and distributed 75 copies of his 2014 literary guidebook. Unfortunately, they are all gone. So, book lovers want to plan ahead now to get a copy of the next Ahern guide and begin a literary odyssey with some good friends next year.blog comments powered by Disqus