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It’s Poe Month at MRL, and Everything’s Free!

Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe died mysteriously 160 years ago today?

The importance of his work still lingers and he remains extremely popular today – as evidenced by the thousands of free copies of Poe’s work that Massanutten Regional Library has distributed since Big Read kick-off last week. Although all Poe books have been distributed at Main Branch, a few copies are available at their other branch locations (you may want to call ahead first).

Join the library for these remaining FREE events, including lectures with drinks and dessert, a classic horror film viewing, teen POEtry slam with pizza and candlelight tour, and more. All events take place at the Main branch downtown unless otherwise noted.

“Knowing Poe” book discussion – Thursday, Oct. 8 at noon
Pack a brown-bag lnch (drinks and desserts will be supplied) and delve into all things Poe. No need to call ahead, just come as you are, come when you can and learn about this literary genius. If you enjoy your time, come back again for the library’s weekly book discussions!

The Deyerle Program Series Part 2: the music of Scott Murray – Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7PM
Musician Scott Murray plays songs of Appalachia and the Shenandoah Valley. This accomplished singer/songwriter has opened for Emmylou Harris, Bruan Bowers, Goose Creek Symphony and Suzy Bogguss, and has been described by Townes Van Zandt as singing “like a bird.”

The Fall of The House of Usher” starring Vincent Price – Friday, Oct. 9th at 7:30PM at Court Square Theater
This 1960 classic film stars the King of Horror, Vincent Price, in a tale about a New England family “cursed with madness, criminal conduct, and debauchery.” The film is based on a short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. Hear a dramatic reading of this classic Poe tale and then watch the film for free!

The Deyerle Program Series Part 3: the Widow Pence Farm in Cross Keys – Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7PM
Local historian Nancy Hill Hess gives us an inside look at the history and property of this Shenandoah Valley Farm.

Meet, Greet and Eat with Author Chris Crutcher – Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7PM
Calling all teens! Come meet Chris Crutcher, author of young adult favorites “Angry Management,” “Whale Talk,” “Deadline” and more! FREE pizza and drinks too!

The Deyerle Program Series Part 4: WWII German POWs in the Valley – Oct. 29 at 7PM
Gregory Owen presents “Wehrmacht Autumns: German POWs in the Shenandoah Valley during WWII.” This program was so popular with audience members last year, Owen was asked to come and present it again.

Slamming Poe Teen Event – Friday, Oct. 30th from 8-11PM
High school teens, the library is YOURS this evening. Did you know Poe was the original Goth? Join us as we explore the woe of Poe, the genres of terror, suspense and mystery and have some food and fun too! Goth manicures and makeovers, library and downtown tour by candlelight too! Brought to high school teems only in partnership with E.D.G.E. and the Healthy Community Council, HR Youth Council, Strong Families Great Youth Collation and your public library, MRL!

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts and all the Big Read sponsors for making The Big Read a success.

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