Film and lecture series…

Oneonta Public Library begins ‘Southern Nights’



“Arsenic and Old Lace” the movie classic from the halcyon days of filmmaking, starring Cary Grant, will be the first movie featured in Oneonta Public Library’s “Southern Nights” series of classic movies and lectures. Time is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m at the library.

The series will be held at that time on the third Saturday night of each month. Movies will alternate with lecure presentations on provocative subjects, often with a Blount County angle.

The second in the series of lecture programs will be Jonathan Odom’s Nov. 17 presentation on Bangor Cave, Blount County’s Prohibition-era speakeasy located in a cave near the town of that name in western Blount County.

Refreshments will be served at each one of the “Southern Nights” events.

“We’ve got lots of ideas for entertaining and educational programs, we’re just too short-staffed to do them all at once,” said library director Gail Sheldon.

“We’re really trying to get into patrons’ minds so when they think ‘library’ they don’t just think of books,” she said. “We want the library to stand for exposure to all aspects of community life and culture. We want to encourage people to be active and the participate in the ideagenerating process. If there’s a subject they’d like a program on, we want them to tell us and let us see what we might be able to find. We want to become a complete cultural center.”

“Southern Nights” will take a hiatus in December, then start up again with a lecture in January. The subject will be announced later.

Sheldon said the library’s teen movie series will continue on the second Saturday of each month 6:30 p.m. October’s offering on Oct. 17 is the movie Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp.