Florence Harding to address Friends

Laura Nethken Published:

Friends of Reed Memorial Library will hold its third annual meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the library, located at 167 E. Main St., in Ravenna.

Guest speaker will be Craig Schermer, who will portray Florence Harding, wife of President Warren G. Harding. Schermers repertoire includes Helen Taft, Lucy Hayes and drummer Peter Carroll. He also lectures extensively on the first ladies, usually at least 250 times per year.

Schermer, a noted historian and accomplished artist, has painted portraits of all the first ladies, and, in addition, owns the only complete collection of first lady photographs. The collection is on exhibit at the National First Ladies' Library in Canton.

Prior to the evenings program, Friends will have a short business meeting followed by a presentation by the library board about the expansion and renovation of the library.

Friends will sponsor two book sales in 2003: March 20 to 22 and Sept. 18 to 20. Additional programs will be held Aug. 2, Nov. 7 and Jan. 18, 2004. For more information about the Friends, its upcoming programs or how to become a member, call the library at (330) 296 2827.

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