Author visit programs

Libraries in Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan are hosting community-building programs this month to prepare for a week-long visit by singer/songwriter Dar Williams in early October.

A community art display has already been set up at the Leavenworth library, inviting people to share what they love about their community.

  • The Driftwood Community Tree Display at Leavenworth Public Library prompts people to write their thoughts on green paper leaves and then hang the leaves on a driftwood tree with ribbon. 

North Central Regional Library, which operates 30 community libraries in North Central Washington, is partnering with several organizations to bring Williams to the area Oct. 2-6. During her visit, she will meet with community leaders, hold discussion groups and headline two musical events.

Williams is the author of the book What I Found in a Thousand Towns, in which she shares her thoughts on what makes successful communities thrive. You can find copies of her book at many of our libraries, or order a copy through our Mail Order Library here.

Several library programs will be offered in September to prepare for her visit, including:

  • Sept. 13: Rebecca Ryker, executive director of Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, will lead an evening community discussion to celebrate the successes, resilience, and connections of the Leavenworth Community. 6:30 p.m., Leavenworth Public Library.
  • Sept. 25: An evening of live guitar, vocals, harmonica, and good company with local jazz musician Rhia Foster. 6:30 p.m., Wenatchee Public Library.
  • Sept. 27: Acoustic trio Trillium 239 will share stories and folk songs of the Northwest and bring Washington history to life. 6:30 p.m., Leavenworth Public Library.
  • Sept. 27: A roundtable discussion about the things that bring communities together. 6:30 p.m., Wenatchee Public Library. 

During her visit, she will be part of a free musical event at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 5 that will also feature Mariachi Huenachi. Then on Saturday, Oct. 6, she will give a concert at Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth. Tickets for that event are $25 and are now available at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.

Other organizations working with NCRL to host the author include Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, Together! For Drug Free Youth, Our Valley Our Future, Sleeping Lady Foundation, the Woods Family, Historic Downtown Chelan and Western States Arts Foundation.