The Toledo Community Library will be hosting a pair of guest speakers this Saturday as the first of regular special events to take place since the library's opening on Aug. 13.
Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and author Terry Martin will be speaking during a free event at the library starting at 7 p.m., and all members of the public are invited to attend.
Austen, who was appointed this year and will serve through 2016, is noted for her engaging public performances of poetry and has published works such as Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011), The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010), and also has works available for viewing at elizabethausten.wordpress.com.
Martin, a professor at Central Washington University, is the author of The Secret Language of Women (Blue Begonia Press, 2006) and has collaborated with author Kenneth Doka on works such as Men Don't Cry, Women Do: Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief (Routledge, 1999) and Grieving Beyond Gender (Routledge, 2010).
Library organizer Pat Caldwell said other public events are expected to be scheduled soon as library services and facilities expand, possibly including speakers about genealogy, area residents who have returned from trips abroad, and reading hours for children. In the mean time, an open house sponsored by the Timberland Regional Library District is scheduled for Sept. 20, and all residents are invited to attend.
Both Austen and Martin are visiting Lewis County to participate in the Southwest Washington Writer's Conference on Saturday at Centralia College, organized by the Lewis County Literacy Council. Featuring 12 different speakers touching on a number of subjects, the conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the college's Walton Science Center, and those interested in attending may register at www.ourliteracycouncil.org/writersconference, and may send question to SouthwestWashingtonWriters@gmail.com, or call (360) 985-0748. Registration is $60 before Saturday or $100 the day of, and proceeds benefit the Literacy Council.