Folk artist to appear at library

Internationally known acoustic folk artist Jay Smar will appear at the James V. Brown Library at 6 p.m. July 31, as part of the library’s Adult Summer Reading program. With his program featuring coal mining songs, he is a perfect fit for this year’s theme of “Dig Into Reading.”

In the last five years, Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the state House of Representatives, performed twice at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, “The Welsh in America,” and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council as a featured Commonwealth Speaker.

Armed with two guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo and fiddling, singing and flat-footin’ (a form of clog-dancing), he serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of traditional American and original folk, old time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania preceded by their origin.

He will perform original tunes as well as cover songs.

The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Moltz Rotunda Room just inside the Fourth Street entrance to the library. No registration is required.

For more information, call 326-0536 or visit

This fun and educational opportunity at the James V. Brown Library is part of the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build communities one person at a time and is sponsored by the Friends of the James V. Brown Library and Friends’ Favorites gently used book store.