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February 10, 2014

Library plans tribute to The Beatles

Anniversary celebration to raise money for library programs.

Renda Hurst remembers seeing The Beatles for the first time 50 years ago on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

“I was supposed to be in church,” she said, with a laugh. “Our entire youth group cut out of church and went over to the YMCA to watch it.”

The kids later got in trouble, but she said it was worth it to witness such a historic cultural moment.

Hurst, now the adult programming librarian at Greentown Public Library, is organizing a benefit concert to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the United States.

The Beatles Remix, a local tribute band, will play at Eastern Performing Arts Center Saturday night.

Hurst said she’s heard only good things about the band.

“They’re as good as anyone around,” she said.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

There also will be a ‘60’s-themed costume contest, period pictures in front of a yellow submarine and a karaoke machine for singing Beatles songs.

Tickets are $15 and include a hot dog, chips, cookie and drink.

All proceeds help fund library programs throughout the year.

Without fundraisers like this one, the library wouldn’t be able to offer any free programs to people in the community, Hurst said.

The budget only covers operating costs, she said.

Last year, the library organized a Christmas shopping trip to Chicago. It brought in authors and offered many technology and craft programs.

Someone taught cupcake decorating and another taught jewelry making.

“The technology and craft programs draw a big crowd,” she said. “For a town our size, we get a good response.”

The library needs people’s help to continue offering such programs for free, she said.

Hurst said she tried to come up with a fun way for people to support the library, and she doesn’t think they will be disappointed.

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