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Poetry, music, history planned at Harvard Diggins Library

HARVARD – Harvard Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley St., will host events to appeal to music, poetry and history lovers.

All events are free and open to the public.

• Andy Spitson farewell concert: Spitson, a Harvard-area RAMI award-winning musician and songwriter, will present his Farewell Concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Spitson is a familiar performer either solo or with bands throughout the area but will be leaving soon for Nashville. This concert will highlight his new music and lyrics, and give fans an opportunity to wish him success as a songwriter.

• Poetry reading by Carl Adamshick: A published poet, Adamshick will give a reading of his work at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Adamshick was born in Ohio but grew up in Harvard. His collection “Curses and Wishes: Poems” was selected for the 2010 Walt Whitman Award. Adamshick also is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts and has been featured in Poetry in Motion. His poems have appeared in journals, including the American Poetry Review, the Harvard Review and American Poet. He is co-founder of Tavern Books. Adamshick lives in Portland, Ore.

• The Kennedy Assassination: On Nov. 22, 1963, the country was plunged into shock and mourning. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and those who remember can recall almost every minute from the moment CBS reporter Walter Cronkite read the news of the president’s death at 2 p.m. that day. History presenter Jim Gibbons will look back at this tragic time in our nation’s history, presenting “The Kennedy Assassination” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26.

For information, call 815-943-4671.

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