Library to Welcome Author Ellen Hopkins

Bestselling author for teens, Ellen Hopkins, will come to the Santa Maria Public Library to talk about her experiences as an author.  Mrs. Hopkins’ novels are gritty, real-life based tales of teens facing the horrors of addiction, abuse, and the struggles of growing up.  Three of her books Crank, Glass, and Fallout are based on the life of her own daughter.  Copies of her books will be available for purchase and a book-signing will follow the program.

Due to the language and mature content of the books, this program is open to readers ages 14 and up.  The event takes place on Friday, November 5th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in  Shepard Hall.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Santa Maria Public Library is located at 421 South McClelland Street.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Winston at the Library, 925-0994.

Jill Targer to Exhibit at the Santa Maria Public Library during November

Jill Targer will present recent watercolors and silk paintings in an exhibit titled “Here, There and Everywhere” at the Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall Gallery from November 1st through November 30th.

In planning this show, she decided to begin closest to home and work her way, through artwork, farther out into the world.  Therefore, on display are paintings of scenes from her home and garden, as well as scenes of the Central Coast, the Pacific Ocean, and places Jill has lived or visited, grouped accordingly.  As an impressionist, she interprets and creates with an eye to interest, whimsy and personal connection.

Every painting she creates is a collaboration between herself and the materials she uses.  The natural behavior of paper or silk, paints or dye, resists, moisture and all their possible combinations makes each piece an adventure.  “Happy accidents” that occur in her work are not minded as her style is meant to reflect the freedom and joy she feels as an artist.  Far from being perfect, her work is kind of “human,” occasionally showing a few flaws, but straight from the heart.  Jill is extremely grateful for the gift of art, and delighted that so many people tell her that her artwork makes them feel happy.  Though she does not expect to change the world through passionate art messages, she does want to bring people closer one smile at a time.

The Library’s hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.  The Library is closed on Sundays.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Events Coordinator Deborah Hildinger at the Santa Maria Public Library, 925-0951 ext. 117.