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[Audio] Calloway County Library Kicks Off 2016 with Community Read, History Presentations, More

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Calloway County Public Library is kicking off the new year with a series of community reads, a collaboration with the Murray State University Department of History and a visiting children's author. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Mignon Pittman and Sandy Linn about these events and more.

The next community read is January 31, of 40 Acres and No Mule by Janice Holt Giles, a Kentucky favorite Linn says.

Each month, beginning February, the library collaborates with MSU history department professors, beginning with a lecture and discussion with Ted Belue about "Black Indians" on the frontier, as part of Black History Month. His discussion is followed by Dr. James Humphreys and Dr. Duane Bolin in later months.

On March 24, middle school children's author Sharon Draper visits Murray and Calloway County schools and the library, reading Stella by Starlight. She's also a two-time Coretta Scott King award winner. Her visit will also include a multi-generational book discussion.

More on Calloway County Public Library's website

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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