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River Falls Reads starts on a high note with 'Hootenanny' event

Thomas R. Smith performs at the public library's Hootenanny Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2. Smith was one of five scheduled performers, who led the audience in singing well-known songs from the 1960s. 2 / 2

Anyone visiting the River Falls Public Library's lower level Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2, was greeted first by the sounds of music from the 1960s, then by displays of 1960s era memorabilia, from pink heels and pill box hats to brightly-colored dishes. 

And of course, a visitor would see more than 70 people singing along with local performers to well-known songs of the 1960s. The performers and audience sang everything from "De Colores" to "I Want To Hold Your Hand," all as a part of the library's "Hootenanny."

The singalong event was a great success, Library Director Nancy Miller and Event Coordinator Katie Chaffee said Sunday. The "Hootenanny" is the kick-off event to this year's River Falls Reads program. This year's theme is "Back to the 60s: A Decade of Change." This year's books focus on the events of the 1960s.

For more photos and information, please see the Feb. 6 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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