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UPDATE: The book signing originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, has been cancelled.
According to the Marion County Public Library, the books to be used for the signing have not yet arrived. The book signing will be rescheduled at a later date.
Charlie Bickett owned and operated bars for 40 years, worked in a prison for nine years and served two terms as the mayor of Raywick.
And now he's an author.
Bickett got his first computer about a year ago, and with Kurt Mattingly's help, he set up a Facebook page. Then he started sharing some stories from his life experiences ... IN ALL CAPS.
With each story, it seemed he was getting more and more "likes" and even a few requests.
"That was the encouragement on Facebook. 'Can you do one about my dad or my granddad?" Bickett said.
Now, Bickett has collected his stories (along with a few from his father) and some photos into his first book, "Over 100 Years of Stories & Tales of Raywickians."
To celebrate, Bickett is planning to hold a book signing at the Marion County Public Library. (This was originally scheduled for Aug. 28, but it will be rescheduled.)
The public may have heard of some of the people mentioned in Bickett's stories, people like Charlie Stiles and Johnny Boone, although Bickett tries to show a different aspect of their personalities than people may be used to seeing.
Bickett also got some interesting reactions when he told people he was going to collect his stories into a book.
"All my family's been supportive ... and skeptical, too," he said.
Bickett also credits Mattingly for helping make the book a reality.
"He was like G.I. Joe ... when I didn't know what to do, I always hollered at ya," Bickett said.
"I was glad to help," Mattingly said.
Bickett also got some help from another Marion County author. Jim Higdon III, author of "The Cornbread Mafia," wrote an introduction for Bickett's collection.
Last week, Bickett was just excited to have the first copy of his book in his hand.
"I'm just like a kid at Christmas," he said. "I'm just as excited as hell about it."
Copies of Bickett's book will be available at the book signing and online at amazon.com at http://goo.gl/qUmlcy.
More library news and notes
• The library will be hosting Red Box Outside The Box Cinema On the Square on Friday, Sept. 19. The gates will open at 7 p.m., and the movie will be shown on the field at Centre Square.
The PG-rated film will appeal to fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent series.
The first 150 people through the gates will receive a pass for a free Red Box movie rental.
Movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on.
Guests can bring their own snacks, although alcohol is prohibited. The Marion County Friends of the Library also will be selling popcorn, pizza and hot chocolate the night of the movie.
• In October, Ruth Ann Fogle will present a comedic presentation along with some local musicians at the Friends of The Library “Hillbilly High Tea” fundraiser. Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the Friends.
• During the 2013-14 fiscal year, 102,137 visitors came to the library and 1,615 people were served through the bookmobile. For the year, library patrons checked out 74,256 books, 3,611 e-books, 17,167 videos, and 6,690 audio books, CDs and audio downloads. Patrons also used the library’s computers 21,116 times and accessed the free wifi more than 3,000 times.
At this time, 10,857 Marion Countians, or 51.5 percent of the population, have library cards. Also, 10,392 patrons participated in the 578 programs offered by the library during the last fiscal year. Of those programs, 353 were hosted at schools, rest homes and community resource centers, and 7,198 people took advantage of those opportunities.
For more information about the library, its services and its programs, call 270-692-4698.