MT Friends of Library hold annual luncheon, book review
by: Michael Wilkey
The Marked Tree Friends of the Library heard from a nationally known author and columnist Tuesday, during its 10th Annual Luncheon and Review. In its luncheon, the audience heard from both Mary Gay Shipley, owner of that Bookstore in Blytheville; and Lindsey Stokes, author of "Planet Idiot." Gail Nichols, President of the Marked Tree Friends of the Library, welcomed the audience and dignitaries to the event and introduced the guests. Rev. Bob Hager, of the Marked Tree First United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. After lunch was served, Mary Gay Shipley, owner of that Bookstore in Blytheville, introduced Lindsey Stokes, who reviewed her book "Planet Idiot." In her book, Shipley explores the theme of laughing at one's self and focusing on positives in life. Also, at the luncheon, the Friends of the Library presented awards and presentations to Phyllis Burkett, Executive Director of the Crowley's Ridge Library System. Among the dignitaries at the event were: Burkett; members of the Poinsett County Library Board; Poinsett County Justice of the Peace M.G. Smith of Lepanto; Marked Tree Mayor Lawrence Ashlock, Jr.; St. Sen. Steve Bryles; St. Rep. Wayne Nichols; Poinsett Co. Sheriff Larry Mills; and Poinsett County Assessor Johnny Rye, Jr.