The annual Wanda and Charles Pipes Memorial Lecture will take place at the Elkin Library on Saturday. Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz will be the featured speaker.
The Pipes Memorial Lecture was set up in the 1980s by the Friends of the Elkin Public Library. “Charles Pipes was the director of the Northwestern Regional Library, the system we are a member of,” said Branch Librarian Martha Smith.
Serving the library from 1976-1981, Pipes passed away shortly after leaving his post. Pipes and his wife, Wanda, were supporter of the arts, travel and reading. Past lectures have been on topics such as music, history and monarch butterflies.
“We have this lecture in February or March each year because his birthday was on Feb. 28,” explained Smith.
The author of three published books on the subject, Krerowicz will present this year’s lecture, entitled “The Beatles: Band of the Sixties.” The program will focus on the history and musical analysis of The Beatles, presented in a multi-media format.
After earning a master’s degree in music, Krerowicz won a research grant to study the band. Traveling to 20 different states and England, Krerowicz shares his findings with fans and scholars in a fun and interactive way. His bio reads, “despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Aaron Krerowicz is the United States of America’s only full-time professional Beatles scholar.”
“I watched The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, now the next generation has taken up the battle call of the Beatles,” said Smith, adding she hopes this program will appeal to multiple generations.
The free program will be held at the Elkin Public Library, located at 111 N. Front St., beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Appropriate for teens and older, light refreshments will be served at the lecture’s conclusion. For more information, contact the library at 336-835-5586 or visit the website, www.aaronkrerowicz.com.
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