Committee chooses ‘Always a Song’ by Ellen Harper

The Friends of the Claremont Library’s On the Same Page Committee has chosen “Always a Song” by Ellen Harper as a book of special interest to Claremont readers. “Ellen Harper is a vital member of the Claremont community and her book is a seminal work on the folk music scene from the 1950s in Massachusetts to present-day Claremont,” the committee said in a press release. She is also a musician and the proprietor of the Folk Music Center, located at 220 N. Yale Ave., in downtown Claremont.

Tentative plans are being made to create a number of activities around this book. Graphic wizard Joel Cinnamon will design the lawn sign, and volunteers throughout the community are invited to post the signs in their front yards. The group is looking forward to showing the segment of Huell Howser’s California Gold television program that featured the Folk Music Center and then holding a discussion.

Plans are also in the works for a family folk sing-along at one of the local parks, as well as tours of the Folk Music Center. Finally, the intention is to end the season in March with a discussion with Ellen Harper. Details are forthcoming. All events will be free and open to the public.
The Claremont Library will be provided with copies of “Always a Song” for checkout. In addition, books can be purchased at the Folk Music Center. For further information, please contact Lanore Pearlman, chair, of the On the Same Page Committee, at


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