Heloise to offer green tips in speech at Tupelo library

TUPELO – Nationally syndicated columnist and lifestyle management expert Heloise will be the 2009 Helen Foster Lecture series speaker at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lee County Library.
Her topic will be “Going Green to Save You Green.”
Heloise’s appearance, made possible by the library’s special endowment fund for this series, is free and open to the public.
She will stay afterward for a reception hosted by the Friends of the Lee County Library.
“We will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday,” said Lee County Library Director Jan Willis said the library will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, and seating will be “first come, first seated,” Willis said. “By continuing our Helen Foster Lecture series on Sunday afternoon again this year, normally a day on which we’re closed, we think we’ll draw a very large crowd.”
Willis said the library is proud to host Heloise, who took over her mother’s column in 1977 and now appears in more than 500 newspapers.
“The Daily Journal was one of the very first newspapers in the country to add the first Heloise’s column in 1961 when it was nationally syndicated for the first time,” he said.
“We think it’s a special opportunity for everyone to hear and meet a writer whose hints and ideas impact our local readers every day.”
Heloise’s speech will focus on how her readers can save money by going green and becoming more environmentally conscious.
Heloise, whose real name is Ponce Cruise, is also a contributing editor to Good Housekeeping and has written 11 books.
The opportunity to present a program like this is due to the library’s Helen Foster trust fund, established by the late chairperson of the Lee County Library board of trustees for many years and a lifelong library champion, Willis said.
The series, begun in 1974, has brought authors and figures of national interest to the Lee County Library for 35 years, including Shelby Foote, John Grisham and Alex Haley.
For more information, call the Lee County Library at (662) 841-9027.

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