Singer, songwriter and folk music preservationist Jake Book performed at the Carroll County Public Library on Wednesday. The performance included Irish and Appalachian songs, as well as originals.

Between songs, Book talked about his instruments and their features. While comparing modern and primitive banjos, Book told the crowd that the newer banjos have a plastic head, or drum, and that the strings are made of metal. When Book told them that the more primitive banjos used calf or groundhog skins and cat-gut strings, the kids in the crowd let out a loud "ewwww!"

Throughout the performance, young and old kept time by tapping their feet. Book brought the audience in as back-up singers for the bluegrass standard "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" and other songs during the event. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/