Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Jimi Hendrix on a psychedelic background

Music Memories: Jimi Hendrix

November 28, 2020

On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born. While his career was brief—less than four years of leading his own band—he made an extraordinary impact in that time and is generally considered to be one of the finest electric guitar players of all time.

Author Rita Mae Brown with her late cat, Baby Jesus

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Rita Mae Brown!

November 23, 2020

On November 28, 1944, Rita Mae Brown was born. Brown began her literary career in the 1970s as one of the first lesbian authors to find mainstream success; more recently, she has distanced herself from the label “lesbian author” and become a popular writer of cozy mystery novels.

Collage of American composers known as the Boston Six

Music Memories: The "Boston Six"

November 14, 2020

On November 13, 1854, George Whitefield Chadwick was born. Chadwick was one of a group of composers who came to be known as the “Second New England School.” Their principal members were the “Boston Six,” and they were among the first American composers to make significant contributions to classical music.

Neil Gaiman at South by Southwest 2019 event

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

November 09, 2020

On November 10, 1960, Neil Gaiman was born. Gaiman is an author of comics and fantasy novels whose work draws on a wide range of historical styles, literary eras, and mythologies.

Album collage of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Music Memories: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020

November 06, 2020

On November 7, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will hold its 2020 induction ceremony. Like most such events this year, it will be a virtual ceremony. Six acts are being inducted into the Hall this year.

Graphic illustration with words vote in a map of United States

A Week to Remember: Election Day

November 02, 2020

November 3 is Election Day, and today we take a look at books about presidential elections.

Kurt Elling on his Grammy Award Best Jazz Album, Dedicated to You

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Kurt Elling!

October 30, 2020

On November 2, 1967, Kurt Elling was born. Elling is a jazz singer and lyricist who has become one of the best contemporary practitioners of vocalese, the art of writing lyrics to previously recorded instrumental solos.

English novelist Evelyn Waugh

A Week to Remember: Evelyn Waugh

October 26, 2020

On October 28, 1903, Evelyn Waugh was born. Waugh was an English novelist who wrote primarily satirical comedies in the 1920s and 1930s; his novels became more serious, and often focused on Catholic themes, after World War II.

Duran Duran on their album Duran Duran

Music Memories: Duran Duran

October 23, 2020

On October 27, 1958, Simon Le Bon was born. Le Bon is a member of Duran Duran, the British pop band that became an early star of MTV in the 1980s.

Author John le Carré

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, John le Carré!

October 19, 2020

On October 19, 1931, John le Carré was born. Le Carré is a master of the spy novel, writing stories rooted in his own years as a British intelligence agent.