Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Collage of Jim, Dan, Troy Seals, and Johnny Duncan from their album covers.

Music Memories: The Seals Family

October 16, 2020

On October 17, 1941, Jim Seals was born. He was half of Seals & Crofts, a 1970s duo who played amiably breezy pop. He was also part of an extended family of musicians who have been successful in pop and country music over the last half-century.

National Dessert Day above a photo-illustration of a plate of desserts

A Week to Remember: National Dessert Day

October 11, 2020

October 14 is National Dessert Day, an opportunity to celebrate the wide array of sweets with which we traditionally end a meal. To mark the date, we’re going to take a rapid-fire look at just a few of the dessert cookbooks available for download at OverDrive.

 Paul Simon wins album-of-the year Grammy for "Graceland" [1987]

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Paul Simon!

October 09, 2020

On October 13, 1941, Paul Simon was born. Simon has been a critically acclaimed pop singer and songwriter for more than 60 years, both as a solo act and as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel. Today, we’re focusing primarily on Simon as a soloist.

Author Nora Roberts

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Nora Roberts!

October 05, 2020

On October 10, 1950, Nora Roberts was born. Roberts is one of the most popular authors of romance novels, with more than 200 novels to her credit.

Pop singer Gwen Stefani on her album cover, You Make it Feel Like Christmas

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Gwen Stefani!

October 02, 2020

On October 3, 1969, Gwen Stefani was born. As the lead singer of No Doubt, and later as a solo artist, Stefani has been one of the most popular singers of the last twenty years.

Portrait of Graham Greene on Dangerous Edge and a collage of his books.

A Week to Remember: Graham Greene

September 28, 2020

On October 2, 1904, Graham Greene was born. For fifty years, Greene was one of England’s most highly regarded novelists, writing both literary examinations of moral issues and lighter tales of espionage and political intrigue.

Portrait of Dmitri Shostakovich in the audience at the Bach Celebration of July 28, 1950

Music Memories: Dmitri Shostakovich

September 25, 2020

On September 25, 1906, Dmitri Shostakovich was born. Shostakovich was a composer who endured several cycles of official favor and disfavor from the Russian government; despite the political turmoil, he was one of the 20th century’s most important composers.

Interior of Palais Garnier Opera House with words The Phantom of the Opera on the curtain.

A Week to Remember: The Phantom of the Opera

September 21, 2020

On September 23, 1909, the first installment of Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (The Phantom of the Opera) was published in the Paris newspaper Le Gaulois.

Paul Williams and Streisand win Best Original Song 1977. Herald Examiner Collection Photographer Mike Mullen

Music Memories: Paul Williams

September 18, 2020

On September 19, 1940, Paul Williams was born. Williams is a songwriter, singer, and actor whose songs have been hits for artists ranging from Three Dog Night to Kermit the Frog.

Dark pirate ship on the sea with words Talk Like a Pirate Day

A Week to Remember: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 14, 2020

Ahoy, mateys! September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so hoist the mainsail and shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Arrrr!