Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



A bee pollinates by landing on a flower.

A Week to Remember: World Bee Day

May 18, 2020

Honey bees have been in the news in recent months, with the arrival in the United States of the Asian giant hornet, which has been given the colorful and terrifying nickname “murder hornet.” The giant hornet grows up to 2 inches long, and a swarm of hornets can destroy a beehive in a few hours by decapitat

Howard Ashman in New York City

Music Memories: Howard Ashman

May 15, 2020

On May 17, 1950, Howard Ashman was born. Ashman wrote song lyrics, most frequently working with composer Alan Menken. Together, Ashman and Menken were major figures in the renaissance of Disney animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Keith Jarrett on The Köln Concert album

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Keith Jarrett!

May 08, 2020

On May 8, 1945, Keith Jarrett was born. Jarrett is best known as a jazz pianist, but he’s also recorded a significant amount of classical music.

Rudolph Valentino was one of the great stars of the silent film era.

A Week to Remember: Rudolph Valentino

May 04, 2020

On May 6, 1895, Rudolph Valentino was born. The Italian actor became one of the great stars of silent film, a sex symbol who frequently struggled against his own “Latin lover” image.

Johannes Brahms is one of the great classical composers.

Music Memories: Johannes Brahms

May 01, 2020

Johannes Brahms was born on May 7, 1833. Brahms is one of the great classical composers, often ranked with Bach and Beethoven among the “three B’s” who are pillars of classical music.

Painting of Mutiny on the Bounty by Robert Dodd in 1790. National Maritime Museum Collection

A Week to Remember: Mutiny on the Bounty

April 27, 2020

On April 28, 1789, Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lt. William Bligh, the commanding officer of the British cutter HMS Bounty. It has become one of the most famous mutinies in maritime history, inspiring multiple books and movies, and even a musical.

Dave Eggers is an American writer, editor, and publisher

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Dave Eggers!

March 09, 2020

Dave Eggers was born on March 12, 1970. Eggers has been one of the new century’s most prolific writers, working in a range of forms—fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and screenplays.

Bob Wills was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader of The Texas Playboys.

Music Memories: Bob Wills

March 06, 2020

Bob Wills was born on March 6, 1905. In the 1930s and 1940s, Wills was one of the creators of western swing, a musical style that sat at the intersection of country and big-band swing music.

collage of grammatical words

A Week to Remember: National Grammar Day

March 02, 2020

March 4 is National Grammar Day. Grammar is a large field, and its boundaries can be fuzzy, but it’s the study of the rules by which a language is spoken and written.