Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poems and stories

Music Memories: Edgar Allan Poe in Music

January 17, 2020

In Monday’s “Week to Remember” post, we looked at the life and literary career of Edgar Allan Poe, and some of the books inspired by his work. Today, we took a look at Poe in music, and the many musicians who have been inspired by his poems and stories.

Edgar Allan Poe was a writer of poetry and short stories.

A Week to Remember: Edgar Allan Poe

January 13, 2020

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. Poe was a writer of poetry and short stories. He died young with relatively little literary success during his lifetime, but he became one of America’s most influential writers, central to the development of mystery and detective stories.

Melba Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger.

Music Memories: Melba Liston

January 10, 2020

Melba Liston was born on January 13, 1926. Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger, one of the few women to play in major bands of the big band era. She is perhaps best remembered today for her long association with pianist Randy Weston, for whom she worked as an arranger for many years.

Stephen Stills is singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Stephen Stills!

January 03, 2020

Stephen Stills was born on January 3, 1945. Stills is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a solo act and with several different bands. He's best known for his work in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

English author Rudyard Kipling

A Week to Remember: Rudyard Kipling

December 30, 2019

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865. Kipling wrote novels, short stories, and verse, and was one of the major literary figures of England during the height of the British Empire.

Modern Jazz Quartet - Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath, and Connie Kay

Music Memories: The Modern Jazz Quartet

December 27, 2019

Milt Jackson was born on January 1, 1923. Jackson was a jazz vibraphonist who had a long and distinguished career as a solo recording artist, but who is perhaps best remembered as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Zora Neale Hurston is a novelist, short story writer, and anthropologist.

A Week to Remember: Zora Neale Hurston

January 06, 2020

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Hurston was a novelist, short story writer, and anthropologist who was among the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

Mary Higgins Clark is a bestseller author of mystery and suspense novels.

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Mary Higgins Clark!

December 23, 2019

Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1927. Clark is an author of mystery and suspense novels whose books have been bestsellers almost from the beginning of her career. She came to writing relatively late, publishing her first novel at the age of 40.

The Bee Gees winning one of four Grammies in 1979

Music Memories: The Bee Gees

December 20, 2019

Maurice & Robin Gibb were born on December 22, 1949. With their brother Barry (born September 1, 1946), they were The Bee Gees, a pop act who had two distinct periods of success.

A maple-shaped bottle in front of food items using maple syrup.

A Week to Remember: National Maple Syrup Day

December 16, 2019

December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day, a chance to celebrate the sweet goodness of maple syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and other products made from the sap of the sugar maple.