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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Vladimir Nabokov holding a book of lepidoptery – butterflies

A Week to Remember: Vladimir Nabokov

April 22, 2019

Vladimir Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899. Praised for his wit and wordplay, Nabokov is best known for the novels he wrote in the 1950s and 1960s.

Roy Orbison in his trademark sunglasses

Music Memories: Roy Orbison

April 19, 2019

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936. Orbison was a singer/songwriter, most popular in the early 1960s, who specialized in grandly melodramatic ballads of romantic suffering and torment.

British novelist Jeffrey Archer

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jeffrey Archer!

April 15, 2019

Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, 1940. Archer is a British novelist and former politician whose own life has been colorful and eventful enough to be the stuff of fiction.

Collage of a some selected National Recording Registry 2019

Music Memories: The 2019 National Recording Registry additions

April 12, 2019

In 2000, Congress created the National Recording Preservation Board, an agency of the Library of Congress, to select titles each year for a National Recording Registry.

Children's author Beverly Cleary and her cat

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

April 08, 2019

Beverly Cleary was born on April 12, 1916. Cleary is an author of children's books, and since her first book was published in 1950, more than 90 million copies of her books have been sold.

Playful graphic of header Musical Hoaxes and Pranks

Music Memories: Musical Hoaxes and Pranks

April 05, 2019

On Monday, our "Week to Remember" post took a look at famous literary pranks and hoaxes. Today, we continue the theme with a look at bands, composers, and musicians who weren't exactly what they claimed to be.

Playful graphic of the title Literary Hoaxes and Pranks

A Week to Remember: Literary Hoaxes and Pranks

April 01, 2019

Today is April Fool's Day, a fine time to take a look at literary pranks and hoaxes—books and authors that weren't exactly what they claimed to be.

New members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019

Music Memories: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019

March 29, 2019

On March 29, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will add seven new members at its annual induction ceremony.

Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol

A Week to Remember: Nikolai Gogol

March 24, 2019

Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror.

Musician and songwriter George Benson

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, George Benson!

March 22, 2019

George Benson was born on March 22, 1943. Benson is a guitarist and songwriter; he's best known as a jazz musician, but in the late 1970s and 1980s, he also had considerable success on the pop and R&B charts.