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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



H. P. Lovecraft and his sketch of his Cthulhu

A Week to Remember: H. P. Lovecraft

August 19, 2019

H. P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890. While he was not well-known during his lifetime, Lovecraft developed a strong following after his death and is now recognized as one of America’s most important writers of horror fiction.

Issac Hayes, a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor

Music Memories: Isaac Hayes

August 16, 2019

Isaac Hayes was born on August 20, 1942. Hayes was a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor who was among the most important figures in R&B in the 1960s and 1970s.

Julia Child holding a mallot over her head

A Week to Remember: Julia Child

August 12, 2019

Julia Child was born on August 15, 1912. For forty years, Child was one of America’s most beloved chefs, bringing French cuisine to America through her cookbooks and television shows.

 Russian composer, Alexander Glazunov

Music Memories: Alexander Glazunov

August 09, 2019

Alexander Glazunov was born on August 10, 1865. Glazunov was a Russian composer during the end of the Russian Empire and the birth of the Soviet Union, a political transition that he survived better than many of his colleagues.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain

A Week to Remember: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

August 05, 2019

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809. Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain during the Victorian era, and his poems remain widely read today. He was particularly skilled in the use of rhythm and of the musical qualities of language.

American jazz bass player and composer, Charlie Haden

Music Memories: Charlie Haden

August 02, 2019

Charlie Haden was born on August 6, 1937. Haden was a jazz bass player, composer, and educator whose career spanned more than 50 years.

Chilean-American novelist, Isabel Allende

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Isabel Allende!

July 29, 2019

Isabel Allende was born on August 2, 1942. Allende is a Chilean-American novelist who began writing fiction relatively late in life. Her early work often focuses on mid-20th-century political turmoil in Chile and other South American countries.

Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Bobbie Gentry!

July 26, 2019

Bobbie Gentry was born on July 27, 1944. Gentry is a singer-songwriter best remembered for the story song “Ode to Billie Joe,” a cryptic tale of young love, suicide, and family indifference.

French novelist and playwright, Alexandre Dumas

A Week to Remember: Alexandre Dumas

July 22, 2019

Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. Dumas was a prolific novelist and playwright who wrote more than 100,000 pages during his life. He is best remembered today for historical adventure novels, including The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Mexican-American musician, Carlos Santana

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Carlos Santana!

July 19, 2019

Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947. Santana is a guitarist whose band, also called Santana, plays a mix of blues, rock, and Latin jazz.