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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Collage of Taylor Swift's album covers

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift!

December 13, 2019

Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989. Swift is a singer and songwriter who began as a teenage country singer with pop crossover appeal and has become one of the world’s biggest pop stars.

Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.

A Week to Remember: Emily Dickinson

December 09, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.

French composer, Olivier Messiaen

Music Memories: Olivier Messiaen

December 06, 2019

Olivier Messiaen was born on December 10, 1908. The French composer wrote primarily keyboard and orchestral music, often focused on his two primary devotions—the mysteries of his Catholic faith, and birds.

Author Joseph Conrad

A Week to Remember: Joseph Conrad

December 02, 2019

Joseph Conrad was born on December 3, 1857. Conrad wrote in English, a language he didn’t learn until he was in his twenties, and still became one of the most acclaimed novelists of his era.

Billy Strayhorn is a jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.

Music Memories: Billy Strayhorn

November 30, 2019

Billy Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915. Strayhorn was a jazz composer and arranger who spent most of his career as Duke Ellington’s creative partner.

Author Louisa May Alcott and her enduring work Little Women

A Week to Remember: Louisa May Alcott

November 25, 2019

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832. Alcott was a writer of novels and short stories whose most enduring work is Little Women, the story of the four March sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood.

Randy Newman, singer-songwriter and composer of film scores

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Randy Newman!

November 22, 2019

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943. Newman is a singer-songwriter and composer of film scores, capable of writing both darkly ironic songs and lush orchestral Americana.

Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic, Margaret Atwood

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Margaret Atwood!

November 18, 2019

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic best known for her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

Songwriter, Johnny Mercer

Music Memories: Johnny Mercer

November 15, 2019

Johnny Mercer was born on November 18, 1909. For a quarter-century, Mercer was one of America’s most successful songwriters, writing more than 1,200 songs; he was primarily a lyricist, but occasionally wrote the music as well.

American writer, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

A Week to Remember: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

November 10, 2019

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922. Vonnegut’s accessible style, dry humor, and anti-war politics made him one of the most popular novelists of the late 1960s and early 1970s.