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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Collage of Dick Francis with his horse and a steeplechase tournament

A Week to Remember: Dick Francis

October 29, 2018

Dick Francis was born on October 31, 1920. Francis was a mystery writer with a very specific subject; he wrote more than 40 novels, all of them set against the backdrop of horse racing.

Photo of Mahalia Jackson singing

Music Friday: Mahalia Jackson

October 26, 2018

Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911. Jackson was a gospel singer, a towering presence in the genre whose popularity extended to mainstream audiences. In the 1950s and 1960s, she devoted much of her time to civil rights activism.

Photo of author Debbie Macomber

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Debbie Macomber!

October 22, 2018

Debbie Macomber was born on October 22, 1948. Macomber is the author of more than 150 novels; she primarily writes romance and women's fiction.

Weird Al Yankovic

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, "Weird Al" Yankovic!

October 19, 2018

Musical comedians don't tend to have long careers. Political satirist Tom Lehrer retired after about a decade; folk-singer parodist Allan Sherman's moment in the spotlight lasted for two years.

Composer Ennio Morricone conducting one of his many music scores.

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Ennio Morricone!

November 09, 2018

On November 10, 1928, Ennio Morricone was born. Morricone is the composer of more than 400 film scores and dozens of concert works, and one of the most popular and best-selling film composers of all time.

Portrait of playwright Eugene O'Neill

A Week to Remember: Eugene O'Neill

October 15, 2018

Eugene O'Neill was born on October 16, 1888. O'Neill was one of the great American playwrights, a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the recipient of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dixie Chicks

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Dixie Chicks!

October 12, 2018

This week, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the three members of the country group the Dixie Chicks. Martie Maguire was born on October 12, 1969, and Natalie Maines was born on October 14, 1974.

Barney entertains a crowd in 1993

A Look Back at 1993

October 09, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Central Library's re-opening, let's look back at what else was happening in 1993.

Photo of author Elmore Leonard

A Week to Remember: Elmore Leonard

October 07, 2018

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925. Leonard was a writer of novels, short stories, and screenplays. At the beginning of his career, he wrote mostly Westerns; when he shifted to crime and suspense novels, he became one of the country's most popular novelists.

Photograph of composer Guiseppe Verdi

Music Friday: Giuseppe Verdi

October 05, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 9, 1813. Verdi was a composer of opera, and many of his works are among the most beloved operas in the repertoire. He had an unusually long career as a composer, spanning almost sixty years.