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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Spanish composer Manuel de Falla

Music Friday: Manuel de Falla

November 23, 2018

Manuel de Falla was born on November 23, 1876. Falla was one of the most important Spanish composers of the early 20th century. His music was strongly influenced by flamenco and other music of Andalusia, the region of southern Spain where Falla was born.

Graphic collage of Abraham Lincoln and his written copy of the Gettysburg Address

A Week to Remember: The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2018

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief speech at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg Address has become one of the best-known speeches in American history.

Singer/songwriter Gordon Lighfoot with his guitar

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot!

November 16, 2018

Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938. Lightfoot is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and who is best known for a string of hit records in the 1970s.

Graphic illustration of the great white whale, Moby Dick

A Week to Remember: Moby Dick

November 11, 2018

On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States.

U. S. participants facing off in opening of chess tourney, Samuel Reshevsky and Robert J. (Bobby) Fischer. July 16, 1966.

A Week to Remember: The World Chess Championship

November 05, 2018

On November 9, the World Chess Championship match begins in London. Magnus Carlsen, the reigning champion since 2013, will defend his title against Fabiano Caruana in a 12-game match.

Keith Emerson at his keyboard in concert at Nearfest 2006

Music Friday: Keith Emerson

November 02, 2018

Keith Emerson was born on November 2, 1944. Emerson was a composer and keyboard player who was, as a member of several different bands, a major figure in the progressive rock movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.

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.