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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Photograph of Raymond Chandler and his black cat

A Week to Remember: Raymond Chandler

July 24, 2018

Raymond Chandler was born on July 23, 1888. Chandler was one of the innovators who created the American hard-boiled detective story; his detective, Philip Marlowe, starred in Chandler's seven novels and several short stories.

Leon Fleisher's album cover Piano Works for the Left Hand

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Leon Fleisher!

July 23, 2018

Leon Fleisher was born on July 23, 1928. Fleisher is a pianist who specialized for many years in music written to be played using only the left hand.

Ernest Hemingway Writing at Campsite in Kenya

A Week to Remember: Ernest Hemingway

July 17, 2018

Ernest Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899. Hemingway was one of the great novelists of the 20th century, and his terse style has been imitated for decades.

Collage of Linda Ronstadt's album covers

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Linda Ronstadt!

July 16, 2018

Linda Ronstadt was born on July 15, 1946. Ronstadt was one of the major pop/rock singers of the 1970s and 1980s, who explored a wide range of styles and genres, almost always to critical acclaim.

Collage of books by neurologist and author Oliver Sacks

A Week to Remember: Oliver Sacks

July 10, 2018

Oliver Sacks was born on July 9, 1933. Sacks was a neurologist and author whose case studies of patients with unusual disorders became best-sellers.

Bela Fleck playing his banjo and collage of his album covers

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Béla Fleck!

July 09, 2018

Béla Fleck was born on July 10, 1958. Fleck is a virtuoso banjo player who has taken the instrument far beyond the expected bluegrass and folk music.

Events that occurred on Fourth of July and American flag

A Week to Remember: Happy Independence Day!

July 03, 2018

The Fourth of July is this week, and it's the 242 year anniversary of American independence!

Leoš Janáček and his hand drawn composition

Music Monday: Leoš Janáček

July 02, 2018

Leoš Janáček was born on July 3, 1854. Janáček began composing in his late teens, but most of his major works were composed in the last decade of his life.

Collage of books by Lawrence Block

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Lawrence Block!

June 26, 2018

Lawrence Block was born on June 24, 1938. Block is a prolific mystery novelist who has written more than 70 books under his own name and dozens more under various pseudonyms.

Composer Bernard Herrmann and album covers of his film scores.

Music Monday: Bernard Herrmann

June 25, 2018

Bernard Herrmann was born on June 29, 1911. Herrmann's career as a film composer began with Citizen Kane and ended with Taxi Driver.