An Afternoon of Musical Creativity at the Central Library

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Alice Kay Kanack, inventor of the Creative Ability Development method of teaching children musical improvisation, author of several music books, and director of the Kanack School of Music, will bring a group of her students for two programs filled with the joy of music.

Ms. Kanack is a frequent lecturer at conferences and festivals across the U.S. and Canada, and has presented her methods to audiences in Australia, France and Japan.  The concerts given by her students are powerful, inspiring, beautiful, and completely improvised.

“Musical Improvisation for Children” starts at 11:30 in the children’s room with a musical performance of the story “The Three Little Pigs” and a chance for children to try some hands-on musical improvisation.

From 1:00 -2:00 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Alice Kanack and her tour group will present “Improvisation without Inhibition” a lecture and performance that demonstrates the importance of developing the creative part of the brain.Ms. kanack will demonstrate methods for developing comfort with improvisation, and talk about current brain research that supports these methods.

A book signing will follow the performance with copies of Alice Kay Kanack’s books available for purchase.

To register for “Improvisation without Inhibition,”  call the Arts Division at 428-8140, or register online at http://tinyurl.com/cm45s73

Latest Music Books

For the first time, rock music icon Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, tells the full story of his life and career in My Cross to Bear. No subject is taboo, as one of the true giants of rock ‘n’ roll opens up about his Georgia youth, his long struggle with substance abuse, his string of bad marriages (including his brief union with superstar Cher), the tragic death of brother Duane Allman, and life on the road in one of rock’s most legendary bands.

Loretta Lynn’s rags-to-riches story–from her hardscrabble childhood in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, through her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn when she was thirteen, to her dramatic rise to the top of the charts–has resonated with countless fans throughout her more than fifty-year career. Now, the anecdotes she shares here give us deeper insight into her life, her collaborations, her influences, and how she pushed the boundaries of country music by discussing issues important to working-class women, even when they were considered taboo. Honky Tonk Girl: A Life in Lyrics is one more way for Lynn’s fans–those who already love her and those who soon will–to know the heart and mind of this remarkable woman.

Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente – Countless stories have been written about Tito Puente’s percussive musical abilities, but never before have his talent and intuition, as well as the mishaps and controversies surrounding him, been presented with such vivacity and love, chronicling the popular and combative King of Latin rhythm who climbed from El Barrio to international fame and recognition, influencing multiple generations of jazzers and Latin rockers from Dizzy Gillespie to Santana. Tito Puente was more than a flamboyant percussionist; he was a multi-instrumentalist and gifted composer.

Céline: Beyond the Image – With more than 600 previously unpublished photographs, this book tells the story of Céline Dion through the unique and up-close perspective of photographer Laurent Cayla, revealing also his personal struggles with depression and dependency on alcohol and drugs and the hope Céline and her husband gave him for change. From tender family moments and glimpses of Céline with other celebrities and stars to private backstage views and captivating scenes on the stage, Céline fans will relish this panorama of both inside and outside the spotlight.

From patriotic “God Bless America” to wistful “White Christmas,” Irving Berlin’s songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter’s immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin’s legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer’s most enduring songs, from “There’s No Business Like Show Business” to “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

 

In Dwight Yoakam: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, award-winning music journalist Don McLeese offers the first musical biography of this acclaimed artist. Tracing the seemingly disparate influences in Yoakam’s music, McLeese shows how he has combined rock and roll, rockabilly, country, blues, and gospel into a seamless whole. In particular, McLeese explores the essential issue of “authenticity” and how it applies to Yoakam, as well as to country music and popular culture in general.

 

The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook – It’s not an exaggeration to say that The Sound of Music is the most beloved film musical of all time. It has touched more than one generation, as over the years, many parents have shared the magic of this wonderful movie with their children. Seven very special children experienced The Sound of Music firsthand: the seven young actors cast as the von Trapp children. Now, for the first time, they tell their stories about making this celebrated film, from their auditions to rehearsals in Los Angeles to an incredible spring and summer in Salzburg, Austria.

 

 

Bookshelf: Decorating with Books


There seems to be a new trend in home decor, decorating with books and bookshelves. I suppose if you are looking at a blog connected to the Central Library than you must be a book lover of some sort. While many of us use e-readers to store and read our books we still have many physical books at home so until we get to read them why not use them as objects to decorate with?

Along with the books below here are some decorating ideas with books on Pinterest. The Blue Eyed Owl also offers up some good ideas to pretty up your home with books. Others ways can be found here at Apartment Therapy.

Bookcases are so much more than just a place to store one’s books. They’ve become experiments in engineering and explorations into modern art, covetable in their own right.

In these pages you will find plenty of inspiration and diversity, from “Juxtaposed,” a shelf capitalizing on limited space to display seven books containing the world’s most influential religions, to Sakura Adachi’s “Trick,” a bookcase that constantly mutates into a table and two chairs. Shelves can even be re-imagined: the way laundry is dried in China informed Dutch designers Studio Ditte as they created their Kwan bookcase.

So while we appreciate the efficient book storage of e-readers, let us marvel at physical bookshelves that are shaped like trees, or hold books upside down, or can even walk. This beautifully crafted book will bring joy to book lovers everywhere.

Bookcases, bookshelves, entire rooms: more than simple storagespaces for books, these are unique decorative elements that revealthe personality and lifestyle of their owners. Home libraries arealways personal and often evolving, whether they are speciallycreated in a separate room or found in nooks and crannies allover the house, whether modern or traditional, whether clearlyorganized or a surreal mess.

In this book, Dominique Dupuich and Roland Beaufre lead aguided tour of the libraries of some passionate readers, organizedby the type of book lover: decorator (clean lines, structured); fashiondesigner (chic, glamorous); writer (cluttered, charming). . . .Thebook concludes with an invaluable catalogue of shelves, lighting,and accessories that will suit any kind of home library.

Opening the pages of a book can instantly carry you off to another world. But did you realize that, open or closed, books can also make your real world–your home–more fabulous? As legendary designer Billy Baldwin pointed out, they’re “the best decoration,” capable of bringing incredible warmth, color, and character to a room. From grand bookcases in home libraries to casual stacks artfully arrayed on chairs,House Beautifulpresents countless eye-catching ideas for displaying and arranging your hardcovers, paperbacks, encyclopedias, and even valuable first editions. Useful tips shed light on how to organize a large collection; situate bookcases in the room for the best effect; and make the most of books’ appealing visual and tactile qualities. From traditional interpretations to contemporary visions–such as putting a book on a pedestal as anobjet d’art–these concepts write a new page in design.

Here is a blog dedicated to decorating with books and bookshelves, Bookshelf.

Image at top is from from Comfort and Luxury Blogspot

New Sports Titles

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On June 21, 1992, Davidson and his best friend, Mike Price, summited Mount Rainier and on their descent tragedy struck. Tied together, the two men fell 80 feet into a crevasse, with Price dying instantly. Now Davidson shares his incredible story of survival and renewal.

A collection of Roy MacGregor’s very best hockey writing, revised and updated.

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An intimate profile of the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) referee, this first full-length autobiography of pop culture icon “Big” John McCarthy details every aspect of his life — from his strong-handed Los Angeles upbringing to his involvement in the naming of the sport, his role in its regulation, and MMA’s rise in stature.

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Forty-seven years of joyous celebrations after victories and crushing disappointments after defeats are encompassed in Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?, but it is about more than just touchdowns and interceptions-it’s about how a person like Marv Levy, dedicated to his life’s work, can begin his career as the obscure assistant coach of a high school junior varsity team and decades later lead a team to the Super Bowl.

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Sundays Will Never Be the Same is the kind of book NASCAR fans hunger for, with thrills, insider stories, and a touching tribute to one of motor racing’s biggest heroes. Waltrip honors both a sport that has quickly become an American tradition, as well as the memory of a legend and the ways he singlehandedly changed racing forever.

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Since radio’s debut in the 1920s and television’s in the ’30s, the baseball announcer has become entertainer, observer, and extended member of the family. In A Talk in the Park: Nine Decades of Baseball Tales from the Broadcast Booth, many of the pastime’s most popular and famous announcers-the Voices-tell their favorite stories in their own distinctive words. It is riveting oral history.

Predict the Oscars Contest!

The Arts Division and the Media Department are having a contest this week to gear up for the 84th annual Academy Awards to be broadcast Sunday evening, February 26th. A ballot box is set out in both divisions for patrons to make their predictions for this year’s winners. To participate come to one of these locations and fill in a ballot sheet by marking one choice in each of the categories. The person who predicts the most categories correctly will win 2 movie tickets.  Second most correct predictions will win a past Best Picture DVD. And the third place winner will take home a book based on one of this year’s Best Picture Nominees.  The Art Division has a large selection of resources about the film industry. Our Media Department has many new and popular films on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Calligraphy Display

Calligraphy Display

Toi Clawson from Fairport and of the Genesee Valley Calligraphy Guild has a wonderful display of her work, as well as the Guild’s,  in the Arts Division this month. Toi will also be presenting a calligraphy demonstration in the Arts Division on Monday evening, January 23, from 6 pm to 7:45 pm. Toi writes, “Calligraphy is the art of beautiful writing. Using bold colors and illustrations to capture the viewer’s attention, I invite the reader to think more deeply about the text.”

Beautiful Words

Tools of the art

For more information about this display and Toi Clawson’s presentation call the Arts Division at 428-8140. The library has many books and resources about the art of calligraphy if you are interested in learning more about this popular art form.