The Jubilee Singers

In 1866, the American Missionary Association (AMA) founded Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide an education for freed enslaved Black people. In 1871, in order to raise money for the school, the White man who was the school's treasurer and music teacher formed a choral group of ten students to tour the northern United…
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The Hums of Pooh

  Many have rejoiced when they learned that the original Winnie the Pooh written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, published in 1926, is now in the public domain. This book and its companion, The House at Pooh Corner, published in 1928, have long been popular with children. What is less…
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World Tango Day

December 11 marks International Tango Day in Argentina. It celebrates the dance and musical form. It is also the birth date of Carlos Gardel (December 11, 1890 - June 24, 1935), the French-Argentinian singer who was an international star as a musician and film actor in the early part of the 20th century. While he…
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Beethoven at 250

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. He was born in December of 1770 in Bonn, Germany and died March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria. His music straddles the Classical and Romantic musical eras, and his musical output can be divided into early, middle, and late periods. Beethoven's early period…
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Music and the Very Young

Anyone who has attended a story time at the library (or online while the library is closed) knows that every story time starts with a song. These songs, often accompanied by hand and body movements, are fun for the children. Songs are often repeated from one session to the next because repetition helps the learning…
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Art from the World Over

The Library's Museum passes have long been popular offerings at the Library, but during the time of quarantine the museums are closed and potential visitors must stay home. However, some museums have made virtual tours or online representation of their entire holdings available for anyone to see from the comfort of their home. What follows is…
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