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Centennial Celebrations Continue with 100 Years of Earl Scruggs!

by Technology Librarian, Josh

Image from Earl Scruggs Center

For the library’s centennial we’re hosting a series of music programs that look back at the amazing music and musicians celebrating 100 years! 

Commemorate the godfather of the banjo, Earl Scruggs, for his 100th birthday on July 14th. A Tea at Three performance by the acclaimed bluegrass band, Appalachian Swing, will pay tribute to his brilliant musicianship and legacy. 

Image from Bluegrass Today

Scruggs became a pivotal member of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1945, which defined the classic bluegrass sound we all know and love today. This band set the foundation for the bluegrass genre with their instrumentation, song selection, and improvisation between members. A large part of the bluegrass sound came from a playing style Scruggs’ pioneered on the banjo, generally called the “three-fingered” technique, which allowed him to play at faster speeds with clarity and a focus on melody. Steve Martin said it best, “Before [Scruggs], no one had ever played the banjo like he did. After him, everyone played the banjo like he did.” 

A couple of other music programs we’re excited about include Todd Stoll and the Uptown Bootleggers playing Music of the Roaring 20s on August 15th. And for the third year in a row, we’re hosting Musicians for Silent Film who are performing live music to Hitchcock’s silent masterpiece, The Lodger. This is the epic finale of our Hitchcock Through the Decades film series taking place on Oct 26th. These music programs promise to be an unforgettable tribute to influential figures and milestones in the world of music and film. We hope you’ll help us celebrate since turning 100 only happens once!

  • The Essential Earl Scruggs | CD
  • Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo | Printed Music
  • The Very Best of Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys | CD
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BPL News & Information Programs Youth Services

Get Ready for a Summer Full of Adventure at Your Library!

By Youth Services Manager Julie

With Bexley Public Library’s Summer Community Read theme, “100 Years of Adventure,” we’re marking the library’s centennial birthday and celebrating the endless adventures that await you in the stories you hear, books you read, movies you see, and people you meet at your library.

Get a jump on your summertime adventure by joining us for the Summer Community Read (SCR) Kickoff Party on Thursday, May 30 from 3 to 5 pm. Register for SCR and help us celebrate our beloved Robot’s 10th birthday. We’ll have activity stations, refreshments, and an opportunity to enter to win tickets to King’s Island.

Let your adventures continue all summer long. Get up close and personal with amazing reptiles when Dino Buddies are here, join us for games and activities at our Bluey Party, and explore all the fun of magic with Jim Kleefeld. Of course, we also hope you’ll let your creativity run wild with your bookmark entry in our 7th annual bookmark contest!

We are so excited to fill your family’s summer with fun. Look for more adventures at: BexleyLibrary.org/SummerRead

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Celebrate 100 Years of Lifelong Learning at Bexley Public Library!

By Library Director Ben Heckman

Bexley Public Library is excited to be celebrating our 100th birthday this year, and we are honored to share this once-in-a-lifetime birthday with the wonderful community we’ve been honored to serve for more than a century. While April marks the start of our many celebratory festivities, we invite you to join us for the host of engaging authors, talented musicians, inspiring artists, and more that will join us throughout the year.

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Discover and Preserve Your Past at the Library!

by Local History Librarian David

With holidays and family gatherings right around the corner, let Bexley Public Library be your place to discover family history and preserve your memories – for free! We have special genealogy programming this October in honor of Family History Month, and we invite you to explore the tools in our Memory Lab. 

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Celebrate Bexley’s 115th Birthday at the Library!

By Local History Librarian David

August 10 is Bexley Day, the day Bexley was established as an incorporated village with its first charter in 1908. For the second year, the Bexley Public Library, in partnership with the Bexley Historical Society, are celebrating Bexley’s birthday with an honorary program and cake. This year, Historical Society Trustee, Larry Helman, will present on how the community developed over time. Join us for the event at 7 PM on Thursday, August 10 in the library auditorium. It will also be an opportunity to learn about a new effort to mark and recognize those houses of 100+ years in age. 

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Happy Jewish Heritage Month!

By Associate Librarian – Readers’ Advisory Specialist Debbie

This year the Bexley Library is one of 29 libraries across the country chosen to participate in the Yiddish Book Center’s “Stories of Exile” Reading Group!

The Yiddish Book Center is in Amherst, Massachusetts and was founded by Aaron Lansky, who started collecting Yiddish books when, as a college student, he and his classmates had trouble finding Yiddish books to read.  They realized that since Yiddish wasn’t spoken by the current generation, Yiddish books were being thrown away – and it was happening at an alarming rate.  Aaron Lansky’s adventures saving Yiddish books and the founding and evolution of the Yiddish Book Center are chronicled in his wonderful book Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Toni Morrison Day!

by Public Service Associate Juliana

Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison! Mark your calendars! February 17th is Toni Morrison Day, and there’s no better time to immerse yourself in her work. Read, watch, listen, or attend, there are myriad ways to honor Morrison’s legacy.

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Vampires In the Library!!

by Public Service Associate Juliana

//image still from official trailer, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

I was never a vampire reader, no Dracula, The Queen of the Damned, or Salem’s Lot. My preferred medium for vampire lore has always been film. With that said, I have always been drawn to movies based on books. Interview with the Vampire based on the Anne Rice novel and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust based on the novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi, are two of my favorites. I recall staying home sick from school in the early 2000s watching Vampire Hunter D for the umpteenth time. I paused on a favorite scene and decided to draw the still, copying exactly what I saw on the screen. When I wrote about the experience in the journal I had to keep for art class, my teacher commented that I had “experienced the healing power of art.” I’ve returned to this thought many times throughout my life, the idea that art can heal. And now with that connective tissue, I forever equate vampire movies as a kind of magic medicine.

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Let’s Celebrate Family History Month!

by Public Service Associate Juliana

The U.S. has commemorated Family History Month every October since 2001 when Congress passed a resolution for its annual observance. Did you know that here at the Bexley Public Library we have our very own Memory Lab for preserving photos, documents, and audiovisuals into a digital format? The lab features a photo scanner, VHS converter, slide/negative scanner, and more. Come cross something off your to-do list this October and preserve your family’s history for future generations. 

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Celebrate Bexley Day

by Local History Librarian David

Bexley, 1872

Bexley Day, which falls on August 10, 2022, marks the 114th anniversary of the first council meeting of the Village of Bexley. This year Bexley Public Library, in partnership with the Bexley Historical Society, is celebrating Bexley Day with the program, Mapping Bexley From Wilderness to Village.