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
staff favorites

Summertime Vibes at Your Library!

by Juliana, Public Service Associate

It’s going to be a hot one this week folks, and we’re here today to spark up reading and listening inspiration for the season we’ve all been waiting for — summer! If you’re looking for something to make your days dreamy and luminous, you’ve come to the right place.

I asked the following questions to a few of my fellow library staff members and compiled our responses to share with all of you.

What are your favorite summer reads? Beach reads, vacation reads, summer vibes in general. Are you checking things off your TBR list? Are you rereading an old favorite? Do you use vacation to catch up on Stephen King? Are you choosing audiobooks for a road trip? Do you have a favorite cd or movie that seems especially summery? 

I hope you enjoy this list of responses as much as I do.

Josh, Tech Librarian

I love finding a Summer listen. Not a playlist, necessarily. I love finding an album where every song is a Summer song. Headphones, computer speakers, home stereo won’t do this music justice though… no, no, no. This music sounds the best in your car when the windows are down, a light breeze wafting in and the music blasting out. The three albums I’d recommend are:

  • Raze Regal & White Denim Inc. – 70s feeling album with a lot of ear candy! The foundation of every song is a solid groove with catchy melodies.
  • Aaron Frazer – Introducing… – Very grooving and Motown-ish feeling! Aaron drums and sings with Ohio’s own Dan Auerbach producing.
  • Anderson Paak – Malibu – Another drummer/singer on the list! Paak’s breakthrough album in 2016 still feels great in the car! (Note: there are very explicit lyrics on this album, so if that’s a deterrent I would suggest the edited version that’s available on streaming services).

Windows down, volume up!

Hannah, Patron Service Associate & Creative Content Coordinator

I enjoy reading seasonally. While haunting tales suit the moody autumn air and A Christmas Carol at Christmastime enhances the festivity, I find lighthearted novels, fairytales, and exciting adventures pair well with iced tea and hot days. My summer reading pile is stacked with…

Mary, Public Service Lead & Adult Volunteer Coordinator

Westerns have my heart during the hot summer months. I am planning on reading The Virginian by Owen Wister (which is technically a re-read for me!) along with Cities of the Plain, Cormac McCarthy’s final book in his Border Trilogy

Juliana, Public Service Associate

  • I somehow didn’t read Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine until my thirties, and now I love re-reading it every summer. It’s so shimmery, filled with golden light and simple summery joys. When I think of Dandelion Wine I think of one word: Relish! (referring to great enjoyment, not the condiment).
  • Another favorite is The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. If you’ve not read anything by Jansson, I highly recommend her books. They are short and quiet and full of everyday life.

Joseph, Public Service Associate

As far as I’m concerned, summer has just one thing going for it: it makes certain music sound fantastic, such as…

  • Baumstam – On Tour – For several years now, this has been my capital-S, capital-A, Summer Album. Something in the guitar fuzz has a transmutative power, I tell you, to turn the drowning humidity which floods the night aesthetic.
  • Can – “Halleluwah” – This is another German recording from the ’70s, to listen to as or after the sun sets, except this one you’ll actually be able to stream from your service of choice.
  • Wipers – Is This Real? – Daytime listening (that is, the non-depressing tracks are). These songs are like sunglasses for my ears.
BPL News & Information Programs

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.


Find a New Interest at the Library! Featuring Japanese Breakfast

by Public Service Associate Juliana

Photo by Juliana Farrington

Midori’s cooking was far better than I had imagined it would be, an amazing assortment of fried, pickled, boiled, and roasted dishes using eggs, mackerel, fresh greens, eggplant, mushrooms, radishes, and sesame seeds, all done in the delicate Kyoto style.

— from Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

One of the many, many things that I love about the library is that you can develop an interest in something and absolutely take off with it. By which I mean, you can mine the catalog for any and every resource, and you can follow any connection that happens to come your way. I ended up doing this type of deep dive with Japanese breakfast. An interest was born, I followed one lead to the next and the next. From television to cookware, cookbook to novel, memoir to music. It has been such a fun journey; I have to share it.

staff favorites

Staff Favorites 2023!

Revel in the beauty of the All Staff “Reply All” email! I started an email thread asking for lists of favorite materials published in 2023. Collected below you will find a selection of standouts. There is so much variety here, truly something for everyone. Maybe you’ll feel inspired to try a new title or new author. Maybe this is the encouragement you need to read outside your typical genre! Have fun:) Read something you’ve heard lots about or nothing about. As a staff, we read a lot of fiction — psychological, gothic, horror, historical, romance, thriller. We read a lot in general — memoir, essays, picture books, and manga. You’ll also find our favorite movies, television, and music.

Recommendations staff favorites

Best of 2022: Music

by Tech Librarian Josh


The Death of the CD?

by Public Service Associate Hannah

Did you know that CD sales in the United States increased for the first time in almost two decades in 2021? Unfortunately, this Adele and Taylor Swift momentum stalled in 2022, going from 18.4 million to 17.7 million units and $204.3 million to $199.7 million dollars respectively. After all, compact discs have been said to be on their way out for some time now. Even my coworkers in acquisitions are weighing purchases vs borrows. This leads me to ask: will I see the death of the CD in my lifetime? 

Recommendations staff favorites

Dance Fever!

by Public Service Associate Juliana

Florence + the Machine’s newest release, Dance Fever, might just be my favorite album of 2022. I first heard the song titled “My Love” one morning in mid May while getting ready for work, and I feel like I haven’t stopped dancing since. And I’ll tell you – after a little research – this turns out to be a very suitable response. 


Summer Tunes

by Public Service Associate Owen

Summer is moving right along as we go deeper into July and look towards August. In a past blog, we’ve covered some delightful beach reads for you to enjoy if you’re spending a weekend by the lake or by the ocean – but what if you want to jam out to some summery music while doing so? Do you have a road trip coming up and need something to listen to? Are you simply looking for some new music? Luckily for you, this blog will delve into some of my favorite music to listen to during the summer, across all sorts of genres. Whether you’re working on your tan, having a cookout with friends and family, or are simply enjoying the warmer weather, these albums, pieces, and songs will help you embrace the warmth of the season!

Programs Recommendations

Better Together: Feature Films Paired with Documentaries

by Public Service Associate Juliana

  • Blaze | dvd pairs well with Heartworn Highways | dvd

I recently borrowed a feature film that happened to pair perfectly with a documentary I’d watched the month prior.  I love serendipitous moments like this, when threads connect and suddenly things deepen and contextualize before your very eyes.