Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, April 17, 2022
by Liz Gibbons-Camp
At the library, we’re busy planning for the summer and beyond, so my mind is on long, warm evenings outside, even if it is still a cool, wet spring. Summer makes me think of sitting on my Grandma’s porch swing, dancing through the yard chasing lightning bugs, and lingering around the table enjoying good company, and throughout it all is music. Whether it’s a favorite song coming on the radio as you merge onto the highway on a perfect day, or the tune that always makes you think of your best friend, music has a way of blending with memories, and keeping them fresh.
This summer, we’ll be making some fun memories at the library with our summer music series. Each week, from June 21 through July 13, 2022 we’ll host a different musician or band in the shelter house at the Northside Branch. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the show. Each performance starts at 7pm, but please arrive a little early to find a place to sit. Here’s the lineup:
Tuesday June 21, 7 pm: Great Seal of Ohio Band
Wednesday June 29, 7 pm: Ben Davis Jr.
Wednesday July 6, 7 pm: Ben True
Wednesday July 13, 7 pm: Hilltop Brass
We also have a special show planned with the Chillicothe High School Jazz Band this Thursday, April 21 at 6 pm at Northside Branch (bring your lawn chair). It’s not summer yet, but I like to think of this as the kick-off to our summer music series.
After you hear these great bands play, you might be inspired to pick up a new instrument. The library can help with that, too. We have several musical instruments in our Beyond Books Collection. Find more info on our website at https://www.crcpl.org/beyondbooks/. Then, find musical instrument instruction from Grammy-award winning musicians on ArtistWorks, available in the “Extras” section of the Libby app, also free with your library card.
You might also just want more music to create your own summer playlists. Hoopla Digital has thousands of albums to check out digitally (in addition to eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and TV shows). Freegal lets you create playlists, then stream them commercial free for up to 5 hours per day. You can even share your playlist with the library so other people can hear the music you love! And of course, we still have plenty of CDs you can borrow at the library.
However you enjoy music, start with the library. I hope you’ll join us for the Summer Music Series. Check out full details of this and other library events at www.crcpl.org/events.
Liz Gibbons-Camp is the Adult Services Manager for the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. She can be reached at email@example.com.