Join the Blue Ridge Branch for a musical performance on Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. Our featured musician will be Kevin M. Kraft, a local musician who specializes in making and playing the cigar box guitar. Mr. Kraft will discuss the history of the cigar box guitar, followed by a musical performance on the cigar box guitar.
Feel free to R.S.V.P. for this one-of-a-kind event by registering online or calling the Blue Ridge Branch at 816.761.3382.
Are you going to a concert this summer? There’s nothing that says summer like getting that crisp ticket at the box office and walking into the darkened arena ready for a great time. Everyone’s buzzing with excitement, dancing to the opener, and then, finally, the headliner takes the stage. The lights come up and for two hours, you’re in a world of your own. The music creates a bubble that your worries and stress can’t pop and you just chill.
Are you looking for new things to read? Do you want to learn about the new and exciting books, movies, and music that your Library staff is reading? Do you want to find some suggestions for titles that you may have missed? Now you can find all that, and more, in one location.
I have written a couple of lengthy blogs to submit for my August deadline. They are witty, insightful, and informative. But I changed my mind on the way to work this morning. I wasn't feeling particularly well when I woke up. I hadn't slept much, and my stomach was queasy, the result of a rich evening meal and some recent stresses in my personal life. I had awoken a bit earlier than usual though, and this afforded me the luxury of avoiding the morning frantic rush in which I usually find myself.
Running. Who needs it? Well, this guy. But I have a really hard time staying motivated to run, usually before I start running but even while my feet are shuffling along on the trail. Like many others out there, I get bored with running. It’s tedious, hard work, and awkward, especially if you like to do the T-Rex to conserve arm strength, which is great for that purpose but not so great when you’re scaring small children as you run past the jungle gym. Plus, after hearing the same songs or artists for long enough, it can make you go crazy. Shuffle can only help you for so long.
I remember the first time I heard them. It was a sunny day in 1992, either before or after school. I was a lowly freshman and was at the mercy of my big sister for rides. And if that wasn’t bad enough, guess who had control of the radio? Somehow, though (my sister took momentary leave of her senses?), that day, a powerful, snarly, thrashy, and melodic song found its way through those speakers. Could it be? Was there really music out there I actually enjoyed listening to that made me feel something?
Several times over the last year, my husband causally mentioned it would be nice to have an MP3 player. He is a farmer, and out in the country, there are many places where radio signal isn’t great. When you are out in the tractor in the middle of nowhere, talk radio can get rather old rather quickly.