Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Imagining President Tom McCall


Do you ever wonder "What would have happened if...?"   Local author Bill Hall did, and he used his imagination to create a new world in McCallandia: a Utopian Novel, where former Oregon Governor Tom McCall became president instead of Ronald Reagan.  President McCall brings his unique style, candor and environmental ethic to Washington, and the world changes for the better.

Hall will read from his novel at the Newport Public Library on Sunday, August 2, at 1 p.m.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Hall is in his third term as a Lincoln County Commissioner, and like Governor McCall, worked in print and broadcast journalism before going into politics. He said he’s admired McCall since he was a child and was a volunteer in his 1978 comeback campaign. McCallandia is his first published book.

“There’s already an excellent biography of Tom McCall,” Hall said. “I thought this approach would be a fun way to show the reader what Tom McCall was like as a person, what he accomplished in Oregon, and how things might have changed for the better in the country if he had had the opportunity to bring his agenda to the national stage.”

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Bug Chicks Bring Bugs to the Library

This week's Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program features the The Bug Chicks and their bugs at 1:00 on Wednesday, July 29 in Literacy Park. The Bug Chicks are two lively entomologists, Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker. They will lead a fun and educational program about bugs, featuring live insects and arthropods. Get a taste of what to expect from the Bug Chicks on their website.

The Bug Chicks strive to create fun, accurate science media and programs. This has led them to work with some of the coolest organizations: the U.S. Forest Service, Norman Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture, and National Ag Science Center to name a few. Their sci-comm articles can be seen on NPR’s Science Friday website and their videos are teaching the next generation of entomologists and bug-dorks. Throughout the year they teach in every venue imaginable- from schools and libraries to camps, museums and festivals. They travel all over the world to film, photograph and teach about the incredible world of insects, spiders and other arthropods.

Kristie recently described a new species of solifuge from the Sudan/Kenya border. As a Bug Chick she is dedicated to showing young girls and boys that women can be smart, silly, successful, brave and beautiful in many different ways.

Jessica’s research on pecan aphids is helping to establish new pest control parameters for farmers in eastern Texas. She plans to continue her work in an effort to reduce reliance on pesticides in developing countries. As a Bug Chick she is passionate about promoting women as scientists and positive media role models.

The Bug Chicks programs are funded by Ready to Read grants from the Oregon State Library, Ross and Janis Neigebauer, Jeanette Hofer and the Newport Library Foundation. Their lodging is provided by La Quinta Inn and Suites. Find out more about The Bug Chicks' performance and other Newport Public Library summer programs here.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fourth Of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Despite its Rocky Mountain altitude, Tenmile Creek, Montana is about as low as you can go. And as the area’s only Children’s Protective Services case worker, Pete Snow has seen some of the lowest. Gas huffing teens, drug-addled parents threatening to kill their own kids, children abused inside supposed “safe” state facilities: all in a day’s work.

And Pete has his own share of problems. An alcoholic ex-wife, a runaway teen daughter, his brother on the run for assault, and his own emergent alcoholism all conspire to drag Pete down. In many ways, Pete Snow is no better, and certainly no worse, than most of his clients. Maybe that’s why he’s so good at his job. And why that job takes such a heavy toll on him. As he tells his ex-wife: “I take kids away from people like us.”

 But when Pete is called to investigate a feral child found on the school playground in town, he encounters an America for which he is totally unprepared. Pete returns the child to his father, Jeremiah Pearl, a seriously brilliant paranoid. Living off-the-grid in the wilderness of Fourth of July Creek, and convinced that the end of the world is approaching, survivalist Jeremiah Pearl both horrifies and fascinates Pete with his apocalyptic ranting.

Beautifully written, though grimly drawn, Fourth Of July Creek describes an America that has stumbled and how that fall affects us all, especially its most vulnerable. And, like the mostly decent folk of Tenmile Creek, we have no choice but to get back up and try again. Henderson Smith’s Fourth of July Creek is not an easy read, but it is a richly rewarding one.

And you can reserve it here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cello Bop Returns to Literacy Park.


This week's Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program features Cello Bop, on Wednesday July 22 at 1:00.  All children and families are invited to join us in Literacy Park for great music and a fun time as Gideon Freudmann makes cool music with a hot beat. 

Cello Bop is what Gideon Freudmann calls his own style of cello music, a fusion of blues, jazz, folk and much more. He has performed at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Prague Swing Jazz Festival and throughout the US, including the Lincoln County libraries in 2011. His music is also frequently heard on NPR's All Things Considered and on the TV show, Weeds. His creative workshops at schools, colleges and music camps, as well as his tunebook, New Music for Cello, have inspired cello choirs and string ensembles to perform his music from coast to coast. Gideon's original compositions have been commissioned for film, theatre and dance. His recent project has been performing live soundtracks for classic silent films. Gideon has 12 original CDs to his credit and has performed on dozens of albums by other musicians. Samples of Freudmann’s music are available online at www.cellobop.com 
Cello Bop’s Newport show features music selected especially for children, providing them an introduction to the cello and the sounds it makes. His programs are funded by Ready to Read grants from the Oregon State Library and the Lincoln County Library District. His lodging is provided by La Quinta Inn and Suites in Newport and the D Sands Condominium Hotel in Lincoln City. 
Look here for more information about Cello Bop’s performance or other summer reading presentations.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tortilla Flat


"As genial a bit of propaganda for common vagrancy as has ever been shown" began the New York Times review for Tortilla Flat in 1942.

Based on John Steinbeck's 1935 novel, Tortilla Flat was directed by Victor Fleming, whose credits include The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind.  Spencer Tracy and John Garfield star as two carefree fishermen, Pilon and Danny, who make their meager living in a small California coastal village. 

When Danny inherits two houses, he invites Pilon and a few other friends to move in. The easy dynamics between the friends changes with Danny's good fortune; and love for the same woman, Dolores 'Sweets' Ramirez (Hedy Lamarr), drives a wedge between them.

Frank Morgan steals the show as Pirate, a dog lover with a reverence for St. Francis. His role earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Tortilla Flat will be shown on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the McEntee Meeting Room.  Admission is free and open to the public.

 

Friday, July 10, 2015

West African Storytelling Drummer in Literacy Park


This week's Summer Reading program, Every Hero Has a Story,
features West African storytelling drummer, Habiba Addo. All children and families are invited to attend this free program at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 15 in Literacy Park. Like all Library programs, it is free to all who want to come.

A native of Ghana, Habiba performs an interactive, multi-cultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and drumming. Her stories will introduce the audience to heroes in their own world as well as those far, far away.

She performs stories from the continent of Africa and its diaspora to inspire, entertain and provoke thought. She lives her art through continuous study and practice, combining her knowledge and deep appreciation for these cultures with her natural talent for storytelling and prodigious vocal abilities.

Anyone who has witnessed her performances will testify that she blends her sense of humor with extremely genuine respect and love for these revered traditions. Abiba teaches and performs with infectious joy and adept technical accuracy. She has performed and taught the local community in dance, storytelling and theater through companies such as Miracle Theater, Northwest Afrikan American Ballet and Portland State University.

These programs are paid for by Ready to Read grant money from the Oregon Legislature with additional support from the Sylvia Beach Hotel, Ross and Janis Neigebauer, Jeannette Hofer and Newport’s Umpqua Bank. Look here for more information about Addo’s show or other summer reading presentations.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Music in the Stacks


Libraries are often thought of as sacred spaces where the insistent melodies of unanswered cell phones attract frowns. Would we actually invite music into the building, and have it performed mid-afternoon in the center of our reading area?

YES, when the Evergreen String Quartet is in town!  On Thursday, July 9 from 2-3 p.m., the quartet will perform a selection of classical and popular music, discuss their instruments, and take questions from the audience, thanks to generous sponsorship by the Newport Library Foundation.

The quartet members, Lucia Atkinson, Emily Cole, Hannah Pressley, and Rose Hashimoto are professional musicians who grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

Lucia Atkinson
Lucia Atkinson is a violinist based in the Portland Metro area. She is currently a tenured member of the Portland Opera, a regular sub in the Oregon Symphony, and a freelance violinist with many other local orchestras and chamber music groups.

Emily Cole
Emily Cole, also a violinist, has been a member of the Oregon Symphony since 2011, and currently serves on the faculty of Lewis & Clark College. She has held concertmaster and principal positions at the National Orchestral Institute and at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.


Hannah Pressley
Cellist Hannah Pressley of Charleston, West Virginia, is a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and an Artist-in-Residence for String Education, teaching in local public schools. A lover of the outdoors, Hannah regularly performs string quartets at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on rafting trips with Canyon Explorations.

Rose Hashimoto
Rose Hashimoto is a violist, who currently lives in New York City. Rose has performed in major venues in eight different countries, as well as on the air on WQXR radio and PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center.

After the concert, the Library Foundation invites the community to browse through the library and view the many changes made in response to last year’s strategic planning sessions.