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Elegant Enigmas

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin

While by no means an exhaustive collection of Gorey's works, this collection includes lots of information about Gorey himself and the many collaborators with whom he worked. The art included here is based around an exhibition of the same title which was shown at the Brandywine River Museum. Wilkin is a Gorey scholar and writes about many facets of Gorey as a person, including his influences, his attitudes, and his personality. Having been a fan of his work since I was a child, this glimpse into what he was like was quite interesting.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular!

Plymouth Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Nan Washburn, will present a multi-media presentation on the Life and Music of Tchaikovsky on Thursday, March 4, at 7:00PM. Come hear this presentation in the library Community Room and have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill on Saturday, March 13th at 7:30PM. It's a win/win opportunity for all.

All About Pianos

Everything you wanted to know about pianos will be discussed by the experts from Evola Music in Canton. They will even take a piano apart so we can see the inner workings. Learn the history, how they're made and how to select the perfect piano for your needs. I bet we'll even hear a little music.
Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00PM in the Community Room.

Trendsetters and Newsmakers

Enjoy the World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places. Here you will find outstanding photographs of some of the most celebrated actors, artist, models, first ladies, and social figures that have appeared in the pages of Vogue magazine over the past four decades. Enjoy photographs by famous photographers such as Avedon, Leibovitz, Horst, Steichen and Penn. Here is an amazing look at portraits, houses, gardens and parties of celebrated figures from many worlds.

Last Chance...Avedon at the DIA!

Photo fiends gather 'round! This is your last chance to see the special Richard Avedon photo exhibit at the DIA. The exhibit closes this weekend on Sunday, January 17th. Immerse yourself in fashion photos from 1944-2000. The photos are artistic, classic, and iconic. So grab the family and head on down the the "D" for an afternoon of education, enlightenment, and excellence.

To the Museum!

For an out of the world New Years, drop on over to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City! They are in the midst of celebrating their 50th year! While there be sure to take in all the amazing works of art displayed on the walls and also enjoy the amazing building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out their website for more information plus hours, directions, and exciting special events. Happy New Year!!

The Quiltmakers

Eight workshops from the world's best quilt makers offers a unique opportunity to take classes without leaving home. The book Quiltmakers covers a wide range of quiltmaking skills like perfect piecing, applique, template making, adding straight and mitred borders and quilting. Each chapter gives a step-by-step instruction to the project.

The weather outside is frightful...

Well, maybe the weather isn't too frightful... yet, but it is getting there. The temps are dropping and the skies are looking more foreboding as the days progress. Will we get snow today? Tomorrow? Next week? As we sit and wonder, take advantage of the snowless days while you still can and get out to the DIA. The Avedon photos are running until January and you don't want to miss out on them. While there, be sure to spend time taking in the other collections. While I love the Renaissance Art, my favorite area isn't actually a collection. It's the room on the lower floor that looks like a magically lit castle yard. It has brick walls and twinkly Christmas lights adorning the trees. I love to stop there and just be in the quiet atmosphere. See you there.

Christmas Crafts

christmas craftsTime certainly is flying by and with the holidays so close, be sure to spend some time in our craft collection, specifically with the holiday craft books! Hunker down in the kitchen with some hot cocoa (piled high with marshmallows...yummy) and get out your favorite glue stick. There are so many different handmade items you can make, days will pass without you every leaving the house, which is not such a bad idea considering the shmucky weather we've been having. Happy Crafting!

Collections of the Rich and Famous

Looking for a special gift or coffee table book? This title, The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge features the 8 homes of this legendary fashion designer and his friend and business partner. The homes were stunning backdrops for Saint Laurent’s life. The elegant décor, art, furniture and surroundings were photographed by Terestchenko and feature amazing collections amassed over forty years.

Elm Creek Quilts

If you like to listen to an audio book and quilt at the same time then Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek quilt novels is your answer. The series has 14 books and in all the books the story and the art of quilting are neatly stiched. You can learn more about the quilts discussed in those stories by going into Jennifer Chiaverini's web site at http://elmcreek.net. The Winding Ways quilt pattern is easily explained in Nancy Elliott MacDonald's book Winding Ways Quilts A practically Pinless Approach.

Happy National Tie Month!

tiesWelcome to December everyone and for that matter, welcome to National Tie Month! In honor of the gift that we all love to give fathers and grandfathers for most holidays of gift giving significance, let's celebrate the tie with joy and creativity. There is so much you can do with a tie, for example, you could put your picture on it, tie-dye it, paint it, iron on a patch or decal, attach festive jewels, or go crazy with some craft glue and glitter. Whatever you decide to do with your tie, have fun and know that the beloved tie will be even more well loved because you decorated it. Good luck!

Holiday Decorating

'Tis the season for holiday decorating. Get some great ideas from our selection of holiday decorating books.

Friends, Authors & Others program

Phone registration is underway for Canton author, Charles Steele, to discuss his newest book, "Discovering God in Science." Did the Big Bang create the universe? Did life start by chance, all without a cause? Does God exist? Many scientists are putting forth the God Hypothesis as an alternate theory to the origin of the universe. If you are interested in a cutting-edge debate about science and religion, then Discovering God in Science is a must-read. Join new author Charles E. Steele as he offers insight into this ongoing debate on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00PM in the library Community Room.

Camio Database is like visiting a museum

Camio Database has collected art and objects from various prominent museums around the world. Categories include photographs, prints, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts and useful objects, drawings and watercolors, costumes and jewelry, textiles and architecture. Check a category or type a country in the search box to see art, costumes, furniture, and more, from or by artists who lived in that country in various time periods. Click on specific portions of the screen to enlarge that section! A visually stimulating experience, Camio is your armchair museum on a screen!

Native American Flute Music

Recently, I discovered the beauty of Native American flute music. The flute has a very serene and soothing sound. I particularly enjoy the one and two flute sounds of R. Carlos Nakai's music. If you are interested in listening to more Native American music check out our catalog.

There is still time to enter to Beyond Reality Photo Contest

Our digital photo contest celebrates the Teen Read Week theme Read Beyond Reality. We are looking for photos that are beyond real. Entries can be almost anything as long as the photo is your own. The entry deadline is this Satuday (the 24th) at 6:00PM. For more information click here.

You Oughta Be in Pictures is Cancelled

We regret that the speaker for Thursday night's program, You Oughta Be in Pictures, has cancelled. Mr. Droz, from the Michigan Film Office, assures us that all the pertinent information is available on their website.

Avedon Abound!

Fellow Photogs, put down your cameras and gather around. A new exhibit has hit the DIA that you most certainly won't want to miss — Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000. This luxurious display of fashion photography will grace the walls of the DIA from October 18, 2009 to January 18, 2010. While there taking in glorious shot after glorious shot, be sure to check out a second photo exhibit being housed at the DIA titled Photography — The First 100 Years: A Survey from the DIA's Collection. These photos will be on display from September 2, 2009 to Jaunary 3, 2010. Check out the DIA's website for more information. Also bone up on your photo knowledge with books in our collection. Enjoy! Oh, and you may now resume taking pictures.

Art Picture Books

As the weather gets colder and we all start staying indoors more, here are some cute picture books about being artistic to inspire you to create!

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

The dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Harold and the purple crayon by Johnson, Crockett, 1906-

Frederick by Leo Lionni