This is the third week of activities for the Summer Reading Program. This week at the library, we discover and explore music.
On Monday, June 16th, the third set of trivia handouts will be available for children and young adults.
On Tuesday at 2:00 pm, the library will host Science of Sound: A One Hour Presentation by Michael Dixon of MobileVinylRecorders.com. There are several hands-on activities, including the chance for any musicians or singers to record their songs or voice directly to a vinyl record, the way they did in the 1930s. So, bring your guitar or practice your solo vocal piece! This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Florence Community Library.
Michael Dixon is obsessed with the science and history of recorded sound. He runs several businesses, from record labels to mobile vinyl record cutting exhibitions, all involved with the production of music in a physical form. He has released over 120 records for 100+ artists, and has performed at many festivals (including the Sundance Film Festival, Coachella, and Pitchfork Music Festival). He has made custom vinyl records for Ivy League Colleges, movie and TV stars, professional athletes, and world renowned musicians. He has made playable records out of picnic plates, X-rays, CD-Rs, Laserdiscs, mirrors, and even chocolate.
He will be speaking on the science of how sound works and the history and evolution of recorded sound, from the Banu Masa Brothers in 9th Century Baghdad to Modern Day digital audio. Learn how sound waves travel, are interpreted by your eardrums into sounds as you know them, and how they are recorded both electrically and acoustically.
There will be several hands-on activities, including the chance for any musicians or singers to record their songs or voice directly to a vinyl record, the way they did it in the 1930’s. So bring your guitars or practice your solo vocal piece! Registration is strongly encouraged.
On Wednesday at 10:00 am, there is Family Storytime, with Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross’s “Boa’s Bad Birthday!” On Thursday at 2:00 pm, families will discover and explore.
On Friday at 1:00pm, the library is showing a family movie, with free popcorn and drink.
Then on Friday at 5:30pm, guest speaker Janice Jarrett leads a fun and fascinating discussion of “Your Brain and Music.” She reveals how scientists study music’s effects on emotions, muscles, and memory. Jarrett, a jazz singer/educator who has taught and performed across the country, will detail how different parts of the brain light up when music is played. She will also discuss the valuable contributions music makes to our well-being and culture. This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Florence Community Library. Seating is limited, so advance sign-up is strongly recommended.
In addition to all the activities this week, we still have our reading program for adults. Adults receive an entry for weekly prize drawings for each book read. Additional prizes will be given for book reviews, which will be posted in a binder in the library.
For more information about any of these programs and activities, or to register for an event, please contact the library at (520) 868-8311.