Everyone knows you're not supposed to make noise in the library, right?
A million movies with bespectacled librarians shushing rambunctious youngsters can’t be wrong. So what’s with all the racket going on at our local book repositories this summer?
Start with Pitkin County Library, which will bring an ensemble coached by the American Brass Quintet Seminar @Aspen to the Dunaway Community Room on Monday, July 16, at 5 p.m. Part of the library’s Chamber Music series, the concert will feature some of the Aspen Music Festival & School’s finest student performers in a free show.
As if that weren’t noisy enough, the library even has an event called Literature Out Loud on Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m. Focusing this time around on the works of Annie Proulx, the event will feature local performers Jeannie Walla and Cathy Markle reading “The Hell- hole” and “Electric Arrows,” respectively.
Other clangorous events at the library include Musical Mondays and Tunes and Tales on Thursday for the grade-school set, Book Talk, Opera Talk and the popular Library Cinema series, which will be showing “Summer 1993” at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15. I watched the trailer; it’s not a silent film.
Not to be outdone, Basalt Regional Library launches its own weekly Music at the Library series next Thursday, July 19, at 5:15 p.m. Like its counterpart in Aspen, the series will feature student musicians performing chamber music selections in the community meeting room.
Basalt Library is already home to the ongoing Jazz Aspen Snowmass-backed Beat Lab drop-in sessions for middle and high school kids on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., and believe it or not, a four-day ukulele workshop is wrapping up there today. Incredibly, the place threatens to get even louder this week for little tykes with today’s Storytime Rocks for Families: Groovy Dance Party (10:30 a.m.) and Summer Entertainers: Boogie Woogie Bunnies on Tuesday, July 17, also at 10:30 a.m.
Expect lots of children’s laughter and music and joy. Fine, if that’s your thing. But if you prefer your libraries old-school and somber, you’re out of luck. It’s enough to make an old librarian give the most withering glance she can muster over the top of her bifocals and shush herself silly in a vain attempt to quiet things down.