This Friday, July 8, no matter which Delaware County District Library you call “home,” you will be given the distinct pleasure to hear the sweet sounds of the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival.
These concerts are performed by students of all ages with beginner to expert-level skills. The students participate in a week-long summer music camp on Ohio Wesleyan University’s campus. They finish their week with a festival of music, performing a mix of jazz, swing, blues, Latin and other genres all across the Greater Columbus area.
Christian Howes, founder of the Creative Strings Academy, calls Columbus his home, and has been bringing his Creative Strings Workshop back to central Ohio for 14 years now. This will be the third year DCDL patrons will be fortunate enough to hear the festival of music.
All performances take place on Friday, July 9. Music begins at the Ostrander branch library from noon to 2 p.m. It continues with a group at the Delaware main library and another group at the Orange branch library from 2 to 4 p.m. The final performance of the day will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Powell branch library.
I hope you find yourself at DCDL in a comfortable seat, tapping your toes to the music, while perusing a new book. Here are some new titles:
• “Falling” by Jane Green. Seeking independence and happiness away from her upper-crust British life, Emma moves first to Manhattan and then to Connecticut, where she renovates a cottage at the side of a handyman single father with whom she plans a future before a twist of fate redefines her beliefs about home.
• “Heroes of the Frontier” by Dave Eggers. Struggling through a painful separation, the loss of her dental practice and the senseless death of a young man, Josie embarks on an RV road trip to Alaska with her kids that is marked by both national wonders and the shadows of past regrets.
• “Magic” by Danielle Steel. A tale set against a backdrop of the glamorous annual White Dinners in Paris traces the experiences of longtime participant Jean-Philippe Dumas, who — at the sides of three couples — reflects on friendship, love and magical possibilities on a life-changing night.
• “The Singles Game” by Lauren Weisberger. Hiring a legendary new coach after a devastating Wimbledon loss and injury, young tennis star Charlie Silver endures a campaign to transform her good-girl image into that of a ruthless competitor.
• “Freedom” by Jaycee Dugard. In the follow-up to her memoir “A Stolen Life,” the author tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity, the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom, and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.
• “The Games” by David Goldblatt. A renowned sportswriter describes the reinvention and modern history of the Olympic Games, from its rebirth in 1896 Athens to the present, highlighting all the classic moments of highest achievement.
• “Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To” by Dean Burnett. An upbeat tour of the human psyche and how it is related to the mysterious workings of the brain, exploring subjects ranging from egocentricity and superstition to insomnia and blackouts.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.