Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Visiting Central Library!

The Chesapeake Public Library has a wonderfully diverse and comprehensive music collection. You can find everything from Estonian indie-rock to a selection of German drinking songs to Japanese heavy metal. If you want to listen to it, you can find it here at the Library.

Along with housing an impressive music collection, we have presented a variety of musical programs over the years. From local school choirs to renowned cello band Rasputina, the Library has played host to multiple musical acts.

This year, we are pleased to welcome nationally-recognized classical guitarist Peter Fletcher. A critically-acclaimed musician, Fletcher has performed to a sold out house at Carnegie Hall, as well as being broadcast on NPR and several other radio and television programs. With a repertoire of various eras of classical music expertly played on the guitar, Fletcher enthralls and entertains audiences all across the country. To learn more about Peter Fletcher, please visit his website here.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 31st from 6:30 – 7:30 at the Central Library as Peter Fletcher brings the sounds of classical guitar to Chesapeake.

20 Years of Harry Potter

Platform nine and three-quarters from Harry Potter

On June 26, 1997, struggling author J.K. Rowling’s first novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finally published by Bloomsbury in the UK after multiple rejections from other companies. It was published the next year in America by Scholastic under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Today marks 20 years since Harry Potter was officially introduced – 20 years of the scrawny, black-haired, green-eyed, bespectacled boy enchanting readers all over the world.

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Fair Play: An Ode to Shakespeare

Most people are introduced to Shakespeare when they are forced to read Romeo and Juliet or King Lear for a high school English class. The language can be difficult and unwieldy, and it doesn’t feel accessible to our minds. I felt that way when I started struggling my way through the first play of his that I read, Hamlet, but then my 12th grade teacher wheeled the TV cart into our room and showed us the film version in which the title character was played by Derek Jacobi (filmed about 14 years before he was knighted). It hit me then; Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read. Part of the experience is watching actors pour their souls into these fantastically interesting characters. When it is brought to life in front of your eyes, you can suddenly see how his brilliant ideas maintain relevance in the modern life.

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