Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Primi’s large coffee table book is chock full of impressive profiles and photographs of “rock” legends who were “done to soon.” The common denominator and real tragedy is the lost of talent that emanated from these musicians during their lifetimes. The author introduces the profiles with stories of the “rock curse” or the 27 Club where well-known artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison all passed away at age 27. Amy Winehouse recently passed away at age 27. Each story varies and some of the text is not meant for the faint of heart. Some of the musicians came from dysfunctional families where divorce and drug abuse were prevalent, some died in accidents, many of them died from heroin or cocaine overdoses or they drank themselves to death. Some couldn’t cope with the media pressure and the grueling touring schedules and some of the deaths remain a mystery. John Lennon once said, “We’re going to live, or we’re going to die. If we’re dead, we’re going to have to deal with that. If we’re alive, we’re going to have to deal with being alive.” Engrossing and heartbreaking.
Fri, May 3, 2013
Did you Know? Wooden Shoe Carving Demonstration
Did you know that live demonstrations abound in library land? It’s the newest craze! Just go on the web. You’ll find libraries offering demonstrations of meat butchering, blacksmithing, fly fishing, stone carving, and everything in between. Adult programming has gone to a new level.
APL will be hosting a live wooden shoe carving demonstration on Wednesday, May 22 from 4:00-5:00 pm on our main floor. Luke Traver, Oostburg, Wisconsin, will be our guest presenter. Luke is an apprentice to Bob Siegel, a klompen maker. Bob is considered the last master wooden shoe carver in America. He learned his craft in the Netherlands starting in 1975. He was featured on the PBS TV series, The Woodwright Shop and in Fine Woodworking magazine.
Over the past five centuries, in the lowlands of Europe, wooden shoes evolved from the sandal because solid wood keeps feet dry and clean. They are called klompen in the Netherlands because of the klomp klomp sound on the brick streets, holzschuhe in Germany and sabot in France. Three million pairs are still made each year from hand-carved models of aspen, a biodegradable and renewable resource and about a half million people wear klompen each day.
Hand-carved wooden shoes and miniature wooden shoe key chains will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the demonstration. The Friends of Appleton Public Library generously funded this program. For further information, contact 920-832-6173.
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