Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Celebrating Writers, Old and Young

Gaithersburg Spanish Book Club
Author Mario Bencastro at Gaithersburg Library
Our local literary scene continues to thrive as we kicked off June at the Gaithersburg Library with two writer events.

Salvadoran author Mario Bencastro talked about his life and work the evening of Tuesday, June 6. Bencastro is the award-winning writer of several works of fiction and a collection of poems, Waves of the East River. His most recent novel, The Mansion of Oblivion, was published in 2015. House of Culture and Montgomery County Sister Cities sponsored this successful event that was attended by members of the library’s Spanish Book Club.

Chalked text of the Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme with a chalked drawing of a catOn June 8 the library’s Teen Writers’ Club finished up another successful year with their third annual sidewalk chalking event on the pavement outside the library. Teen members transcribed and illustrated familiar nursery rhymes for the area’s children to enjoy.

Sidewalk chalk of the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with a chalk picture of the moon.

Keep an eye on the Gaithersburg website for future events, and information about future meetings of the Teen Writers’ Club, which will resume meeting on September 20.

Teens chalking text and pictures on the walkway of Gaithersburg Library.
Teens making chalk art outside Gaithersburg Library

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday Jazz at the Gaithersburg Library with the Eastern Standard Time Quartet

What do musical greats Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Danny Gatton, Placido Domingo, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder have in common? They’ve all performed with members of the Eastern Standard Time jazz quartet, featuring Chris Vadala on saxophone, Rick Whitehead on guitar, Barry Hart on percussion, and John Previti on bass.

The Eastern Standard Time quartet playing their instruments
The Eastern Standard Time Quartet
All four musicians hail from the East Coast and enjoy performing jazz standards (think “Stella by Starlight” and “Caravan”), hence the group’s name. Their recently released first album has been called a “musicianship…standard of excellence.”

We’re excited and honored to be hosting this talented group of musicians for an afternoon of jazz at Gaithersburg Library on Sunday, June 4 at 2 PM. The concert will take place on the second floor of the library.

Best of all, this show is FREE and open to everyone. Join us for an afternoon of outstanding music!

Here's a sample of the Eastern Standard Time quartet performing at the 2016 Takoma Park Jazz Festival -