Three New Library Programs for 2017!

A new year means new library programs! Here’s my latest round of fast-moving shows exploring the history of pop culture, revealing how the touchstones of modern media were created. Using video, PowerPoint and humor, these programs entertain and enlighten at the same time. Don’t forget to check out my other time-tested programs available, too.

NEW! J.K. ROWLING AND THE CREATION OF HARRY POTTER.
Believe it or not, 2017 marks 20 YEARS since the world’s most famous wizard first hit print with the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Celebrate the anniversary with this fast-paced program, exploring how author J.K. Rowling developed Harry and his magical wizarding world; we’ll look at her creative process, recurring themes and more, as well the cultural impact that her books and movies have had in the Muggle world.
75 minutes. Video projector required [or I can provide one].

NEW! BEHIND THE THEMES: GREAT TV THEMES, 1950-2000
It’s a Hit! This program got 75 people at Oceanside Library in May!
TV show themes are among the best-known songs ever, and yet most of us have no idea who made these tunes we know by heart. A great theme is a calling card for the show and a piece of music that can stand on its own, whether you’re talking I Love Lucy or The Sopranos—but how did these classics come to be? What world-renowned composer started out playing piano on the Peter Gunn theme? Why did Seinfeld re-record its theme every week for all 180 episodes? How did the Doctor Who theme pave the way for modern dance music? How did a 14-year-old kid wind up co-writing the theme to MASH? Find out all this and more as we explore (and occasionally sing along with) dozens of the greatest TV themes ever!
75 minutes. Video projector required [or I can provide one].

NEW! INSIDE SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the record that changed Rock n’ Roll! Arguably the most famous Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper saw the band transition from mere pop stars to revered, serious artists. How did they create their landmark album? Clive Young, Editor-In-Chief of recording industry magazine Pro Sound News, takes apart the album, track-by-track, and explores the iconic album cover to show how it all came together.
80 minutes. Video projector required [or I can provide one].

For more information about these and other programs, visit my Program Summaries page or send me an email via the Contact page.