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Jazz it up!

Along with April showers and Spring flowers you can get your groove on and enjoy Jazz music to the fullest measure as this is Jazz Appreciation month.

The Reason You Walk

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Aboriginal author Wabanakwut (Wab) is a public media broadcaster and musician but more importantly he is the son of First Nation parents who are survivors of the harsh and bitter legacy of the Indian Residential School system.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

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If you're a fan of the written-off underdog particlularly race horses winning against long odds you might find Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit:An American Legend an inspiring read.

The best place to be: Expo 67 and its time

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From April to October 1967 Montreal, Quebec played host to the world's exhibition known as Expo 67. 

Great Pianists on Piano Playing: Study talks with foremost virtuosos

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This is a reprint of James Francis Cooke's 1917 edition of collected essays on pianism written by composers and performers who were the musical luminaries of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Musical Theatre of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to Wicked and Beyond

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If you're a fan of musical theatre and have enoyed live performances or seen movie versions of The Prince of Egypt, Pocohontas, The Hunchback of NotreDame or the immensely popular Wicked you'll be familiar with  the name Stephen Schwartz.


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The popular song "Get me to the church on time" from Lerner and Loewe's musical My Fair Lady might serve as a theme song for wedding couples on their special day.

A house divided

The great struggle

President Abraham Lincoln's phrase "a house divided" described the United States in 1861 on the eve of  the American Civil War. 

My Funny Valentine

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching

Christmas Festivities

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Christmas is almost here and if you're still looking for some seasonal baking or craft ideas, international festive customs, DVDs, poems, song books or new CDs to enhance your family gatherings and celebrations consider visiting the Central Library's Christmas Collection on the 3rd floor.