February is a happening month at the library for music lovers. We have the usual Story Times, with songs for the youngest listeners/singers. And at the Columbia Public Library, there’s the usual first Sunday Tunes at Two. In addition to these, we have a plethora of concerts and music-related programs:
- Listen to Free Music Online
Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m., Columbia Public Library. Registration required. (Call 573-443-3161.)
- African-American Music and Musicians Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m., Callaway County Public Library in Fulton. No registration required for this discussion.
- Words From the Drum With Kunama Mtendaji
There are four choices for attending this all-ages program. Kunama Mtendaji will perform three times on Monday, February 18 – once in Fulton (10 a.m.) and twice in Columbia (2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.) and Tuesday, February 19 in Ashland (3:30 p.m.) No registration required.
- Bob Bovee and Gail Heil Concert
Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m., Columbia Public Library. Adults and teens. No registration required.
- Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri
Monday, February 25, 7 p.m., Columbia Public Library. No registration required for this combination book discussion/fiddle session.
While you’re at the library for a program, make sure to take the time to look through the extensive CD collections available at all branches. We own over 17,000 titles, so you’re likely to find something to suit your taste. Regulars might notice that music CD browsing has become easier with the completion of the relabeling and reorganization project. (You’ll find CDs by the Beatles under “B” in Pop Rock instead of at call number 782.42.) We also own many concert DVDs, running the gamut from Yo Gabba Gabba to Soul Train to Weird Al Yankovic to Wagner. If you need earbuds or headphones to facilitate your listening experience, we sell them at our check-out desks.
For those who are interested in making music, we have instructional DVDs and books. Struggling with hammered dulcimer? Help is here. Aspiring female R&B singer? We have a book for you. Been meaning to figure out that harmonica your grandfather gave you for Christmas? You don’t have to wait; you can “Play Harmonica Today!”