The Friends of the Chandler Public Library are hosting a Movies, Music and More Sale at the Downtown Chandler Library, August 4 - 15, 2021. This sale includes DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, audiobooks, sheet music and more. Find a gift or a treasure for yourself while supporting the Chandler Public Library!
Who are the Friends of the Chandler Public Library? This non-profit, all-volunteer organization of dedicated library advocates cooperatively support and sponsor many of the Library’s programs, services and events. Support for the Friends has enabled the Library to:
• Partner with schools to support the Read to Succeed tutoring program to ensure first graders have the literacy skills needed for school success,
• Engage school-age children, teens and the maker community with STEAM programming,
• Continue strong annual support of the Summer Reading Challenge, children’s events and adult cultural programming.
Bob Lowry, Board President of the Friends organization, is a music aficionado, going back to the mid-1960s when he started working after school and on weekends at a local radio station, WMLO (which no longer exists) near Boston at the age of 15. He later worked at WNAC 680AM, which became WRKO. Part of Bob’s job included interviewing musical talent. Some of his favorite interviews include Rod Stewart, Carl Wilson and the members of the Four Tops, because all were pleasant and didn’t make him feel like he was intruding on their private time. Attending a press conference with John Lennon in Syracuse in 1971 is also a standout moment for him.
Bob would also get to meet many performers and pose for photos with them backstage. One of the standout photo opportunities was meeting Dion (shown in this post), who had just released the single “Abraham, Martin, and John,” a 1968 song first recorded by him, then covered in 1969 by Marvin Gaye. It is a tribute to the memory of four assassinated Americans, all icons of social change: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. It was written in response to the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy in April and June 1968, respectively.
Bob continues to have a passion for all sorts of music. His tastes range from the sounds of the 1960s and 1970s to classical pieces from Beethoven and Mahler. In between he can be found relaxing to soft, background piano tunes. “As we get older it is important to make music a part of your day,” Bob says. “Studies have shown that listening to music stimulates the brain and keeps us mentally alert.”
Take a cue from Bob and keep your brain alert! Check out the Friends of the Chandler Public Library’s Movies, Music and More Sale, August 4 - 15 at the Downtown Chandler location.