This weekend at the Library: trumpets, trombones and giant puppets!

Looking for something to do this weekend? We will have lots of things happening at Boone County Public Library,1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington.

On Friday, February 17, check out the Jump ‘n Jive Big Band at 7 p.m. With swingin’ arrangements, this band includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and more! Enjoy an energetic concert of music from the past and support musicians who dedicate their time and concert earnings to purchase instruments for students through the Cincinnati Music Foundation.

The fun continues on Saturday, February 18 with the ArtsWave Arts Sampler 2017. Join us for your morning exercise at the Creative Aging Cincinnati: Jazz/Musical Theater at 10: 30 a.m. This up-beat, wellness program is sure to bring a smile to your face and heart. Rhythmic, catchy show tunes will get you moving, raise your heart rate and tone muscles with a medium impact at a gentle pace. Adaptable for seated or standing participants.

You’ll probably have worked up an appetite after the morning program and be ready for lunch. After grabbing a bite to eat, come back at 1 p.m. for an interactive demonstration of music-making with the New Horizons Orchestra. This orchestra is the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)) Preparatory & Engagement’s premier ensemble geared toward adult learners. Many of the orchestra members never played a string instrument before joining. Led by CCM faculty member Dr. BettyAnne Gottlieb, the orchestra will perform, talk about their experiences with music and encourage audience members to try their instruments.

Saturday’s ArtWave’s Arts Sampler line-up ends with a show performed by giant Puppets! Madcap Puppets will present “Jumping Over the Moon” at 3 p.m. Appropriate for all ages! The audience will be called upon to help entertain with twists on traditional rhymes fit for a monster party!

Weekend Schedule:

Jump ‘n Jive Big Band
Friday, February 17, 7 p.m.

Creative Aging Cincinnati: Jazz/Musical Theater
Saturday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.

New Horizons Orchestra
Saturday, February 18, 1 p.m.

Madcap Puppets
Saturday, February 18, 3 p.m.



Every Quilt Tells a Story

On the second floor of Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch (8899 US 42 in Union), hangs a beautiful book quilt that is a fitting display for a library wall.  The quilt portrays rows of shelves with books made out of various scraps of fabric.  A little dimension is added with extras such as the tassel of a bookmark hanging from a marked page and flower buds in a tiny vase.  Mixed in with the books is a bookworm, clock and baskets.

The quilt was created by the Owen County Quilters Guild and commissioned by Bettina Summerville in 2000 for the opening of Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch in Union. Bettina is the former Director of Owen County Public Library and long-time family friend to Amanda Hopper, Assistant Director at Boone County Public Library.  Amanda fell in love with the quilt the first time she saw it and feels a special attachment to the quilt because it was made by women from her hometown of Owen County, many of whom she knows. The names of all the individuals who created the piece of artwork are on the back of the quilt.

Years before Bettina commissioned the quilt for BCPL, she played a role in Amanda’s decision to pursue library science as a career.  In 2010, Amanda’s mother, Dot, also an Owen County native, made Amanda a similar book quilt. The books are made up of doll clothes from Amanda’s childhood, baby blankets, her grandmother’s fabrics and images of all her favorite things. It is one of Amanda’s most treasured possessions.

Quilting groups and visitors from around the region have driven many miles to view the book quilt on display at the Scheben Branch.  They take pictures of the quilt and discuss how they could create something similar in their community for their local library.  The book quilt was a priceless gift to Boone County Public Library and is worth a visit to check it out.


Jennifer Cheek has worked for Boone County Public Library for 5 years. A graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph focusing on English and Communications, she previously worked in Advertising/Media Buying and still continues as a freelancer.