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Check out some of the big events coming to the Avalon Library!
July 19th, 2014 - The Humors
Strauss: Pizzicato Polka,
Shostakovich - 1st Piano Concerto
Alexandre Moutouzkine, Pianist
Beethoven - Symphony #1

Our July program explores three very different kinds of humor. From the elegant, coy flirtations of Strauss' Polka to Shostakovich's witty sarcasms and parodies, the program grabs at us from many angles. We can't resist closing with Beethoven, as Shostakovich quotes him in the concerto repeatedly. In the case of the First Symphony, humor somehow becomes a mixture of the powerful, the good natured, and the wildly energetic, to create a marvel for the ear and heart.

August 16th, 2014 - Go The Distance
Verdi - I Vespri Siciliani Overture
Borodin - Steppes of Central Asia
Sibelius - Finlandia
Brahms - Car­o­line Gould­ing, Violin

In August, we take you the distance. Verdi's passionate, tragic, and lyrical overture takes us to Sicily in the 13th century as Italy rebelled against the French. Further away still are the haunting, nomadic steppes of central Asia, portrayed with incredible Romanticism, yearning melodies, and exotic harmonies by Borodin. Sibelius gives us the bracing sharp-edged sounds of the North, tempered by a warm-hearted song of destiny. With Brahms; concerto the realms become truly metaphysical as he takes us on a powerful, sublime journey for the soul across the distances no longer measurable.

Avalon Free Public Library 2014 Summer Author Series!


Theresa Anne Tull - A Long Way From Runnemede - Tuesday, July 1st @ 7:00pm


Dr. Paul Offit - Do You Believe in Magic? - Tuesday, July 8th @ 7:00pm


Susan Sparks - Laugh Your Way to Grace - Thursday July 10th @ 7:00pm


Lee Child - Jack Reacher Series - Wednesday, July 16th @ 7:00pm


Elise Juska The Blessings - Thursday, July 17th @ 7:00pm


Jerry McNeff - Battlefield Blunders to Business Bullets - Tuesday, July 22nd @ 7:00pm


Carol Brill - Cape Maybe - Wednesday, July 23rd @ 7:00pm


Gina Miani - Avalon - Tuesday, August 5th @ 7:00pm

Sports Lecture Series

John Thorn - "Baseball Outsiders" - Wednesday, July 9th @ 7:00pm


Jerry Casway - "Dick Allen Comes to Philly" - Thursday, July 24th @ 7:00pm


Fran Zimniuch - "Baseball's New Frontier" - Wednesday, August 6th @ 7:00pm

Special Lecture

Frank Langfitt - "The Story Behind the Story: Tales from an NPR Foreign Correspondent - Tuesday, July 15th @ 7:00pm

An Evening of Poets

David Check, Peter Murphy, and Mark Soiffer - Tuesday, August 12th @ 7:00pm



For more information, call 609-967-7155 or stop by the circulation desk. To see a list of all of our upcoming events including other workshops and lectures, please click on the Events Calendar button below!
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