Having recently closed doors on two branches and reduced hours at the downtown branch for financial reasons, the Tacoma Public Library is opening up again for a pilot project: special events at the downtown main branch on Sunday afternoons. From 1-5 p.m. every Sunday from April through May, the downtown branch will be open and featuring events designed to get folk through the doors – a jazz orchestra, family films, book talks and a community conversation on May 1 with a panel of local artists and moderated by me!
The project is a pilot one, and if there’s enough interest, says library spokesman David Domkowski, they’ll do it again in the fall. (Not even Rosemary Ponnekanti is enough of an attraction to lure Tacomans into the library on a lukewarm summer afternoon.)
Here’s the schedule and press-release info, beginning this Sunday.
2 p.m. April 3: Rich Wetzel and the Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra
Tacoma-based trumpeter Rich Wetzel is well known as a powerful and high-energy trumpet artist and band leader…The Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra is an exciting and popular high energy 15-member band with music that ranges from jazz rock to rock.
2 p.m. April 10: Book talk and signing with William Kamkwamba, author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (2011 selection of Tacoma Reads Together)
William Kamkwamba shares his real-life adventure of growing up in Malawi, Africa., surviving drought and famine to forever change his life and the live of the people around him.
2 p.m. April 17: Book talk and signing with Julian Smith, author of “Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure”
Inspired by the story of British adventurer Ewart Grogan, who marched the length of Africa in 1898 to win the hand of the woman he loved, journalist Julian Smith faces down his fears by retracing an incredible 4,500-mile journey from South Africa to Sudan, just months before his own marriage.
2 p.m. May 1: Community conversation on creativity.
Where does creativity come from? Can it be taught? Nourished? Join us as we explore what it means to be creative. Participants include Rusty George, Rusty George Design, Tom Llewellyn, author and one half of the guerrilla letterpress duo Beautiful Angle, Kate Monthly, Artistic Director of MLKBallet, and others. Moderated by Rosemary Ponnekanti.
2 p.m. May 8 “Lady and the Tramp,” Walt Disney’s classic film
Perfect for a Mother’s Day afternoon! Embark on a thrilling adventure with the most unforgettable characters: Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel; Tramp, a mutt from across the tracks with a heart of gold; Jock and Trusty, Lady’s best friends; and Si and Am, two of the most devious cats to prowl across the screen.
2 p.m. May 15: The Bodacious Ladyhood
Bodacious Ladyhood is a tantalizing trio of vibrant voiced chanteuses whose blend of sounds and choice of material have made them a must-see…Their repertoire includes a vast range of styles including folk, ‘60s girl group, humorous, rock and jazz.
2 p.m. May 22: Charlie, the Noise Guy
If it sounds like a duck and walks like a duck; it must be a duck, right? Well, maybe not! Charlie Williams is “The Noiseguy”, a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate the sound of planes, trains and automobiles! This talented performer is also a kids’ comedian, author and illustrator. Great fun for everyone.
All events are free. The main library branch is at 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org