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Liblog

Staff members from the Greenfield Public Library will write about recent developments at the library, staff book recommendations, new materials, updates on the new library, upcoming events and programs, and highlights of specific collections. For more information about the Greenfield Public Library, check out our web site.

How I Use My Public Library

A few years ago, some friends (librarians!) tried to teach me how to knit, with little success.  Then I got kittens, who definitely had other things in mind when I pulled out the yarn, so I set the tangled mess aside.  But on a vacation, I decided to try again.  I bought some yarn and needles and had the store owner cast-on for me.  When I got stuck, I drove to the Boulder Junction Library and found the easiest knitting how-to directions (in a kids’ book), and tried again.  Since then, I’ve been hooked.  I knit everywhere, and am constantly scouring the new-and old- knitting books for interesting patterns.  One recent project came from the book No Sheep for You, edited by Amy Singer, a book intended for those allergic or otherwise averse to using animal fibers (746.432 SIN).  The River Rock scarf, designed by Sivia Harding, involved some 1067 beads, strung ahead of time, and pulled in between the stitches in pattern.  A totally ridiculous project, that took much of my summer, and was immensely satisfying in the end.  The glass bead clusters look like little stained glass windows, and give the scarf a warm gravity when I try it on.  I’m happy with it, and happy to have library resources to support my habits. 

Barbara
Reference Librarian 

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Wonderful Tonight

Beatlemaniacs know the answer to this question, so let someone else try to answer. In the film A Hard Day's Night, one of the uniformed schoolgirls serenaded with I Should Have Known Better by the fab four on the train ends up marrying one of them in real life. Who, and to whom? Of course, London fashion model Pattie Boyd eventually marries George Harrison.

Raised in unloving homes, Pattie's story is a unique perspective on the rock music scene of the 60's and beyond, because she was a still-rising successful woman not about to be someone's groupie. Not being an actress, she didn't want to be in the Beatle movie, but did it because the director, Richard Lester, with whom she had done a television commercial, persuaded her. Good choice, Pattie. Thanks for being the muse for two classic songs, Something by George Harrison and Layla by Eric Clapton, who subsequently wooed her away from George.

This is a must read for Beatle fans and anyone wanting a woman's take on this era of rock music history. Not to mention her personal history, growth, and just how she coped with the infidelity, drug use and musical genius of these high-powered men. I love the anecdote of how Joni Mitchell and Pattie (Boyd) Harrison sat and watched Frank Sinatra record My Way in an LA studio in one take. This autobiography is full of tidbits like that. And how's she doing now? Guess you'll just have to read Wonderful Tonight  George Harrison  Eric Clapton  and Me  by Pattie Boyd with Penny Juror published by Harmony in 2007. You'll find it in the Greenfield library at the beginning of nonfiction books in biographies under Boyd.

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