January 2015

Adult Winter Reading Program

Adult Winter Reading Program poster

Although February is the shortest month of the year, it sometimes seems to last forever -- especially after a storm dumps 10 inches of snow! To help you get through the month, the Des Moines Public Library is going to celebrate the season with a Winter Reading Program! It’s really easy — all you need to do is read a book and then tell us about it.  After you’ve finished your book, go online to http://dmpl.org/winter-reading and submit a review.

Piano Rock: From Elton John to Jack's Mannequin

The album cover for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The piano was a commonly used instrument in the days of rock and roll. When musicians started upping the volume, the result was rock, which favored electronic keyboards over the traditional piano. Nevertheless, Elton John and Billy Joel showed what could be done with a rockin' attitude and a baby grand. Although few followed their lead intially, since the nineties, a number of musicians have chosen the classic instrument over its electronic offspring.