The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 6, 2013

Library marks 10th year of music

Ruth Rice

JOHNSTOWN — For the 10th year, music will resound in a normally quiet library.

“A Little Night Music @ the Library” will be presented from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 26 at Cambria County Library, 248 Mainā€ˆSt., downtown Johnstown.

To celebrate the milestone, the library is bringing back some of its most popular musical groups, said librarian Mary Lou Repsher, chairwoman of the event committee.

This year’s music will feature Jazz in Your Face on the first floor, Celtic band Aran on the second and Johnstown Classic Rockers on the third.

Jazz in Your Face plays standard jazz tunes and big band sounds and performed for the fundraiser’s first year.

Aran, a group of seven friends who enjoy performing Irish, Scottish and other Celtic music, played at the library in 2005, 2006 and 2007.  

Johnstown Classic Rockers, who perform music from the 1950s to the 1980s with musical styles encompassing classic rock, blues and rhythm and blues, played at the library in 2006.

“I think people sample all three floors, then settle in,” Repsher said. “Over the years, I’ve been surprised the sound doesn’t bleed from floor to floor, but everyone gets to enjoy their music. I think they come to socialize. There’s a lot of comradery.”

A variety of food, which is included in the price of a ticket, will be available on each floor.

There will be soup and sandwiches on the first floor, desserts such as cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries and cupcakes on the second and hot hors d’oeuvre on the third.

Adult beverages, soda, coffee and water will be available on all three floors.

To add to the festivities, art students from Greater Johnstown and Ferndale Area school districts will paint the library’s interior windows on the first and third floors in the musical genre performing on that floor.

The library will have a free Snapshot Photo Booth from Top Dog Productions to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its fundraiser.

“It’s a fun way to remember the evening,” Repsher said.

“They bring funny hats and different things.”

Friends of the Library will have a basket raffle in the lobby, which will include baskets featuring a Nook and Pittsburgh Steelers items.

“This is a chance to help the library, and if you win you can take it home that night,” Rep-sher said.

In the past, proceeds from the evening have been spent on new children’s furniture, refurbishing the computer lab and keeping up with the library’s collection.

“We don’t want to lose the good reading material we’re known for,” Repsher said.

Tickets will available at the library’s front desk and online by credit card as well as at the door.

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