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January 2020

What’s Happening at the Larchmont Public Library

Organize Your Own Home

It has been said as an addendum to Murphy’s Law that “stuff expands to fill the available space”. If your home is full of stuff that you’re not even sure why you have it, then this event is for you.


The Larchmont Public Library presents home organization expert Bari Goldstein, who will demonstrate how life changing organizing your home can be. You’ll learn about the negative effects that clutter has on us, the benefits of de-cluttering, and get loads of tips for keeping your home clutter free on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm at The Larchmont Public Library.


Bari will speak to families and empty nesters alike. Empty nesters are entering a new phase in life. This is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at the home and ask whether or not all this stuff living in our home supports our current and future lifestyle or is it a tribute to years gone by? In this engaging and interactive presentation, you will learn how you can start conquering clutter today and reclaim your space.


Attendees of this presentation will learn how we ended up with a house filled with stuff, the negative effects of clutter, the benefits of de-cluttering, organizing and de-c-uttering techniques, methods and examples of how you can get organized as well as a step-by-step guide to getting and staying organized.


Bari Goldstein is a professional home organizer and the founder of Let’s Get It Done!, and has been helping clients organize their homes since 2016. She is an active member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) and serves as the Vice President of the NAPO-NY chapter.


Dangerous Melodies

The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library present Jonathan Rosenberg, author of Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War Through the Cold War (W.W. Norton & Co., December 2019). Rosenberg will present a multi-media presentation based on his just-published book on Sunday, January 12, at 4:00pm, in the Larchmont Village Center located directly behind the Larchmont Public Library at 121 Larchmont Avenue.


Dangerous Melodies vividly evokes a time when classical music stood at the center of twentieth-century American life, occupying a prominent place in the nation’s culture and politics. The work of renowned conductors, instrumentalists, and singers—and the activities of orchestras and opera companies—were intertwined with momentous international events, especially the two world wars and the long Cold War.


Jonathan Rosenberg exposes the politics behind classical music, showing how German musicians were dismissed or imprisoned during World War I, while numerous German compositions were swept from American auditoriums. He writes of the accompanying impassioned protests, some of which verged on riots, by soldiers and ordinary citizens. Yet, during World War II, those same compositions were no longer part of the political discussion, while Russian music, especially Shostakovich’s, was used as a tool to strengthen the US-Soviet alliance. During the Cold War, accusations of communism were leveled against members of the American music community, while the State Department sent symphony orchestras to play around the world, even performing behind the Iron Curtain.


Rich with a stunning array of composers and musicians, including Karl Muck, Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Kirsten Flagstad, Aaron Copland, Van Cliburn, and Leonard Bernstein, Dangerous Melodies delves into the volatile intersection of classical music and world politics to reveal a tumultuous history of twentieth-century America.


The author is a Juilliard-trained musician and professor of history.  Refreshments will be available at 3:30pm.The event is made possible by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.