The Easter Bunny Parade!
Imagined several years ago, built in roughly two weeks and just in time for spring, our Easter Bunny Parade diorama is now on display at the Branch Library!
The inspiration for the diorama was a set of little rabbit finger puppets made the Folkmanis Company (http://www.folkmanis.com/fingerpuppets.htm). The little critters have a curious and whimsical look about them, but also an air of dignity. As such, I imagined a group of the rabbits marching down a lane and carrying banners to usher in the season. Around them would be other rabbits and chicks, watching and cheering the parade.
Using our puppets, some chicks that I purchased, four little lambs made by our Youth Assistant and other items on hand, I built a scene — on a greater level than I originally conceived — that celebrates spring and captures the whimsy of those mini puppets!
Our neighborhood florist, Theresa of Powers Flowers, contributed to the display with some needed supplies and decorative butterflies! Our thanks to her for her generosity!
All That Jazz
We will have our display board decorated for Jazz Appreciation Month by week’s end. Jazz Appreciation Month happens in the month of April: A good time to read up on composers and musicians and their contributions to what is called one of
America’s true original art forms. The CCLS has many books on jazz music and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billy Holliday, Quincy Jones, and two of my favorites: Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Just check the PINES catalog for available titles, or ask a staff member for assistance. The Smithsonian Jazz website is one of many on-line sources for the history of jazz and biographies of great jazz musicians: http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/.