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Music, Music in Politics and Excel at Westfield Memorial Library

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Three exciting programs are on tap at the Westfield Memorial Library during mid-February. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m., the library will present an advanced computer class called, “How to Use Excel for Finances.” Popular instructor Karen Camden will add to participants’ basic working knowledge by identifying and demonstrating Formulas, Functions, Auto Features, and Templates along with shortcuts and helpful tips.

Prerequisites include keyboarding skills and a minimum level of Basic Excel. Students can bring their own laptop or use a library laptop.

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On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., Dr. Paul Christiansen of Seton Hall University will present a captivating discussion of how music has been used in political advertising throughout the age of television.

His talk with examine how music has made candidates more noble and opponents more ominous, to glorify and to detract.

The Frost Kings, a four piece R&B, swing, and blues band originating from the North Jersey area, will play on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. Over the years they have played many festivals and venues.

Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their repertoire ranges from the West Coast swing stylings of Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker, to the classic blues of Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters, to the R&B of Jackie Brenston and Otis Redding.

The programs are open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) Visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library — the community’s destination for discovery and ideas — engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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