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Sunday music goes weekly at Tualatin Library

Musical performance has been scheduled for nearly every Sunday through July.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Figgs, an indie rock band from the Northeast, will be coming to the Tualatin Public Library for the kickoff of its weekly summer music series at 2 p.m. Sunday.The Tualatin Public Library is doing something a little different with its regular music programs this summer.

Nearly every month, the library hosts a musical performance in the hearth area, usually on a Sunday afternoon. There is no organized seating, so patrons are free to stand around or stroll as they listen — or even do a little dancing, if there's space to cut a rug and they're feeling the rhythm. Like virtually all library programs, the music is free for patrons to enjoy.

“We have such great success with those monthly programs that we decided to do them weekly,” library programming specialist Julie Wickman said.

Every Sunday through the end of July, except over the weekend before Independence Day, a different musical group will set up in the hearth area and perform a short set beginning at 2 p.m.

The weekly sessions will give people an opportunity to get out of the heat, listen to some music and sign up for the library's summer reading program, Wickman suggested.

This coming Sunday, indie rock band The Figgs will be performing.

“They've been around a while,” Wickman said of the band, which is based on the East Coast. “They're not really from our neck of the woods, so we're excited to have them to kick it off.”

The weekly music series is heavy on jazz, which has been a popular draw at the Tualatin Library. But there will be some more eclectic performances as well, including the “nerd-folk” comedy music of The Doubleclicks on July 24 and steel drumming by Terry Baber, also known as the Northwest Panman, on July 31.

Music at the library will then take a break in August, Wickman said.

“We're looking at getting back into the monthly musical performances in the fall,” she said.

The weekly music series is part of summer reading at the Tualatin Library.

Signups for the library's summer reading program began on June 1, and they run through the end of July.

“We're challenging the community to read 50,000 hours this summer, and that's the biggest challenge we've put forth thus far,” Wickman said. She added, “People love a challenge, I've noticed — that really gets people's attention.”

Summer reading signups so far are slightly ahead of last year's pace, according to Wickman.

The Tigard Public Library also has a summer reading program. Patrons can sign up at the Tigard Library just as they can in Tualatin.

The Tualatin Library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

Full schedule

• June 12: The Figgs, indie rock band originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

• June 19: Adlai Alexander Trio, jazz and bossa nova group from Portland

• June 26: Chris Garcia Project, groovy jazz fusion homegrown in Tualatin

• July 10: Two Spirit Jazz, classic jazz and blues group from Portland

• July 17: Boy and Bean, old-fashioned swing and jazz trio from Portland

• July 24: The Doubleclicks, nerd-folk sister duo from Portland

• July 31: Northwest Panman, Caribbean-style steel drumming from Vancouver, Wash.

By Mark Miller
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