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Posted on Nov 7, 2018

African music at Quincy library one of many events scheduled

The libraries in North Central Washington are not just quiet places where books live out their lives – they have become community centers for many kinds of events. On Monday, Oct. 29, the sounds of soft string music floated inside the Quincy library when Sean Gaskell visited to play the African kora.
Gaskell is a native of Olympia, although he currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. He fell in love with the kora, a harp-like instrument, when he heard it played at a folk festival in Olympia in 2006. He has since played the instrument in the U.S. and in Gambia, where the kora is as common as the guitar is here.

Musician Sean Gaskell plays the African kora at the Quincy library on Oct. 29, one of a series of library events this winter. Gaskell can be reached at
Photo by Jaana Hatton/for the Post-Register

Gaskell is touring libraries and schools in the North Central Washington region, introducing the music and culture of Gambia to listeners. His next stop was to be the Wenatchee library on Oct. 30.
The North Central Regional Library has organized events to suit many interests for the winter season. Whether it is astronomy, the humanities, Native American culture or, of course, literature, our regional libraries will offer workshops and lectures aplenty.
Here are some of the upcoming events to be held at the Quincy library:
Literature: “Beyond the Frame: Writing in the Margins,” Nov. 4, 3 p.m. “Beyond the Frame” is a large-scale project exploring what it means to be Native.
Poetry: “A Fierce Language,” Nov. 17, 1 p.m.
Astronomy: “Astronomy for Everyone,” Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Literature: “How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations,” Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Philosophy: “On the Moral Value of Sports,” Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
Literature: “The Truth and I” (about memoir writing), Dec 16, 6:30 p.m.
For more information about Quincy library activities, visit

By Jaana Hatton, For the Post-Register