LIVINGSTON — The Livingston Parish Library is turning up the volume on its summer reading program with the addition of several performances by its in-house band.
The Dewey Decibels — named after the proprietary library classification system — features fun, dynamic musicians who often use props in their performances, said Emily James, communications coordinator for Livingston Parish library system.
“Music always makes things better,” said Giovanni Tairov, library director and band member.
The band — formed by library employees — was born just over a year ago when, at one of the library’s open mic nights, the employees noticed the talent among them. Tammy Mulhearn, a children’s librarian, suggested they start a band, and band member Luke Ash named it.
Dewey Decibels guitarist J.D. Lovelace said the band takes him back to his roots. Lovelace played in several bands before becoming a librarian, then helped Mulhearn by playing music for the library’s puppet shows for a few years. He said he enjoys being in the band and getting to play music again.
Dewey Decibels band member Sarah Colombo, head of the Livingston Parish Public Library Adult Services, described their performances as “family programs.” Colombo, who is the bassist and singer in the band, said she played bass guitar before joining the library band.
Since their first performance, the Dewey Decibels continue to gain popularity and play at other events, including the Livingston Parish Book Festival and the Christmas concert.
During the 2014 Livingston Parish summer reading program, the band plans to perform songs that are fun, upbeat and follow the theme of the event. The band will incorporate some classic covers such as “Rockin’ Robin,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” and The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” They even include Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” and a few Metallica songs, Johnson said.
To prepare for their upcoming library tour, band members practice two to three hours at least once a week — “for the kids,” Layne Johnson said.
Tairov said the Dewey Decibels may even have the possibility of branching out to other libraries for performances and showcases.
This summer, the Dewey Decibels will perform at 11 a.m. July 26 at the Main Branch; 2 p.m. July 29 at the Watson Branch; 6 p.m. July 29 at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch; 2 p.m. July 31 at the South Branch; and 6 p.m. July 31 at the Albany-Springfield Branch.
For information on the summer reading program and for dates and times of events, visit www.mylpl.info.