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Brand from Home | December 16, 2021

New Library Catalog

Browse more books on the new Glendale Library Arts & Culture catalog. Create an account and access book holds, leave book reviews, and join the GLAC online community. Check out some of our lists of materials recommended by library staff.

Winter Book Club

Start reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston on January 6 through March 10, 2022. Whether you are a book lover trying to get back into reading or an avid reader looking for a new place to use your bookmark, look no further! Glendale Library Arts & Culture Book Club is a welcoming reading community that connects you with like-minded lifelong learners and gives you a platform to engage in meaningful conversations about our book club selections.


Performance Series Applications Open

Music Ensembles are invited to apply for two exciting performance series. Music ensembles must be trios or larger. Application submission deadline: January 28, 2022 at 5:00PM (PST).

Performances for the 222 East Concert Series are scheduled for Saturdays in Fall 2022 from 4:00pm-5:00pm.

Performance must be 1 hour in duration each.

Performances for the Brand Library Plaza series are scheduled for Fridays in Summer 2022 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Performance must be 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration each.


Music Playlists

Listen to a streaming playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library,Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Music Online from Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Here are some new CDs we have received in the last few weeks.

Read about Music

Freading has quite a few new eBook music titles. You can login and checkout eBooks with your library card number.

Did you know that the Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive has Billboard Magazine issues back to 1894? Variety issues back to 1905? Radio and Records issues back to 1973? Musician issues back to 1982?

Here are some new music books that we have received in the past month.


Art Exhibitions

Baking is an Art. Join the tour and feast your eyes on all the delicacies on display at the Rijksmuseum. From a well-stocked medieval kitchen to forbidden gingerbread biscuits that caused a revolt and an 18th-century spectacle. Part of COME WITH US, Video tours through the Rijksmuseum.

Films Online

Happy nom nom sounds and constant sharing make this sweet animation from LA based animator Miyoung Kim a complete delight. Dumpling Time! (만두먹방) is a short in her animated series titled A Day of Us (우리의 하루). Each episode is about a dog and cat who appreciate everyday activities together.

Listen to a conversation between mother and child as they cook up some curry, a delicious Blue Curry made with onions, potatoes, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, turmeric, paprika, and some perspective. This Gobelins animation is a metaphorical celebration of the diversity of Earth, including our differences as humans.

Derek Muller of Veritasium consulted with Dr. Ken Libbrech to learn how he designs custom snowflakes in his lab. Libbrech explains the variety of shapes and sizes snowflakes come in, so far he’s detected 108 examples. He also explains how snowflakes are formed.



Can't find it at the library? Try out Link+ our network of 70 public and academic libraries from across California and Nevada. Just click on the link from the catalog or watch a tutorial to learn more.


Brand Library Staff Reviews

If you’ve followed any fashion blogs (or grams, or tweets) in the last few years, you’re probably familiar with Aja Barber—a notable stylist, consultant, and fashion sustainability expert from the US who is currently based in the United Kingdom. Her first book, Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism, concerns a known problem in the industry—fast fashion—and how it intersects insidiously with those other topics. Despite the hefty subject matter, Barber’s book is divided into two parts that read like personal essays with plenty of conversational asides, which makes it very approachable to anyone unfamiliar with the topic. I hadn’t realized how much fast fashion, those trendy clothing items made quickly and sold cheaply, clogs thrift stores or ends up being shipped to other countries to fill their markets and landfills. There’s also a human cost with the manufacture of garments and quick turnaround demands. Synthetic fabrics like polyester, polyamide, nylon and acrylics cause health problems for both garment workers and the consumers who are now literally eating microplastics. I realize it’s the holiday season and spending is up for 2021, but it’s certainly worth considering buying less and being more mindful about what we buy, where it came from, and where it might end up in six months! Consumed is definitely eye-opening and offers suggestions on how to be a more informed and conscientious consumer. Check it out through Link+ -SB

Cecilia Bartoli – Unreleased (released Nov 19, 2021). Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli (b.1966) is one of the most famous opera singers in the world today. Her warm mezzo-soprano sound is immediately recognizable. She is well known for her roles in Rossini operas displaying her virtuosity and wonderful sense of comedy. This new album features six concert arias by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and one opera aria by Myslivecek. This album was recorded back in 2013 with Kammerorchester Basel conducted by Muhai Tang. During the pandemic Bartoli had time to listen through her archives and the decision was made to finally release these recordings. These pieces have all been recorded many times before but people will want to hear her sing these pieces. Her expression is certainly effective in Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido which opens the album. I especially like her interpretion of the four Mozart concert arias and the Haydn aria on the album and she is also well known for her Mozart recordings and that music always suits her voice. Violinist Maxim Vengerov plays on two of the Mozart arias Ch'io mi scordi di te and Il re pastore. Like Mozart, Myslivecek also wrote an opera on La clemenza di Tito, and Cecilia sings the aria Se mai senti spirarti sul volto. Myslivecek was a Czech composer and friend of Mozart. Everything on the album is beautifully performed and well worth listening to. I wish Naxos had included the booklet as a PDF but the physical CD has been ordered for the library which should have the booklet. -BW


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