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Brand from Home | July 2, 2020

Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, including Brand Library & Art Center, is now fine free!

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, blues singer Shirley King, a live recording of Dave Matthews Band and soul and R&B duo Sam & Dave. Log in with your Glendale library card and take a listen!

Get a free Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Library eCard instantaneously. It can be used to access our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, online classes, online tutoring, and learning games, as well as streaming movies and music, and more.Try listening to a streaming Playlist from Freegal Music, Hoopla or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Learn About Music

Current issues of BBC Music magazine are on RB Digital. You can login with your library card number.

Read Music

The Music Periodicals Database from ProQuest covers hundreds of full text and indexed music magazines and journals. The database covers music publications as diverse as the American Record Guide, Goldmine, Guitar Player, Jazz Times, Journal of the American Musicological Society, and Rolling Stone.

Streaming Music

All Songs Considered is a weekly podcast from NPR that covers the latest and greatest in new music with a particular focus on emerging artists and indie musicians. Includes artist interviews and live performances.


Art Online

Milton Glaser created some of the most memorable and iconic images in graphic design history. Learn more about this accomplished artist with ebooks, interviews that reveal his philosophy on creativity, or borrow library materials with curbside pickup.

Learn About Art

Fonts In Use is a public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, industry, and period. Explore by topic, format, or typeface, including movie posters, album covers, and activism.

Enjoy over 7000 daily newspapers and magazines in over 100 languages with PressReader. Search by country, language, or category, such as art, design, fashion, music and photography. Login with your Glendale library card.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Make It Mondays! Glendale Children’s staff are creating new videos and resources every week, including crafting, DIY and STEAM projects you can do at home. Join us on Glendale Library, Arts & Culture's YouTube channel.


Staff e-Recommendations

Try our staff developed Black Lives, Black Stories kids reading list that provides further education about the Black experience and how we can work together to create a more just society.

Experiencing Led Zeppelin: a Listener’s Companion by Gregg Akkerman. This book is a description, analysis and criticism of Led Zeppelin’s nine albums with some insight into the late 1960s and 1970s musical environment the band worked in. There are just short biographical sketches at the beginning of the book. The bulk of the book is dedicated to discussing their music album by album and song by song. I find his criticism fair and there were many facts about the band I did not know or think of before (such as how many successive songs on their albums are in the same key!). Lots of fun to read and you might learn a few new things about one of the most influential bands in the history of rock music. Brand Library owns copies in eBook and hard copy format. The Listener’s Companion series has volumes on diverse topics such as Beethoven, Rush, Black Sabbath, Chick Corea and Tchaikovsky (I reviewed the Tchaikovsky volume in the last issue). Brand Library owns many of the volumes in either hard copy or eBook format. -BW

Jean Nathan’s The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll is a comprehensive and engrossing account of Dare Wright, a fashion model, actress, photographer, and unlikely children’s book author of The Lonely Doll. The first hundred pages detail the trauma Wright suffered when her parents divorced and subsequently separated her and her only brother. Her mother Edith, a talented and prolific portrait painter, fostered her daughter’s artistic ambitions but stifled her personal development. The biography is therefore both tragic and fascinating, a Grey Gardens-esque life with more professional achievement. Many pages are dedicated to Wright’s photography and the evolution and drafting of her books and their characters, Edith the doll, Little Bear, and Mr. Bear. I also found it to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of nostalgia (of not gaining independence, or embracing growth and inevitable change). Nathan’s work highlights the unsettling way in which art can mimic life’s ordeals and unfulfilled desires, which we can often see as viewers, but sadly might not have been as apparent to the artist. Posthumously, Wright’s beautiful black and white photographs and a narrative of her favorite vacation destination were published in Ocracoke in the Fifties. -SB


Covid-19 Resources

Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, the City of Glendale, and the Library, Arts & Culture department.



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