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Brand from Home | July 5, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening is Pentatonix, Prokofiev, Frank Sinatra, and The Coasters. Log in with your Glendale library card to 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

Afrocentric Sounds Radio is an online radio station that features classical music written and/or performed by musicians from around the world of African descent. It has an eclectic program with Beethoven and Bach residing comfortably with compositions by Joplin, Ellington and Bonds.

Streaming Music

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County has a big list of livestream and online video concerts for the whole month of July.

The Social Distancing Festival is a site with live streams and videos of visual arts, dance, music and theatre events.


Architecture Online

Stream 10 Buildings That Changed America on Hoopla. Login with your Glendale library card to watch for free! Meet the daring architects who imagined 10 influential works of American architecture and learn the shocking, funny and even sad stories of how they came to be. They changed the way we live, work, worship, learn, shop and play.

Learn About Architecture

John Parkinson is the architect behind more than 50 buildings in downtown L.A., despite having no formal architectural training. He designed Los Angeles Union Station, City Hall, Bullock's Wilshire, Grand Central Market, Memorial Coliseum, and several buildings on USC's campus. Learn more about L.A.'s architectural founder in the book Iconic Vision: John Parkinson Architect of Los Angeles, available with curbside pickup.

Since its first publication in 1965, The Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles has explored and documented the L.A. cityscape. It contains ninety-six sections organized in thirteen geographic chapters.

Architecture Inspiration - Try It at Home

Explore works of art that depict architecture with lesson plans from The Getty.

archKIDecture was established in 1996 to encourage visual literacy and explain math, science and visual arts concepts through the medium of architecture.


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.

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu. July is Culinary Arts Month! Why not celebrate by reading about the intersection of food and language? The relationship between food and the words we use for it can tell us a lot about human history and psychology. Linguist Dan Jurafsky takes restaurant menus as a jumping-off point to discuss what we all can learn from this. Available on Hoopla as an audiobook, The Language of Food is confidently narrated by Steven Menasche, underscored by rigorous research and scientific studies, and a lot of fun. -LD

Food has always been an important source of knowledge about culture and society. Here are a few reading options to explore depictions of food in art

Michelangelo was an amazing talent at a young age. Michelangelo isolates the single human figure in "a volume of space" to strive for a "universality" of the human form and spirit. Eugene Muntz quotes Michelangelo:  "The greatest danger for most of us is not failure to reach too high a goal, but that we aim too low, and reach that goal." Among many other marvelous sculptures, Michelangelo was commissioned to sculpt important tombs of the Medici family and the popes of Rome. The tombs for the Medicis figuratively illustrate "Night and Day" and "Dusk and Dawn," which are rendered as powerful, reclining nude figures. Michelangelo went on to master architecture and he inventively designed exteriors of chapels and the Laurentine Library in Florence. He used visual elements of contrasting lines, colors of materials and lighting effects. He introduced heavier elements up high and supported them with arches and openings (solids and voids). His premier accomplishment in architecture was designing the dome of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, from 1546-1564. Michelangelo died at age 85, with construction on St. Peter's still in progress, but his detailed plans and drawings for the dome allowed it to be completed by architect D. Fontana, to the specifications of master Michelangelo. ​I would recommend this book as a successful overview of Michelangelo's three careers as a sculptor, architect and painter. The author also feels that Michelangelo was a sort of "urban planner" because he also was known to have done civil engineering projects. -CV


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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