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Brand from Home | May 10, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes a Mother's Day playlist, jazz pianist Art Tatum, funk band Parliament, and violin concertos performed by Rachel Barton Pine.

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, Naxos Music Library or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Learn About Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame's Words and Music At Home includes songwriting instruction and live workshops.

Classical Kids Music Lessons from Minnesota Public Radio. Every day, they post a fun, listening-based lesson created by Classical MPR’s education specialist. Have some fun, learn something new, and introduce kids to the joys of classical music.

Read Music

The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection at Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries has over 30,000 pieces of American popular music dating back as far as 1780.

Streaming Music

The Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program includes interviews with artists such as George Benson, Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison, Quincy Jones, Ellis Marsalis and many more.

How do you decide what to put on the ultimate mix tape of the human experience? What do you do if you have one shot at describing humanity to an unknown life form? Learn more about the Golden Record and the team behind it.


Learn About Art

Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything.

Tinkercad is free with nothing to download.

Art (In Space) Online

What did the Hubble Space Telescope see on your birthday? Plus many more amazing photographs from space are all on NASA's website.They even have a safe way to look at our star, the sun. Take some time to look up!

Make your own planisphere. A planisphere or star wheel is a simple hand-held device which shows a map of which stars are visible in the night sky at any particular time. Make your own orrery. An orrery is a mechanical model of the Solar System. Make a simple model showing the Sun, Earth and Moon.

Is it a star or a planet? Try the Solar System Scope, a free online 3D model of the solar system in real time. Take a low tech approach with this short educational video from 1928.

The Morrison Planetarium has a 2020 Pocket Guide to what is up.

Art (STEAM) Inspiration - Try It at Home

Try some art with science!

James Dyson Science Challenge cards from the James Dyson Foundation has projects you can do at home to challenge your creativity for ages 7 and up with adult supervision. The focus is STEM however sketching and cardboard models along with other creative design challenges are Art focused.

Foster + Partners is a studio for architecture and integrated design​ offering activities for children including drawing, making, playing, thinking, reading, watching and other activities such as making a paper skyscraper and building your own city.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a great STEM activity page for children. The activities are interactive and include downloads, quizzes and more. Make a moon phase calendar or an origami starshade.


Staff e-Recommendations

This seminal comic book series by Stan Sakai pairs Japanese history and legend with powerful storytelling: a believable portrait of Feudal-era Japan populated by equally believable characters... all of whom happen to be animals. The titular character is Miyamoto Usagi (usagi means rabbit), a bunny who effortlessly walks the line between benign fluffiness and terrifying displays of his skill with the sword. A talented and loyal samurai, Usagi is left master-less after a horrific battle and spends the series wandering the countryside, helping others and having adventures in his never-ending quest to make an honest living and find peace. Along the way, Usagi encounters such memorable characters as Gennosuke, a sneaky rhinoceros bounty hunter, and Zato-Ino, the blind swords-pig, (a riff on Zatoichi, the famous blind swordsman). Sakai’s line-work and mastery of paneling, all in black-and-white, is affecting and beautiful. The powerful combination of the sublime and the silly makes this an enduring masterpiece in the landscape of modern comics. The majority of the Usagi Yojimbo saga is available on Hoopla. -LD

I picked this album from Mose Allison because there is something comforting about hearing his singing voice. He was also an absolutely fabulous jazz and blues pianist but this album is just his vocal music. There are some people who have never heard of Mose Allison but his songs have been recorded by The Who, John Mayall, Georgie Fame, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt and the Clash. His music is an interesting combination of blues and jazz and he had worked with such jazz luminaries as Stan Getz, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. Needless to say he was an incredibly important influence on 20th Century music and this album is an easy and enjoyable introduction to his music. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

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