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Brand from Home | May 14, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes Alison Krauss, a pop playlist, jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, and pianist Varduhi Yeritsyan performing Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Khachaturian.

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.

Read Music

The University of Washington Digital Score Collection contains manuscript musical scores dating from the 17th through 19th centuries. 

Checkout digital current issues of Billboard Magazine in RB digital. Back issues of Billboard are available in the Music Periodicals Database. Billboard issues back to 1894 can be found in the Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive.

Learn About Music

New York Philharmonic KidZone has some fun activities!

Streaming Music

Performing Arts Live is a database of streaming theater, dance and classical music events.


Learn About Art

The Museum of Photographic Arts offers Photography 101, giving an overview and lessons on the fundamentals of photography for all ages. Start with the range of photographic types and head on to Big Ideas in Contemporary Photography.

Art Online

Check out the current, upcoming, past and traveling photography exhibitions at the Annenberg Space for Photography, including featured photographers, a zine making workshop, an educators resource guide, and Essential Lens, a resource for middle and high school teachers.

Fotografiska introduces Fotographers (in) Focus, featuring the photographers currently showing in the museum. Photographers share more about their work and lives.

The Photographers' Gallery offers Viewpoints, select themes illustrated through a range of writings, images, interviews, audio-visual material, related articles, publications and other content. Browse by Viewpoint or by individual item.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Moving Image Activities from the Eastman Museum. These activities are designed to demystify the illusion of motion. All types of moving image devices—from simple flipbooks to motion picture film—operate on a basic set of principles. By making your own motion-picture devices, you will learn how our eyes perceive motion where there is only a series of still images.  Make a flipbook, thaumatrope and phenakistoscope.

Animation is a series of still images that, when played quickly in succession, create the illusion of movement. This can be illustrated in the pages of a flipbook. You can draw one yourself. Laika stop-motion animator Andy Bailey of Andymation demonstrates how to make a flipbook with a stick person, a bouncing ball, and a UFO.

Follow along with Durga, age 11, at #MetKids and learn how to make a thaumatrope, an optical toy that was popular in the 1800s. Roughly translated from Greek, the word thaumatrope means "wonder turn."


Staff e-Recommendations

The Life and Times of Ward Kimball: Maverick of Disney Animation, by Todd James Pierce, read by Al Kessel. If you worked for Walt Disney, you had to get used to every product that left the studio having his name stamped on it. Under the large Disney umbrella are some of the greatest artists, animators and visionaries out there. One of these was the confetti-cannon-turned-man, Ward Kimball: an explosion of joy, wit, style and a boyish energy all his own. This biography maps the life of the artist who, in his time, tried to capture the limitless abilities that animation had to offer. Going into this I thought I knew plenty about (former Glendale resident) Ward Kimball. A man with three central passions: music, animation and trains, who built a strong and influential relationship with Walt Disney. What the book taught me about him was vital to his personality: he sought to push the edges of what Disney studios was doing, and break his own style free of the house-style the studio was known for. At this, he was not a success. This book is essential reading for any Disney buffs out there who want to know the inner-workings for the animation studio that changed storytelling. -GG

Firehouse Five Plus Two, At Disneyland. If you liked that biography of Ward Kimball, boy do I have a treat for you. Hoopla is streaming the Dixieland jazz band he fronted, The Firehouse Five Plus Two (comprised of fellow Disney animation and sound department employees). This album perfectly captures the Main Street Disneyland feel, in fact it was performed and recorded lived at The Golden Horseshoe (not Main Street, I know). Fans of Dixieland jazz, Disney history and Disneyland nostalgia will get a kick out of the enthusiastic energy of Kimball's band. Eight speedy, jumpy tracks and it all ends with a silly joke. Perfect music to set spring cleaning to. -GG

Jennifer Koh: Limitless. This fantastic album was released September 27, 2019. Violinist Jennifer Koh works with eight up and coming composers who also accompany her, performing on their own pieces. It’s a huge variety of styles from the very accessible and atmospheric to the avant garde. Upon first hearing, I was struck by Qasim Naqvi’s The Banquet, Missy Mazzolli’s Vespers and Lisa Bielawa’s Sanctuary Songs. It was a joy to hear luminary jazz pianist Vijay Iyer accompany Koh on The Diamond. With the sheer diversity on this album one would be hard pressed to not find at least one (or three) pieces they like. Listen to a podcast interview with Jennifer discussing Limitless. -BW


Covid-19 Resources

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



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