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Brand from Home | May 7, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes top picks of 2019, Jazz guitar legends Jim Hall and Pat Metheny, Gamelan from Central Java, and Eugene Ormandy conducts Richard Strauss.

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

TED-Ed has an interesting set of music education videos, many of which are animated.

The Mozart collected works, the Neue Mozart Ausgabe, is available digitally from Bärenreiter-Verlag. This allows you to find, study, and print any of Mozart’s works as PDF files.

The Grammy Museum is currently closed but they have opened up their Museum at Home site and virtual archives.

Streaming Music

Fieldwork done by Edith Johnson, Brenda Romero and Gail Schwartz in 1987, documenting Cahuilla Bird Songs. Each song cycle is part of a larger story that tells a migration myth. Through repetition, the words create a rhythm, uniting the participants through music, dance and spirit.

Part of the California Revealed collection on the Internet Archive.


Spring Reading Challenge

From now until May 30, 2020, everyone can participate in the Spring into Reading Challenge on the Library’s newest online platform, Beanstack. Log book titles, earn reading and activity badges, and receive personalized reading recommendation lists! Here’s a handy how-to guide if you need it. Get started today!


Public Art Call

Glendale's Library, Arts & Culture Department, on behalf of the City’s Arts & Culture Commission, is accepting proposals from qualified candidates who would like to participate in its Art Happens Anywhere (“AHA”) Program. In response to COVID-19 and its effects on the arts and culture community, the Library and the Commission are seeking proposals with the purpose of encouraging the expansion of arts and culture activities to benefit the citizens of our community during these unique times. This call encourages artists to consider non-traditional artwork, experiences and performances that can engage the public in unexpected ways and places given the social distancing requirements. Applicants who submit their proposal​ on or before May 18, 2020, 5:00 p.m., will be the first group for consideration.

Learn About Art

Download a guide from the Museum of Neon Art. Explore your local neighborhood or the world-wide-web and marvel at neon signs. Learn about the science, history, and art of neon, and create your own artworks.

Take a virtual tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Each Thursday at 10 am PT, many public Frank Lloyd Wright sites will share #WrightVirtualVisits via their social media. These short videos introduce sites to new audiences and provide interesting and informal glimpses into their design, history, and more.

Art Online

Explore the current exhibit Beyond Embodiment and look through an archive of past gallery shows hosted at Brand Library and Art Center. Read a review of Beyond Embodiment featured in Art & Cake and other press.

Try a virtual visit to the High Museum. They have streaming programming for toddlers to teachers, educational resources and projects to try at home.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Try some great arts and crafts projects!

Craft Contemporary Museum is offering some easy to follow craft projects to try from home including making custom stationary, printmaking and embossing.

The Museum of Craft and Design is partnering with artists and community collaborators to create new content for at-home projects based on the themes, concepts, and materials found within the museum’s signature programs and exhibitions.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum has fantastic video tutorials on printmaking with materials you might have at home and interviews with their artists in residence. They offer activity PDFs to go along with the videos as well as curriculum lessons.


Staff e-Recommendations

Did you ever wonder what would happen if Beatrix Potter had been inspired by Lord of the Rings? Well, wonder no more. Winner of the Eisner and Harvey awards, Mouse Guard is beautifully illustrated by David Peterson. A meticulously detailed and thoroughly engrossing saga centering on three members of the titular organization: brave Lieam, wise Kenzie, and fiery Saxon. Brothers-in-arms and friends, their primary function as Guard Mice is to protect the other mice of the land on their way from hidden settlement to hidden settlement. Threats to the mouse population have always arisen from without – predators, the elements, etc. – but in this first volume of their adventures, a terrifying threat arises from within. Will our tiny furry heroes prevail? Read and find out. All three volumes of Mouse Guard are available on Hoopla. -LD

 Bam! Pow! Kayla Rae Whitaker's The Animators, available as an e-book or audiobook on Libby, pulls no punches. The novel drags us through the relationship of its cartoonist protagonists, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses, when they meet as visual arts majors and share their love for '90s MTV animated series like The Maxx and Liquid Television. Their friendship evolves into a decade-long successful creative partnership in New York City. What goes wrong, you ask? Almost everything that can. Both Mel and Sharon have troubled childhoods which they mine for material. There's failure, destroyed romantic relationships, death, addiction, abuse, and a stroke. The onslaught of emotional minefields can be trying. At its best, The Animators is reminiscent of the partnership of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the creators of Comedy Central's Broad City. At worst, it's fodder for an afternoon soap opera. Nevertheless, I was glued to every miserable page. As a procedural examination of collaboration in creative and technical processes, it's hard to beat. You've been warned.  -SB


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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