For the Music Lover

August 3rd, 2018

headphones and computerThe library has so many resources for music lovers! Here are a few ways to further your passion for sound:

If you are a history buff and want to learn more about your favorite genre of music, we have a few new releases on our shelves: “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” by Todd S. Purdum, “Country Music USA – 50th Anniversary Edition” by Bill C. Malone, and “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968” by Ryan H. Walsh.

Interested in learning a new instrument? We have introductory books on how to play the guitar, drums, and many others, as well as songbooks to expand your repertoire.

Learn how you make your talent for music into a business! has multiple courses for music composition, audio engineering, and music production. You can take as many courses as you like, and you’ll receive a certificate when completed.

Or do you just want to listen and enjoy music? Each library branch has a great selection of physical CDs, and be sure to check out hoopla if you want to download some music instantaneously. Download music directly to your device and listen in the car or while doing chores. New music is added weekly to hoopla, so be on the lookout for that new release you’ve been excited to listen to! For assistance with downloading and devices, visit this page or stop by any branch location.

Enjoy live music with the Trinidad North Steel Drum Band at the Elkton Library on Friday, August 10th, at 6:30 PM.  Celebrate summer with the sounds of the islands, and learn about the rich history of the music. Register by calling 410-996-5600 x 481, or by going online.

Quiz: What July New Book Should You Read?

July 27th, 2018

What are you most interested in reading?
A. Historical Fiction
B. Dark comedy
C. True story

Pick a character.
A. Rasputin
B. Rip Van Winkle
C. Captain Hook

Where would you go on vacation?
A. Somewhere cold
B. Somewhere isolated
C. Somewhere hot

Pick an appetizer.
A. Charcuterie board
B. Roasted brussel sprouts
C. Soft pretzels with mustard

The Romanov EmpressIf you picked mostly A’s, you may enjoy…
The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner
C.W. Gortner spins the story of Maria Fedodorovna, the Danish princess turned Russian empress who gave birth to the last Russian tsar. The book chronicles her life up until the crumbling of the Romanov empire. Other titles you may enjoy: Sisi by Allison Pataki; Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison; The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander

If you picked mostly B’s, you may enjoy…
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Moshfegh returns with another strange, dark comedy—this time, a young college graduation in New York City has decided to leave behind reality and spend a year “hibernating”. Other titles you may enjoy:  Ottessa Moshfegh’s first novel, Eileen; Look at Me by Jennifer Egan; The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Between the Desert and the SeaIf you picked mostly C’s, you may enjoy:
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast by Michael Scott Moore
In 2012, journalist Michael Scott Moore is captured by Somali pirates while on an assignment. For three years, he is a prisoner, until his eventual release. A harrowing hostage memoir that investigates economics, history, foreign policy, and religion. Other titles you may enjoy: Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt; Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves; A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

For more information, title availability and reading recommendations, please visit our website, call 410-996-5600 or stop by any branch.

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