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26 04, 2022

Music Recommendations: April

By |April 26th, 2022|

Mariel and I are back with four more album recommendations this month. For each musical recommendation, we will include a link to the album and a sample song from that album. We hope you enjoy and discover some new artists! If you feel so inclined, please email us at

5 04, 2022

Birdwatching Kit: New in the Library of Things

By |April 5th, 2022|

One of the more beautiful things about springtime is the rejuvenation of outdoor life. Flowers begin to bloom, leaves regrow, and birds return to soak up northern Illinois weather. Don’t miss your opportunity to observe the birds in their natural habitat with our brand new Bird Watching Kit! If you

23 03, 2022

Music Recommendations: Around the World

By |March 23rd, 2022|

This month, we’ll be featuring music from other parts of the world. “World music” is often used as a catch-all term for music that isn’t Westernized, but music is made in dozens of styles and languages in dozens of countries—for example, the Tuareg style of music from Mali is

2 03, 2022

Guess the Oscars and Guess the Grammys Contests

By |March 2nd, 2022|

This year, our annual Grammys and Oscars contests will are being held side by side! The Oscars are being held on March 27. Coincidentally, that’s a week before the Grammys, which will be held on April 3. These are both popular contests at the Library, so the competition should be

22 02, 2022

Music Recommendations: February

By |February 22nd, 2022|

For each musical recommendation, we will include a link to the album and a sample song from that album. We hope you enjoy and discover some new artists! If you feel so inclined, please email us at [email protected] with your own recommendation. We’d love to hear them!  Sam’s Picks:

25 01, 2022

Music Recommendations: New Year, New Music Blog

By |January 25th, 2022|

Happy 2022! This year we will be making small changes to our music blog. First, from now on, this blog post series will be a collaboration between teen librarian, Mariel Fechik, and myself (Sam Rosen). We think that this collaboration will provide the community with a wider range of

30 12, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Music Reflection

By |December 30th, 2021|

We almost made it to 2022! For me, the end of each year is a time for reflection and striving for better in the future. This type of reflection can span across many aspects of one’s life, including music! We can look back at how our musical tastes looked

29 11, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Side Projects

By |November 29th, 2021|

Hope everyone is keeping warm as we are approaching the winter months. This month, I chose 4 albums that fit around the theme of “side bands” or “side projects.” Upon researching for this blog post, it not only amazed me of the talent of some musicians, but also how

27 10, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Music Exploration

By |October 27th, 2021|

Happy October everyone. Recently, I’ve been trying to expand my musical repertoire and explore new musicians/bands I’ve never listened to before. Spotify and Bandcamp have been two incredibly useful tools in my exploration. Every recommendation is a brand new album from the selected artist, and each artist represents a

22 09, 2021

Sam’s Music Reviews: Concept Albums

By |September 22nd, 2021|

One of my favorite elements to listen for in an album is a conceptual framework that ties the songs together. A concept album allows musicians to exercise creativity during the writing/instrumental/recording process. Whether the album has an intricate fictional storyline, explores different themes, or comments on current issues, the

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