Check out an album from your couch

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Even thought vinyl records are making a comeback, music is definitely going digital. The first part of this year, digital music sales increased and over 135 billion songs were streamed, nearly double the amount from 2014.

Streaming is becoming very popular because you can subscribe to a service and listen to anything in their catalog. Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Songza – to name a few – all give you access to thousands of songs. You don't own the music, but you can listen to just about anything you can think of.

Or you could visit the library website, UAPL has a streaming service that patrons can use. Hoopla has a great selection of music, including new releases every Friday. Create an account using your library card, and you can checkout 10 albums per month. Try something new or to checkout some tunes when the library is closed. Just like all of our other services, it's free with your library card.

You can follow our online guide to setup your account or contact the Media department if you have questions.

100 Years of Sinatra

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Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday was on Saturday and you can check out some of his classic albums from the library. You don't have to Fly (me) to the Moon, go to New York, New York or even leave your home. Our digital media service Hoopla, has a huge collection of his albums.

Once you find an album you like, just click Borrow and start listening. New to Hoopla? Review our full instructions for getting started with Hoopla, or set up a 1-on-1 appointment with a Media Services staff and we can help you download music and more from the library.

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Farewell, Starman

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David Bowie passed away on Sunday, January 10th, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album entitled Blackstar.  Bowie greatly influenced the music industry, and popular culture as a whole, with his ever-changing musical style and out-of-this-world personas.

On top of being a legendary artist, Bowie was an avid reader.  He posted a list of his top 100 books to his Facebook page back in 2013. Check out the list here:

You can also borrow and stream most of David Bowie's album collection through our Hoopla streaming service here:

Summertime Music

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Hot weather calls for hot music and we've got your covered like a beach umbrella. Check out the huge collection of summertime music on our digital service Hoopla. You can find tunes that will help you work up a sweat or cool down, something for lounging by the pool or relaxing on your porch with a glass of lemonade.

If you're new to Hoopla, check out our guide to get started, or schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with the Media Services department.

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Find New Music in Your Neighborhood

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I'm very excited to announcScreenshot from listen columbus websitee that UA Library is offering a new service to help patrons discover local music. Listen Columbus is a collection of albums by musicians from Central Ohio. Anyone can visit the website, select an album and start listening to it immediately on their smartphone or computer. This does not require a library card, and there is no limit to the number of times you can play a song or album.

The collection features a wide variety of music including: rock, bluegrass, indie, classical, hip hop and jazz. Playing music is as simple as selecting an album and pressing the play button. There are no apps to download, and you can play music on any device (smartphone, tablet, computer) that has a web browser.

Central Ohio is home to an incredible array of talented musicians. I hope that Listen Columbus will help people discover new music they enjoy and create more support for the artists who live in our neighborhoods.

Happy Listening!

Musical Mondays: Books with Music Playlists

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Welcome to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

A lot of books now intertwine the story, characters, and plot, with music. Some have a music playlist designed to go with the book, some weave songs and music right into the story, and others focus on music as a major part of the plot or characters’ lives. Either way, it’s a celebration of two great things: stories and music! So, this summer I will be posting 3 blogs the first Monday of each month that highlight some of these books and their music. This blog will be the first, and then there will be one in July, and a final post in August.

To start us off I will jump right in with music playlists designed to go with the books or music the author was listening to as they wrote that inspired the story. Interestingly, a lot of these aren’t necessarily about music, they just have music playlists that the author has created to go with their book. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  Anna and the French Kiss Playlist 
Book Cover for Boy21 by Matthew Quick Perkins has created a 15 track playlist to go with the book. Much of it is French Rock! She also has a separate “Spoilers” page where she shares the story behind the songs. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen  Along for the Ride Playlist 
These are the songs the author was listening to as she wrote and they evoke the feel of the characters and what happens in the story. 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick Boy21 Playlist 
This playlist appears in an article about music and books. It was designed by Quick to tell the story, as he put together the songs from the book in the order they appear in the novel and matched them to different parts of the story.

Divergent by Veronica Roth  Divergent Playlist 
These songs helped inspire the books and were what she listened too during the writing process. Includes notes about why each song is important. 

Book Cover fro Dove Rising by Karen BaoDove Arising by Karen Bao  Dove Arising Playlist 
The playlist for this dystopian sci-fi novel is unique – it actually has its own title! The title is: Music on the Moon. The site features the songs on the playlist as well as Bao’s explanations of how each relates to the book.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger  DUFF Playlist
Keplinger puts together a playlist to go with all her books and it is usually made up of songs that remind her of the characters or story or that she was listening too when she wrote. The DUFF Playlist includes songs from the two main characters perspective. Also check out the sequel Lying Out Loud. It too has a Playlist.

Half Bad by Sally Green Half Bad Playlist
This is a playlist inspired by the book. Spoiler Alert: If you haven‘t read the book yet, skip the song descriptions until you’ve finished reading as their explanations give major parts of the book away! And don't miss Half Wild and Half Lost

Book Cover for Lumberjanes by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
This is a collection of the Lumberjanes monthly comic. At the end of each issue is a track list of a mixtape that has been put together by one of the characters.  And if you are already reading and have gotten to issue #4 you’ll notice part of Jen’s list is covered in paint! For a full listing of Jen’s playlist check out the article Drawn to Comics

Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland Playlist
Arnold began as a musician and some of his musical creations can be found on his site Cinema Cycle. There you can also find the music playlist, with his original songs, that are inspired by two of his novel, as well as a video he made for one of the songs.

Paper Towns by John Green  Paper Towns Playlist 
John Green’s first playlist for one of his books!

Relativity by Cristin Bishara Relativity Playlist
Book Cover for Relativity by Cristin BisharaBishara felt that if movies can have soundtracks, why not books? So, she created one for her novel!

Young Elites by Marie Lu  Young Elites Playlist 
This playlist is in an article about the Young Elite’s series and highlights Lu’s Playlist for Adeline from the series. Includes why she picked the songs. She also made a playlist for Champion which can be found on her Tumblr page. 

That’s it for this month. Come back for our next installment, Where Books and Music Collide, for a look at books that weave music and songs throughout the story.

Happy Reading (and listening)!


Cuba Lost & Found

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There is a lot of talk about Cuba in the news lately.  Music to my ears was the news of a new Buena Vista Social Club recording. It includes rediscovered material from the original Ry Cooder sessions. I am still kicking myself for not going to see Ibrahim Ferrer while he was still alive.

Picture Book Selection: Playing from the Heart

When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart? Age 0-8

Listen Columbus

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Have you tried Listen Columbus yet? It's Ohio’s first digital library collection focused on local music. Anyone can visit to stream music from some of the top musicians in Central Ohio, including The Salty Caramels, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, The Andy Shaw Band and many more. Listen Columbus was created by the Upper Arlington Library through a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio. Additional support came from the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library.


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