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Friday, February 7, 2014

Are you experienced?

Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)

Are you experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick

Here comes the son: Rich accidentally travels back in time to his dad's youth - during Woodstock - and witnesses a tragic event.Rich is 15 and a budding guitarist. When his girlfriend asks him to play a gig at a local protest, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the police show up, and so does Rich's dad. Rich is in big trouble. What's worse, this happens near the anniversary of his uncle's death years ago. Rich's dad always gets depressed near this anniversary, but whenever Rich asks questions about his dad's brother, his dad shuts down.Frustrated by his dad's silence, Rich sneaks into his father's office and breaks into a locked cabinet that holds an electric guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. It's one of his dad's most prized possessions. Before he knows it, Rich is on the side of a road at Yasgur's Farm, and a beautiful girl with a tie-dye shirt is bending over him. He's okay, physically. But it will take him a while to realize it's 1969, he's at Woodstock, and the girl's band of friends includes his dad as a 15-year-old, and his uncle, who is still alive. What Rich learns, who he meets, and what he does, could change his life forever.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Juliette Z., you are the lucky winner for this week! Keep those submissions coming everyone! Teen Tech Week is right around the corner and we will be giving away a ton of extra books!

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Lucy Variations

The Lucy variations
by Zarr, Sara

Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place.

Friday, March 8, 2013


Seraphina by Rachel Hertman

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up

Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just be the first to fill out the form at the bottom of the page. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)

Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up by Mark Peter Hughes

This is what happened after five outcasts in Opequonsett High School found each other, found the music, and went on to become Rhode Island's most influential band. What's next for this group of musical misfits? Whatever is it, it will be nothing short of revolutionary.

Congrats to Krista! Your book is on its way.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


21 - Adele

When studio footage of Adele's "Rolling In the Deep" hit YouTube last November, I was hooked. I fell in love with this song and kept checking iTunes obsessively for the single to be released.  It seemed the February 22 release date of 21 was years away, but a friend let me know that NPR was streaming the entire album and I was hooked.

If you haven't heard of Adele, you've been missing out.  She is not a pop singer and you'll hear more emotion in just one note than you'll hear from most other artists.  I can't remember how many times I listened to 21, but it's good from start to finish.  As with most albums, there are songs I prefer more than others, but I still find myself listening to the whole thing.  "Rolling in the Deep" is my current favorite (even after all these months) "Rumour Has It" reminds me of songs from the past and makes me want to dance in my chair.  Of all the songs, the one that catches me off guard is "Someone Like You."  The album version is nice, but I much prefer the live version:

How many artists can you say that about? Give Adele a listen; you won't regret it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

OMG I just saw Justin Bieber!

Stare at Justin Bieber's nose for 30 seconds, then stare at a white wall and blink really fast. :)
(Thanks jsyk!)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Harmonic Feedback

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Drea and her mom have been moving around her whole life. It's hard enough to make friends when you're always the new girl, but Drea faces another challenge: she has ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. The meds she takes keep her body and mind in check, but they make her feel like a zombie, and they don't give Drea the social cues she needs to fit in.

So when they move once again and Drea starts a new school, she's not expecting to make friends. She has her music, which she's really into (she plays guitar and does production on her computer). Imagine her surprise when new neighbor Naomi thinks Drea is the coolest girl ever and declares them instant friends. Even more surprising is Justin, another new kid at school, who seems to really like Drea.

Without the social cues that most people are attuned to, Drea doesn't know whether or not she can trust their offers of friendship. She's been burned before and doesn't want to feel that pain again. But if she rejects them, she's not even giving herself a chance at happiness. Can a girl like her really have it all?

Recommended to romantics and indie music fans (who will love all the band references).

Friday, January 15, 2010

DJ Earworm mashes up the songs of 2009

What was your favorite song of the last year? If you're like us and have a hard time choosing, check out this excellent mash-up by DJ Earworm. It includes all of these hits: 

  • The Black Eyed Peas - BOOM BOOM POW
  • Lady Gaga - POKER FACE
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis - JUST DANCE
  • The Black Eyed Peas - I GOTTA FEELING
  • Taylor Swift - LOVE STORY
  • Flo Rida - RIGHT ROUND
  • Jason Mraz - I’M YOURS
  • Kanye West - HEARTLESS
  • The All-American Rejects - GIVES YOU HELL
  • Taylor Swift - YOU BELONG WITH ME
  • T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake - DEAD AND GONE
  • The Fray - YOU FOUND ME
  • Kings Of Leon - USE SOMEBODY
  • Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo - KNOCK YOU DOWN
  • Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - BLAME IT
  • T.I. Featuring Rihanna - LIVE YOUR LIFE
  • Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie - KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
  • Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - DOWN
  • Miley Cyrus - THE CLIMB
  • Drake - BEST I EVER HAD
  • Beyonce - HALO
  • Katy Perry - HOT N COLD

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mixed Tape Club

I loved Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, but Nick's not the only one making great playlists. Nope. People have been making mixed tapes, or CDs, or iTunes playlists all along. In fact, you've probably made your own awesome mixes. The only thing more fun than making a mix is sharing it with friends, and listening to the ones they've made.

Enter my friend Brian. A few months ago he proposed to a group of us that we start a Mixed Tape Club (we are old and therefore grew up making mixed tapes; the name is an homage to that but in fact we use current technology). Each person made a mix, burned it to CDs, and distributed one to each person in the group. In the end each person had everyone else's mix, and an introduction to their musical tastes. Some of the artists on these mixes (and yes, you can check them out for FREE at your library--just click the link to reserve) include:

Amadou & Mariam
The Bird and the Bee
The Black Keys
Brandi Carlile
Neko Case
Cat Power
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins

Josh Ritter
The Weepies

Check these artists out. If you like, you can thank the Librarians' Mixed Tape Club. If you don't...make your own. And give copies to your friends! And send a copy to me! Seriously though, what artists would you put on a mix? Who's your fave? Let us know. You might just see it appear on one of our next MTC mixes.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Free the Artist in You

Let your inner artist out with these cool interactive sites.

REMIX Create a work of art with this interactive collage from the Museum of Modern Art. REMIX provides a palette of photographs, simple shapes, lines, and sizing tools that enable you to recreate new images out of existing ones.

Architect Studio 3D Design a house in 3D with Frank Lloyd Wright! On this Web site, you can design a house, walk through it in 3D, then share it with the world.

Drawing in One-Point Perspective How do artists draw things so they look three-dimensional? This site explains the principles of one-point perspective, and provides some hands-on activities to help you learn!

Teen Ink From the angsty to the sentimental, it's all here: Haiku, sestinas, love poems, free verse and rhyme. Submit your own and check out one of the books.

Chance Words Dada artists experimented with new forms of art in order to challenge expectations and norms. Use this site to create your own 'chance' Dadaist poem from cut-up newspapers.

PYROWORDS The page may look plain, but what a cool idea! Add lines to poems others have started or start your own and watch it grow.

Rhythm Web Open your ears to the rhythms of the world! This site focuses on rhythm through audio clips, articles, and Web links.

Energy in the Air Learn about every instrument in a classical orchestra and hear examples of each on audio clips specially selected to highlight each one.

Strange Fruit This overview highlights some of the American songs and songwriters whose words and music served as catalysts for thought, action and even social change. Listen to protest music and read lyrics at this thought-provoking companion Web site to the film by the same name.

Bust a Move Learn hip-hop dance moves with beginner, intermediate and advanced animated instruction.

Belly Dance Get advice, tips and tricks to master backbends and stomach rolls and learn about Middle Eastern costume and music.

Ballroom Dancing Learn to dance like a star! Each section begins with a general introduction, description of the music style and then a practice lesson.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Literary Rock?

We’ve all heard of tribute bands. Wanna be rockers singing the songs of the band they idolized growing up. But what about bands formed to pay tribute to their favorite book? Are they tribute bands too?

In case you didn't know, there are more than a few bands out there formed because of its members love of a particular book. Take a look at their websites, as we try and hunt down their CDs and add them to our collection.

Lord of the Rhymes (Lord of the Rings)

Harry and the Potters (Harry Potter Series)

The Bella Cullen Project (Twilight Series)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Music Alternatives

Looking for some alternatives to iTunes, Zune and MySpace to find some new music to listen to? There are some great web-based sites out there that will let you either build your own playlist (Fine Tune), choose songs for you based on a group or song you like (Pandora), or offer you some online radio stations (Live 365).

If you find a group you like, check out catalog to see if we have it. If we don’t, send us a suggestion and we’ll see what we can do!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Did you know?

Every week--sometimes daily!--new music is added to our catalog. We add it the moment that we order it, which means that it's not technically here in the library yet, but it IS available for you to reserve. It's like cutting in line, only fair.

Here's a random sample of just 15 new CDs that were added this week (out of many more). If you'd like to borrow any of them once they arrive, just click on the button that says "Request Item" and follow the directions. You'll need your library card (but doesn't everyone keep that handy?).

The Black Swan / Story of the Year

A Mad & Faithful Telling / DeVotchKa

Beat Pyramid / These New Puritans

Saturnalia / The Gutter Twins

Lust Lust Lust / Raveonettes

Scars & Souvenirs / Theory of a Deadman

Punk Goes Crunk / Various Artists

ATL’s Finest / J-Bo

Kung Fu Panda Soundtrack / Various Artists

The Black Parade is Dead! / My Chemical Romance

The Sound of Madness / Shinedown

Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace / The Offspring

The End Begins / Tantric

Konk / The Kooks

Indestructible / Disturbed