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Like to listen to tunes? Enjoy delving into facts about your favorite musicians? Do exciting behind-the-scenes musical performances thrill you? Watch a music documentary! Besides music on CD, the library offers an entertaining collection of music on DVD. Some films are concert or music videos, but quite a few are documentaries—real tales of the musical world. Introduce yourself to the lives and motivations of those who’ve lived to perform. Discover firsthand how an album or tour was created. Read more about Watch your music!
Want to be a Rock Star? Read like one.
What do all these have in common?
The Think White Duke
Jareth the Goblin King
and Lord Royal Highness from Spongebob
It's the time of the year when all the "Best Of" lists start appearing, including the annual lists of staff favorites at The Urbana Free Library (you can find on the Staff Favorites 2016 page on the website) . I always find it fascinating to see what other people enjoyed reading over the past year. When I reflected on my reading from the last twelve months, I was surprised to discover that I read more non-fiction titles than I usually do, many of them memoirs . Read more about Memoirs by Rock Goddesses
The caption under the photo claims what science has proven to be true - "Music helps wonderfully!" These Aviation Mechanics Band members were photographed at Chanute Field, Rantoul, IL, sometime around 1917. Visit the Champaign County Historical Archives to view the original and many more historic photos of Chanute Field.Read more about Are You A Musician?
Here in Urbana we love everything local: goat cheese, live music, handknitted mittens, coffee shops, artwork, bike co-ops, etc. If you make it locally this community will support it. The librarians here at Urbana Free Library want to give a special shout out to some of the local "gems" you can check out from our stacks.
Local Music Highlights:
The biennial Ellnora guitar festival has been bringing amazing guitar music to the area since 2009 (and as the “Wall to Wall guitar festival” since 2005). This year's festival continues that tradition with some of the world's most acclaimed guitarists coming to the Krannert Center September 5th-7th. The Urbana Free Library music collection includes recordings by many Ellnora artists across many genres. Want to hear more of your favorite Ellnora performers? Check them out at The Urbana Free Library! Read more about Ellnora Artists in The UFL Collection