New Music Coming Soon!

Check out these librarian- picked favorites coming to the library soon. To see all music titles that are on their way, check out this list. Place your holds now!


Compact Disc

Go Cubs!

Cubs FansI'll be watching Game 7 tonight, hoping, hoping that the Cubbies manage to pull off a mi


This week a documentary film changed my perception of the banjo forever. The film? Béla Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto. I always thought of the banjo as an odd-looking, although fun to listen to, device esteemed by country musicians.

Library of Congress National Recording Registry 2015

Library of Congress National Recording Registry list 2015


Each year the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) selects 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and are at least 10 years old. Quality copies of these recordings are then processed for preservation by the National Recording Preservation Board.

Watch your music!

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 Like a Rock Star

Want to be a Rock Star?  Read like one.David Bowie


What do all these have in common?

Major Tom

Ziggy Startdust

Aladdin Sane

The Think White Duke

Jareth the Goblin King

and Lord Royal Highness from Spongebob


Memoirs by Rock Goddesses

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 .

Are You A Musician?

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.

.Aviation Mechanics Training School Band, Chanute Field, circa 1917