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Collage of albums by LGBTQIA artists
Daniel Tures, June 16, 2021

Ever since the Stonewall riots brought the struggle for queer rights and representation to the forefront in June of 1969, June has been celebrated as LGBTQIA Pride Month.


A graphic illustration about record stores and vinyl records
Daniel Tures, June 11, 2021

Even as music increasingly moves online, for true fans the local brick-and-mortar record store will always be the holy place of discovery and sharing, where like-minded fanatics and novices gather to dig through the bins for new releases, dusty gems, and 180-gram gatefold pressings, trade band tips and deb


women with a black cat slung over her shoulders
Daniel Tures, November 13, 2020

The ill-omened day is at hand! Or is it? In Spanish and Greek culture, Tuesday the 13th is the ill-omened day, and in Italy, it’s Friday the 17th. Well, at least we can agree that the number 13 is ill-omened? Or Friday? Although for those who live for the weekend, Friday is propitious.


Heavy metal rock concert at the Coliseum
Salvadora Sosa Prieto, June 23, 2020

The library is home to many resources, even heavy metal music. We make it possible to indulge people on a headbanging journey on demand through resources such as hoopla and Freegal.


Keith Jarrett on The Köln Concert album
Keith Chaffee, May 08, 2020

On May 8, 1945, Keith Jarrett was born. Jarrett is best known as a jazz pianist, but he’s also recorded a significant amount of classical music.


Octavia staff playlists
Amanda Mellor, May 05, 2020

Over the past month, the Octavia Lab, the do-it-yourself makerspace at Central Library, has transformed itself into a light manufacturing center making face shields for the local medical community combating the cor


Covers of music and audiobooks to help you fall asleep
Alice S., April 08, 2020

A good night’s sleep. Has anyone had one in the past few weeks? I know that I often wake up at 4:30 a.m. with a racing mind and an exhausted body these days. When this happens, one of my standby sleep rituals is to listen to music or an audiobook.


a man and his giant record collection
Daniel Tures, April 07, 2020

Way back in the 1980s, for that BFF or pen pal or special someone, you would make mixtapes. The perfect set of songs, lovingly curated to express your eternal friendship, your inspiration, the dark abyss of your misunderstood heart, your super coolness or your tender feelings.


Sepulveda becomes a lonely road, [1963]. Valley Times Collection
Glen Creason, March 31, 2020

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.―Henry David Thoreau


women holding her library card wearing headphones
Daniel Tures, March 26, 2020

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ―Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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