Reviews and Blog Posts: music

Storytime Music!

Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!​

Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.

Book Discovery: Podcasts

Baker Street Babes Podcast

You've finished the book. There's no sequel. You've got no back up options. "What do I read next?" may be your literary existential crisis but our raison d'être. Library staff use a number of discovery tools, like podcasts, to learn about books, movies, and music you may enjoy. Coincidentally, these are all the things we enjoy too!

Chicken with plums

by Marjane Satrapi

DPL Rating:
2

I think the author didn’t realize that the reason she found this story worth writing about was because it was about a family member and that nobody outside her family would be anywhere near as interested. The main character isn’t remotely likable (nor is anyone else, for that matter), and...

Free Bi-Weekly Music Download - Buffalo Gals by Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger - Buffalo Gals

Every two weeks, free tracks from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Classical Music Library are offered.
This week (the week of January 28, 2014) the Smithsonian Folkways Recording is Pete Seeger's Buffalo Gals in honor of Pete Seeger's passing at age 94 on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Pete Seeger's life, music, and legacy encapsulate nearly a century of American history and culture. He has immersed himself in folk music and used it, like Johnny Appleseed, to "plant the seeds of a better tomorrow in the homes across our land." The songs in this collection of 139 American Favorite Ballads narrate tales of ordinary people and their extraordinary deeds, and show Pete at the crossroads of the past and the future putting his own stamp on America's folk song heritage while bequeathing it to generations to come.

Let's Go to the Sock Hop this Saturday at the Central Children's Library!

Duck Sock Hop book cover

The Central Children's Library will be having a sock hop on Saturday, December 7th at 2pm! This program is open to all ages and will include dancing, music, games, and a sock craft. Wear your favorite socks, shed your shoes, and get ready to dance, dance, dance.

Get ready by practicing your sock hopping skills at home. It's a great indoor activity for a cold winter day and it's even better when paired with a book.

Try one of these to get inspired:

Before the Parade of Lights, Warm Up at Central with Music and a Hot Beverage

Don't get caught out in the cold when you come downtown for the Parade of Lights this Saturday. We're holding a comfortable spot for you to enjoy a holiday concert before you venture out for the parade. And we'll keep the home fires burning all winter with terrific programming and community -- keep up to date with our event listings on our Fresh City Life calendar.

Fresh City Life's 6th annual holiday concert showcasing The Denver Gay Men's Chorus happens this Saturday. And our wonderful crew of baristas at DPLs The Coffee Mug want to pitch in on the holiday spirit. Anytime on Saturday, from 10a-4p, wander into their cozy coffee shop just inside the east entrance and take 10% off your beverage order by simply saying "Parade of Lights." A great deal and sure to warm you up on a cold day. Pick something up on your way to the concert.

Black Friday Blues? Skip the sales, enjoy the bells. Castle Rock Community Ringers Play DPL

Fresh City Life has a few more gifts to deliver this season -- including a return engagement of the immensely popular acoustic group, The Castle Rock Community Ringers -- a local handbell choir that creates beautiful music throughout the year. Check out the Fresh City Life calendar for events this season and in the new year.

Hark! How the Bells: Holiday Bell Choir Concert
Friday, November 29, 5-6 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall

Returning for an encore performance, the Castle Rock Community Ringers make incredible music using only the classic choir bells – and these musicians know how to create a joyful noise! The well-regarded Castle Rock Community Ringers will show us how to ‘throw cares away’ with their thoughtful blend of holiday and secular songs all created with perfectly-pitched handbells.

Our Concert Season Finale: Julian Toha's Immersion Tour at Denver Public Library

Julian Toha

How good can our Denver Public Library music season get? Check out our finale concerts to hear for yourself -- starting with Julian Toha's experimental, new and classical music.  Fresh City Life events and programs.

Julian Toha: Immersion Tour
Tuesday, November 5, 7-8 p.m.
Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery

Rules to rock by

by Josh Farrar

DPL Rating:
3

  I had read A Song for Bijou, another title by Josh Farrar and decided to pick this particular book up because I like how Farrar introduces elements of Caribbean diasporic culture into his works. This book deals with a sixth grader named Annabelle who has recently moved from Brooklyn,...

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

DPL Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

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