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Finding Sheet Music at the Library

Aïda in Full Score

With over 10,000 sheet music anthologies at the library, customers can find everything from Broadway show tunes to American Negro Spirituals, Irish street ballads to classical symphonies.

In theory, it’s a veritable treasure trove! In practice, any musician or musical director knows how hard it can be to locate a particular song within a universe of songbooks and score anthologies.

Library staff are always happy to play musical detective with you. But to search on your own, I offer you four tools for successful song sleuthing:

Uke Can Play the Melody

YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"

May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.

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