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Top 10 CDs of 2017!

December 31, 2017

Did you know the Marathon County Public Library is a great resource for music? Many people don't, but it's true! Each year, MCPL purchases a variety of CDs, from the latest album's featuring today's biggest hits to classic artists and albums from yesteryear.  This year's list of the top 10 most checked-out music CDs features current popular performers (Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift), as well as some compilations of today's biggest hits. Are there any artists you're surprised aren't on the list? Take a look at the list below and let us know!

Libraries Music Top 10

MCPL Spencer Branch Filled with Sounds of the Season

handbell choir

December 6, 2017

It's December, the rain has turned to snow and the holiday season is in full-swing! Our Spencer Branch got residents of all ages into the holiday spirit yesterday with a visit from the popular Spencer High School Handbell Ensemble. This group (who last year helped set the Guinness World Record for the largest handbell ensemble), performed a variety of holiday music for a packed audience of attendees. In case you weren't able to attend this event, we've included a sample of two of their performances below - "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Welcome Christmas" from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And be warned - these tunes will put you in a holly, jolly mood!   Spencer High School...

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Music for summer road trips!

June 12, 2016

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, Strong and content I travel the open road… — Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road" Whitman had it right: Few experiences in human existence match the freedom, joy and unencumbered madness that a road trip offers. Regardless of a destination (if you have one), the journey from home to wherever “there” is can be fun, enlightening, maybe frustrating too, but it should never be...

Travel Music

Read-alikes for Beyoncé's "Lemonade"

May 18, 2016

Since its debut on April 23, critics and music fans everywhere have been buzzing about "Lemonade," the new visual album by recording artist Beyoncé. Already a music icon and a role model for many women, Beyoncé's "Lemonade" is rumored to be inspired by the singer's own marital troubles with husband Jay-Z and contains themes of female empowerment, marital conflict, betrayal, revenge and independence, all of which have seemed to hit a chord with listeners of the album. If you're enjoying Beyoncé's serving of "Lemonade," check out the following list of book read-alikes, courtesy Novelist's Book Squad. Each of these titles contains themes similar to those found in "Lemonade," written from the perspective of...

Music Reading Recommendations

Make music with your child

girl playing violin

July 23, 2014

Music has many benefits to children of all ages; it gives children an outlet for expression, it breaks down language so children hear the smaller sounds in words (also known as phonological awareness), and music stimulates brain development in specific areas including language and reasoning. So, what can you do so your child gets the most out of music? Encourage your child to make his or her own music with household items. Play music in your home and encourage your child to sing and dance. And, even if you have a terrible singing voice, sing to your child! Your child will not care what your voice sounds like, just be enthusiastic and expressive. Sing nursery rhymes, make up songs that rhyme together, and even...

Children Early Literacy Music

Erin Go Bragh (Ireland Forever)

March 17, 2009

The top of the day to you! Looking for some good stories and information on Ireland? If you are planning a trip, are interested in Irish history, or just want to kick your heels up, here are some of my favorites. "Princes of Ireland: Dublin Saga" by Edward Rutherfurd "The Rebels of Ireland": conclusion of Dublin Saga; sequel to Princes of Ireland "Ireland: a Novel" by Frank Delaney "Tipperary" also by Frank Delaney is also excellent. His most recent book,"Shannon", is my next read. "An Irish Country Doctor" by Patrick Taylor Edward Rutherfurd has been described as the history teacher that you wished you would have had in high school. His books are wonderful epics that take you from the...

Books Music Reading Recommendations