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Books by Year 1965-1971

What Year is it, Anyway? Part 1

Five books about 1965-1969 music and culture (with the year in the title!)

I love reading about rock and roll, and I love reading about rock and roll in a historical context. So when I noticed a theme emerging in the stacks of music books at our branches, I took note. That theme was "the year as title," a not-so-subtle bid that tells you exactly what you are in for at first glance. These tomes are fun and informative and so full of music-history-as-sociology minutiae, you can find all kinds of facts you did not know before.  

Book Cover of The Classical Music Companion

Intro to Classical Music

Classical music can be one of the most daunting topics for someone to get interested in. Although other forms of art such as literature and visual art have been around for centuries as well, classical music somehow seems like it existed for hundreds of years and then kind of stopped being created, leaving it stuck in the past and somewhat difficult to start discovering.

Anything Goes

Musical Theatre

Who doesn’t love a good show? Let’s look at an overview of one of America’s great homegrown institutions as well as some of the people and shows that have contributed to its history. Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre by Ethan Mordden

Something Wonderful

We've Got Magic To Do

American musical theater inside and out

Here in Washington, we’re starting to get into the summer: the 90 degree weather, the building humidity and the drawing call to the beach. The transition from spring to summer, however, reminds me of my favorite awards show of the season: the annual Tony Award ceremony. As you take your last opportunity to review the season’s cast recordings, catch up on show highlights online and make your award predictions, why not pick up a book about this incredible art form?

Sign board reading Porch Fest, 3rd Floor

Rockin' on the Rooftop

Rhode Island Avenue Porch Fest!

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Woodridge was honored to be included as a site for Rhode Island Avenue Porch Fest, an all-ages event that brings the community together for an afternoon of music and fun.

Book Cover of All The Pieces Matter

Oral Histories

A well put-together oral history is a beautiful thing. The organizational mind and narrative-building skills of a great writer can be paired with first-person quotes from some of the most interesting and talented people in a given field. Here is a sampling of some of the oral histories DC Public Library has to offer!

Black is a Color cover

Summertime Fun: Art & Music

Many art and music festivals occur over the summer. Whether you're a fan, a developing artist or musician, or just curious, below are a selection of titles for your reading pleasure. Black is a Color by Elvan Zabunyan

Bernardine Watson and Abasi Johnson performing

More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble

A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word featuring Writer and Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson

Join us for a celebration of music, dance and the spoken word. More Than a Drum Percussion will perform at the Takoma Park Library. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252.  This Summer Challenge 2018 event is sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library.

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