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New Fiction Review: Hold Me Closer

Hold Me Closer cover artNew fiction review by Teen Services Librarian:

If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, you will LOVE Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. From the author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, comes the complete musical outlined in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

I actually read Hold Me Closer first, but didn’t feel like I was losing out on the story at all, so they can be read in either order. It’s a quick read, since it’s a play. It’s also as heart-warming as it is hilarious. The incomparable Tiny Cooper, who is very big, and very gay, will be a character to remember. I can’t wait for the audio version—or dare we hope?—the actual musical production. Two enthusiastic jazz hands!

Grade Recommendation: 9+

November 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Sounds & Beats of the Americas!

Sounds & Beats of the Americas

with Nayo Ulloa

Monday / June 4th / 1 pm & 2pm / GPL auditorium

Come learn different styles of music from Latin America with musician Nayo Ulloa! He’ll be showing us how to play percussion instruments of the different Latin American countries as well as sharing some dance and movement techniques. It’s going to be a dynamic and fun experience for everyone!

* In order to sign up for this program, you must be in grades 6th – 12th and have a Goshen Public library card.  Come in and sign up for this and other programs in our Teen Summer Reading Program today!

May 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm 1 comment

November Book Display

What Is On YOUR Playlist?

This month we are featuring great books that are all about music. In addition, we are also asking YOU  to tell us what is on your “reading playlist” for a chance to win an itunes card!  All you have to do is write down the titles of 6 of your favorite YA books, and don’t forget your name and phone number. This contest will be going on until the end of the month, when we will pick our winner. Come into the YA department today and tell us YOUR playlist!

Check these and other great books about music on display this month:

Beat, Rhymes, & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip-Hip  / featuring interviews with Mos def, Nelly, Ludacris, Heather Hunter, and others

Hip-hop culture has been in the mainstream for years. Suburban teens take their fashion cues from Diddy and expect to have Three 6 Mafia play their sweet-sixteen parties. Hip-hop’s influence is major. But has the movement taken a wrong turn? This collection features many original interviews with some of rap’s biggest stars talking candidly about how they connect to the culture and their fans.


The House of Tomorrow / by Peter Bognanni

Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much about futurist philosophy, but nothing about girls, junk food, or loud , angry music. Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and finds a very different tudor in a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old Jared, and together they form a punk band and plan to take the local church talent show by storm.



The Indie Band Survival Guide / by Randy Chertow and Jason Feehan

In this indispensable guide for indie musicians, Chertkow and Feehan, lead members of the Chicago band Beatnik Turtle, explain how they have managed successfully to get their music out to the public, to produce four albums, to build a huge following and to write music for television shows and theater without the benefit of a record label. Covering topics such as building a brand, networking, Web site, getting booked, playing live and getting publicized, Chertkow and Feehan pass along advice that, while sometimes self-evident, encourages bands to exploit the Internet and to become Web savvy to make a name for themselves.

November 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Empty School

Oh, the Interwebs are smiling upon me!  I thought that I had peaked for the day when I discovered that National Geographic recreated the flying house from Up.  BUT THEN, I found Empty School by Ben Meyers.  Ben is a music student who not only turned an abandoned school into his recording studio, but also as his instrument.  Enjoy!

March 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Too Much to Discuss

I was planning on finding one amazing tidbit to share with you today; however, after pursing the Interwebs this morning, I realized that I could not limit myself to one thing.

I have narrowed my list to three items to share, so here it is:

1. THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE HAS A RELEASE DATE!!!!  Mark your calendars for March 23, 2012. Now, if they would only cast the film, then I would be a happy librarian.

2. Aimee Ferris has a new book, Will Work for Prom Dresses, that will be released on February 8th. To celebrate her new book, Aimee put together a website where authors can submit their prom pictures. Talk about taffeta, puffed sleeves and duct tape galore!

3. Have you ever wondered what Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal would sound like on a cello?  Well, here you go! (The first portion of the video is obviously aimed at the over 21 crowd; however, we figured all of the music lovers at GHS would love to see a new take on a modern song.)

February 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment


During the Edmond Sixth Grade Festival, Greyson Michael Chance walked up to the piano and began to belt out his own rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.”  His performance was back on May 13th.  Since then, the video of his performance on YouTube has had over 8 million views!

Greyson has become an immediate sensation.  Everyone compares him to Justin Bieber and calls him “Little Lord Gaga.” Ellen DeGeneres invited him to her show this afternoon for an interview, and a Facebook page called “Lady Gaga Kid” has been created for his fans.  If you like his version of “Paparazzi,” you also can check out videos of original songs by Greyson on his YouTube Channel!

May 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday, everyone!  I came across this video on Sunday and wanted to share it with you.  P.S. 22 is an elementary school in Queens, New York.  Their fourth/fifth grade chorus  performs songs from every musician under the sun.  If you don’t believe me, check out their blog.  See – I told you so!   They sing music by Bob Dylan, Kelly Clarkson,  Lady Gaga, Tori Amos and many, many more.  Here, the choir is singing Listzomania by Phoenix.  It is so much fun to watch a group of kids doing what they love to do!

March 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

Oh, darling, darling, stand by me!

There is this organization called Playing for Change, and let me tell you – it is FANTASTIC!  Mark Johnson, the founder, decided that he would begin a world wide campaign to bring people together through music.  He and his crew went anywhere and everywhere to find artists and musicians who would take part in their mission.

This project began in 2005 when Playing for Peace filmed Roger Ridley singing “Stand by Me” in Santa Monica, California, and it still is continuing today.  Now, here is the catch – the artists and musicians who work together never actually met in person.  The whole idea is that whether you are in Indiana, California, Louisiana, Brazil, Russia, The Congo, Venezuela, New Mexico, the Netherlands, France, South Africa, Spain or Italy – we need to all come together and work as one.

May 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

80’s Flashback

So, this band – Vampire Weekend (a.k. my latest obsession)- isn’t from the 80’s, BUT I think the video speaks for itself with the multitude of pastels, a Thrilleresque transformation and AMAZING sunglasses.  On a more serious note though, the lead singer stated in Rolling Stone that the song is “about colonialism and the aesthetic connections between preppy culture and the native cultures of places like Africa and India.”  Take from that what you will!

Let us know what your favorite part of the video is.  Personally, mine is the drummer walking down the beach in long dark socks and mini bongos…need I say more?

November 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

The Week in Rap

Here is the story of two fellas – Alex Rappaport and Blake Harrison – who decided to begin a company called Flocabulary.  After graduating from college, Blake moved from Pennsylvania to California and met up with Alex.  One day during a basketball game, Blake mentioned an idea to Alex that he had in high school about writing rap songs to learn vocabulary words for the SAT.

Anyways, Alex thought that it was a great concept, and, from then on, Flocabulary was created.  Alex and Blake use hip hop and video clips to help students like yourselves learn in the classroom.  Their raps range from math to language arts to current events.  Below is Alex’s and Blake’s latest verion of The Week in Rap…hope you enjoy!

November 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

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