by Angela Terrab

Libraries collect music, libraries host music, librarians moonlight as musicians and offer patrons spaces to create their own mixes . . . Which is to say, the “silent library” trope is so outdated. Here are some of our favorite musical libraries!

Nosferatu accompanied by experimental music? Perfect.

  1. Steve Kemple’s Experimental Music at the Library series uses non-standard  instruments to bring new sounds to the public. Successful programs include an experimental accompaniment to the silent film Nosferatu.

    Poster for Iowa City Public Library’s Local Music Project.

  2. Iowa City Public Library curates their unique local culture with the “Local Music Project,” now in its third year.

    A guitarist practices at the Brooklyn Public Library Info Commons.

    A guitarist practices at the Brooklyn Public Library Info Commons.

  3. Brooklyn Public Library’s new Information Commons offers patrons the space, equipment, and skilled volunteers they need to take their music and media projects to the next level.

    Diablo Ballet Company stages "The Nutcracker" in the library

    Diablo Ballet Company stages “The Nutcracker” in the library

  4. You can’t have music without dance, and Diablo Ballet Company brings just that to libraries in their community of Couny Costa, California.

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