Monday, August 23, 2010

Turning up the volume: CDPL's music collection

Dillon Library is proving to be music to the ears of more and more patrons as they discover our diverse collection of albums on CD. Increased browsing through the collection has been observed and our Circulation desk reports dozens of music requests each month. Through efforts of the past two years to revitalize our music display and additional independent financing this summer specifically for music collection development we are now able to offer over 1,200 titles in all genres of music including classical, jazz, international, pop and rock.

Soundtracks have proven to be some of our strongest draws. The music of the hit TV series Glee and the Twilight movies alone have accounted for and average of 10 circulations per title during the few months they have been on our shelves. The latest from Lady Gaga, John Mayer and Alicia Keys are also out constantly. Music legends like James Taylor, Carole King, Cyndia Lauper, Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow remain our most popular among our patrons. We continue to ensure the classics are represented with composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mozart performed by the current luminaries of classical music such as Andrea Bocelli, Jessye Norman and Yo Yo Ma. Our international section includes dozens of collections from the Putumayo series and also top our lists of most circulated titles.

The next time you visit Clarence Dillon Library, browse through our collection and feel free to ask our staff about any artists or titles you feel would enhance the collection and we will attempt to acquire through purchasing or inter-library loans. You can direct more specific collection development questions to Arthur in Technical Services.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Children End Summer with Beach Party Stories

On Aug. 31 at 11 a.m., Joseph Rizzolo from Youth Stages will teach a drama workshop in which children ages 6 and up will act out beach party stories at the library. Afterward, they will enjoy their brown bag lunches and dessert.
Thanks to all the children who participated in this summer's reading program, Make A Splash...Read!, and good luck in the new school year ahead.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Even though temperatures are soaring into the 90's, the Clarence Dillon Public Library is looking forward to the fall with many new and exciting programs for adults. Come and enjoy musical afternoons featuring such composers as Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Mozart. There will also be outstanding lectures on Spanish painters, the Battle of Gettysburg, and Alfred Hitchcock. There will be many instructional classes offered including computers, yoga, meditation, Latin dancing, and music appreciation. There are also bus trips to New York City and programs on golf, travel, cooking, and job searching. There is something for everyone at the library. To register call 908-234-2325 or email