The “Old Main” Library, at 629 Vine Street, in 1913.
Head to our Flickr for more “Old Main” goodness.
Baz Luhrmann, the director responsible for the most recent cinematic incarnation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, has a knack for compiling amazing soundtracks…and this one is no exception. The film is full of dazzling shots of confetti tumbling through the air onto throngs of merry revelers, accompanied by thundering, contemporary R&B beats and swinging 1920s jazz. The soundtrack, though excellent it is (with stunning contributions by Jay Z, Beyoncé with André 3000, The xx, Lana del Ray, and many others), focuses more on contemporary music and may not satiate your urgent need to do the Charleston in your living room.
Here are a few excellent box sets and compilations in our collection to help you out with that…
- The Roaring Twenties (4 disc boxed set)
- The Roaring Twenties (1 disc compilation)
- Nipper’s Greatest Hits: The 20s
- New York Jazz in the Roaring Twenties, Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3
- Hothouse Stomp: The Music of the 1920s, Chicago & Harlem
- Hot Jazz in the Twenties, Volume 1 & Volume 2
- The Music of Prohibition
- Hot Jazz 1928-1930
- RCA Victor 80th Anniversary Volume 1, 1917-1929
- Yes Sir, That’s My Baby: The Golden Years of Tin Pan Alley, 1920-1929
- I’ll Dance ‘Till De Sun Breaks Through: Ragtime, Cakewalks & Stomps from 1898-1923
Listen to This! is a weekly music column by Popular Library Music Geek/Reference Librarian Steve Kemple, featuring off-the-beaten-path music from the library’s collection. It is also a twice-monthly listening program held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night at 7pm in the Popular Library Department at the Main Library.
This week’s Fine Amnesty Day by the Numbers:
- Fines forgiven: $346,023
- Number of Lost items returned: 2,529
- Value of the Lost items returned: $50,769
- Website page views for 5/15/2013: 146,803 (54,011 views for 5/15/2012) at 172% increase
- Entries via the web form: 8,657
- Calls received at the Main Library: 5,287 (an average day would be around 1,200 calls)
- New cardholders: 391 (an average day is around 120 cards issued) We’re currently at 498,976 active cards and will probably hit 500,000 sometime next week.
- Total visits: 31,856 (23,932 visits on 5/15/2012) +7,924/+33%
It’s Fine Amnesty Day! For the first time in more than 20 years (actually, longer than anyone here can remember), we’re giving patrons a fresh start on their cards. It’s our way of saying thank you for all your support during our National Medal campaign.
It’s easy to clean your card: simply stop by any branch today or visit this page for details on how you can email, call, text or submit an online form.
Thanks again, Cincinnati, for making our Library great!
This past year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Graphics Interchange Format. From its humble beginnings at Netscape, to its current prominence in today’s Tumblr-driven culture, the GIF has come a long way, bb.
All this week, in honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award GIF inventor Steve Wilhite is receiving at this year’s Webbys we will be celebrating GIF WEEK. It’s like shark week but way, way better.
I’ll be cold and buried before I recognize the soft G.
FWIW, LibraryLinkNJ is on Team Soft G. Emphasis above mine.
Having done multiple informal polls among some Cincinnati Library staff, I can say that we have not yet reached a consensus on this issue.