Friday, February 23, 2018

10 More Facebook Groups for Public Librarians

Two years ago, we wrote a post highlighting all of the Facebook Groups that are for Public Librarians. Today, we wanted to highlight new groups that have been formed since our last update (or new to us):


Deeper Library Think Tank

https://www.facebook.com/groups/deepalatt/
Like #alatt, but deeper, and closed.
3,476 members


Elementary Librarian Exchange

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1726469570900005/
Please share but keep it elementary library oriented!
-ideas you use in your library
-issues you need help with concerning your library
-elementary book reviews
-your library's website/Facebook page/blog/Pinterest/social media/TPT page
-products you love for your library
-contests/grants related to libraries
-lesson plan links to help with library lessons
-technology ideas
-classroom collaboration ideas
3,681 members


The Grown-up Table: Library Programs and Services for Adults

https://www.facebook.com/groups/grownuptable
Welcome! This is an open forum for discussion about anything that falls (or might fall) under the banner of library programs and services for adults. Questions can be submitted anonymously.
432 members


International Public Library Think Tank

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1954456498104274/
This is a think tank created especially for library staff in public libraries. Library ideas, concepts and trends will be discussed in a professional, respectful manner with an emphasis on advancing public librarianship.
62 members


Librarians For Social Justice

https://www.facebook.com/groups/libs.social.justice/about/
Our Mission Statement: Through volunteering and fundraising projects, Librarians for Social Justice works toward creating a more equitable and just society.  We actively engage with our community, on a local and global scale, in order to turn information into action.
99 members


Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

https://www.facebook.com/groups/librariesopioidcrisis/about/
As library staff see the opioid crisis impacting patrons and communities, this group provides a way to share research, news, and strategies to respond.
295 members


Millennial Programming Ideas

https://www.facebook.com/groups/millennialprogramming/
Share ideas on programs you have created for 18-30 somethings or ask if you have any questions!
441 members

Readers' Advisory for Library Staff

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadersAdvisory/
For when someone asks you about a book they can't remember the title of, you're trying to find a read-a-like of something of which you've never heard, or you just want a recommendation for what to read next. Questions about other forms of media are also welcome! Join our Goodreads group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/211135-readers-advisory-for-library-staff
1,029 members

STEM in Libraries

https://www.facebook.com/groups/STEMinLibraries/
For library professionals interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming in libraries; a place to connect and share ideas.
1,690 members

Tiny Library Think Tank

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1547323442210920/
Welcome to the Tiny Library Think Tank!... Please feel free to ask questions about anything related to issues that affect those of us working in very small library systems - collection development, programming, policy creation, community outreach, retroactive automation, book repair, building maintenance, and more. Members of this group understand that tiny libraries do not often have HR departments, retained lawyers, multiple MLS-degreed librarians, or many other resources that are available to employees of larger library systems, even systems that may technically be considered "small" or "rural".
242 members

For more groups and to see the complete list of Facebook for Librarians, please visit our original post:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ready to Go Book Display: Libraries Rock! Nonfiction

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. I'm busy planning for summer reading 2018: Libraries Rock! This month we're featuring nonfiction titles that relate to this year's theme. And if you missed last month's fiction titles you can see them here.

Recommendations for Adults:
 
 
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock (Nov 2017)
 
The most comprehensive history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community.
 
 
 
 
A collection of behind-the-scenes stories draws on interviews with popular musicians to reveal the inspirations for influential songs, including Elvis Costello's "Red Shoes," Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."
 
 
 
Musicophilia: Takes of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks (Oct 2007)
 
Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and everyday people, the author explores the complex human response to music, detailing the full range of human reactions to music, what goes on and can go wrong when we listen to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.
 
 
 
Music Theory 101 by Brian Boone and Marc Schonbrun (Aug 2017)
 
Covers everything novice musicians and lifelong learners need to know. Full of music trivia, music history, comprehensive and instruction and visual aids, music symbols, and chords throughout.
 
 
 
50 Years of Rolling Stone by Jann Wenner (May 2017)
 
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism and music, from the 1960s to today, presents a decade-by-decade exploration of American music and history alongside interviews with rock legends and image makers and articles, excerpts and exposes.


Recommendations for Teens:
 
 
 
Presents a survey of the influences that have inspired American music genres with activities that explain the physics and traditions of music, from writing songs and improvising vocal styling to creating a beatbox and learning the Charleston.
 
 
 
 
An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.
 
 
 
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Sep 2015)
 
A narrative history of the Motown music label covering the historical context, personalities, and ongoing legacy of the "sound of young America."
 
 
 
Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett (May 2014)
 
Hardcore metal musicians share photos of their beloved - and adorable - felines, in this head-banging collection that reveals the softer side of these extreme personalities.

Recommendations for Kids:

 
The School of Music by Meurig Bowen (Apr 2017)

Introduces aspiring musicians to different instruments and genres of music, and provides an overview of music theory.
 
 
 
50 Things You Should Know About Music by Rob Baker (Sep 2016)
 
Presents an introduction to music, discussing it's history, styles and genres from around the world, instruments and influential musicians.
 
 
 
What is Rock and Roll? by Jim O'Connor (Aug 2017)
 
Jim O'Connor explains what constitutes rock music, follows its history and sub-genres through famous musicians and groups, and shows how rock became so much more than just a style of music influencing fashion, language, and lifestyle.
 
 
 
Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman (Oct 2015)
 
Enjoying life in a noisy city where everything he hears is music, composer Moshe Cotel adopts a stray tuxedo kitten who walks across his piano keys, inspiring a celebrated one-minute composition.
 
 
 
 
Presents the life of the jazz musician, describing her love of music as a child, her work as a composer and musician in Chicago, her marriage to Louis Armstrong, and her collaboration with some of the greatest jazz musicians of her era.
 
 
 
 
From childhood friendship to brief teenage stardom, from early failures to musical greatness this is the incredible story of how Simon & Garfunkel.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Programming Librarian: Spend $$ Wisely With New Tool Fakespot!

We are really excited today to talk about a new online tool, Fakespot. If there could be a librarian for Amazon reviews, Fakespot would be it.



It is the perfect website for anyone who has to purchase an unfamiliar product. It doesn't matter if it is craft supplies for a library program or a new vacuum for the staff room- Fakespot will evaluate the reviews for free! Fakespot won't tell you which is the best - you will need to pick out your favorites first - but afterwards you can analyze their reviews through Fakespot to double check their authenticity.

It is so easy to use. Just go to Amazon and look up the product you want to buy. Let's say you want to buy a cell phone charging station for your reading area. Amazon has over 50,000 results! What charging station to choose?

On the first page, you can find three of them with 4.5 stars, all over 100 reviews. Let's see if they are comparable. Just copy Amazon's URL for the product and paste it into Fakespot's search bar:






Fakespot will give you a grade (rating the *Reviews*, not the Product), analysis overview, reviews summary, review count, and price track. And, lo and behold, they all rated differently (double click image to make it larger):




So, now your decision is easy! Best go for the middle price point and order the last one.

If you don't want to do that much research, you can use their "Find Me Similar Products" feature and they'll bring you to the ones with good reviewer grades. It is located in the exclamation point section.



Fakespot is best for products with lots of reviews (more potential to find fake reviews there than one with just a handful). They only work for Amazon (and a few other websites that are non-library related), BUT even if your library doesn't order from Amazon, it is very likely that your store's products are also on Amazon. Research first, then buy!

Of course, as we all know, automated evaluation programs aren't perfect. So, take their results with a grain of salt and use your judgment. However, they are certainly helpful with making decisions if you aren't sure... And in this day and age with so much fake hype going around, having a truth detector is very handy.

Happy shopping!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Jan - April Book Awards

So many awards are going to be announced at the ALA midwinter conference two Sundays from now! But what about the other awards? When are they officially announced? We thought we'd look ahead at the next few months and share with you the exact dates. We divided them below by age groups (AdultsTeens, and Children), so you can easily find your target audience.



Remember, if you don't have time to read the award winners (or have no interest), you can always head over to our spin-off blog, Spoilers, Sweetie, for quick spoilers so you can add those books to your RA toolbox and speak about them knowledgeably with patrons.

Adult Awards

January

    22nd: National Book Critic’s Circle Finalists
    • 30 finalists in six categories -- Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
    28th: GRAMMYs: Best Spoken Word Album
    • 1 audio book is chosen.
    30th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
    • 5 categories -- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year.

    February

    11th: ALA Awards at Midwinter
    • ALA/RUSA Listen List
      • List of 12 audio books in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Plays. BONUS: It includes listen-alikes to lead listeners to additional audio experiences. To be eligible, titles must be available for purchase and circulation by libraries.
    • ALA/RUSA Notable Books 
      • List of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry books for the adult reader.
    • ALA/RUSA Reading List
      • 8 categories -- Adrenaline Titles (Suspense, Thrillers, and Action Adventure), Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Women’s fFction. 
    • 16 Categories -- American; Baking; Chefs & Restaurants; Children, Youth & Family; Compilations; Culinary Travel; Food Matters; Food Photography & Styling; General; Health & Special Diet; International; Literary or Historical Food Writing; Reference & Technical; Single Subject; and more!
    Bonus: Around this time, the Nebula shortlist is announced!
    • List of 30 titles in outstanding science fiction and fantasy in 6 categories -- Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

    March

    15th: National Book Critics Circle Awards
    • 6 categories -- Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
    29th: Canada Reads
    • Five books, five champions, one winner: Canada Reads is a "literary Survivor," with celebrities championing books. Books are voted "off the bookshelf," one each day, until one book is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.

    April

    7th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
    • 41 subject categories (all Adult except for 2 Children, 2 Young Readers and 2 Teens) and best first book for new publisher in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
    16th: Pulitzer Prize
    • 21 categories across Journalism, Books, Drama and Music.
    21st: L.A. Times Book Prize
    • 10 categories -- First Fiction, Biography, Autobiographical Prose, Current Interest, Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, History, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry, Science & Technology, and Young Adult Literature.


    Teen Awards

    January

    4th: Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    10th: Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
    11th: Walter Dean Myers Award (Presented by We Need Diverse Books)
    • Outstanding titles for teens and young readers who celebrate diversity.
    16th: Scott O'Dell Award (Historical Fiction)
    30th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
    • 1 of the 5 categories is "Children's Book" which can be for ages 0-18.

    February

    11th: ALA Youth Media Awards (Midwinter)
    14th: Cybils Awards
    • 12 categories including Middle-Grade Fiction, Junior/Senior High Non-Fiction, Young Adult Graphic Novels, Young Adult Fiction, and Young Adult Speculative Fiction.


    April

    7th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
    • 41 subject categories (all Adult except for 2 Children, 2 Young Readers and 2 Teens) and best first book for new publisher in Fiction, Nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 
    16th: Pulitzer Prize
    • 21 categories across Journalism, Books, Drama and Music.
    21st: L.A. Times Book Prize
    • 10 categories including one in Young Adult Literature.

    Children Awards

    January

      10th: Charlotte Zolotow Award (Picture Books)
      11th: Walter Dean Myers Award (Diversity Titles presented by We Need Diverse Books)
      16th: Scott O'Dell Award (Historical Fiction)
      30th: Costa Book of the Year (UK & Ireland)
      • 1 of the 5 categories is "Children's Book" which can be for ages 0-18.

      February

      11th: ALA Youth Media Awards (Midwinter)
      14th: Cybils Awards
      • 12 categories including Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books, Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction, Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels, Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction, Fiction Picture Books and Board Books.

      April

      7th: Benjamin Franklin Awards
      • 41 subject categories (all adult except for 2 children, 2 young readers and 2 teens) and best first book for new publisher in fiction, nonfiction and Children/Young Adult. 

      21st: L.A. Times Book Prize
      • 10 categories including one in Young Adult Literature.
      ???: Jane Addams Peace Awards
      • The Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.


      Want More?


      You can find the complete list of awards in our previous post, the Ultimate Book Awards Calendar. The specific dates aren't listed because they change every year, but stay tuned for our next installment (May-August) in April!

      Friday, January 26, 2018

      Weeding Challenge - Cookbooks and Craft Books

      It's hard, of course, to keep on top of a collection, when you're planning and promoting programs, ordering new books, and doing a thousand other things. It's even harder when you actually have shelf space, "so it's not that big of an issue right now" - but, it still needs to be done, and the longer you put it off, the more likely you are to find some embarrassing gems lingering on the shelves. It's time, again, for a weeding challenge!

      The easiest way to weed is to look at circulation numbers, but sometimes the fact that a book goes out doesn't necessarily mean that it's a very good book. As we discussed in our Staying Trendy Weeding Challenge (which was two years ago?! Where does the time go?), books will often be checked out for lack of anything better. A book about the local sports team from 15 years ago may still circulate, but it's probably a good idea to get something more current.

      This time, let's take a look at two popular and often un-weeded sections of the library: cookbooks and craft books.

      Cookbooks

      "But recipes never go bad!" Oh, yes, they do. (Have you seen the Vintage Recipe Cards website?) Seriously, though, food can be as trendy as fashion, in its own way, and we must attempt to keep up with it. Also, even if a cookbook has a great cover, the insides may be dated, so be sure to take a quick flip through. 

      In addition to checking circulation statistics, it's a good idea to see if any of your cookbooks have:
      • Black and white or no photos  - There is no excuse in this day of modern printing to have any cookbooks that don't have full-color photos of food to make your mouth water. 
      • More talking than recipes. This may be okay in some instances, but for a cookbook and not a guide to a new way of eating (vegetarian, Paleo, etc.), this may not be a good idea.
      • Incredibly dated recipes or old-looking books
      • Trendy recipes or ways of eating that are no longer relevant. For example, Atkins is not the current food trend, nor is everything being low-fat. You want to buy books about clean eating, paleo, keto, or instant pot recipes instead.
      • Books by trendy celebrities who are no longer relevant, no longer have television programs, or who have fallen out of favor (I'm sorry, Paula Deen, but after that whole incident, you're just not on top anymore).
      • Books with food or liquid stains on them. Sure, cookbooks may get crumbs, but let's keep things as sanitary as possible! You can always reorder a book that looks well-loved.

      Examples

      Here are some of the gems I found in my library's collection.


      Vegetables Rock! A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians by Stephanie Pierson, 1999

      This one is actually very cute! I like the cover and the title, and it's always a good idea to have cookbooks for teens, particularly when they're learning how to eat healthy and deciding on their own moral compasses.

      The problems: Firstly, this isn't actually a guide for teen vegetarians, but for the parents of teens who have decided to go vegetarian. Which is all well and good, but with this title and cover, it's missing that demographic entirely.

      Secondly, as we discussed above, there is a lot of talking and not as much in the way of cooking. The first 91 pages are all talking before we even get to the recipes. And then - no pictures. Especially for vegetable recipes (as opposed to, say, cookies), you really want photos that make the food look as appealing as possible, and there are none. This one has to go.



      Eat This... It'll Make You Feel Better 
      by Dom DeLuise, 1988

      This book is now 30 years old, and Dom DeLuise passed away in 2009. Had he been a chef, we might want to keep his books on the shelf (I'm not saying you should get rid of your Julia Child books!), but since he was a comedic actor who happened to have a cookbook, his drop in popularity may mean we can reconsider this title.

      In addition, while some of the recipes have photos, most of the photos include Mr. DeLuise posing with the food, rather than just the food itself. It's your call here, but I am weeding this one.




       Visions of Sugarplums by Mimi Sheraton, 1968

      This cookbook actually has fantastic reviews, and contains holiday cookie and dessert recipes from around the world. Unfortunately, it hasn't circulated in a few years, and there are no photos (color or otherwise) in this book. Maybe someone will make a newer version of this! In the meanwhile, it's time to weed it.



      Weight Watchers Quick Start Program Cookbook, 1984

      Weight Watchers has been around for a long time, and is still quite popular. However, their eating plans change every few years, and the Quick Start Program hasn't been used since the 1990s. (They switched to Points in 1997, PointsPlus in 2010, and SmartPoints in 2015. If you have any Weight Watchers SmartPoints cookbooks, you have the current editions.) In addition, this book also doesn't have any photos. It's time to upgrade.

      Craft Books

      Craft books can be extremely trendy, in their own way - especially the ones with creating jewelry or items for your home. 

      Much like the cookbooks, your craft books probably shouldn't have:
      • Black and white or no photos  - with crafting, when the end result is a visual product, there is no reason not to have color photos of what you're creating.
      • Incredibly dated craft ideas or old-looking books
      • Books by trendy celebrities who are no longer relevant, no longer have television programs, or who have fallen out of favor (the Hannah Montana How To Be a Rockstar: My Secret Superstar Style book can go now).
      • Books with trends that are no longer popular, such as macrame (though often-times these trends come back! Just look at the BeDazzler - everything is jewel-encrusted again).

      Examples


      Crocheting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti, 1988

      I almost passed this one by. Crocheting never gets old! But then I looked inside, and pulled it. Take a look at this page: Would this help you learn a new stitch? Small black and white illustrations, and someone attempting to explain what they're doing? Or would you rather have actual photos? Me,too.



      How to Make Braided Rugs by Sally Clarke Carty, 1977

      I'm not saying that having a braided rug in your home is not fashionable, but I am saying that a home decorating trend from 1977 may be inadvisable to have on your shelf.







      Beautiful Wedding Decorations and Gifts On a Small Budget by Diane Warner, 1995

      Weddings! Everyone loves weddings, and also saving money. It's a bit old, but it's not that bad, right?

      Yes. Yes, it is. Firstly, it's from 1995, which may seem like only a couple years ago, but it was actually 23 years ago. (Let that sink in. If it was a person, this book would be old enough to drink its own champagne.) Fashions and styles have changed a bit since then.

      Also, the images inside are all black and white line drawings - probably not the best for a book on decorating. It's time to get something new.


      Bonus:
      Crafts to Make in the Spring by Kathy Ross, 1998

      This one may be a bit controversial, because these books still do circulate a bit, but hear me out. In my opinion, books on crafting should always have photographs instead of illustrations. It's hard to know exactly what you're trying to create if you don't have a photo.

      BUT - the ideas are cute, and if it still circulates, I'd keep this one on the shelf.



      In Conclusion

      Even the best-kept libraries will have weeding to do, so there's no shame in finding some clunkers on the shelves (it happens to the best of us!). Weeding can be fabulous fun, and getting rid of things is the best way to make room for some shiny new titles, and to make it easier to see some of the gems on your shelves that may be lost in the clutter.

      Let us know what your favorite weed is that you found in your collection by commenting here, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.




      Friday, January 19, 2018

      Ready to Go Book Display: Libriaries Rock! Fiction

      Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. I'm busy planning for summer reading 2018: Libraries Rock! This month we'll feature fiction titles and next month nonfiction titles that relate to this year's theme.

      Recommendations for Adults:
       

       
      The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Jan 2018)
       
      The owner of a 1988 music shop in a down-at-heel suburban community uses his talent for connecting customers to the music they seek and resists a chance at an intimate relationship with a beautiful young woman who hides a mysterious agenda and compels him to confront painful elements from his past.

       
       
      Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (May 2014)
       
      A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.

       

      The House of Silence by Blanca Busquets (Oct 2016)

      After the death of a famed German conductor, his son, former maid, and two rival violinists meet up again, causing tensions to flare, fueled by powerful memories and the longing for a rare violin.

       
       
      The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel (May 2016)
       
      A record collector and a self proclaimed "Vinyl Detective" takes on the case of a mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording - on behalf of an extremely wealthy, shadowy, and somewhat sinister client.
       
       
       
      Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (Mar 2011)
       
      Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband stands in the way.

       
       
      Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (Sep 2012)
       
      When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson's endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history.
       

      Recommendations for Teens:

       
      Behind the Song (Sep 2017)
       
      An anthology of stories and personal essays exploring how music inspires creativity and can change one's life, written by award-winning young adult authors and contemporary musicians.

       
       
      Breakout by Kevin Emerson (Feb 2015)
       
      Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Anthony Castillo uses "f-bombs" in the angst-ridden song he writes for his rock band, the Rusty Soles, and while it becomes an instant viral hit, he must decide if being a hero is worth the trouble that singing it on Arts Night would cause.

       
       
      Solo by Kwame Alexander (Aug 2017)
       
      Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.
       
       
       
      This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Jul 2016)
       
      As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met, but instead find themselves having to choose between friendship and enmity at the risk of their city's future.

       
       
      The Haters by Jesse Andrews (Apr 2016)
       
      Forging a bond over musical chemistry and a shared disdain for phony pretenders, three young jazz artists escape their summer music camp and endeavor to escape the law long enough to establish themselves at a high-profile show.

       
       
      Road Rash by Mark Parsons (Feb 2014)
       
      Dropped from his band only to receive an offer to tour with a much better band, 17-year-old drummer Zach revels in his new group's musical chemistry only to confront interpersonal rivalries, a disappointing reception of his original recording and the loss of his girlfriend back home.

       
       
      Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers (May 2016)
       
      Ali Collins was a child piano prodigy until a brain tumor caused her to lose her hearing, and now, after meeting Jace, the lead singer of Tone Deaf, her musical and romantic possibilities increase.
       

      Recommendations for Kids:

       
      Music Time by Gwendolyn Hooks (Mar 2017)
       
      Henry's drum practice at home is too loud so he goes outside and when he sees his friends playing jump rope he figures out a way to play drums and play with his friends.

       
       
      Bats in the Band by Brian Lies (Aug 2014)
       
      When the weather warms up, bats take advantage of an empty theater to stage a concert.

       
       
      Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (Feb 2015)
       
      Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica.

       
       
      The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield (Apr 2016)
       
      A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all.

       
       
      The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood (Jan 2015)
       
      Moving in with his resentful Vietnam War veteran uncle, young Theo devotes his time to playing the piano and helping a new friend, baseball fanatic Anabel, investigate a local mystery about famous ballplayer residents.

       
       
      Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems (Feb 2012)
       
      When Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the elephant decides he must be honest in his response.

       
       
      Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae (Sep 2001)
       
      Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.

       
       
      Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by James Dean (May 2017)
       
      Practicing a totally groovy new dance, Pete the Cat is told by a grumpy neighbor that his moves are all wrong and he resolves to become a better dancer before receiving advice from wise Owl that he will be most cool when he is just himself.