Listen and learn at your library this spring. We are pleased to welcome a great lineup of musicians, performing free concerts open to music lovers of any age, and a new class offering hands-on help with Freegal digital music.

Friends Folk Concert: Cosy Sheridan

Thursday, April 24, 7 pm, Main Library
Called one of the era’s most thoughtful singer-songwriters, Sheridan caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest. Her songwriting explores modern mythology and contemporary philosophy, played in her trademark percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style. Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. CDs will be available for sale and signing. Learn more about the Friends.

Parallel Paths: the Poetry of Carl Sandburg, the Music of Chris Vallillo

Saturday, April 26, 2 pm, Main Library
In celebration of National Poetry Month, nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo performs Parallel Paths, pairing the poetry of Carl Sandburg with original songs and instrumentals, as well as performing songs Sandburg himself collected as a folklorist. Originally created for the 2012 Carl Sandburg Days Festival, this program is presented with support from the Illinois Humanities Council. CDs will be available for sale and signing.

The Windsom Quintet

Sunday, May 4, 2 pm, Main Library
Featuring Jane Wood on flute, Melanie Frigo on oboe, Lisa Weiss-Cornelius on bassoon, Jesse Tapia on clarinet, and John Catomer on French horn, this concert will include a Q&A with the woodwind quintet of area teachers, followed by a reception. The performance is hosted by the Oak Park chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women.

Friends Folk Concert: Bill Staines

Wednesday, May 14, at 7 pm, Main Library
A New England native, Staines got his start in the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960s. He has traveled North America, performing at festivals, colleges, and coffeehouses for over 40 years, gaining an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer. Presented by Friends of the Oak Park Public Library. CDs will be available for sale and signing. Learn more about the Friends.

Download Digital Music and Movies

Friday, May 23, 11 am, Main Library
Join Digital Services Librarian Gretchen Rings to learn how to stream and download free music using Freegal. This growing catalog of millions of songs and thousands of music videos is available to Oak Park Public Library cardholders, letting you download and stream music. Learn more about Freegal and get started now.
Looking for a specific music title or artist? In addition to CD collections at all library locations, the SWAN catalog offers access to thousands of CDs in every possible genre and library staff are always happy to help you find what you're looking for, or something new, in person or online. Ask us.