Oak Park Public Library hosts free music concerts, and offers great resources for music lovers

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COURTESY OF OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Oak Park, IL
 – Oak Park Public Library will welcome a variety of talented musicians performing free concerts at the Main Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL. Open to music lovers of any age, these performances require no registration. 
 
On Thursday, April 24, The Friends Folk series introduces Cosy Sheridan at 7 pm. 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.
 
The series continues Wednesday, May 14, at 7 pm, with Bill Staines. 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. Both concerts are presented by Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, and CDs will be available for sale and signing.
 
In celebration of National Poetry Month, nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo performs "Parallel Paths"Saturday, April 26 at 2 pm. Pairing the poetry of Carl Sandburg with original songs and instrumentals, as well as performing songs Sandburg himself collected as a folklorist, this program was  created for the 2012 Carl Sandburg Days Festival, and is presented with support from the Illinois Humanities Council. CDs will be available for sale and signing.
 
On Sunday, May 4, The Windsom Quintet – a woodwind quintet of area teachers – performs at 2 pm. 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 is hosted by the Oak Park chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women.
 
For library cardholders who love music, Download Digital Music and Movies, a new class, offers hands-on help with Freegal. This growing catalog of millions of songs and thousands of music videos, all available to download free with an Oak Park Public Library card, also offers streaming music in a variety of genres. Digital Services Librarian Gretchen Rings presents at the Main Library, Friday, May 23 at 11 am. Learn more about Freegal and get started now at http://oppl.org/freegal
 
In addition to CD collections housing everything from Rock and Rap, to Country and Classical at all Oak Park Public Library locations, the SWAN catalog offers access to thousands of CDs in every possible genre. Start your search, and find New Arrivals on CD, at http://oppl.org. As always, library staff are happy to help you find the artists you're looking for in person or online at http://oppl.org/ask-question

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