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FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Have you ever stopped to think that you could have a goldmine sitting inside your home and not even know about it? If you are like a lot of music fans, over the years you possibly have collected recordings on vinyl, like LPs or 45s.  Or you may have collected CDs, DVDs, music memorabilia, and so on, and just stored it away. Have you ever thought about what your collection could be worth? Goldmine magazine - July 2014

Every year we get questions from our library customers who are wondering about exactly that same thing.

We started to get Goldmine magazine at our library this past December, after fielding a number of questions from our customers and researching to see what was out there in the marketplace that could help collectors. Goldmine magazine and its online website (www.goldminemag.com) were literally a goldmine of information and resources.

This monthly publication started in 1974 and “focuses on the collectors’ market for records, tapes, CDs, and music-related memorabilia.”  Features each month include news articles, interviews, discographies, histories, current reviews on recording stars of the past and present. The magazine covers a wide range of music and includes rock, blues, country, folk, and classical. Additional features include classified ads, trends, and a show calendar.

The recent July 2014 issue is shown above . I checked the Show Calendar to see what was doing in our state and found that there were two upcoming listings in July and August for collectors in the Chicagoland area.  The Goldmine - Music Collector ResourcesStore Directory showed two stores for Illinois that were in the Chicago area. In addition, checking the magazine’s website under the MUSIC COLLECTOR RESOURCES tab showed that there are several other stores for Illinois collectors.

Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1950 - 1990Still need even more resources? The folks who put together the magazine have also done the Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1950 – 1990. This comprehensive guide, presents values for 45 RPM, EPs, 12-inch single albums, and select 78 RPMs. The genres include rock, pop, country, soul, R&B, and jazz. The publication has 150,000+ listings!  Our Fountaindale Public Library owns this resource. To see about availability, please check our online library catalog.

So, if you’re doing some prospecting in the basement, the attic, or in the closets of your home, remember the wealth of resources that are available in Goldmine magazine and their website. If you would like to check out some of the issues of the magazine, you’ll find them on the 2nd Floor of our library, in the Newspapers and Magazine area.

Don’t wait too long to discover the treasures that you may have under your roof. You may discover some really valuable gems!

- Tom D.


Native American Flute Class Concert, Sunday, June 22 at 3 pm in Meeting Room A




The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present the Native American Flute Class Concert this Sunday, June 22, at 3 pm in Meeting Room A.  The concert is an all ages program which is free and open to the public.  The performance will include traditional elements of Native American music, new compositions, and an opportunity to see several examples of Native American Flutes.

The Native American flute has been reported to be the third oldest known musical instrument in the world.

The link below gives you a nice, tasty sample of the beautiful, soothing, and otherworldly sounds you will hear at this concert, that were recorded in our very own Studio 300:


Native American Flute Class Concert

- Brian





World Cup Soccer is Here!


FIFA World Cup Soccer is an event soccer fans around the world wait for every four years.  Countries around the world go through a selection process in order to host the cup, this year being Brazil’s turn. Brazil has hosted the cup once before in 1950. The tournament started in 1872 between Scotland and England, but the first official World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, with mainly South American teams competing as well as the US and Mexico.  The US hosted the World Cup in 1994, with several games played at Soldier Field.

  Countries create national teams which must compete prior to the cup in qualifying rounds, thus ensuring that only the cream of the crop make it. Big names in soccer such as Pele and David Beckham have competed in the event several times. Careers are made, some made legendary during the tournament. Fans take the matches very seriously, getting up at all hours of the night to watch matches. Its not unusual to have a match on at 3am depending on the host country and US broadcast time.  This year air times should be pretty good in the US.

The tournament starts this Thursday with Brazil vs. Croatia. Matches will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and Univision. Cheer on the US team!

— Christine


FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Mix magazine - April 2014If you’ve been using our library’s Studio 300 facility for any recording work, you’ll find Mix magazine an informative and helpful resource. We started subscribing to Mix in January of this year and it is proving to be popular with our library customers.

At their online presence, Mix Magazine Online, the specifics of what the magazine is about is nicely spelled out: “Mix is the world’s leading magazine for the professional recording and sound production technology industry. Mix covers a wide range of topics including: recording, live sound and production, broadcast production, audio for film and video, and music technology. In addition, Mix includes coverage of facility design and construction, location recording, tape/disc manufacturing, education, and other topics of importance to audio professionals.”

In each issue, like the April 2014 one shown here, you’ll find a variety of features:

* Columns and feature articles on technical subjects

* Industry News

* New product announcements

* Equipment reviews

* Profiles of producers, engineers, and artists

* Features on production facilities, live venues..and more.

Among some of the features in the the April 2014 issue were:  an extensive article about Sonic Ranch, a recording studio located 30 miles east of El Paso, Texas and an article detailing producer – musician – songwriter T Bone Burnett’s work on the HBO drama “True Detective.”

The May 2014 issue featured an article on “Welcome to 1979″ – a retro, all analog recording studio in Nashville and an in-depth analysis in the Back- to-Basics column on “Smart Microphone Selection / What to Grab and Why.”

You can find copies of this monthly magazine in the Newspaper and Magazine area of our library, on the 2nd Floor. Have a look ……check it out!

- Tom D.


Go Green May 10

Paper Shredding

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bring your old personal papers to the library parking lot to be shredded and recycled.  Limit two boxes per car.


Preparing Your Home for Sale

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Realtor Holli Thurston will give pointers on getting a house ready to sell.


Breathe Easy: Green Your Home

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager at Moraine Valley Community College, will discuss indoor air quality and how to have a green, clean, and healthy home.


Each of these events is free and open to all ages (but geared towards adults).  Registration is not required.

moving day


Don’t know what to do with those expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet?

Got Drugs ---- Dispose of Unused Prescription Medications -  26 April 2014 If you haven’t already circled this coming Saturday, April 26, on your calendar, then you may want to do so. On that day, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to bring expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to a number of Take Back locations. Only prescription pills or patches will be accepted. No liquids or needles or sharps can be accepted during this event. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

You can learn more about the National Take-Back Initiative and find locations for drop off through the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control. The closest location for Bolingbrook residents is at the Bolingbrook Police Department. There are a number of other locations in nearby towns as well .National Take Back Initiative Collection Sites - Local

You may have seen an ad for this upcoming event on one of the local television stations or heard an ad on one of the radio stations. That’s how I learned about it. The event on April 26 is the eighth opportunity in three years for people to turn in their prescription medications that are not being used in their households.

Using this type of Take-Back event is a great way to safely clear out your medicine cabinets and drawers and keep potentially dangerous drugs away from situations where they could be misused.

- Tom D.


Conservation at Home

Join us at the library on Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) at 7:00 p.m. as Denise Sandoval from The Conservation Foundation talks about how to make your yard a more environmentally friendly place.

The “typical” landscape can easily improve water resource practices, wildlife habitat and land stewardship. The benefits of improving the environment are many including reducing your water use, infiltrating more run-off, creating more area for birds and butterflies, reducing chemical use, less lawn mowing, and controlling invasive species.

This education program will cover a variety of techniques for transforming your landscape, including the use of Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and the selection and the use of native plants.

The program is free and registration is not required.


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