New Jersey’s Musical Heritage: A Library Program and Reading List

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New Jersey musicians have had an impact on the music world since colonial days. A number of American musical firsts happened right here in the Garden State.  Jersey natives Francis Hopkinson and James Lyon were among America’s first composers, releasing music in the mid-1700s. And the tradition continued and tapped different genres—from rock and roll […]

Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

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Legendary singer, dancer, actress, and activist Lena Horne is the subject of our upcoming lecture “Lena Horne: Smashing Barriers,” to be presented by historian John Kenrick on the evening of February 26. In the meantime, you can hear dozens of Horne’s greatest recordings, including the nine albums below, for free on using your Livingston […]

New Music to Stream on Hoopla: Winter 2024

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Time for another round-up of exceptional new music releases that you can stream for free on using your Livingston Library card! Dolly Parton – Rockstar American Songwriter says: “As much as the record is a tribute to rock and roll, it is as much a testament to Parton’s prestige. Who else could gather so many for a […]

New Music to Stream on Hoopla: Fall 2023

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In the past few months, a lot of great records have come out, from new albums by some of today’s biggest stars, to previously unreleased material by some of the most iconic artists in music history. Below are eight exceptional new music releases that you can stream for free on using your Livingston Library […]

Books, Music, and Film for Classical Music Month

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September is Classical Music Month. We have prepared a list of books for you to read, as well as a film to watch. In addition, you can listen to over twenty thousand classical music recordings from Hoopla, read ebooks, emagazines and listen to eaudiobooks. Please click the links below and enjoy. The Classical Music Book […]

50 Years of Hip-Hop

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip-Hop, which has become not just one of America’s most popular musical genres, but a global phenomenon as well. In commemoration of this milestone, Hoopla has curated a collection of classic Hip-Hop albums that you can stream for free with your Livingston Library card. Or […]

Elvis in Music, Books, and Film


Today marks the beginning of “Elvis Week” (August 9- 17), an occasion to celebrate Elvis Presley’s extraordinary talent and cultural influence, which coincides with the anniversary of his untimely death in 1977. If you’d like to commemorate “The King of Rock N’ Roll” yourself, here are some Elvis-themed music, books, and films you can check […]

Summer Music Roundup on L-Town Radio

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On the August episode of L-Town Radio: The Livingston Library Podcast, Joe spotlights new music by PJ Harvey, Jessie Ware, Deer Tick, and Jenny Lewis; Jessica shares her thoughts on Taylor Swift’s new version of Speak Now; Hongmei celebrates “Elvis Week”; Jessica previews some great new books headed to library shelves in August. You can […]

New Music to Stream on Hoopla

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There’s a ton of great new music out this summer, but you don’t need to pay any subscription fees to hear it. With just your Livingston Library card, you can stream all these albums (and thousands more) for free on Hoopla! Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift “The past typically isn’t the most comfortable […]

Party in the USA: A Fourth of July Playlist

The library will be closed today, but you can still celebrate the Fourth of July with us! Give a listen to “Party in the USA,” our Spotify playlist of pop, rock, country, folk, funk, and hip hop songs curated to celebrate our nation’s birthday.