For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org
Library adds thousands of new LPs to music collection
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The vinyl verdict is in: LPs have officially made a ‘record’ comeback and the San Francisco Public Library is excited to introduce a brand new collection of wax in the stacks. SFPL has increased its collection by more than 50%, adding thousands of new albums from AC/DC to The Zombies; with Pop, Jazz, Rap and R&B also in the mix. Additional titles will join wax in the stacks each month, depending on circulation trends, new releases and patron suggestions.
Flip through the newly expanded LP collection at the 1st Floor Main Audio Visual Center and hear the latest grooves spinning on the turntable behind the AV Reference Desk. The Marina, Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial and Park branches are also well stocked with freshly minted racks of tracks.
In the age of instant streaming, digital downloads and mobile devices for every pocket, wrist and ear, the question can be asked, “Why vinyl?”
“The Library provides more than collections,” says Deputy City Librarian Michael Lambert. “We create experiences. With vinyl’s resurgence, we’re reintroducing a way of experiencing music to a generation or two who never knew the joy of flipping through local music store racks and discovering their next favorite album.”
Paul Costuros, Main Audio Visual Center Assistant, agrees. “Listening to music is not a passive endeavor. LPs, like books, tell a story. LPs promote a more enhanced, whole experience, which is the way musicians truly intended their work to be devoured.”
Curious how LPs are made and how they work? Swing by the Main Library Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. SFPL will host a special event with local record producer Michael Carney of Lost Alley Records. Carney will emboss LPs in real time, giving patrons a step-by-step demo of the magic behind the music – with a soundtrack provided by teen musicians from The Mix at SFPL.
Much of the LP collection was purchased through local favorite Green Apple Books & Music. “I had a great time helping to curate a portion of the Library’s new collection,” says Green Apple’s music buyer, Robb Grimes. “SFPL’s team brought a lot of enthusiasm to the project and a dedication to ensure local independent Bay Area artists are well represented. The Library’s partnership with Green Apple helped support local music retail and artists, as well as independent music distribution networks. I hope the amazing LP collection inspires patrons to start or continue to grow a collection of their own!”
For more information, visit sfpl.org/AV and stop by SFPL’s wax in the stacks to get your grooves to go!
LPs are available at the following locations, or request your selections online at sfpl.org to be picked up at your local branch.
Main Library – 100 Larkin Street, 1st Floor
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch – 1 Jose Sarria Court
Marina Branch – 1890 Chestnut Street
Park Branch – 1833 Page Street
Related Event: Vinyl Destination: LP Lathing – Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Main Library Atrium, 100 Larkin Street