October is National Arts and Humanities Month
The month is ending, but your access to recorded performances and arts education materials from the library is ongoing!
Thanks to the California State Library (CSL), SJPL patrons now have access to Alexander Street, a multimedia platform featuring content related to performing arts, humanities, and social sciences.
“This helps California put a capital A for Arts in the online STEAM resources we’re offering public school students and teachers – and every Californian with a library card,” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “It’s a perfect way to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month, except the celebrating doesn’t stop at the end of October!”
- Smithsonian Global Sound: a virtual encyclopedia of unique American folk, blues, soul, jazz, and protest songs, as well as a broad range of world music
- LA Theatre Works Collection: audio recordings of classic and contemporary plays performed by leading actors from around the world, recorded specifically for online listening
- Performing Arts Collection: video content including performances, documentaries, interviews, and instructional material
For full descriptions of these collections, see the CSL press release.
With Alexander Street, you can:
- Watch Broadway performances from the comfort of home
- Get a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite shows and view production materials
- Learn the tricks of the trade and get advice from professionals
- View learning guides to enhance understanding and spark discussion
- Explore the performing arts from a range of perspectives
- Hear new interpretations of classical music and literary favorites
- Take an audio tour through history or around the globe
Where to Find It
On the Alexander Street main page, click Menu, then My Collections to see all of the available collections.