Sounds of Summer


Have you ever heard the expression "the soundtrack of my life" - the idea that certain songs we hear in our adolescence can have a profound impact on us? We all have those tunes that make us feel alive, and seeing artists live in concert creates a core memory. And let's be real, nothing beats summer concerts and now that the weather is warm again it’s the perfect time to create summer playlists! If you need help reconnecting with songs from your past or need new songs to get excited about, we have hundreds of albums to check out in our collection and even more songs streaming through the Hoopla app. Whether you’re headed to Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Pitchfork Music Festival, Riotfest, or just staying local and headed to Grayslake bars and restaurants our collection can help you build the perfect summer soundtrack. 

Our music collection has got you covered with over 8000 CDs! From Pop to Rock, Soundtracks to Jazz, and everything in between, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. And don’t worry about missing out on the latest hits, because our collection is updated weekly with new music. Plus, as a part of a large consortia, we have access to request any CD album from our partner libraries. 

“But, I don’t do physical CD’s, what else do you have?”

Great question. Answer: Hoopla. 

Hoopla is a free app to download and use with your GAPL card. Stream new and popular music on your phone, tablet, or computer wherever you are. Browse the expansive music collection on Hoopla!

“That’s great. I’m really only interested in live music, do you have any events happening?”

Yeah! Have you heard about our summer concert series?

Ivy Ford Blues 

Monday, June 5; 7-8 pm

All ages | DROP-IN | Front Lawn

Dave and Taro Band at Central Park Bandshell!  

Monday, June 26; 7-8 pm

All ages | DROP-IN | Central Park Bandshell

ScribbleMonster Concert

Tuesday, July 18; 6:30-7:30pm

All ages | DROP-IN | Front Lawn

Barefoot Hawaiian 

Monday, August 7; 7-8pm

All ages | DROP-IN | Front Lawn

We can’t wait to help you find your song of the summer! 

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