Brain Teaser – Record Labels

If you like recorded music, you probably know that there are lots of different record companies. Here are some questions about some of the best-known record labels. Use Credo Reference  if you need help finding the answers.

1. Name the record company which was founded by the four Beatles in 1968.

2. Which record label was launched by Richard Branson with Mike Oldfield’s first album, “Tubular Bells”?

3. Sam Phillips discovered Elvis Presley. What was the name of Phillips’s record label, which also nurtured the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Charlie Rich?

4. Through his association with Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell played a major part in the international popularity of reggae in the seventies. What was the name of the British independent record company that Blackwell founded?

5. What was the name of the noncommercial record label for recordings produced by the U.S. War Department between 1943 and 1949 for the use of military personnel?

6. A & M was named from the surnames of its two founders. What was the name of the founder whose surname started with A?

7. As the name of a record label, what does “HMV” stand for?

8. EMI was formed in 1931. What do the letters “EMI” stand for?

9. Jerry Masucci popularized the term “salsa” which described the Latin dance music issued on his label. What was the label called?

10. For over ten years, Booker T and the MGs was the house band for which record label?

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A World of Books

iamtheworld April 2, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, is International Children’s Book Day, a worldwide celebration dedicated to inspiring a love of reading. The occasion is sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People, which chooses a theme and an illustrator for the event’s annual poster. The 2009 illustrator is Egyptian artist Hani D. El-Masri, who has contributed to such animated films as The Prince of Egypt and Spirit: Mustang of the Cimarron. El-Masri’s “I am the world” poster shows a young girl, enthralled by a book, atop a world of imaginary destinations. Join the celebration of International Children’s Book Day by inviting a young reader to join you on a visit to the library, read to a child or sign up for for one or more of our children’s bookletters.


Here’s a few to get you started:

Last Year’s Bestselling Children’s Titles
Américas Book Award
Beehive Awards
Caldecott Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
E. B. White Read Aloud Award
Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award
Ezra Jack Keats Award
NCTE Award for Poetry for Children
Newbery Medal
Orbis Pictus Award
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (Grades 3-5)
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (Grades 6-8)
2X2 Reading List




New Game – Doggie Decoding

The Game page has a new game called Doggie Decoding.  Try your luck naming the breed or the Heniz57 mix of these dogs.  The game was developed for our last Petstacular Pet Fair in Feburary 2009. All dogs pictured in the game where available for adoption at the end of January 2009 from NSPCA.

Online Language Instruction

When folks are looking to online language instruction, the first things that come to mind may be the resources on our Databases A-Z page: Auralog Language Learning and Mango Languages. But there is another place to look: Overdrive eMedia. There are over 20 titles available as audiobooks. Eight of them are MP3 format – so they can be played on iPods and other MP3 players. The languages included in the collection are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. There is also a video called Easy Sign language. In this interactive video, professional sign language interpreter Renee Moore will shows a simple and fun way to learn American Sign Language. The video covers such useful topics as Greetings, Emergency Situations, Family and more. The intuitive video interface lets you easily find and review lessons.

The Power of Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, a time to recognize and celebrate poetry, and the vital place it holds in our culture. One way to experience the true power of this art form is through oral recitation. Reading poetry aloud to others or even to yourself can bring the words on the page to life. Make your participation in National Poetry Month official this year: check out

essenial Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud, edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, to enhance your appreciation for the power of poetry.



Other library resources to find poetry or your favorite poem:

  • LitFinder
  • Poetry for Students (27 volumes) – found in the Gale Virtual Reference Library access using a keyword search or selecting the “Literature” link and scroll to almost the end of the list.
  • eBooks To Go Catalog has eAudio book titles using keyword search “poetry” or poems. Results includes such titles as:

The Knopf National Poetry Month(TM) Collection knopf                          

Classic American Poetry        classicampoetry