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Arts & Humanities

 

For additional selections and general information on the Library's collection of films on video and DVD, music CDs and cassettes, and audiobooks visit the website's Movies & Music section.

Skokie Public Library also regularly presents various musical programs, films, lectures, and cultural events. Complete schedules can be found in the Events & Programs section.

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General Arts and Humanities Sites

Web resourceArtCyclopedia

This website contains extensive information about artists, links to their works in major art museums, and links to art museums worldwide.

Web resourceAskART

AskART is an online database containing information on over 35,000 American artists from the early 16th century through the present.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardCAMIO

CAMIO — Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — contains about 95,000 works of fine and decorative art from leading museums around the world. The scope of the collection ranges from 3000 BCE to the present, representing premiere examples of Asian, African, Latin American, and Western art. Difficult-to-find contemporary art is one of its strengths. The content includes high-resolution images of photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles, books, installations, and architecture — plus audio-video and mixed media. Benefits of the interface include downloading high-resolution images, the ability to email images and metadata for further study, and fast, powerful, Web-based searching. All content is rights-cleared for educational use.

Web resourceCenterstage Chicago

Centerstage contains listings for music, dance, literary, art, and theatrical events in the Chicago area.

Web resourceChicago Metromix

This Chicago Tribune entertainment guide provides information on movies, theaters, clubs, galleries, museums, sports, and special attractions in the Chicago area.

Web resourceNorth Shore Center for the Performing Arts

The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (NSCPAS) is home to Centre East, Northlight Theatre, and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. Find schedule information, get directions, and buy tickets at this website.

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Architecture

Web resourceChicago Landmarks

From the City of Chicago website, this site provides information on landmark buildings in the Chicagoland area including maps and information on styles and architects.

Web resourceEmporis.com

This comprehensive database of skyscrapers includes statistics, images, rankings, and awards for close to 100,000 tall buildings in more than 4,000 cities worldwide.

Web resourceThe Great Buildings Collection

This architectural website documents thousands of buildings and hundreds of architects from around the world with photographs, 3D images, and more.

Web resourceSkyscraperPage.com

This site provides information and diagrams for significant buildings in hundreds of cities throughout the world.

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Film

Web resourceAll Movie Guide

This site provides movie reviews and a browsing guide that lists movies by genre, country, or year produced.

Web resourceChicago Filmmakers

This organization's website provides listings of special screenings around town, information on local film festivals, and a schedule of film classes.

Web resourceChicago Reader on Film

The online Chicago Reader features links to listings of films playing in the Skokie and Chicago area in theaters and at other locations such as libraries and museums.  Critics' choices and capsule reviews are provided to help you plan your night out.

Web resourceChicago Sun-Times: Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert provides reviews of both new and old films. This site also includes features such as Ebert's list of "Great Movies," Movie Answer Man,  and One Minute reviews.

Web resourceFilms at Skokie Public Library

This link provides a schedule and information about new and classic films shown at the Library.

Web resourceThe Internet Movie Database

This comprehensive database is searchable by movie, actor, and more.

Web resourceMovie Review Query Engine

Searches and provides links to reviews for over 25,000 movie titles.

Web resourceRotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes summarizes film reviews from dozens of print and online critics and offers complete reviews for thousands of current releases and older movies.

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Literature

Web resourceLiterary Criticism & Literature Resources from Skokie Public Library

Find literary criticism and summaries of works of literature including novels, drama, poetry, and short stories.

Web resourceReading Resources from Skokie Public Library

Browse the Reading Resources section of our website for booklists, book reviews, reading guides, and much more.

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Music

Classical Music

Web resourceGramophone

The online version of the classical music magazine, this site contains over 25,000 reviews of classical music recordings.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMusic Online from Alexander Street Press

Music Online contains hundreds of thousands of musical pieces for listening online. Genres from classical to jazz, from American roots to international music are represented. Liner notes and information on composers are included for most items in the collection. Users who choose to register can save playlists for repeated listening.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNaxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library has a collection of over 30,000 CDs that can be listened to on your computer. The music is mostly in the classical genre with a small amount of jazz and world music. Background and educational material is also included.

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Lyrics and Song Titles

Web resourceBMI Repertoire

This Internet song title database is searchable by artist, publisher, writer, or title.

Web resourceLyricWiki

An ad-free site that provides lyrics for thousands of songs and is searchable by artist, album, song, genre, and more.

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Popular Music

Web resourceAll Music Guide

AMG contains information on over 38,000 musical artists with album information, reviews, photographs and links.

Web resourceBillboard.com

This online companion to Billboard magazine lists the top selling albums in various categories.

Web resourceChicago Reader: Music

Billed as "Chicago's essential music guide," the Chicago Reader provides a searchable guide to concerts and club listings in the Chicago area.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMusic Online from Alexander Street Press

Music Online contains hundreds of thousands of musical pieces for listening online. Genres from classical to jazz, from American roots to international music are represented. Liner notes and information on composers are included for most items in the collection. Users who choose to register can save playlists for repeated listening.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNaxos Music Library Jazz

Naxos Music Library Jazz offers over 22,000 tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums. Over five hundred jazz artists are represented. The catalogs of Naxos Jazz and the 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz are included. Jazz, international jazz, blues, and R & B are included in this varied collection. Stream albums from Albert King to Zoot Sims to your computer with Naxos Jazz.

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Sheet Music

Web resourceHistoric American Sheet Music: 1850-1920

Supported by the Library of Congress, this site contains various bel canto, minstrel songs, protest songs, sentimental songs, patriotic and political songs, plantation songs, spirituals, dance music, songs from vaudeville and musicals, "tin pan alley" songs, and songs from World War I.

Web resourcePD Info: Public Domain Music

This website contains resources for finding royalty-free music.

Web resourceProject Gutenberg Music Website

Part of the Project Gutenberg digitization of public domain books and publications, this site offers free scores and parts of public domain music, digitized in a variety of printable, playable, and editable formats.

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Religion and Mythology

Web resourceAdherents.com

Adherents.com contains descriptive information and statistics on over four thousand religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, and movements.

Web resourceARDA American Religion Data Archive

This site contains data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations, and denominations).

Web resourceEncyclopedia Mythica

An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more with over six thousand definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings, and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world.

Web resourceGodChecker: Your Guide to the Gods

This site "aims to cover all gods of mythology, literature and legend" and contains information on over 1,300 deities.

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Theater

Web resourceAmericanTheater Web

Find news and production information for over 1,200 theaters across the country.

Web resourceChicagoplays.com

This site from the League of Chicago Theaters is a guide to the Chicago area theater scene. Resources include a theater search feature to find productions by title, type of show, dates, or venue.

Web resourceChicago Reader: Theater

This site contains schedules and reviews for Chicago area theaters.

Web resourceMusicals101.com

A guide to current and historical stage, film, and television musicals.

Web resourcePlaybill On-Line

Playbill On-Line contains theater news from around the world, a service for purchasing tickets online, and a categorized list of websites for theater and dance.

Web resourceTheaterMania.com

Find information and reviews for shows and theaters around the United States, London, Toronto, and Japan.

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