October - Music and Mental Health

Freegal is the library's feature database this month and as it is Mental Health Month we are using one to highlight the other!

Kindness: little acts, big impacts is this years Mental Health Month theme.

Upon hearing this, the song 'From little things, big things grow', from Paul Kelly came to mind. The association of music and songs with our everyday world, occurs to most of us.

Freegal has a few cover versions of this song, which library members can download and own free and legally! By downloading the little number of 3 songs a week from Freegal, you can soon have a big collection of music. Ask staff to demonstrate or try it out now. Don't forget to tell your friends.

Have your library card handy to be able to download from the thousands of songs, instrumentals and music videos available for you keep...forever...free! Look for music by artist, album, genre or song. From Rave to Folk, Heavy Metal to Devotional, Classic to Salsa you are bound to find something to suit your mood. Once you are logged in, you can listen to a preview before downloading, so you only get the music you like! 

If downloading music is not your style the library has many music records on CD. Look for music in the catalogue and use the filters on the left to narrow down your options. Or search for a specific artist, album or song.

Do you prefer to watch? Then try out some of the 1300 music DVD’s the library has for loan. Freegal also has music videos for download.

Or do you play an instrument or sing? Try out our music score collection.

Maybe you don’t play but have always wanted to? Then check out the range of music instruction materials available. (Remember the filters!) Or try searching by the instrument you want to learn.

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
Maria von Trapp

“..my music isn't just music- its medicine.”
Kanye West

There is much research to support comments like those above and that is why for Mental Health Month, the library encourages you to explore it’s range of music.

The Mental Health Association provides 10 tips for stressing less, Freegal has music to match, log in and listen to the previews if you like them, download and keep them!
1) Call a friend
2) Walk wherever you can
3) Let go of what you can’t control
4) Go out of your way to make someones day
5) Offer and accept help
6) Do one thing at a time
7) Surround yourself with reminders of what you love
8) Learn more about something that amazes you
9) Write it down
10) Make time for fun
The library also has many resources you can use to find out more about mental health and specific conditions. Search the catalogue to discover the range.