A Creative Use For Paint Chips

One of the greatest joys I find in starting a new book is the task of selecting a new bookmark.  I have developed a rather strange habit of collecting various colours of paint chips that I can then match to book covers.  It’s kind of like accessorizing.  Behold (I have also included some super articulate reviews in the captions):

A lovely use for my sea foam green chip:

I loved this book.

Dark navy goes with a lot, but this was a particularly good match:

This book was weird. You won't want to eat KFC ever again after reading this.

I knew I was going out on a bit of limb picking this stormcloud lavender but it found a good home:

This book was creemazing (creepy/amazing). I still have to remind myself that Christian isn't real and I don't have to check my closets for him before going to bed.

The best thing about this hobby is that it gives you something to do if your significant other is putzing around at Home Depot or some other ghastly place.  There is also the added fun potential of seeing if the name of the colour on the paint chip corresponds at all with the plot of the book.  Martha Stewart paint chips are the worst for this as she has really boring names for colours like “Spanish Moss” or “Azurite” (all Martha chips are displayed here).  Benjamin Moore is usually a bit more expressive.

A Pink Best Birthday Saturation Point?

How many pink, adorable birthday books by wonderful female illustrators can the market handle?

Apparently two – and one a month at that!  I had a deja-vu moment tonight when I read a review for Jennifer Larue Huget and LeUyen Pham’s The Best Birthday Party Ever.  Looking at the book cover didn’t help me either.

Did I order that book?  Yeah, I think I did.

But I hadn’t.  I had ordered this:

That’s The Best Birthday Ever! By Me (Lana Kittie).  Now, they’re clearly not identical books and the illustrators have completely different styles.  But you have to admit that there’s some definite similarities in titles and colour schemes.  Also, they were released a month apart. The Best Birthday Ever! By Me (Lane Kittie) was released January 4th and The Best Birthday Party Ever was released February 22nd, which makes me feel a bit less like a dunce for being completely confused.

About ten minutes later, I had another confusing moment when I was checking to see if I had ordered Arthur Geisert’s new wordless wonder, Ice. We already had two books titled Ice on order but they were a little different:

Someone really needs to start a book review blog comparing and contrasting books with the same title.  The above comparison would be especially interesting, methinks.

Diary of a Holds List. Or, Engaging Chidlers With Generous Allowances.

I have the privilege of visiting every single elementary school in town (there’s only 7 so it’s not that heroic) to promote the Summer Reading Club.  The community is relatively affluent, so lots of the kids are super readers with their own respectable home libraries.  It can sometimes be challenging to engage these kids (especially the older ones) with the library when they can simply stop by Chapters to buy what they want, or pay to attend an event that seems way cooler than any library program.

So I have started throwing out tidbits of book news to the kids to peak their interest when I can tell that they’re not so impressed by the library.  The latest bone I’ve been throwing out is the release date of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and mentioning that kids can already put their name on the library holds list for the title.

Well, in about a week there’s been 18 holds on the book.  And it’s still five months away from being published!  And it’s not just Wimpy Kid. I’ve also been promoting the new Creepella Von Cacklefur series that comes out in August and each of the two books now have over 20 holds. Big Nate On a Roll, which also comes out in August, has a respectable 6 holds.

Now, from a collection development standpoint, it may seem like I’ve created a bit of a monster.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are 50 holds on the new Wimpy book by November. You may be worried that poor lil’ Kid #48 will be using one of those assistive bath device seats before he gets his paws on the book.  But you should see how pumped the chidlers get when they hear that a new installment of a beloved series is forthcoming.  It’s insanity.  I have actually started prefacing the news with “I have something to tell you, but you have to promise not to freak out.”  And all the advance holds actually gives me a really good idea of how many copies to buy.  I’ve already purchased 10 copies of the new Wimpy book and I will gladly buy more as the holds list increases.  Even if I have to weed 20 of these books in two years (and I don’t think I will since the original Wimpy books are all out), the buzz that was created and the demand that was met will make the purchases well worth it.

So there’s yet another argument for librarians to stay current.  Knowing what popular authors have books on the burner, and when those books will be available, can help crack those tough nuts.  When we can give kids something they probably won’t find on their own (and can’t buy!) – like a brand new book announcement gleaned from Twitter or Publishers Weekly – we become valuable. It’s not just about selling what the library has, but what the library will have.  We have to show that we’re with it, we know what kids want, and it will be ready and waiting for them as soon as it’s released.

When YA characters grow up and you gotta shelve ’em somewhere

Super articulate post title, I know.

As you’re probably aware, two very popular young adult series are getting a major epilogue treatment.  Both the Wakefield twins and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants gals have returned/are returning as adults in new books – and I’ve really been struggling with where to shelve these ladies.  With the adult fiction?  The YA fiction?  The Gimmick Aisle? (we don’t have one of those at my library, but I wish we did).  After puzzling and puzzling until my puzzler was sore, I came up with two very different solutions.

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later

Shelved as Adult Fiction

Rationale

First let me tell you that this book is unforgivably bad.  I have seriously worked with eleven-year-old ESL children who have mastered grammar and syntax better than Ms. Pascal.  I generally don’t use this blog as a forum to pan books, but I’m still angry that I read this thing.  Today I even apologized to our Adult Services Librarian for spending $10 of her budget on this sentinel of hell.  But I digress.  Here are my reasons for putting it with the adult books.

  • We don’t have any Sweet Valley High books at my library.  This may change when the movie comes out, especially since Diablo Cody is keeping it in the eighties and teens may want to pick up the original books (though they would have to be the true originals without the new millennium updates that came out a few years ago).  But since we don’t currently have any of the SVH books, I don’t think it makes sense to stick Sweet Valley Confidential all alone in YA.  There’s no context.
  • I might be wrong, but I think the vast majority of people who want to read this book are my age: 25-35 year olds who are picking it up for the nostalgia factor.  At least two dozen people on Goodreads have mentioned this, and they ain’t spring chickens.  Disclaimer: I am at the BOTTOM of that 25-35 year old age range.  And I was born three weeks early, so that gives me an unfair disadvantage.
  • Perhaps the most obvious reason, this book was published by St. Martin’s Press – not a YA/children’s publisher.
  • I don’t want it stinking up the YA section. HA!  But seriously…

You’d think I’d do the same thing with the new Traveling Pants book, hey?  Nope.

Sisterhood Everlasting

Will be Shelved as Young Adult Fiction (I think)

Rationale

First I have to say that this book doesn’t come out until June and I purposely haven’t read any reviews.  I want to experience the book completely blind; I listened to all four books on audiobook last year, am sort of a fan, and would like to be surprised at what happens.

  • Unlike Sweet Valley High, there are teens still actively checking out the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series from my library.  There is a perfect little spot next to those in the YA section for the new book.
  • I don’t think there’s really been time for much Pants nostalgia to set in yet. The first Pants book only came out eight years ago.  SVH was around thirty years ago.   Therefore I’m not sure any adult over 22 years old would really recognize the characters in the adult section.

Of course, I won’t really know until I read the book.  I’ll be more than happy to re-class it if the themes are really adult, and/or if I think it can stand on its own legs in the adult section without the context of the other four books.

If anyone has any opinions (without providing any spoilers or even basic plot information for Sisterhood Everlasting) I’m all ears.  I would also like to take this opportunity to say that if, in 2025, there is a new adult book entitled Geronimo Stilton: Whiskers of Truth detailing his sexual betrayals and new “adult” life in New York City, I will write another post about my shelving decision.


A reference question on fantasy for a Grade 6 Harry Potter hater

I don’t want to be redundant with these reference question posts, but I can’t help but jot something down when I find myself handing over a giant stack of books to a hungry lil’ chidler.

Tonight a Grade 6 gal came in looking for some good fantasy books.  The staff member on the Information Desk called me out to field this one.  I joyfully skipped away from my current duty of something boring and administrativey to help out.

Fantasy is a tough genre when it comes to recommending things as it can mean very different things to different people.  This is how it went down:

What she had already in her book bag:

  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

This was a big tip-off.  No Susan Cooper/Tolkien/Brian Jacques/Monica Hughes for this gal!

What she told me she likes:

  • All Roald Dahl (oh, now we’re talkin’!)
  • Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy (d’oh!  I’ve never read it!)
  • Candy Apple and Poison Apple series (hmm…the plot thickens)

What she nixed right off the bat:

Before I recommended anything we had a bit of general chat about what’s super popular in the fairy tale/fantasy genre right now.  She expressed immediate disdain for the following:

  • Harry Potter (never read it, doesn’t want to)
  • Princess Diaries series (she read some and they got “too boring”)
  • Spiderwick Chronicles (no explanation, just a scrunched up nose)
  • The Graveyard Book (she tried it but never got into it)
  • A Tale Dark And Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (I told her about the plot and she was promptly horrified)

Further adding to the challenge was that she has seen almost every movie made in the history of the world.  This means she has seen lots of the terrible, terrible movie versions of very unterrible books.

What I recommended:

From what she told me, I was getting a distinct British humour/fairy tale/more-complex-book vibe from her (the Apple series aside).  Here’s what I recommended. I’ ve put them into categories here because organization please me.

For their cheeky Dahl-esque humour:

  • Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (she loved the movie so I gave her Book 4 as the movie roughly ends around Book 3)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
  • Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (after hugging it and saying “I almost don’t want to give this to you because I want to take it home again and read it”)

For their fairy tale-ness:

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
  • Inkspell trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  • Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Plug for Canadian fantasy:

  • Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

Wild Card:

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (it turns out someone bought this for her and she hasn’t read it yet!)

What she noticed on display and took:

  • Witch’s Business by Diana Wynne Jones

Now that I’m sitting here writing this post, I can think of so many more, but the poor dear had to carry her bag home so I think that was quite enough for one visit.

Very interesting how these things play out…and this may be the first child I have ever encountered who claims to like fantasy, but loathe Harry Potter.

A reference question on picturebooks about art

A patron emailed me looking for books to use in a class she is teaching called “Books and Art” for four and five year olds.  Amazing!  She was looking for picturebooks to use as read-alouds to inspire the chidlers’ projects – specfically books about creating art or using colour.

In an ideal world, I would have taken five days to answer this and sent her an annotated list of 100 books.  Then I would have gone home to read a new book by James Mashall  In reality, I had about 20 minutes and I went home to eat some Pilsbury Easter cookies I got for 35% off.  I thought it might be fun to share what I came up with.

Keep in mind that I was limited by what is in my library’s collection (we’re not super teensy, but we’re not huge either.  We serve about 33,000 people and are the only library in town).  Because I was short on time, I relied on my own knowledge but discovered 2 or 3 of the titles while browsing – yay for serendipity!  I also wanted to include some Canadian titles because I’m pretty gung-ho about promoting Canadian books.  I know I’m probably missing a buncha titles, so please feel free to leave more suggestions in the Comments.

Also, sorry that the books aren’t in any kind of order.  They were originally organized according to what was in and what was on loan at my library.  I also don’t have the authors and illustrators listed (where applicable) because we catalogue our picturebooks by author.  The annotations are the same ones I included in my response to the patron.

Picturebooks With an Art Theme for Reading Aloud to 4/5 Year Olds

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau – John Agee
A classic story about an artist who paints animals..that come to life!

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More – Karen Beaumont
An artistic take on the song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More.”  A boy who gets in trouble for painting on the walls takes matters into his own hands and paints his whole body!

White is For Blueberry – George Shannon
A concept book that explores the not-so-obvious colours of familiar things – the black centre of a poppy, the green top of a turnip, and the purple hue of shadows on the snow.

I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean – Kevin Sherry
A big, bright, hilarious story about a giant squid who loves to paint.

My Many Colored Days – Dr. Seuss
A very sensitive offering from Seuss about the connotations of different colours.

The Party – Barbara Reid
While not about art, this book is noteworthy because the illustrations are done entirely in plasticine.  Reid is internationally known for her work with plasticine and has many, many stellar books.

The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti hates making art but learns that even a random dot of ink can bring inspiration.

Draw Me a Star – Eric Carle
This is essentially a creation story about an artist who draws the world – starting with a single star.  There are directions at the end showing children how to draw the stars in the book.

Augustine – Melanie Watt
Augustine is a penguin who idolizes famous artists.  When she moves to a new school, her art helps her overcome her shyness.

The Imaginary Garden – Andrew Larsen.  Illustrations by Irene Luxbacher
This book actually includes painting lessons within the story.  After a young girl’s grandfather has to leave his beautiful home garden to relocate to an apartment, the pair find an artistic solution by painting a garden on a giant canvas.  The text might be a little long for a read-aloud for 4s and 5s, but it is really worth checking out.

Art and Max – David Wiesner
A perfect story for beginning artists with stunning, semi-surreal artwork about two reptilian friends.

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
A classic.  Harold steps into his own drawings and has all sorts of adventures.

Dog’s Colourful Day – Emma Dodd
A simple, engaging story about a white dog who gets into a rainbow of messes after his daily walk.  Any of Emma Dodd’s books are fantastic for this age group.

The Black Book of Colors – Menena Cottin
A completely one-of-a-kind book done all in black.  Different colours are described with words and with textured pages.  It gives very young children a sense of what it would be like to see the world without sight and to essentially “feel” different colours.

I got a very lovely thank-you email from the patron after she received the list saying how inspired she is now.  Can’t ask for anything more!  (plus, 4/14 Canadian books ain’t bad!)

Naylor’s Alice Series – Whatta Makeover!

During the last ten minutes of my shift, I always like to walk through the Children’s area to make sure all is right with the world (and that no icky book has somehow ended up on display).

Tonight I had a horrible realization.  We don’t have Alice in Rapture, Sort Of !!!

If I could fire myself, I would.  In my defense I’ve only been at this job for five months.  But still.  STILL.

Part of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s epic Alice series, Alice in Rapture, Sort Of is one of my top ten favourite books of all time.  Actually, probably top five.  I LOVED it is a kid and I still LOVE it.  I love it with a passion that makes me weepy.  No other book so perfectly captures middle grade romance.  My stomach gurgles just thinking of it.  From the Lift Up Spandex Ahhh-Bra to Alice’s cute new bikini to the country club date with Patrick.  There’s nothing better! I still haven’t finished the series because I can’t bear for it to be over.  And I can’t stand the thought that Alice might not end up with Patrick!  (don’t put spoilers in the comment field or I’ll cut you)

Well, I busted on over to Amazon to get the ISBN to order it from ULS and saw that most of the Alice books have had a makeover.  A seriously dern CUTE makeover.  Now, the series has had several incarnations but I think this is the best yet.  Here’s Alice how I knew her in the 1990s:

And here she is now:

Here’s another version.  I’m not crazy about photos of kids on covers but these kids are pretty legit:

And another.  Quite vague and stock photo-y:

But I do have to say that I think this newest look is the best.  Here are some of the other titles all spiffed up:

I think there is something delightfully vintage about these covers and I like that Alice actually looks her age.  But does this look too vintage?  Are my 1950s/early 1960s tastes atypical?  I think real live 9-11 year olds might be into this – it’s sort of reminscent of  Charice Mericle Harper’s Just Grace books but less cartoony.

I do think that the images could have incorporated a bit more humour.  Alice is a klutz and is quite funny, and she looks quite sweet and a wee bit saccharine here.  But overall, I think I’m sold.

I’m rarely happy with cover makeovers as I form pretty intense attachments to the originals.  But I can’t wait to re-read the new beuts on Capri Island this summer when they are released in early May.

Capri Island - the best reading raft in the world (I didn't name it that. It says right on there). Thanks Costco!

Ricky Gervais is Wrong – Serendpitiy is (was) Awesome!

I recently saw a rerun of Inside the Actor’s Studio where Ricky Gervais said his least favourite word was “serendipity.”  That may be, Ricky, but it was one heckuva conference!

Serendipity is the name of an annual conference organized by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable.  It’s a big deal.  Big deal people come in from all over.  It’s not really a conference in that there are break-out sessions and such – it’s more of a day in an auditorium with a slew of really great children’s writers, illustrators, editors, etc.  In the past, they’ve hosted the likes of Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, David Wiesner, David Macaulay, Cornelia Funke, David Shannon, Liz Bicknell (from Candlewick), and so many others. I think a lot of manager types are hesitant to send staff to conferences that don’t have an obvious practical bent.  But I don’t think you can put a price tag on the kind of inspiration you get after hearing from the creators of books you love (oh boy – CHEESE ALERT – but it’s true!).

In any event, it’s a highlight of life here on the West Coast of Canadaland and this year was no exception.  It took place last Saturday and I had the pleasure of Mcing. Billed as a graphic novel event the speakers were (in chronological order of the day):

Matt Holm

Raina Telgemeier

Gene Luen Yang

Valerie Wyatt (winner of the Roundtable’s Information Book Award for How to Build Your Own Country)

Jason Shiga & Aaron Renier (they gave the coolest workshop on making your own comic.  Watch this YouTube video!  Now!  It’s the most amazing, simple, and low-budget thing you can do with kids)

Aaron and Jason also joined in a panel discussion in the last hour but should have had their own spot on the bill, fo’ sho’.

There are two things I wonder when I hear about an event I didn’t attend:

  • What is that author/illustrator/big deal person really like?
  • What neat things were shared?

Let me answer those questions for the first three presenters.  Why just the first three?  I had a really bad cold and was too busy blowing my nose and sneezing in the afternoon to take notes.  Note: I wouldn’t include the answers to that first bullet if all of the speakers weren’t amazing people.  You’re not going to see me write “___________ was a major D-bag.”

Matt Holm

What’s he like?

He personifies joy itself, not unlike Wilson the Weasel.  A generous laugher (the BEST kind of person – one who laughs with you when you’re trying to make jokes to impress them) and so easygoing and mellow and seemingly unaware of what a big deal he is.

Neat things learned:

  • He showed us an amazing collection of old family photos – heartening and really lovely to see all the real-life love behind Babymouse
  • He frequently forgets to draw Babymouse’s tail
  • A Babymouse book takes a year from start to finish

Raina Telgemeier

What’s she like?

So genuine and sweet (real sweet – not syrupy) and speaks so well and confidently.  That gal is the kind of role model you want for your kids.  I mean, seriously.

Neat things learned:

  • Her dad bought her this graphic novel when she was a young ‘un and it really stuck with her
  • She was reading Bone back when it was being published every month.  She was on top of that, yo!  She’s legit.
  • She is inspired by Calvin and Hobbes (Matt Holm said he was too – actually, I think everyone on the panel mentioned it)
  • Ann M. Martin was none too pleased when she saw that Raina had given Claudia a haircut in the BSC graphic novels
  • Smile was in a Cul de Sac comic!!!

Gene Luen Yang

What’s he like?

HILARIOUS.  Puts Jon Scieszka to shame.  For REALS.  But so, so insightful and eloquent.  He seriously is Children’s Literature Ambassador material.  I was blown away.  RUN TO SEE HIM IF YOU GET THE CHANCE.

Neat things learned:

  • He received a grant from the Xeric Foundation.
  • Great quote – he said that all one needs to be a comic creator is “a healthy ignorance of your own artistic limitations.”
  • Another great quote – “Self-publishing in comics is proof that you’re awesome.”  He had some very enlightening things to say on the differences between self-publishing a novel vs. self-publishing a comic.
  • He did his MA in Education thesis on teaching math with comics.  He also put this into practice with one of his high school classes (he’s a part-time teacher too).  I begged him to do a book on this.

Another highlight was when Aaron Renier signed my copy of The Unsinkable Walker Bean. He asked me “What do you like?” I gave the most obvious answer, of course: “Girls with big hair.”  He obliged by drawing the cutest gal with big hair and her peppy little dog, all the while fretting that it wasn’t good enough.  I was like “Dude, it’s awesome!  I’m the dummy for answering your question with ‘Girls with big hair!'”  Here’s what it looked like:

Oh, and I also won a Babymouse sketch in the silent auction!

There you have it.  Serendipity’s 2012 theme is Asian children’s literature and Paul Yee is already booked!  I’m going to suggest that we try and wrangle Grace Lin into coming.  How cool would that be!?  Very.

Merry Christmas with Tammy Grimes!

Oh boy, I was majorly pumped to find out this bit of Tammy Grimes trivia today.  Basically, everything I loved most in my childhood relates to her.

Since childhood, I have been obsessed with a little-known (or at least I think it’s little-known; it never made it onto DVD) Rankin Bass animated version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Thank you, 1974, for bringing this to television.

Long story short: human family and mouse family live in harmony together in a house.  Human dad is a clockmaker.  Mouse dad has some job or another, but he often converses with human dad.  Mouse dad has a son that writes to Santa and tells him to bugger off because Santa ain’t real.  Thus, Santa decides not to visit the town.  Human dad must build a really nice clock (that plays music of course) to lure Santa back.

The show used to get played on the Family Channel but I haven’t seen it on for about ten years.  Sadly, my VHS copy from eBay is somewhere at my mom’s house.  Thank God for YouTube.  Tonight I’ll be huddled ’round my laptop watching a really low-quality version of this amazing piece of television history.

The songs are SO DOPE.  I managed to download this little gem, “Even a Miracle Needs a Hand,” off Limewire or some other illegal program back in 2004.

Well, guess who voices the role of the disenchanted mouse son and sings some of the aforementioned dope songs?  TAMMY GRIMES!  TAMMY GRIMES!

You may remember that I blogged about the best audiobook of all time, narrated by the TG (also now obscure and hard-to-find). What a coincidence, hey?!  That’s a Christmas Coinicidence, folks.

Have a good one!

Tammy Grimes in a clip art Santa hat, obvi.

Tammy Grimes and Esther Averill. Audiobooks Don’t Get Better.

Even though I have this audiobook in my possession, I haven’t heard it for at least fifteen years.  I can only find it on vinyl and I don’t have a record player!  But, nevertheless, an ode to Averill and Grimes is in order.

I wish I could take better, not-dark picture in my living room. Sadly, this was the best of eleven...

I was a major audiobook kid.  I’m still very much an audiobook person.  I like to listen to them on the bus or while cleaning/putzing about the house.  If I’m doing something where I can’t devote 100% of my attention to the story, I’ll put on Charlotte’s Web read by E.B. White – my theory is that, if I listen to him enough, I’ll soak up some of his writing style.  Or I’ll develop a booming Massachusetts twang.

My favourite audiobooks as a chidler were Roald Dahl’s Matilda and The Witches (I can’t remember the readers – lovely British ladies) and the abridged Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island read by Megan Follows.  But nothing can ever top Esther Averill’s Jenny and the Cat Club read by Tammy Grimes (1978).

Grimes was a Broadway and television actress whose best-known audiobook accomplishment is likely Where The Wild Things Are (in addition to some other Sendak stories).  But man oh man, she nails Jenny Linsky.

Jenny Linsky is a black cat.  She lives with Captain Tinker (best name ever).  At night she rolls with her feline friends in the Cat Club: Concertina, Mr. President, Macaroni, The Duke, Romulus, Remus, Arabella, Antonio, and Solomon.  Anyone who doesn’t know these books is at a serious disadvantage in life.

I don’t know what it is about Grimes’ voice that lends itself so well to Averill’s stories.  There is something very old-fashioned and dear about the Jenny Linsky tales (the synopsis on the record calls them “unpretentious little classics”) and there is nothing particularly dear about Grimes’ voice.  It sounds very much like a cross between an ashtray, a cat’s purr, and a grandmotherly cajoling.

But there is something about Grimes’ reading that makes you believe she is just as pumped about the story as you are – she is utterly engaged and expressive to the hilt (but not in an overdone way).    I think I loved the audiobook so much because I felt like I had a kindred spirit in Grimes – she was just as wild about Jenny as I was. You could just hear it in her voice.

I borrowed the cassette tape over and over again from the library until one day it just disappeared (or, as I understand now, it went to the Land of the Weeded).  I thought about it often over the years and it was the first thing I looked up in WorldCat upon entering library school.  Now I just need to get my hands on (and learn how to use) a record player…