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Stop by your library today to check out these titles for soothing and fun music the whole family can enjoy.

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You Are My Little Bird or Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell - These CDs are terrific for quiet time, road trips or tough mornings. Mitchell's renditions of beloved children's songs and covers of folk classics by Woody Guthrie or Bob Marley are sweet and comforting, never grating.

I'm Me by Charlie Hope - Clear vocals and catchy rhythms make Charlie Hope's CD a winner. She sings several original songs that are fresh and lots of fun, as well as terrific versions of time-tested favorites. 

Family Time by Ziggy Marley - A fun, upbeat CD full of original songs and featuring lots of guests like Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson! This CD also includes two stories narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Music is a great way to break up a long day, encourage conversation or movement, or soothe tired nerves. A great way to add variety to the music you and your child share is to try out some of the world music titles available at your library. Putumayo curates children's CDs with music and moods from around the world. They combine new and fresh arrangements of favorite childhood songs with nursery rhymes and kids songs from lots of other cultures. Try out some of these fun compilations for your next playdate or road trip:

World Sing-Along - Check out this album for singable kids songs from around the world, some familiar and some fresh and new. This upbeat CD features songs in lots of different genre and languages. Listen for "Waltzing Matilda" by Fiddlers Green Bush Band and "Jamaican Farewell" by Dan Zanes featuring Angelique Kidjo. For more in the Sing-Along series try Sing-Along with Putumayo.

Hawaiian Playground - Fun and fast-paced tunes to take playtime to the islands. Check out "Po La'ila'i" by Paiatea! For more in the Playground series try American Playground, European Playground, Caribbean Playground and more!

New Orleans Playground - Fun, upbeat and exciting jazz standards and hits from the Big Easy, this CD is terrific for rainy days and those moments when you just need to dance. Check out "I Like it Like That" by Chris Kenner and "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" by Hack Bartholomew. For more American music genres check out Cowboy Playground and Rock & Roll Playground.

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Check out some Classical Music for your kids today!

My First Classical Music Album by Naxos Rights International Limited - Famous and familiar classical pieces to serve as a little one's introduction to classical music, a lullaby CD or a soundtrack for playtime or daily routines.

The Best of Mozart - An introduction to the famous composer, this CD has music with tons of appeal for young listeners. Also try The Best of Tchaikovsky

Baby Galileo by Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra - Classical pieces "reorchestrated" to appeal to the littlest ears by the Music Box Orchestra. Also try Lullaby Classics by Baby Einstein Music Box Orchestra

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This month, whether you are celebrating Black History Month, Mardi Gras or just trying to shake off the winter blahs, we have some great Jazz Music for kids and families at the library. 

Jazz Playground by Putumayo Kids - Fun and upbeat compilation of classic and contemporary Jazz from around the world.

Go Baby Go! by Baby Loves Jazz Band - Jazz renditions of lots of familiar and favorite songs. A fun way to introduce the youngest listeners to Jazz.

Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake by Various Artists - Fun kids songs and Jazz classics performed by the greats, including Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

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Do you and your family get that cooped up feeling from being home and indoors often this winter? Try dancing and jamming to some music at home! Here are some CDs available at your local library to help get you moving!

On the Move by Greg & Steve - Move, bend, stretch and dance to imaginative songs and guided musical activities. These songs make great warm-ups and transition activities for groups, or just shake your sillies out at home on a rainy day.

Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner - Catchy and fun, Laurie Berkner is like folk-rock for kids. Under a Shady Tree is great to jam to on pots and pans, or as a soundtrack for play time. Songs like "I'm Gonna Catch You" will definitely get your kids moving fast.

More Singable Songs by Raffi - Raffi's familiar tunes are easy to learn and fun to sing along with. This CD includes "Shake My Sillies Out"; a dance party must!

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Whether your family is traveling for the holidays, or just taking a Tacky Light Tour in the city, Henrico County Public Library has holiday music for you to check out and enjoy! 

Christmas with the Chipmunks by The Chipmunks - Holiday favorites sung by the Chipmunks, including the 1958 classic The Chipmunk Song. (Me I want a huuuuuula hoooop!)

A Child's Christmas: Holiday Songs and Carols by Susie Tallman - Sweet, child-friendly renderings of Holiday hits, carols and classic hymns, sprinkled with stories and jokes.

Baby Santa by Baby Einstein - Instrumental renderings of traditional and folk holiday music. This album is soothing and light for little ears and includes several "world-flavored" renditions like a reggae Jingle Bells.

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