Finding Sheet Music Got A Little Easier

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CRANFORD—Thanks to more than a year’s work and the assistance of a host of volunteers, the Cranford Public Library recently completed a comprehensive index to its collection of sheet music books.

The index covers 109 sheet music anthologies and includes nearly 9,000 songs.  Genres include pop, rock, show tunes, folk, blues, country & western and R&B.  Songs can be searched for by title, composer or lyricist.

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Reference Librarian Ron Gorda, one of the coordinators of the project, notes, “Prior to the creation of the index, there was no simple way to pinpoint a particular song in one of our many sheet music anthologies.  A request for the sheet music for a specific song used to mean checking the indexes of dozens of anthologies and hoping the song would show up in one of them.

Now, in just a matter of seconds, we can tell a patron whether or not we have the sheet music they want and exactly which of our books, if any, contains the sheet music.  The index is stored on a computer, which means we can easily update it any time we acquire a new sheet music anthology.”

Patrons wishing to consult the index can visit the reference desk, call the library at 908-709-7272, or send an email to library@cranfordnj.org.


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