Out & About: Paddock Music Library Celebrates Record Store Day

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Valley News Calendar Editor
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hanover — This year is the tenth anniversary of National Record Store Day.

And although it’s not a record store, Dartmouth College’s Paddock Music Library is honoring the unofficial holiday for the first time with an event of its own from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday.

“We have a collection of about 15,000 LPs that are in an offsite storage facility,” explained Memory Apata, a music and performing arts librarian at the library. A portion of those records will be available to listen to during the event, which the library is using to celebrate the collection as well as introduce a new generation to vinyl.

Back in vinyl’s heyday “when vinyl was the only way you could listen to music,” the library had 30 listening stations where patrons could listen to borrowed records, Apata said. “Now we just have one.”

The celebration is being spearheaded by Paddock’s media, document and technology specialist David Bowden, who Apata joyfully called “a complete sound nerd” with a strong affection for vinyl records and the sounds that they’re capable of. “He just loves vinyl because its the physical embodiment of sound.”

Students are slowly beginning to show a greater interest in vinyl, said Bowden, who will also be bringing in records from his own collection.

By introducing some of the library’s collection during the celebration, “we’re hoping to change that” and raise awareness of the resources available.

For some who attend, it might be their first encounter with vinyl records and the sound that they’re capable of. “There’s definitely an argument for the quality that’s possible,” Bowden said.

More turntables will be brought in for the event. Activities include exhibits about the history of records, a raffle, the digitizing of records and vinyl jewelry making.

“Folks will be able to make their own pins and earrings with damaged vinyl,” Apata said.

The library purchased damaged records from International DVD and Poster in downtown Hanover for the craft.

Editor’s note: The Paddock Music Library is located in the lower level of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Hopkins Center (lower level) 4 E. Wheelock St., in Hanover. For more information on the free event, email paddock.music.library@dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-3234. To learn more about Record Store Day, visit recordstoreday.com. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.