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Vol. XI, no. 2

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition   

November, 1999
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Music Has Charms to Soothe.....

Have you visited the Library's Reading Room recently? If not, you may want to stop by, sit in one of our comfy chairs, and listen to the sounds of classical music. Due to the generosity of a gift from the Friends of the TCU Library, the Library installed a sound system in the Reading Room. Now, each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the soft sounds of classical music can be heard in the Library. Works by composers such as Haydn, Bach, Debussy, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms create an inviting, soothing place to study.

 What do the students think of this? Well, actually reactions run in both directions with the compliments outnumbering the complaints. To give you a sample of both....."My dorm is consistently full of loud people and their distracting music. Classical music is both relaxing and mentally stimulating. I feel it also breaks the pin-drop, dead silence libraries often have. Thank you very much!" .... "Lose the music in the reading room. If I wanted music and distraction, I could stay home and have my teenagers bother me...". We know that change won't please everybody but we feel that the music provides a welcoming, pleasant change of pace for our students. If you have the chance, come hear our selections and let us know what you think. We like it and appreciate the Friends of the TCU Library's generosity.

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