Vancouver Public Library calls for more instruments to lend for free

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      Libraries are all about books and old people, right? Wrong.

      Last Tuesday (June 7) the Vancouver Public Library launched a new musical instrument borrowing scheme. Great news for anyone who’s ever wanted to unleash their talents beyond the recorder, the VPL’s innovative program offers a large selection of instruments including ukuleles, keyboards, guitars, violins, mandolins, bongos, and even cajons.

      Under the new scheme, it’s possible to borrow any one of these instruments for up to three weeks at a time, with a renewal limit of two weeks—which gives you plenty of opportunity to annoy the crap out of your neighbours with your budding bow technique.

      And it gets better. Like the library’s lending policy on books, it’s free to borrow any musical instrument as long as you have a library card. Which is also free.

      But in order to ensure the program’s longevity, the VPL needs more stock. Starting a drive that runs until July 4, the library is calling for gently-used instruments, complete with cases. If you have a long-neglected sousaphone or even just an old keyboard, the library would love it if you could drop off them off at the Vancouver or Surrey locations of Long & McQuade, or at any VPL branch.

      Combatting the recent budget cuts to school music programs (check this out for a refresher), VPL’s new scheme is a beacon of hope for the city’s musicians. We’re already excited.


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