County Library adds electric guitars, keyboards, djembes to lending program

As of March 11, St. Louis County Library is expanding its musical instrument lending program to include keyboards, electric guitars, box drums, xylophones, bass guitars and djembes

The instruments are available for check out at four branches: Library Headquarters, Daniel Boone, Florissant Valley and Grant’s View. Patrons with a valid library card can take home the musical instrument of their choice for two weeks. Instructional music books and DVDs are often included with most of the instruments, along with a hard case to protect it from damage. 

The instrument lending program began in June 2018 with ukuleles, acoustic guitars, banjos and bongos, and has been extremely popular with library patrons.

Recently, a patron and her daughter returned an acoustic guitar to the Florissant Valley Branch and told staff, “This was a creative, educational, and helpful experience which helped us decide to purchase a guitar. We also got to spend more time together. We can’t thank you enough for having this program.”

The program is supported in part by Ukulele Fight Club of Greater St. Louis, a group of local musicians of all skill levels who mean on a monthly basis to sing and play music together.

To learn more about how to check out an instrument from St. Louis County Library, visit www.slcl.org.

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