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Jerryc41
04-26-2019, 10:30 AM
If you subscribe to Ukulele Unlimited magazine (and why wouldn't you?) you can read an article about libraries lending ukuleles and hosting uke groups ("Check It Out: Ukes Are Circulating in Libraries," by Heidi Swedberg) The last section, "Grace period," tells the story of how my group got started - Catskill Ukulele Group.

SailingUke
04-26-2019, 10:54 AM
My Ventura group at the E.P. Foster Library is also mentioned.

Joyful Uke
04-26-2019, 02:43 PM
How common is it for libraries to lend ukuleles? How long can you keep them if you check them out? Or can you only use them in the library?

I don't think my local library does this, but I admit that I mostly get digital books from the library these days, so I don't go there often.

kohanmike
04-26-2019, 03:37 PM
How common is it for libraries to lend ukuleles? How long can you keep them if you check them out? Or can you only use them in the library? I don't think my local library does this, but I admit that I mostly get digital books from the library these days, so I don't go there often.

I heard about it by Heidi and Daniel on a segment of the Ooktown podcast., the LA Public Library is making a concerted effort to provide ukuleles. You should be able to find out about it online.

This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

• Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
• Member The CC Strummers: YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers

Kenn2018
04-26-2019, 07:14 PM
If you subscribe to Ukulele Unlimited magazine (and why wouldn't you?) you can read an article about libraries lending ukuleles and hosting uke groups ("Check It Out: Ukes Are Circulating in Libraries," by Heidi Swedberg) The last section, "Grace period," tells the story of how my group got started - Catskill Ukulele Group.

Nice article.

Jerryc41
04-27-2019, 12:52 AM
How common is it for libraries to lend ukuleles? How long can you keep them if you check them out? Or can you only use them in the library?

I don't think my local library does this, but I admit that I mostly get digital books from the library these days, so I don't go there often.

In our area, most libraries have them. When newcomers attend our meetings, they sometimes borrow a uke for the night. I suppose the borrow time is the same as for a book - two weeks (?).

Canuckulele
04-27-2019, 02:54 AM
117421Our local library here in rural Ontario has a beginner and intermediate uke group meeting once a week with ukes to lend. That is when it isnít snowed-out. :(

Photo just taken. Grrr

Jerryc41
04-27-2019, 03:53 AM
117421Our local library here in rural Ontario has a beginner and intermediate uke group meeting once a week with ukes to lend. That is when it isn’t snowed-out. :(

Photo just taken. Grrr

By the middle of May, snow shouldn't be much of a problem. :)

Good screen name.

Lacole
04-27-2019, 05:05 AM
117421Our local library here in rural Ontario has a beginner and intermediate uke group meeting once a week with ukes to lend. That is when it isn’t snowed-out. :(

Photo just taken. Grrr

I find it interesting that a local library has a ukulele loaner plan. When one has a ukulele that they no longer, has anyone ever considered donating to their library?

Jerryc41
04-27-2019, 05:20 AM
I find it interesting that a local library has a ukulele loaner plan. When one has a ukulele that they no longer, has anyone ever considered donating to their library?

Yes, many of them are donations.

Joyful Uke
04-27-2019, 05:43 AM
By the middle of May, snow shouldn't be much of a problem. :)


I'm in the US, and we're supposed to have a big snow storm tonight.
Had almost 1/2 foot 2 weeks ago, so I've still got my shovel out, and still think that snow is a 4 letter word.

Joyful Uke
04-27-2019, 05:44 AM
Yes, many of them are donations.

Ohhh, now that's interesting. I didn't know that a library might take a donated ukulele. I may have to see if my library will do that. Got to stir up some interest in my area.

Nickie
04-27-2019, 05:30 PM
About 3 years ago, TBUS and the Pinellas County Library system teamed up to begin a library lending program, with free beginner workshops done by our volunteers. We gave each of about a dozen libraries ukes to loan, with a tuner, gig bag, and instruction manual CD.
The program has been imminently successful. I've started somewhere around 100 new ukers myself. The program quickly spread to 2 more counties. Most of the libraries have bought more ukes, which are checked out all the time, with a wait list.
Our system received a grant for $9,999.00 for music education, as a result of our program. I still teach a monthly workshop, and we've done kid's ukulele summer camps for 3 years now. We wrote our own program, and each one is taught by a working or retired school teacher.
I'd say, yes, ukes in libraries works!

kohanmike
04-27-2019, 06:08 PM
About 3 years ago, TBUS and the Pinellas County Library system teamed up to begin a library lending program, with free beginner workshops done by our volunteers. We gave each of about a dozen libraries ukes to loan, with a tuner, gig bag, and instruction manual CD. The program has been imminently successful. I've started somewhere around 100 new ukers myself. The program quickly spread to 2 more counties. Most of the libraries have bought more ukes, which are checked out all the time, with a wait list.
Our system received a grant for $9,999.00 for music education, as a result of our program. I still teach a monthly workshop, and we've done kid's ukulele summer camps for 3 years now. We wrote our own program, and each one is taught by a working or retired school teacher.
I'd say, yes, ukes in libraries works!

Bravo to all you.

This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

• Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
• Member The CC Strummers: YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/CCStrummers/video, Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCCStrummers

Jerryc41
04-29-2019, 12:58 AM
One potential problem is libraries receiving donations of toy ukes that are more trouble than they're worth.

Kenn2018
05-01-2019, 07:58 PM
One potential problem is libraries receiving donations of toy ukes that are more trouble than they're worth.

Toys for Tots, in December? Or donate them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other similar charity.

Jerryc41
05-02-2019, 12:52 AM
Toys for Tots, in December? Or donate them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other similar charity.

Good idea.

SailingUke
05-02-2019, 10:42 AM
Our group has meeting at the library for 5 years, we have donated many Ukes And cases for the loaner program.


I find it interesting that a local library has a ukulele loaner plan. When one has a ukulele that they no longer, has anyone ever considered donating to their library?

Joyful Uke
05-02-2019, 10:50 AM
Do the libraries have someone knowledgeable about the care of a ukulele? Can they change strings, do minor repairs, and so on?

SpaceForRent
05-02-2019, 01:58 PM
Do the libraries have someone knowledgeable about the care of a ukulele? Can they change strings, do minor repairs, and so on?

The library in my area partners with a local music store. The store donated the instrument and accessories. Their business card is attached to the beginner book. There's a big sticker on the book as well saying to bring it to the store to replace broken strings, etc.

Joyful Uke
05-02-2019, 02:44 PM
The library in my area partners with a local music store. The store donated the instrument and accessories. Their business card is attached to the beginner book. There's a big sticker on the book as well saying to bring it to the store to replace broken strings, etc.

That's a smart thing for the music store to do.

A family member used to be a librarian, and there is no way they would have handled having to change strings or tune or anything else with a ukulele, so I was wondering how this was handled.

Jerryc41
05-02-2019, 02:46 PM
Do the libraries have someone knowledgeable about the care of a ukulele? Can they change strings, do minor repairs, and so on?

They rely in my group to make minor repairs and change strings.