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Ukuleles kits available for checkout at the Library 

April 24, 2019
The Town Crier

Anyone can take a ukulele for a test run by checking out a ukulele kit at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC). All one needs is a PLYMC Library Card.

Kits include: ukulele and case, instruction and music books, extra strings, cleaning cloth, and an instructional DVD. Inside each kit is a replacement cost for the various items included.

The ukulele kits are housed at the Austintown Library, but the kits can also be sent to a branch near the patron for pickup.

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Ukulele kits, which can be checked out by PLYMC patrons, were donated by Linda Wiland, Richard Wyant and the Steel Valley Ukers, seen above with Library Development Director Deborah Liptak.

Erin Phemester, Library Programming and Youth Services Director, said, "Music is such a beautiful gift to be able to share with others. We thank the Steel Valley Ukers for helping us to bring the benefits of music, which include increased language development, spatial reasoning, and stress relief, to library users through the ukulele kits."

Because the number of kits is limited, a patron can check out one kit at a time for a three-week loan period with no renewals. There is a $1 per day fine for late returns. The kits are not available through Search Ohio. Holds may be placed on the ukulele kits, if necessary.

John Waller, PLYMC librarian, said, "We view the loaning of ukuleles as another aspect of our mission as a library. Our slogan here is 'Connect. Inspire. Enrich.' And, as legendary musician Bill Evans once said, the function of music is enrichment. So, loaning musical instruments helps us fulfill our mission. By connecting our patrons with instruments, even those as simple as a ukuleles, we are helping to enrich their lives - and hopefully inspiring them to develop their own creativity. Loaning objects other than books helps keep us fun and relevant to our community."

The ukuleles were donated by Linda Wiland, Richard Wyant and the Steel Valley Ukers. The donors noted that some of the benefits to playing ukulele, aside from learning to play a musical instrument, are brain development and finger flexibility. They indicated it takes about a month to learn six chords and be able to play ukulele.



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