SOUTHINGTON — The public library recently added a few new unique items to their lending catalog.
Now available for borrowing are almost a dozen musical instruments, including ukuleles, keyboards and trumpets. Children’s Department Head Cindy Wall pursued the idea after seeing a college library loaning instruments. She worked with Scott Mulrooney, of The Music Shop on Queen Street, to collect unwanted instruments.
“I hope that kids and parents and adults all get the opportunity to try musical instruments that they haven’t, or to rekindle a romance so to speak with their old musical instrument that they used to play,” Wall said, also noting the health and wellness benefits of playing an instrument.
Wall and Mulrooney were amazed at peoples’ generosity, especially in donating high-quality instruments.
“I’d like to especially say thank you to all the people who brought their instruments …. because without them, this wouldn’t have happened,” Wall said.
Mulrooney repaired some of the donated instruments at no cost to the library.
Other instruments available include keyboards and guitars along with a violin, trumpet, and accordion. Donations are still being accepted, either at the library, 255 Main St., or The Music Shop, 405 Queen St. Visit the Children’s Department desk to borrow an instrument.
Instruments can be borrowed for two weeks at a time. They come in cases with some reading material to help novices get started.
“It's a great way for kids to get (started),” Mulrooney said. “No cash outlay, just come in, borrow the instrument and see if you like it.”
Wall said the library is always looking for creative and innovative things to offer their patrons, such as FitBits, VR goggles, and iPads.
“We like to try new and innovative things and see what the public likes and see what they want more of,” she said.