Montgomery County Public Libraries Launches Library of Things; Musical Instruments Now Available for Check-out



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For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) launched the new musical-lending program called “Library of Things” today. This program allows library cardholders to check out specially selected musical instruments.

County Executive Ike Leggett, MCPL’s Acting Director Anita Vassallo and MCPL Twinbrook Library Manager Eric Carzon celebrated the beginning of the program at a special event that included a celebratory first strum and beat, instrument demonstrations and an instrument “petting zoo” (an opportunity for attendees to hold and play musical instruments). The event was held at the Twinbrook Library located at 202 Meadow Hall Drive in Rockville.

“It is a pleasure to launch the “Library of Things program, which provides our County residents free access to a variety of musical instruments,” said Leggett. “This program is another example of the value and benefits of a library card, and I am proud to celebrate the beginning of this innovative program.”

The Library of Things inventory includes 29 instruments and six amplifiers including a selection of guitars, ukuleles, and hand-drums (djembe, doumbek, bohdran, kalimba and more). Several of the instruments are appropriate for or designed specifically for children. There are also some musical accessories for lending such as capos, slides, and variety packs of guitar picks.

The instruments were hand-selected for playability, quality, ability to maintain, cost, durability, and compatibility with library content on how to play musical instruments.

“I am proud that we are able to offer this for our library customers because playing a musical instrument can be rewarding, relaxing, and educational,” said Vassallo. “This program compliments the rich music-related resources that MCPL offers; such as the books, tutorials and audio collections.”

To borrow an instrument customers must have an account in good standing, and will be asked to verify their identity with a photo ID. Instruments may be borrowed for 14 days by young people at least 14 years of age and by parents for children under age 14. Please see the library website’s “music” page here for detailed information about the instruments and program policies (the instruments are not visible in MCPL’s online catalog). Residents may also call the Twinbrook Library at 240-777-0240 to inquire about available instruments. Staff can reserve an available instrument for a customer for the balance of the business day.

Twinbrook will host a free monthly Make More Music Discussion Group for all ages on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information contact: Eric Carzon, at eric.carzon@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-0240.

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