Do you know that starting in October, music lovers from Port Coquitlam to Boston Bar can partake in the joy of ukulele by borrowing the world’s happiest instrument from their local library?
That’s right! Fifty cheerful ukuleles complete with digital tuners and gig bags contributed by Cutie Circle, Empire Music, King’s Music, Ohana Music and our good friend, Linda Thiessen, are coming to the 25 branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) Uke ’n Play Collection (FVRL’s media release). The generous sponsors are committed to bringing music to the people and supported this project right from the start! The dream of putting one uke in every home is getting one step closer to reality!
Thanks to the friendly ukulele players at the Terry Fox Library (who disguised themselves as smiley librarians) in Port Coquitlam, the Cuties and FVRL collaboration was formed in February!
Serving a population of 700,000, the FVRL will add the joy of making music to its offerings. In its typical library fashion, the FVRL will include ukulele instruction books to the lot and assemble them nicely into carrying bags to round out the 50 ukulele kits!
The ukulele lending collection includes a variety of styles and colours to suit different tastes and levels of playfulness. From the standard figure-eight shaped brown soprano ukuleles, to their red glossy cousins, to the huggable pineapple cuties, to the thin-line arched back travel-size ukes decorated with abalone and pearl inlays, there is a ukulele to appeal to every aspiring ukester!
Here’s a sample of the fun collection.
What’s more? The strings of each uke have been carefully stretched by members of the Cutie Circle. In fact, the Cuties have lovingly strummed a handful of happy tunes into the tummy of each and every uke to get the instruments well on their way to meeting their new friends in the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. The hope of the Cuties is, of course, that all the people the ukes will touch can then build on these happy vibes and spread the music to their friends and families.
The Cuties also had a farewell party for the ukes to give these babies a grand send-off.
The official launch of the lending collection will take place at five of the FVRL locations:
Uke ’n Play launch events will be held at five FVRL locations. Please contact the library for more details.
- Tsawwassen Library: Friday, September 30, 2 p.m.– 2:45 p.m.
- Chilliwack Library: Saturday, October 1, 3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.
- Terry Fox Library: Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
- City of Langley Library: Friday, September 30, 2 p.m.– 3 p.m.
- Mission Library: Saturday, October 1, 2 p.m.– 4 p.m.
The ukuleles will be in your neighbourhood in October!
Are you ready?!