Thursday, December 12, 2013
Maybe you've never thought about playing a ukulele. Maybe you never realized they were hip. And maybe you never considered that you could find a hip, cool musical instrument to borrow at your local library.
If you live in Portland you should think again.
Portland Public Library has a new program for teens that features four ukuleles donated by Moose County Music and Surf and named by Curious City for teen books in the library's Teen Room collection.
Each uke available for checkout comes in a bag with an instructional DVD, a uke chord book and the book the ukulele was named for. Each book has music as a central theme.
Currently available are "Reunited" (in tune with the novel by Hilary Weisman Graham), "So Punk Rock" (in tune with the graphic novel by Micol and David Ostow), "Seraphina" (in tune with the award-winning fantasy novel by Rachel Hartman), and "So You Wanna Be a Superstar?" (an audition guide for teens striving for success on any stage).
The new program was launched with help from a 50-member ukulele flash mob made up of musicians from the Peaks Island Ukulele Group and the Falmouth Flukes.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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