212 S. Gaston St.
What / When / Where / Who
A ukulele open music session will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Library Rogow Community Room every 2nd Thursday starting on March 14, 2019. Beginner instruction from 5:30 – 6:00 will help the complete novice learn the basics to participate in the following music session. This inter-generational program is open to all ages. The recommended minimum age is 7, though we require that anyone under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult.
Dates & Themes
Monthly themes/songs are chosen by staff with song print-outs available in advance at the Library:
March 14 2019: American Folk and Traditional Songs
April 11 2019: The ’60s
May 9 2019: Soul/Motown
June 13 2019: The Beatles
July 11 2019: Beach
August 8 2019: The ’90s & ’00s
September 12 2019: The ’70s
October 10 2019: Country/Americana
November 14 2019: The ’80s
December 12 2019: Holiday
Ukuleles to Borrow
Bring your own, or borrow one of our ukuleles available for public use in the library during the session only and which can be reserved in advance. Each ukulele has an electronic tuner, which beginners will be instructed on how to use. Library ukes include soprano, pineapple, concert, and tenor sizes. All ukuleles are in the same standard tuning, but have different tones based on size. Anyone is welcome to reserve any size, though those with petite hands may find the soprano and pineapple sizes more comfortable and those with larger hands may find the concert and tenor sizes more comfortable. For ukulele reservations or more details about ukuleles, such as to see photos or learn about specifications, stop by the library and ask a staff member.
Unlike lessons, the beginner instruction is NOT cumulative — it is the same content week after week meant to give the complete novice a basic foundational understanding of tuning, chord fingering, how to read a chord chart, strumming, and rhythm. This will help the inexperienced player to feel more comfortable in the music session to follow.
The hour-long music session is structured according to a theme, with songs pre-selected by staff members. Songs are selected based on copyright availability, as well as their popularity and appropriateness for the inter-generational public library setting. Themes and dates are listed above, and the next month’s song packet will be available at each session. Songs will also be projected on a screen during the session for ease of viewing. We are unable to distribute the songs electronically due to copyright restrictions.
Contact Laura Gardner in Youth Services or Heather Reedy in Circulation for more information, questions, or details about the Ukulele Circle.