On May 10, the Salem Public Library and the Ukulele Fans of Oregon kicked off a ukulele lending program with the support of ABC Music. The program will allow patrons to check out a ukulele and learn how to play free of charge.

The Ukulele Fans donated six ukulele kits to the library; the kits include a Kala tenor ukulele, carrying bag, tuner, and instruction book.

Group director Doneille Chomiak explained that the ukulele program will allow the library to better serve the community.

“To me, the library is a great equalizer in any community. Anything you need to learn, anything you want to learn, the answer is at the library,” Chomiak said, “Since they are able to be that equalizer in the community, we thought, let’s have a ukulele lending program.”

In addition, the Ukulele Fans will hold monthly meetings at the library on the third Sunday. The meetings are open to all people regardless of skill or experience level and include an introductory lesson.

With this program, the Salem Public Library joins the growing trend of libraries lending items to the community. Libraries across the country have begun loaning out everything from cake pans to American Girl dolls.

Jowelle M. is a college student interested in sociology, political science, and Spanish. Aside from academics, Jowelle enjoys blogging, reading, music, and spending time with family. She is happiest when she is working with others to improve the community.