The Community Library has added a Little Martin LXM six string guitar to it’s stacks, and it is now ready to be checked out and be played. The LXM is a small guitar for younger learners, or it can be used by aficionados to keep up their fingering while on vacation. All patrons and visitors are welcome to come in and test drive the guitar in one of our side rooms, or take the plunge and check it out for a couple of weeks of experimentation, learning and play. Never played? Invest in yourself and start now. There is no charge.
We have a number of new guitar books on order for both learning and experienced players to add to our current collection of musical books. Also in our stacks is an intriguing book by Gary F. Marcus, Guitar Zero: the New Musician and the Science of Learning. Marcus, a scientist, decided at age 40 to learn how to play the guitar, despite never having evinced musical talent in the past. Guitar Zero traces his learning journey and looks at how both children and adults become musical.
The public library guitar lending idea was pioneered at the East Palo Alto branch in California, by Library Director PC Sweeney. There is a video of the program in action on his excellent weblog. I hope that the idea of lending music takes hold in the community, and the Little Martin can be just the first in a bandworthy group of instruments. Somewhere in a closet at home, more of our patrons may have another dusty instrument to augment the collection, or be willing to lend knowledge and skills to a regular gathering inside our outside the library. I have one of Hugo’s mini calypso steel drums at home–that may join the collection soon. What’s in your closet?