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etparadox - Posted - 02/17/2014:  12:14:25

I was exploring the new San Diego Central Library yesterday, and boy what a library it is. Architecturally impressive and a great community center. I was taking a guided tour, but when it reached the  music book section I strayed away. I went wondering through the stacks towards the 8th floor window, and as I turned around to walk back found myself starring straight at the banjo section! They had a couple of shelves of banjo tutors, mostly from the 60's and 70's, and an old set of DIY banjo plans. Any library with a banjo section is a good library in my eyes! Now if only there was a library that checked out banjos...

chucksiler - Posted - 02/17/2014:  12:38:23

Not that far fetched, they are loaning out ukuleles at an Anchorage library.                                                                                       

ajisai - Posted - 02/17/2014:  13:11:20

Neat idea. Wonder if other libraries could make instrument loan work? If nothing else, it might be feasible to check instruments out to patrons for an hour at a time for on-site use. The Harold Washington Library in Chicago has practice rooms.

I was exhibiting at a genealogy conference over the weekend and I let a couple of people try out my banjo. I think a lot of people are really intrigued by the possibility of playing an instrument but never go after an opportunity to give it a chance.

Next time I'm in San Diego, I'll check that library out!

etparadox - Posted - 02/17/2014:  13:37:08

Cool stuff about the Anchorage Library. The modern library is changing from it's role as an archive to that of a community center . As more media goes digital, the need shifts from access to information to collaboration about information. 

The San Diego Central Library is definitely worth a visit.


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