September 21, 2016
The Parkway Central Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library will start lending out musical instruments starting Sept. 26, as part of their new Musical Instrument Collection program. Instruments, like books, are given the standard three-week loaning period.
There's no aptitude test or pre-requisites; you just need to be a library member in good standing.
So far, the collection includes "an electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic-electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele." And "Each instrument has a kit that includes a gig bag, tuner, strap, and small amps and cables for the electrics. You’ll even get a few repurposed Free Library card guitar picks to keep."
Two events will help launch the program:
• Sunday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m.: “Opening Ouvertures” a concert featuring the Citywide Specials
• Monday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-noon: Drop-in jam sessions and workshops