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Monday, November 09, 2015

Unusual Items Part 2

Back on October 28, I posted about a workshop the staff had attended on "unusual items" found in public libraries. In that post I listed a few of the unusual (by that I mean not books, movies, or CDs) the Nesmith already has in its collection.

Today we have one more ready to borrow (and a few more on their way--keep watching this space)!

What you see is a Kala Makala MK-S soprano ukulele [KIT 787.89 UKU]! The ukulele comes with a case, a tuner and instructions, an introductory DVD, and a cloth to keep it shiny!

"A ukulele?" you say. Yes, it seems to be a fairly common unusual item for libraries to loan out. (Click on this New York Times article with the title, "These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles.") Some libraries have local ukulele groups that meet at the library. Whipple Free Library in New Boston is one. Information about their group was on display when I visited there in September.

If you'd like to listen to a pro ukukele player, borrow our copy of Ka 'Ano'i by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole [CD INTERNATIONAL KAM]. Kamakawiwo'ole is the musician who had a hit several years ago with his rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"."

Once you learn the ukulele, you may want to accompany someone dancing the hula. In that case, look for Be a Hula Girl [J DVD BE] and get your kids to dance!

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