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Check Out the Music, library program

Sky-Hi News Staff Report
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In 2006 the Grand County Blues Society (GCBS) donated instruments, music CDs, and instructional DVDs to all five Grand County libraries, sparking a unique partnership and inspiring a program called, “Check Out the Music.” Through this free program, library patrons are able to check out guitars, keyboards, bass guitars, and drum pads- just as they would borrow any other library materials. (In 2007 GCBS was aldo honored by the Colorado Association of Libraries, receiving the “Library Partner of the Year” award, and other libraries across the nation have adopted the program for their own communities.)

Today, the “Check Out the Music” program at the Fraser Valley Library has been bolstered by recent local donations: The 10 year old Casio keyboard was replaced, and an often sought after ukulele was purchased with funds given by Crooked Creek Saloon for their “Music in the Garden” event on July 6th. Bobby Barajas of Smart Tour Media in Winter Park, donated new analog and blues guitar pedals. Leslie Wilson donated a mountain dulcimer, along with 2 instruction manuals, and Delia Master contributed an amplifier. Ann Rosati donated 2 acoustic guitars in honor of Earl Ferguson. In addition, the Friends of the Grand County Library donated a music stand to showcase the instruments in a visible location. Thank you to the generously kind village who have made this program an amazing success!

If you’d like more information about the program, please contact Joy at the Fraser Valley Library.


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