SEARSPORT — The instruments are being let out of their cases for an afternoon at the Instrument Petting Zoo, Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Carver Memorial Library, 12 Union St. The Instrument Petting Zoo is a pop-up musical experience for all ages that gives attendees the opportunity to try out a musical instrument they may never have played before but always wanted to try. No experience is needed. Whether you are a budding player or just curious about a particular stringed instrument, this event may be just for you.

The afternoon is co-hosted by the Searsport Shores Jam Ensemble, which is entering its 30th year of bringing musicians together to play tunes on the coast of Searsport. Players from the group will perform a few songs, take some requests, but most importantly, will be on hand to help put instruments in the hands of others.

Searsport’s Carver Memorial Library partners with the Makers Guild of Maine Musical Instrument Lending Program implemented for anyone to learn or try out a new instrument. The instruments have been donated by local musicians and community members through guild fundraisers and outreach. They are free to borrow, whether you are a seasoned musician or an enthusiast who has always wanted to try a banjo, all you need is a local library card. Acoustic and electric guitars (with amp), violins, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, an upright bass and an accordion are currently available. Come and explore the various instruments the library has available for loan. Who knows, you just might be inspired!

Luthiers, instructors, musicians and quality instruments are always welcome. Monetary donations benefit the library’s musical instrument lending program.

The snow date is Saturday, Jan. 28. For more information, call 207-548-2303 or email