String instruments making a sweet noise in Searsport... shhhh!

Feb 23, 2020
Photo by: Astrig Tanguay Volunteers helping with the lending program are, front from left, Ben Fosse, Rick Fitzsimmons and Steve Tanguay; and back from left, Rhonda Nichols, Sue McClintock, Al Andrews, Bill Smith, James Hyland and another volunteer.

Searsport — Last week, a musical show and tell came to Searsport to officially kick-off the Musical Instrument Lending program at the Carver Memorial Library. Seven local musicians talked about the instruments, did demos and helped give hands-on experience for those that wanted to give one a try. A short music jam followed. The evening culminated when Bill Smith played and then announced the donation of an upright bass in memory of his late wife, Sarah, who was a talented musician, singer and strong supporter of the Kinhaven Music School.

The inventory of instruments includes three acoustic guitars, two electric guitars and amp, four violins of various sizes, a banjo, three mandolins, two ukuleles, an upright base and an accordion. This program was created by James Hyland and Steven Tanguay; the instruments are maintained by Luthier Benjamin Foss. Head Librarian Sue McClintock administers the lending program.

Any adult patron with a current Carver borrower account in good standing can check out an instrument. Items are checked out for four weeks. A replacement fee may apply to lost or damaged items.

If you have instruments or instrument accessories in good condition you'd like to donate, please email Instruments will be accepted in accordance with the library’s Gifts and Donations Policy.

Here are some types of instruments the library accepts: acoustic guitars, acoustic bass, banjos, ukuleles, violins, maracas, tambourines, steel drums, drum pads and drum pad sets, keyboards, concertinas, and similar instruments. Only portable instruments are accepted, and the program cannot accept wind instruments.

CML's Musical Instrument Lending Library was designed in partnership with The Maker's Guild of Maine, and the instruments were donated by participants in the Strung Together Music Festival. Call 548-2303 for more information.

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