Musical Instrument Player Launched at Fayetteville Library – Eagle News Online
VILLAGE OF FAYETTEVILLE – In partnership with a local Girl Scout, the Fayetteville Free Library is soliciting donations for a musical instrument drive launched this month.
The library at 300 Orchard St. is asking members of the community to dust off their intact but underused instruments in an effort to pass them on to the next crowd of budding gamers.
The initiative will serve as a gold award project, or final achievement, decided upon by 10168 Troop member Sarah Rinzan, who intends to keep the program going through her college years and beyond. The Gold Award – the highest achieved in Girl Scouting – is given for creating a response to a continuing, unmet need in a particular area.
“With my project, I was looking to make musical resources more accessible,” said Rinzan, now a first-grader at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. “I approached the library as a natural partner because of its experience in lending books and also because it is a central hub in the community.”
The program, Rizan said, allows borrowers to borrow instruments for an extended period but without commitment.
She said the program will benefit anyone who is hesitant to buy an instrument based solely on a quick judgement.
“Like many kids, I took piano lessons for four years before realizing that the keys weren’t for me, but the violin was,” Rinzan said. “If I could have tried the violin beforehand, I would have saved my parents the expense of the piano which is now part of the interior decoration.”
Rinzan has been playing classical and electric violin for about seven years now, first falling in love with the instrument because of its “versatility” across genres and exceptional melodic presence during live performances.
His latest instrument-sharing service project is intended to appeal to people of all ages with library cards, whether choir and band students making a selection for the rest of their schooling. or someone who struggles to both pick up a hobby and keep their brains sharp.
“A lot of people think they’re too old to try an instrument because they have other priorities, but I hope the convenience of the library will encourage everyone to enjoy the benefits of music,” said Rinzan.
The Fayetteville Library will welcome donations of items such as cellos, clarinets, trombones, trumpets, ukuleles, acoustic guitars and microphones, although any musical equipment is considered for the storage room.
“We don’t really know what to expect just because we’ve never tried this before,” said Leah Kraus, assistant library manager. “If in doubt, please contact us and we will let you know if this is something we have the option of accepting.”
Kraus said the library also intends to secure some instruments through private financial donations that reach it or by seeking grants.
With an accompanying form placing liability on the borrower for any damages they may cause, there will be a return policy lasting likely to last three weeks for most. However, Kraus said the loan could be extended for up to a full year for students using their instrument of choice at school concerts.
Library staff members further plan to include educational resources such as sheet music, DVDs and links to online tutorials to complement the new curriculum.
Those wishing to contribute instruments are asked to contact Library Assistant and Program Coordinator Jake Wicks via email [email protected] with their name, phone number and type of donation. From there, an appointment can be made to drop off the instrument at the library reception.