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Ukulele Time: Bonding and Development

At my library, August is our “break month,” where we have less programs and try to catch up after a jam-packed summer. One of my coworkers had a brilliant idea to have an informal “teach ourselves how to play ukulele” group during the month of August.

A group of librarians practicing the ukulele.

Here’s the basics:

Who: Anyone in our youth services department was welcome to attend

What: 30-minute informal ukulele jam sessions, where we get together as a group, play basic chords and songs and motivate one another to learn a new skill!

Where: Typically in the story time room, but today we took it outside and had our session at the gazebo across the street.

When: Each week we have three 30-minute sessions during the mornings (when story times are typically held). People are also encouraged to practice and have informal “jam sessions.”

How: A librarian who taught herself how to play the ukulele during the pandemic is our leader. She helps us tune the instrument and teaches us basic chords. We have some basic print outs and are also encouraged to watch Youtube/ Udemy videos. (and to support and encourage each other of course). Our library is also fortunate to have a collection of eight ukuleles that we can use.

Why: It’s nothing new that music is important in story times and for children and the ukulele is a fun and easy instrument to pick up.

More: Many ALSC bloggers had some great posts with tips and tricks on using the ukulele including Chelsey Roos Ukulele Storytime for Beginners from a Beginner, information about using and circulating ukulele’s in the library from author Mary Amato, and even a write-up about a two day course for making ukuleles by Leah Meeling

This post address ALSC competency groups III. Programming Skills and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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