Starting today, the Toronto Public Library will be lending out musical instruments.
The Parkdale branch will be starting out with 100 instruments and are looking to expand with a public donation drive. Anyone with a gently used instrument can donate to either the Parkdale branch or to Long and McQuade stores.
Ana-Maria Critchley, the manager of stakeholder relations with the Toronto Public Library, had this to say,
“Musical instruments and libraries aren’t an immediate connection, but when you take a look at the direction the public libraries are going in, it makes perfect sense,” and that “Libraries are about connecting people to opportunities and breaking down barriers to access.”
I can’t praise this enough. Learning an instrument is such a cool hobby to pick up and, although it’s really challenging at first, it can quickly become your passion. Not to mention instruments are expensive and if you’re not 100% into it, lending one is a great way to get your feet wet without dropping some serious cash on something you may not be into.
Also, I’ve been trying to start a ska band for like… forever.