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Longmont Library Ready to Let Folks Uke It Up

September 6, 2018

The new Ukulele Club will begin meeting Tuesday at the Longmont Public Library. The club is open to players of levels ages 16 and older.

If you go

What: Ukulele Club

When: 7 to 8 p.m. second Tuesday of the month starting next week

Where: First floor meeting room, Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave.

Details: No registration required; players of all levels 16 and older are welcome

More info: Call the library at 303-651-8470

So many Longmonters enjoyed the library’s ukulele meetup in May, that they will now be able to join the new monthly meetup for miniature guitar lovers.

Librarian Josie Brockmann said that the library brought in Gary Jugert, founder and conductor of the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra, for a workshop and about 50 people of all ages attended.

“Some brought their own ukuleles and he had one to hand out and everybody really loved it and people started requesting that we have something like that regularly,” she said.

Brockmann said that the workshop might have been popular because so many people have ukuleles in their homes but don’t really know how to play the instruments.

“Quite a few people had this but had never learned to play it,” she said. “It’s threatening and fun because you didn’t need to know how to read music or anything.”

Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra volunteer and Longmont resident Kay Miller will lead the regular Ukulele Club meetings, which will be from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month starting next week. There is no registration necessary; just show up with a ukulele.

Brockmann said the club is exciting because patrons requested it and its content will largely be driven by what members want.

“They will learn a song, they might get a music book at the beginning and we can print out some of the music,” Brockmann said. “The way they’ll learn is the way the orchestra teaches it, which is pretty easy. It’s learning to play ‘Frere Jacques’ and things like that.”

Brockmann added that regular attendees of the newly-created Ukulele Club will likely get emails with music to practice for the next meeting if they like.

While an hour of ukulele jamming might not be what most people think of as something a library would offer patrons, Brockmann said libraries are trying to expand outward to all sorts of activities.

“We see it as personal enrichment and something that allows people to be together as a community,” she said.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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