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Thursday 17 October 2019

In tune: Teens can borrow instruments from library

Drumming up interest: Girls Rock Dublin volunteer Aileen Wallace with Promise, launching the Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin GRD Gear Library, the loan service designed for teenagers. Photo: Fennell Photography
Drumming up interest: Girls Rock Dublin volunteer Aileen Wallace with Promise, launching the Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin GRD Gear Library, the loan service designed for teenagers. Photo: Fennell Photography
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Libraries just got very noisy. A new collaboration between Dublin City Libraries and the not-for-profit group Girls Rock Dublin will allow teenagers to borrow musical instruments for free for three weeks.

Teens just need a library card and can call into Pearse Street Library where they can borrow from a collection of instruments, amplifiers and musical accessories.

Girls Rock Dublin is a volunteer-led group which builds girls' self-esteem through music composition and performance. It provides workshops and technical training.

The collection of instruments that make up the GRD Gear Library is used for their summer camp and events - but are now being made available through Dublin City Libraries all year round.

Budding musicians can check out the instrument gallery at girlsrockdublin.com/gear-library to see what is available to borrow.

The collection is made up of donations from members of the public and from purchases made through fundraising.

Anyone who would like to donate instruments can find more details at girlsrockdublin.com.

Dublin City Libraries is reminding people that libraries no longer impose fines and you can use your library card in any library in the country.

Teenagers will need the signature of a parent or guardian when applying for a library card.

The parent or guardian will need to bring photo ID and proof of address.

Irish Independent

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