Cardholders at the Regina Public Library will soon have the opportunity to take out more than just books.
Sun life’s donated $140,000 as part of the Sun life Musical Investment Leading Library program, allowing people to sign out musical instruments from the library.
“It’s going to give the youth and adults of the city who can’t necessary afford musical instruments the opportunity to come and try out the guitars, or violins or xylophones, or whatever,” said Sean Quinlan, Board Member of the Regina Public Library.
Mayor Michael Fougere also spoke about the program, calling it a program from which many will receive numerous benefits.
“Libraries are much more than just books and magazines, they’re actually an outreach for people to come here and enjoy the surroundings, and it’s a hub for the community,” he said.
That sentiment was shared by several people, including members of the Saskatoon band the Sheepdogs.
“Music is a valuable thing, I was a young, restless man, and I could sink my energies into learning an instrument, develop creativity, it was a lot of fun,” Ewan Currie said. “I could play with my friends and family, so it was an outlet that way, it was just an overall tremendous experience.”
The program is the first of it’s kind in Saskatchewan and one of eight across Canada.