PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Many people go to the library to open up a good book, but the Bay County Public Library is letting locals show off their creative side.
A new computer program called ArtistWorks for Libraries is helping some locals learn a new hobby with step-by-step online video instructions for a wide range of topics.
Sarah Burris, the community relations and marketing coordinator for the Bay County Public Library said, “There’s art lessons, drawing lessons, as well as a ton of music lessons if you’re interested in voice, or different musical instruments. You’ve got your band instruments like the trombone or clarinet as well as mandolin, guitar, and the ukulele.”
The best part? It’s all free.
With just a library card and an internet connection, you can learn how to play the ukulele and other instruments.
It also doesn’t matter where your talents lie, the ArtistWorks program has something for everyone and you can view the lessons at home or at the library.
Robin Schader, the director of the Bay County Public Library said, “They start at an absolute beginner level and maybe you have a guitar at home that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play so now you can do it at no cost to you… Studies show that playing music is good for you. It’s also really fun, it’s a joyful experience.”
The library is typically a quiet place, but in this case, they seem to be okay with a little noise.
The ArtistWorks service is free at the library. It’s paid for through a sponsorship from the Bay Arts Alliance as well as the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews.