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Ottawa Public Library channels ‘School of Rock’ with instrument lending program

Kieran Delamont, Metro News
November 7, 2017

With a little starpower on hand, Ottawa Public Library announced a new musical instrument lending program designed to give those wanting to jam the tools to do it.

The Ottawa Public Library announced the new program, which will allow anyone in the city with a library card to rent an instrument from the downtown or Nepean Centrepointe branches.

Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan was on hand Tuesday for the announcement to support the program and even donate a guitar to the cause.

“I don’t know what I would have done without music in my life,” said McLachlan. She criticized the way music education has been cut from school curriculums worldwide, adding that “I think we all need music in our lives,” and that the “means and opportunity [to learn an instrument] should be available to everyone.”

The program is sponsored by Sun Life Financial, who are donating $140,000 and 150 instruments to the program.

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