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Friday, April 21 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plays Well With Others: Thriving Together One Tune at a Time

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In 2016, Salem Public Library initiated a ukulele lending program. In addition to lending instruments, the Library hosts a monthly ukulele jam session that has become one of the its most popular programs, frequently attracting more than 60 musicians of all ages. The program would not have launched had it not been for a group of musicians, the Ukulele Fans of Oregon (aka UFOs), whose mission it is to make ukuleles available throughout Oregon. They even got Governor Kate Brown on board when they convinced her to proclaim May 15 “Play Your Ukulele Day”.

This session will provide information on how libraries can build their own programs. In addition, Doneille Chomiak and Laurie Linn of the UFOs will lead participants in a demonstration of their popular program. They will show how the fun and ease of playing the ukulele and singing together develops community. In a program where musical experience and ability isn’t a prerequisite to having fun, it is easy to engage people of all ages. Ukuleles will be provided.


Doneille Chomiak

Ukulele Fans of Oregon
Director of the Ukulele Fans of Oregon, Doneille has built a library based community outreach music program that welcomes everyone. Her enthusiasm and know-how for developing successful community programs has led to ukulele music and lending programs in 3 public libraries with more... Read More →

Laurie Linn

Ukulele Fans of Oregon
As the Musical Director of the Ukulele Fans of Oregon, Laurie has 25 years’ experience teaching and directing instrumental and vocal groups of all sizes. As a performer and recording artist she knows her way around a song. With energy and humor Laurie has everyone and anyone playing... Read More →

Ann Scheppke

Adult Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Ann has worked at Salem Public Library for over 30 years. During that time, she has performed a variety of duties, including adult programming, reference services, and riding shotgun on the bookmobile.

Friday April 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Board Room