Name: Aurelia and Joel
Occupation: Aurelia is writer and a part-time musician; Joel works in sales and makes banjo thimbles.
Why do you come to the library?
Aurelia: New books, old books, magazines and the monthly art show in the gallery! The wonderful staff are always able to answer my questions -- so friendly and helpful.
Joel: To learn stuff.
What do you geek? Banjos.
The Lawrence Library geeks banjos, too! Our monthly Open Mic Nights will resume in September, so anyone interested in playing their banjo can pop in and take a turn or stay and listen as others play. We also have CDs of music that feature the banjo, including albums by the Steep Canyon Rangers and Mumford & Sons. If you're learning to play or looking to practice, you might also enjoy "Bluegrass: Banjo Play-Along" by Hal Leonard; this book has written musical notations of several songs as well as a CD that you can play along with.
Children interested in learning about the banjo can take a look at "Cool Country Music: Create & Appreciate What Makes Music Great!" by Mary Lindeen, which includes not only information about country music and its origins, but also has a chapter about how to make your own banjo. The library also has stories about banjos and the musicians who love them, such as "Banjo Granny" by Sarah Martin Busse.
If you're interested in learning to play stringed instruments but aren't sure if the banjo is for you, please register on our website to attend our Ukelele Workshop on Sept. 3; we have room for 10 adults and 10 children to learn the basics of ukelele playing, and we soon will have two ukelele kits that you can check out to practice with.
The library can help everyone explore the things they geek. For information, or if you are interested in being the Geek of the Week, stop by Lawrence Library.