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Instrument lending program could be coming to Winnipeg’s Millennium Library

The program provides instruments such as a guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, portable keyboards, bongo, violin, xylophone and the doumbek. Jon Guignard / Global News

Musical instruments could be newest item you can borrow from the Millennium Library.

A report presented Wednesday at Executive Policy Committee recommended councillors approve a four-year sponsorship term to establish the “Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library Program.”

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada will give the city $140,000 plus GST in a lump sum for the naming rights, the report stated.

According to the report, people will only be able to get the instruments at the Millennium Library.

EPC members passed the motion, meaning it now heads to city council for final approval.

“This I think is a really great addition to our libraries,” said Coun. John Orlikow. “It shows our libraries are progressing and moving forward.

“It’s not just books on shelves, it’s a whole bunch of ways people can get engaged.”

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Sun Life has similar programs in other cities across Canada, such as Regina, Vancouver and Ottawa.

READ MORE: Regina Public Library first library in Sask. to receive music instrument lending program

The program in other cities sees instruments such as guitars, banjos, and violins be taken out for a period of time, free of charge.

According to the report, Winnipeg’s program will receive 150 instruments, cases or gig-bags, accessories and a display case designed to promote and display sample musical instruments from the collection. Online tutorials will also be available in the official languages to show the public how to properly handle the equipment.

If city council agrees to play the tune, the sponsorship will begin in June, 2019.

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