On the weekend, I dragged the kids to the State Library. Initially the kids were complaining “Do we HAVE to go with you? Do we HAVE to go to the library?”.
Tough luck – I’ve got the keys to the car 🙂
I had to look up some music and when I got there to the second floor, I forgot just how much sheet music they do have there. There’s literally STACKS!
Seriously, before you go to Zenith’s or Theo’s or Clef or Musgrove’s, visit the State Library first. There’s shelves and shelves of music scores for all sorts of instruments and ensembles. And not just classical sheet music, but a whole lot of pop and rock and musical theatre stuff too.
I took one look at the violin section and thought that it would take years to go through and play all the repertoire they have there. I’m flipped through some of the fiddling and jazz books – stuff I’ve wanted to try out but just haven’t wanted to fork out real money yet. They also have a practice room there to hire if you want to try out books before going home.
And the cost? FREE! Yep, just sign up on the ground floor, show some ID and you can borrow any of these books to play in the comfort of your own home!
On the way out, we found a free display on the ground floor called “The Library of Nearly Lost Moments” – an exhibition dedicated to all the “stuff” in your lives.
Little Miss 9 liked the snow globe collection and I was excited to see some old Apple computers there.
There was an activity there where you can add some bit of stuff to the wall and describe what it is, where you got it, why you don’t want it.
This was my favourite!
Eventually, I had to pull Little Miss 9 away from the old typewriter they had there. To think that I learnt typing on a typewriter, but now it’s such a novelty 🙂 I think I’ll have to dig up my parents’ old one for the kids to play with again.
The exhibition continues onto the 6th February but the Music section of the library is there all the time 🙂
More info here: http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/exhibitions
And they’ve even got a blog here! http://slwa.wordpress.com/ and posted about their Music section here: http://slwa.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/attention-music-students/
And tip for the day – you can search their entire catalogue from the comfort of your home here: http://henrietta.slwa.wa.gov.au/search~S2