My name is Luke and I am on the Teen Advisory Board for the Greenfield Public Library, in Greenfield, Wisconsin. I also play the piano and understand how listening to music can inspire a person to be passionate about playing an instrument. The problem is that the library has nothing for kids to listen to (unless you like Wayne Newton and Yanni) and the library is not able to buy many more new music CDs to inspire kids like me who love to listen to music but can’t afford to buy it.
Until recently, Greenfield citizens were able to request music CDs from the Milwaukee Public Libraries, but Milwaukee changed their lending policy and we can no longer request their CDs. That’s bad for us because the Greenfield Library has a lousy, uninspiring, depleting music selection. Young musicians don’t have a reason to get out of their homes and visit the library to check out a CD because our library budget for buying audio-visual materials was just drastically cut by 41%. The library doesn’t have the money to buy music for the kids of Greenfield.
A good collection of music CDs would attract young adults who have never been “or have not been in a long time” to the library. If new people come to check our music CDs they might also check out books. If they enjoy the CDs and books they will continue to come back to the library even when they are adults.
In conclusion, not only will a special collection of music CDs attract young musicians seeking inspiration, but it will also begin a lifelong relationship between music lovers and the public library.