Music Instruction

Instrument Lending

The library owns ukuleles and dulcimers which may be borrowed by anyone with a valid NWRLS library card, from any branch. The loan period is three weeks. Each instrument also comes with a tuner. You can search the library catalog for “ukulele” or “dulcimer” to see if we have instruments in stock or to place a request. The dulcimers were funded by the Panhandle Library Access Network and the ukuleles were funded through generous donations from the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews and the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.


ArtistWorks for Libraries

ArtistWorks Flyer

Free online music lessons are available through the library’s Artist Works subscription sponsored by the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. Lessons are taught by professional musicians and include beginner through advanced tutorials. Lessons include guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, bass, drums, violin, clarinet, mandolin and much more. For instructions for setting up your account with your library card on your laptop or desktop – click here. When using the Libby app, scroll down to “extras” and you can see ArtistWorks.

Note: When a patron accesses ArtistWorks, they are given a 30-day access pass. Once that access pass expires, they can go back into Libby and get another pass by clicking on Extras > ArtistWorks > Get Access. This will provide a new 30-day access pass to the service.  Please ignore any messages about purchasing ArtistWorks. 

Please ask a staff member if you need assistance setting up your free account. 


Individuals or small groups wanting to learn to play the ukulele or dulcimer can schedule a one-hour session with an instrument tutor at the Bay County Public Library. The session provides an introduction to the instrument for beginners. Bring your own instrument or one will be provided. Learn about the instrument, how to hold it, how to strum, how to tune, and learn to play a song. Contact Sarah at or call 850-522-2120 to schedule!  Due to Covid-19, this would be a lesson over Zoom. 

Ukulele Social Club

Due to Covid-19, we are not currently meeting for Ukulele Social Class. 

We meet on the first Saturday of every month at the Bay County Public Library from 10:00 – 11:30 AM. In the first part of session we cover beginner basics; the second part is for jammin’. A few loaner instruments are usually available but you are encouraged to bring your own. All ages and experience levels are welcome.

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Class

Due to Covid-19, the Mountain Dulcimer Class is meeting through Zoom. Email for the PDF of songs and Zoom invitation. 

We meet on the third Friday of every month at the Bay County Public Library from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Bring your mountain dulcimer for a beginner lesson and jam session. We have a few spare dulcimers if you do not have an instrument.

Ukulele Orchestra Check to the Library

The Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews made a $10,000 donation in December 2018 to enhance music programming. Thank you UOSA for supporting music appreciation and education in our communities!