Repeat the Beat brings in 20 instruments

Matt DeYoung • May 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Through the inaugural Repeat the Beat campaign, Loutit District Library and the Walk the Beat organization have collected 20 gently used musical instruments for students who wish to start or continue their musical career.

All of the instruments were placed in inventory. Once a request for that instrument is received and approved by the Walk the Beat Board, it will then be cleaned and refurbished for that student.

The 20 instruments donated exceeded the expectations of Larry Halverson, the community relations coordinator for the Grand Haven library and head of instrument requests for Walk the Beat.

"I'm simply blown away by the community response in the number of donations to help kids either begin or maintain their musical careers," Halverson said. "I had so many instruments, I couldn't even walk into my office. It's such a privilege to be part of an organization that puts such an effort into continuing the fine arts in schools.“

Although Repeat the Beat was promoted as a spring cleaning event at the library, the campaign continues year-round. Anyone still wishing to donate a gently used musical instrument can drop it off at the circulation desk of the library, 407 Columbus Ave. The donor will receive a letter from Walk the Beat declaring the donation.

For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org; or call 616-842-5560, ext. 222.

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