Monroe Library Blog

Monday, December 12, 2011

Anya and Her Ukulele!

I wanted to to share a little information about a wonderful program we hosted last month at the Monroe Library that featured one of our local teens performing music at the library. Her name is Anya, and as you can see from the YouTube videos below she sang and played music on her ukulele for a crowd of over 50 people from Monroe and the surrounding communities this past November.

I first met Anya at the Monroe Library's summer talent competition called "Monroe's Got Talent". It was held this past June and Anya won first place in that competition when she sang the Jason Mraz song "Grenade", which you can hear her play below:

After hearing Anya play, we thought it would be fantastic if she came and played a concert for people in Monroe at the library. The YouTube videos you see in this post were recorded at that program. Anya packed out the library's community room, resulting in a 'standing room only' performance for the people who did not make it in time to get a seat; she really put on an entertaining show with her music and stories about the ukulele and it's history! Anya did a great job and the library was really lucky to have her perform!

Not only did she play some traditional music, hymns, and covers of popular music during her performace, but Anya also played "The Lonely Children", an original song for which she wrote all the music and lyrics:

If you were lucky enough to attend Anya's performance, I'm sure you walked away smiling. If you missed this wonderful program, don't fret because there are lots of interesting and fun programs held each month at the Monroe Library. Link Click here to check out our calendar of upcoming events and make your plans to attend an upcoming library program!

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