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BMPL Ukulele Club

Use this handy online ukulele tuner to get your uke soundin' sweet and in tune!

Free Ukulele Lessons for Beginning through Advanced players!
Available to Batesville Memorial Public Library card holders, these video lessons are provided online by Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel through the ArtistWorks for Libraries site.  To get started, click on the link underlined above, select Create New Account, then enter your Batesville Memorial Public Library borrower's card number.

In order to share the fun of learning music and playing an instrument, along with the joys of discovering old and new songs, we have started a Ukulele Club at the Batesville Memorial Public Library.  The club is for folks, teens through adults, to enjoy learning together in an easy, no-experience-necessary, fun format.

The club meets at the library on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, at 6:30 pm.

You may register to join this free club if you don't have your own ukulele, but please realize that some of the library's limited number of ukes-to-loan may be in use by current Ukulele Club members.  We can't guarantee that every non-owner will have access to a loaner uke, but we'll do our best.

If you have your own ukulele, you are welcome to join us at our next meeting with your instrument.

A helpful hint for meetings during the winter months:
It is best to check with the library (812) 934-4706 or on our website [ebatesville.com] to make sure the library is open on meeting nights during inclement weather.

Meeting Days & Times

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month
6:30 pm
at the library

Beginners session at 6:00 pm

Performances / Workshops /etc.

Thursday, May 24, 8:30 am
Sunman Elementary School

Opening for the 5th Grade Talent Show


Our gig in Motown

On Thursday evening, March 3, 2016, we opened for performance poet, Taylor Mali, at the Wayne State University Student Center. Here's one of the tunes we played that evening.
Thanks to our good friend, M.L. Liebler, for inviting and encouraging us.

Ukulele for Beginners

The ukulele is a fun and not-too-hard-to-learn instrument. Even if you have no musical experience or knowledge, and even if you have no instrument, we can show teens through adults how to play. Just stop in the library on the 1st or 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. You'll learn some fairly easy chords and be strumming tunes in (practically) no time! We can even loan you one of our ukuleles while you're here.


Borrow a Soprano Ukulele

BMPL card holders can borrow a Soprano Ukulele kit from the library for a period of 3 weeks. The kit includes a ukulele, instruction book with CD, a tuner and a gig bag. Teach yourself to play, then come join us at the library for a beginners or players session. Much thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Library for supporting this program!

There is no fee for this club.  Beginners are encouraged to contact the library to express your interest, give us your contact information, and tell us if you have your own ukulele or need to borrow one of the library's ukes.  We'll do our best to accommodate you.

Please note: This club is for ukulele players only. Please leave your guitars, banjos, mandolins, harmonicas, djembes, didgeridoos and what-have-you at home. It's not that we don't love you, but we're limiting participation to just ukes while we are learning. Later on, we might invite you to join us.

How to String a Ukulele

Here's a link to Mike's song, "New Orleans in Your Soul," recorded at Adam Kruse's house.
Adam: Chimes, Tuba, Trombone (Digital: Drums, Accordion, Trumpet)
Mike: Ukulele, Vocals, Harmonica

    About us

    Library Hours :
    Sunday (During school year) : 1:00 - 5:00 pm
    Monday - Thursday : 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Library District :
    The City of Batesville, Indiana, plus those parts of Laughery and Adams Townships in Ripley County that are in the Batesville School District, and all of Ray Township in Franklin County.

    Mission Statement :
    The mission of the Batesville Memorial Public Library is to help the people of the community in their pursuit of information and education, as well as vocational and recreational endeavors, by providing current materials, services, and programs.

    Contact us
    Batesville Memorial Public Library
    131 N Walnut St
    Batesville, IN 47006
    812.934.6288 (fax)