Pickerington Public Library unveils Children’s Music Garden - Ohio USA

Udderly charming library ambassador, Violet the Cow, officially unveiled the brand-new outdoor Children’s Music Garden at a ribbon-cutting ceremony back in November 2019. Following a performance by Pickerington High School percussion students, Violet (herself a drummer and moo-sician) along with library officials, proudly declared the Pickerington Library Music Garden open.

Funded by the Friends of the Pickerington Public Library, the music-garden will allow visitors and patrons of the library to experiment musically in the great outdoors - regardless of their age or ability - and will also provide a year-round venue for outdoor programs.

The outdoor garden sits in front of the library’s main branch at 201 Opportunity Way and features Babel Drum, Rainbow Sambas, Rainbow Cavatina and Tubular Bells.

“We’re charged with inspiring knowledge and connecting the community,” library director Tony Howard said. “I think these fit both because music really ties into education, it ties into enjoyment.”

Violet – named after the library's first name, the Violet Township Library – and numerous small children were invited to be on hand to test the instruments following the ceremony. Among them were 3-year-old Gigi Carpenter and sister, Lucy. As the girls were playing on the instruments, their mother, Anna, said she thinks the music garden is an enhancement to a library that already offers collections and programs that bring her to Pickerington from her home out of town.

“I think it’s great,” Anna Carpenter said. “We come to Story Time, once a week which they love. Pickerington has the best library, the best Kids Section, the best Story Section. So, the fact they brought this music into the garden - it's excellent.

“Any way to burn up their energy is always great and this is music and dancing,” Carpenter added. “My girls love dancing to music and if they can play around outdoors and it’s bright and colourful, it’s even better.”

Lisa Drerup also was on hand with her 5-year-old son, Caleb, and said the music garden is a “great addition to the library. It will introduce instruments and music to kids at a young age,”

“It’s another reason to come to the library.”

Tony Howard, Library Director said, “The creation of the Children’s Music Garden helps the library in accomplishing our vision by meeting the lifelong learning and enjoyment needs of our citizens and provides a fun and educational space outside of the building that is accessible to all.” “We recognize the benefits that music has on early literacy development by connecting singing, reading, talking in all of our early literacy classes. We hope to see visitors use the garden all year-round.”

The music garden is the latest project by the library intended to provide outdoor programming and relaxation spaces.

“Our plans are to tie some of our early literacy classes and events to the instruments, bringing the children out and experiencing this in an educational way,” Howard added. The instruments are designed to be used by people of all ages, and Howard said he hopes they allow adults to embrace their inner child while giving children a new activity at the library.

Friends of the Pickerington Public Library (FOPPL) was established in 1989 to support library programs, events, and projects. FOPPL is made up of volunteers who raise money for the library through book sales, donations, and membership drives.