• What’s Joe’s M.I.L.L.?

    The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library has over 750 instruments and many new arrivals, that you can borrow for free!

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    We need volunteers to help with administration, maintenance, events, fundraising, ticket sales, solicitation, implementing grant programs, fundraising projects, marketing and serving on the board of directors.

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Unique new arrival April 1st – one of a kind ‘LEFTY’ trombone

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Avoid the line up and reserve it now!

The library and the Tett Centre will be closed on Friday April 3rd due to the statutory holiday

We will be open on Saturday April 4th and maintain regular hours on the following week reopening on Tuesday April 7th from 3:00-7:00.

Borrowers who have a return due date of Friday April 3rd will be given a one week extension until close of business Friday April 10th.

Jake Shimabukuro Master Class Saturday March 7th, 1:00 p.m @ Tett Centre 370 King St W.

In advance of his performance at the Grand Theatre, Jake Shimabukuro is offering a free ukulele master class at 1 pm in the Tett’s Malting Tower. Bring your ukulele and prepare to be inspired!

Known for his fast and complex finger work and lauded as a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is redefining the instrument. With accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, it is no surprise that Shimabukuro wows television audiences, earns comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and has played in front of Queen Elizabeth II.

Internationally known for the YouTube video of his rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which went viral in 2006, the Hawaiian musician’s 2011 album, Peace Love Ukelele, reached #1 on Billboard’s Top World Albums in both 2011 and 2012. His latest album, Grand Ukelele, is a collaboration with legendary producer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floy’d Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and his own highly successful solo project.

This is a free event, donations to support Joe’s M.I.L.L.  will  be gratefully accepted at the door.

“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” – Eddie Vedder


16oz ‘Bistro’ style coffee mug —-available at the library JMug


(or a little more if you can spare it…) 

All proceeds go to support Kingston’s unique musical resource – Joe’s M.I.L.L.

*also holds pencils if you’re not a coffee drinker…

Now Open at The Tett!

We are pleased to announce we are now open at our new location in the Tett Centre.

Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning
370 King Street West, Unit 110, Kingston


Come down and have a look at the new space and please bear with us during the transition. “It took 10 years to get the old location running smoothly, it will take more than 10 days to get the kinks out.”

The library is closed until February 3rd when it will re-open at the Tett Centre, 370 King St West

The library is now closed for business at the Robert Meek Centre, 559 Bagot St., and will reopen for business at our new location, the Tett Centre, unit 110, on Tuesday Feb 3rd 2015.  Any loans due for return Tues Dec 23rd or Weds Dec 24th will be automatically extended over the transition period.

Joe’s M.I.L.L. Benefit Concert

What: A benefit concert to raise money for the Joe Chithalen Musical Instrument Lending Library and their upcoming move to the TETT Center. It will be a musical event highlighting local youth acts and will feature a raffle. Entrance by donation! (suggested donation $10/pay what you can) All proceeds will go towards the M.I.L.L.!

When: January 2nd, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Where: The Artel (205 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON)

Next To Now
Musgrave Ritual
(More acts may be added)

The library will be closing early for the holidays

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joe’s M.I.L.L. will be ceasing operations at the Robert Meek centre at 4pm Sat Dec 20th 2014, a couple of days earlier than at first anticipated, & will reopen for business at our new location, the Tett Centre on Tuesday Feb 3rd 2015.  Any loans due for return Tues Dec 23rd or Weds Dec 24th will be automatically extended over the transition period.

  • Our Hours

    Tuesday: 3pm – 7pm
    Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
    Thursday: 3pm – 7pm
    Friday: 10am - 2pm
    Saturday: Noon – 4pm
    Sunday: Closed
    Monday: Closed

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