Building Community Through Song


Your Library is partnering with a group of local singing enthusiasts for bi-weekly Community Sing-Alongs. Beginning on Wednesday, March 4, these gatherings will meet in the Library’s Jones Meeting Room on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-7:45 p.m. The sing-alongs are open to the public of all ages, including children. People of any singing skill level are encouraged to attend; no prior singing experience, practice, or preparation are needed.

David Wiley, president and founder of Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, became inspired to create community sing-alongs in Johnson City after learning about the numerous benefits these gatherings provide. Wiley explains, “Studies have found that community singing nurtures physical health, increases self-confidence, and lowers feelings of depression and anxiety. It also creates social capital and develops friendship networks.”

Susan Lachmann, a member of the Community Sing-Alongs’ steering committee and a fellow singing enthusiast, echoes Wiley’s sentiment. She says that singing together can have the same positive impact on our personal and communal wellbeing as talking together or sharing meals. Lachmann explains, “Community activities are about shared joy, raising energy, building healthy practices, and enlivening each other.”

Wiley hopes that sing-along participants come away feeling better about themselves and the world around them. He says, “Being in a community group will help you feel important and a part of something, and it will improve your mood and outlook. Plus, you’ll make new friends!”

For more information about the Community Sing-Alongs program, contact David Wiley by email or at (423) 534-8879. Learn more about your Library’s programs, collections, and services by visiting, calling (423) 434-4450, or dropping by 100 West Millard Street. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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