Sean Gaskell: music of the Kora – Friday, May 11

Sean Gaskell will share the music of the Kora, a 21-string harp native to West Africa. The traditional melodies are accompanied by Sean’s singing, which relate stories dating back hundreds of years. Sean has studied extensively under the instruction of Kora masters in Gambia, and has performed at numerous music festivals in both the U.S. and Africa. His performance will take place at 7:00 pm at the Empire Township Hall. This is an encore appearance for Sean, who entertained kids and parents during our 2016 summer program schedule.

Tech Help Desk: Wednesday mornings

If you could use some help in learning to make best use of your smartphone or tablet, stop by the library on Wednesday mornings, between 10:00 am and noon, and get personal, one-on-one help from one of our volunteer tech tutors. They’ll be available to help you learn the many tools available on your device: email, text-messaging, camera and photos, clocks and calendars, notes and reminders, apps, and more. Our tutors can also help you learn to download electronic books and media from the library. No appointments or reservations are needed – just bring your device, your questions, and a readiness to learn. Instruction will alternate from week to week, between Apple and Android / Windows devices. Check the schedule on our calendar, or call the library. Please note that our tutors can’t provide technical support for hardware or software issues.

Stories & More for Preschoolers: Thursdays

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to these lively sessions, led by Joanne “Yogi” Beare,  every Thursday morning at 11:00 am during the school year. Each program weaves together stories, music, hands-on crafts and much more, helping young minds to grow, and introducing families to all the great resources the library has to offer. No registration is needed – just drop in and join the fun. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their ongoing support of this program.


Lakeshore Readers book discussion group

Our resident book group meets here in the library each month, typically on the last Wednesday, to share their insights and observations about the selected title. Their lively meetings are open to the public, with guests always welcome. A list of upcoming selections can be found on our calendar. Please note that the library generally owns only one copy of each selection. Additional copies can be ordered through MelCat or may be purchased from the Cottage Book Shop or other local booksellers.