Anyone who has visited Southwest Public Libraries during storytime would agree: The stereotypical image of a quiet building in which stern librarians shush patrons is long gone.
While both our Grove City and Westland branches have space for people looking for quiet study or reading time, the libraries can also be unapologetically musical, living up to the theme of the 2018 Summer Reading Club, "Libraries Rock."
Before Summer Reading Club wraps up in late July, patrons have the opportunity to participate in several music-inspired programs and activities.
Grove City Adult Services will screen different musical movies at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, as well as 6 p.m. July 19 and 3 p.m. July 28.
Westland Adult Services also will show some musicals this summer. Musical Movie Monday is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 2 and 16. Popcorn will be provided.
The Westland Area Library will host a concert as the acoustic soul band TOWNeS returns from 2 to 3 p.m. July 7. The group will perform original tunes as well as covers.
Children will have opportunities at both libraries to experience musical fun. Grove City Library will continue to offer Music Crafting at 10:30 a.m. July 7 and 21 for children of all ages. Come "craft" a unique musical instrument and experience music with all the senses. Participants will explore the science of sound and emotion on July 7 and make art out of LP records and CDs on July 21.
Westland Area Library will host a Touch an Instrument program at 11 a.m. July 14, for all ages. This event is for children interested in learning to play an instrument or to see if they're as tall as a tuba. Guests can look at a variety of instruments, and maybe even try one.
Westland has two different sets of musical-trivia nights, one for teens and one for adults. Trivia Night for adults is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Trivia Night for children in grades 6-12 is at 6:30 p.m. July 9 and 23. Test current knowledge or learn something new.
SPL also offers a service to patrons looking to take the music home. In addition to audio CDs that cover a wide range of genres from rock and pop to blues, jazz and children's tunes, the library subscribes to Hoopla, a digital-media service. This allows patrons to instantly borrow and download eBooks, movies and, of course, musical albums on their computers and other devices. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, and more are added every day.
Hoopla can be accessed through the library's website, swpl.org, as well as through app stores. There is no cost to sign up -- all that is needed is a library card number.
Mark Dubovec is communications manager for Southwest Public Libraries. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.