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Mandel Library launches Find Your Voice

The Mandel Library has launched its Find Your Voice campaign to support patrons of all ages to discover their talents. [Photo by Felix Nikov]

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is hosting special events, reading challenges and thought-provoking activities this summer.

In addition to the return of popular programs such as free small group tutoring and free lunches for school-age children, the library has launched its Find Your Voice campaign to support patrons of all ages in using their talents, discovering skills, and exploring hobbies and interests that spark self-expression.

Reading can earn chances to win books, gift bundles and more from the library.

The library “is offering more free programs and services than ever with a focus on empowering our patrons to find their voice through discussions, discovering new hobbies or simply finding a cozy, air-conditioned spot in the library as they discover a new author,” says Lisa Hathaway, the Mandel Public Library’s director.

Returning free programs include grab-and-go activity kits for all ages; reading and math tutoring for kids and teens in small groups led by certified teachers; family meetings with a licensed social worker for case management, therapeutic support and advocacy; and nutritious meals for ages 18 and under.

Free Find Your Voice highlights include:

● A genealogy workshop series for adults that began June 3.

● A presentation on creative self-care and expression for adults led by Deon Jefferson on June 17.

● A reflective journaling class for women June 21.

● A “History of the Pride Wall” presentation led by artist Rolando Chang Barrero on June 24.An arcade gaming day for teens June 14.

● A Teen Mario Mania gaming event June 21. Monthly art classes for teens.Use of the Technology & Innovation Center’s media production space to create 3D figures, experience virtual reality, draw and animate digital art, record podcasts, mix music, digitize photos, and more. Photography workshops.

● A “Millennials Ruin Bob Ross” art class for Bob Ross fans of all artistic levels July 24. A musical performance of African folk tales for children with spoken word poet and African percussionist Abasi “Manblack” Hanif on June 10.

● A Dungeons & Dragons club for kids starting June 5.

● An arcade gaming day for children and teens June 14.

● A baking and decorating class led by Food Network “Holiday Baking” star Jamal Lake on June 17.


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