Beach angels pass out books

Ally, Rachel and Amanda Misch pick out a Mentor Public Library Beach Reads bag from Mentor Public Library Outreach Library Associate Courtney Patterson during her rounds at the Mentor Overlook Beach Park June 22. Patterson also had Beach Read bags for men and children.

MENTOR, Oh… Mentor Public Library staff visited Mentor Headlands Beach State Park and Overlook Beach Park June 22 to take part in the library’s nationally recognized program Beach Reads.  About 125 Beach Read bags, filled with free donated, gently used paperback books and programming materials, were given to beachgoers. In partnership with Lake Health and Abitibi Paper Retriever Recycling, MPL staff members also gave away free sunscreen and Frisbees.

There were several favorable comments made by beachgoers, including a group of young adults, who were excited to receive their bags from MPL staff members Denise Wright and Courtney Patterson.

“This is amazing. You have saved our day,” said one of the young adults.

“You are like beach angels,” said another.

Wright, the library’s circulation department manager, said the program is in keeping with the library’s strategic plan.

“The Beach Reads program allows us to reach our patrons at the beaches to promote our services, providing public awareness of the library’s free programs and services,” Wright said.  “The Beach Reads program was established in 2009 and to date we have distributed more than 4,000 bags at the beaches.  We not only promote the joy of reading, but through our community partnerships we are providing wellness and recycling awareness.”

The Beach Reads program visits the beaches once a week and will continue to the Labor Day weekend.  For more information on the program, contact the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811.

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