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It's no joke, the first-ever speaking series hosted by The Friends of the Guelph Public Library begins this month
Guelph Public Library

A number of speakers from a diverse range of industries have been lined up this month for Open Mind(s), the first-ever Friends of the Guelph Public Library speaker series.

The main branch of the Guelph Public Library will host the talks, scheduled to take place on three Wednesday evenings in May.

On May 2, musician and historian Jordan Klapman will use stories and songs to recount the 1960s era of rock n’ roll.

Klapman will use the piano to recount New York’s Brill Building phenomenon — where composers, lyricists and producers created the ‘60s sound’ for artists like Carole King, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick and many other hit makers of the era. 

Well-known author and scientist Dr. Joe Schwartz is slated to speak on May 16 during an event titled Separating Sense from Nonsense. The talk will seek to on demystify and debunk some commonly-accepted views on diet, exercise and genetics, among other topics.

A panel discussion titled From Cartooning and Comic Books to Graphic Novels: A Catalyst for Change is scheduled for May 30, bringing together illustrators and storytellers to discus what is happening in their industry. Jennifer Haines, owner of The Dragon comic book stores, will moderate. The panel includes Scott Chantler, Brian Fray, Chris Sanagan and Jason Lapidus.

Each free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Main Library on Norfolk Street at Quebec Street. For more information, email or call (519) 821-2793.