Concert benefits nature

Ariana Grams

When students go to a library, it is normally to study, do research, or get homework done. There are many available resources at libraries, including books to read for entertainment. But a library is not normally the first place that comes to mind when it comes to entertainment.

Mary Schneeberger, a Peter White Public Library (PWPL) assistant, hopes that an event being held there this Saturday will bring students to the library for a different reason from now on.

There will be a songwriting workshop being taught by award winning Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Drew Nelson. He will follow this workshop with a concert.

“It’s going to be really great music,” says Schneeberger. “He really puts himself into the music and it’s close to his heart.”

She hopes that after this event, students will realize what the library has to offer besides the obvious. “There are many free shows that the library hosts,” says Schneeberger. She says it’s good for students because they do not have to spend money for good entertainment.

The songwriting workshop, which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., and is something that “anybody can do,” said Nelson. He is going to teach about the songwriting process and answer questions. There is no special talent needed to write songs; it just takes practice, Nelson said.

The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be opened by a local artist, Mike Waite. Nelson hopes that many people come out for this event. “The main reason I’m coming is to support the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP). We need to take care of nature,” said Nelson.

Nelson’s music is about real people, and he said he tries to find the little gems about them to make his songs. His songs also reflect his love for nature, and he hopes that people take that to heart.

The PWPL and the YDWP are working together to present and sponsor this event. It is being held in the Community Room of the PWPL. It is free of charge and for high school students and older.

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