Two classical music programs in the next week will prove again that there's more to the Jacksonville Public Library than books.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will present the latest installment of "Musical Storybooks." It's an interactive early literacy program for preschoolers designed to foster through music an appreciation for books and reading.
Children and parents gathered around the alligator couch on the second floor will be read "Mole Music" by David McPhails. The picture book tells the story of a mole who gains an appreciation for music and learns to play the violin. The reading will be accompanied by a string quartet from the symphony.
The half-hour program is free and open to the public.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the library's "Tuesday Serenade" will present a program featuring pianist Eun M. Li and violinist Min Young Cho. They will perform selections composed by Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert and Josef Suk.
Cho, a native of Seoul, Korea, was a member of the Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and earned post-graduate degrees in music at Florida State University.
Lee, also from South Korea, graduated from Ewha Women's University and Sungshin Women's University before immigrating to America. She was accepted into the master's program at the FSU College of Music in 2007 and is currently a doctoral candidate.
Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
Library customers who use the public parking garage at Duval and Main streets may take their garage ticket to the ground floor Popular Services desk to get validation for free parking after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. Free on-street parking is available on weekends and weekdays after 6 p.m.