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Tales of the Great Lakes, seas featured at library
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MONROE - The Monroe Public Library welcomes all ages when it presents a special concert of songs and stories of the Great Lakes and the seas beyond with Tom Kastle at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library. The program is free.

Kastle is a singer, songwriter, tall ship captain, and teller of tales who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Pacific. Kastle's concert promises to reflect his hands-on experiences aboard sailing ships and his love of sea stories.

Pirate stories and songs will be part of the evening's program.

Kastle is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed master and has served as a captain aboard tall ships including Friends Good Will, Inland Seas, Windy, and Windy II. He presents music programs, workshops, and seminars at schools, museums, and institutions like the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

When not traveling or sailing, Kastle makes his home in the Madison area on the shore of Lake Mendota.

Kastle's appearance at the Monroe Public Library is part of the library's Summer Family Fun Night series.

Youth Services Librarian Kris Ault says, "Everyone including the young and old and musicians will enjoy this unique opportunity to hear Tom's songs of the sea and stories of faraway places."

The Monroe Public Library is located at 925 16th Ave. in Monroe.

For more information regarding programs for children and families, contact the Youth Services Department of the library at (608) 328-7010.