Lyndsey Gvora is a library associate at the Mentor-on-the-Lake branch of Mentor Public Library but, before she was that, she was a camp counselor for teens.
While at camp, Gvora realized the value of giving girls the opportunity to discuss meaningful topics, play team-building games and create with their hands.
Gvora is now bringing that experience to Mentor Library's new program, Girl Talk.
Girl Talk is a quarterly series for girls in fourth through eighth grade. The first program -- entitled Pretty on the Inside -- will be at 7 p.m. today at the Mentor-on-the-Lake branch.
Pretty on the Inside will focus on why inner beauty matters. Girls will have the chance to play team-building games, discuss the topic at hand and do a craft using magazine pages.
“I was often struck by how large an impact these activities had on girls,” said Gvora of her camp experience. “By the time our week was up, my bored or self-conscious group of ladies would radiate confidence, spunk and wonder.”
She hopes Girl Talk will help girls to feel like they are part of a community that supports and values them, especially at a time where so many relationships develop on Facebook or over text messages.
“In my experience, self-esteem develops when girls learn to express themselves and interact with others one-on-one or in a group setting. I feel that programs like mine, where girls can talk in person, are a real asset to communities.”
For more information or to register for this program call the Mentor-on-the-Lake Library Branch at (440)-257-2512, the Main Branch at (440)-255-8811 ext. 215 or log on to www.mentorpl.org.