Lake County libraries offer events from Mozart to master gardeners

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The wonders of the Lake County Library System extend far beyond books. A wide range of cultural offerings will be presented in the coming weeks at two Clermont libraries, according to news releases:

  • Opera @ the Library, hosted by the Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library, has two upcoming shows. W. A. Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo, re di Creta” (“Idomeneo, King of Crete”) is scheduled for 1:45pm March 26, in Room 108B of the library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. The lyrical tragedy is considered Mozart’s greatest choral opera, composed in the baroque tradition of the opera seria, with Mozart giving it new traits and forms.
  • The ballet “La Bayadère” (“The Temple Dancer”) will be performed at 1:45pm April 9 in Room 108B of Cooper Memorial Library. First presented in 1877, “La Bayadère” was originally staged in four acts and seven tableaux by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus.

Opera @ the Library is a free program. Light refreshments will be provided during intermission. For more information, visit or email

  • Poet Ann Browning Masters will speak from 10am-noon April 5 in Room 108 of Cooper Memorial Library. Ann captures the history of St. Augustine through poetry in her book “Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St Augustine.” Her poetry has been published in anthologies and journals, read at history and literary conferences, and recorded for the Florida State Historical Archives. This is a free program and everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Adults interested in improving their English conversation skills may attend weekly classes presented by Cagan Crossings Community Library and the Lake County Adult Literacy Program. The classes, from 5-7pm starting April 9, will provide a chance to practice speaking in a relaxed setting. Space is limited, so register at the front desk of the library, 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont, or call 352.243.1840.
  • Mary Edwards, owner of the Couponers United website, will present a free, informative coupon class from 10am-noon April 18 in Room 108B of Cooper Memorial Library. Mary, who lives in Central Florida, will try to help your family save money and stay at or below your budget by discussing coupons and freebies.
  • Discover Florida-friendly plants that are suited for Lake County and the surrounding areas when a master gardener from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences presents a one-hour lecture. This presentation is scheduled from 1-2:30pm April 24 in Room 108 of Cooper Memorial Library.

For more information on the Cooper Memorial Library events, contact Dennis Smolarek, reference librarian and adult programs, at 352.536.2275, ext. 2623, or