Tuesday, July 7 was exciting and fun as eighteen children attended the first week of our "Be Creative @ Your Library" summer reading program.
Ginger Walker from the Cherokee County Conservation Office did a great job of helping the children discover many musical sounds you can hear as you listen to Mother Nature.
She had them close their eyes and listen to nature sounds played on a CD. Then she showed how rocks being struck together, an empty log hit with a large think stick, a bundle of snake grass and a stem with dried seed pods could be used as the rhythm section of our nature band.
She also talked about how you could tell a story using deer antlers, a clump of grass, and the large wing of a blue heron.
Not only did the children get to enjoy listening to and making special sounds, but they learned some interesting bits of information about the items she brought.
After Ginger's presentation the children listened to a story "I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello."
At the end of the program each child colored and decorated a paper plate shaker to take home.
Thirty-four children attended the Thursday's session for "I've Got Rhythm" summer reading program. They listened to the story "I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello."
Then we handed out some rhythm instruments, which Diane Gordon let us borrow from Roosevelt School, sang the song "Old MacDonald Had a Band", and they played their instruments at the appropriate time.
Next, I brought a homemade mandolin, a banjo, and a sparkling fancy guitar to show and play for the children. Their facial expressions were priceless when I showed them the sparkling guitar and told them the story about how it had been created.
After seeing and hearing the instruments, I brought out our friendly Mr. Tap and Go.
He did some fancy footwork to some upbeat music played on the CD. When he finished tap dancing, the children wanted to see if they could make Mr. Tap and Go tap and they did.
They took home a paper plate shaker or a cut out paper guitar to do a little creating of their own.
Before the programs began each child who brought their reading logs back and got them signed got to pick out a prize from the prize bucket. They also received their Kid-Pack Voucher for the finale movie. Those who didn't have their reading logs can come into the library any day to have them signed, receive a prize, and receive a Kid-Pack Voucher.
It's hard to believe that our Summer Reading Program will soon be in its last week. Our theme for the week of July 20 will be "Dance and Move."
We will have some dancers from Deb Dunn's Dancing Studio share their dancing talents with us. Then we will do a little boogie dance of our own. So come join in the fun on July 21 and July 23 from 10:30 ñ 11:30 a.m.
Don't forget to pick up your free movie pass at participating local businesses.