Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Music for Kids of All Ages" | @ the Library Article

Summer is a busy time at the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library, with lots of special summer programming.  One of those is "Music for Kids 1-100," a free concert on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30AM.  Featured artist Will Parker is a children's songwriter and talented musician adept at kid-friendly songs and inspiring lyrics.  While he resides in San Antonio, this summer he's traveling the Lone Star State sharing his music and hoping to inspire us all to find the musician inside of us.

During Will's whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica, and sings songs that open us up to the world of imagination while simultaneously validating the human experience.  A fan favorite at each of Will's show is an improvised song based on topic suggestions from the audience.  Will holds both a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Trinity University.

"Music for Kids 1-100" is a free performance for families and adults alike. S eating at Mockingbird Branch is limited so be sure to arrive early to grab a seat.  For more information, phone us at 325-437-7323 or check out Will's website at www.willparkermusic.com.

In addition, we also want to remind you about Mockingbird Branch's unique sensory, interactive event "Play & Learn."  Did you know, children learn while they play!  One of the latest trends in larger city libraries is to provide a time of sensory play for young children.  What is sensory play?  Sensory play is any activity that stimulates a child's senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing.  Exposing children to sensory play helps them develop and refine the use of their senses.

Stimulating these senses helps children develop cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and creative skills.  Our children come into this world ready to find out about their surroundings.  Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.  Although children respond differently to sensory experiences, these experiences can be therapeutic, improve motor skills, raise awareness of how the world works, and contribute to language acquisition.

Sorting buttons or pom-poms by color, sifting through colored rice searching for dinosaurs, stringing and lacing items: that's sensory play!  Abilene Public Library's Mockingbird Branch is providing a 30-minute sensory play time called Play & Learn, for children ages 1-3.  Play & Learn is on Tuesdays at 10:00AM.  Participants mus sign a City of Abilene Activity Waiver prior to participation.  Call 325-437-7323 for more details.

Last, but not least, Mockingbird Branch is also offering at 5:45PM "Evening Storytime" which occurs every Tuesday night.  Stories, songs and rhymes help young children become school-ready and learn key pre-literacy skills.  This new storytime event is for ages 3-6 and will be a smaller setting for chose who may benefit from a quiet environment.  We will focus on communication skills and developing positive social behaviors while listening to great stories and having a wonderful time!  If you are a working parent and looking for a reading event, you can attend with your children, Evening Storytime may be just the right fit!

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

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