Sunday, February 4, 2018

"February Fun at Your Mockingbird Branch Library" | @ Your Library Article

Save the date for Fridays!  This month Mockingbird Branch is launching a new children's program on Friday mornings: Rhythm & Rhyme!  Previously this program was held on alternating Thursday mornings.  However, beginning every Friday in February, this high-energy, music-based event will take place at 10:45AM in our story corner area.  The Rhythm & Rhyme program celebrates the spirit of young children as it focuses on enthusiastic movement and music, verbalization through singing, and a hands-on introduction to musical instruments.

The 30-minute event is based on a music program created by Nick Young and the Young Music Company over 20 years ago.  Still going strong, Young, his wife, Jen, and their staff are dedicated to promoting the joy of music and movement in young children through their innovative approach to children's music education.

According to the Young Music Company website, we all have music inside us.  However, "young children have the pure joy of music bubbling up out of them at all times."  Young Music Company's spirited approach to early childhood music education is to create an environment which encourages children to express that "joyous, creative energy."  The stream of fast-paced songs, stories, and movement, are "an invitation to the musical spirit of children to open the door to their natural relationship with music as a celebration of life."  Join us for the start of this new program, ages 3-6 years, each Friday at Mockingbird Branch Library.

Another great event for children and families is Stories & More, every third Thursday afternoon at Mockingbird Branch.  Staff host a story and craft time for children ages 0-12.  On February 15 at 4PM our title is Aachoo!  We'll be reading Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague and a Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead.  Appropriate, don't you think?

Felicity Floo is a wonderful character who visits the zoo despite being sick.  At every animal exhibit she says hellow and leaves behind an invisible germy print.  Little does she realize the impact not covering her mouth has on everyone she meets!  Not to be outdone is Mark Teache's friendly dino who shows us all the various things not to do when you're sick.  Last but not least, we'll read about Amos McGee.  Every day Amos spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, but when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favor with great results!

After reading stories during Stories & More, we'll also spread some germs around - the cute and non-contagious kind of course!  As part of our craft we'll make germs with googly eyes, cotton balls, colorful strings, and much more.  Stories and More is a great program for all ages of children, particularly those in early elementary grades.  Join us for our next program Thursday, February 15 at 4PM, we hope to see you!

For more information about any of our programs, give us a call at 325-437-7323 or to online to our website and select the events calendar for a complete listing of upcoming activities.

Article by Anne Ellis & Darla Casella, Mockingbird Branch Library

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