Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Chione Quintet Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon storytime has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 16th at 11:30 am. We hope to see you then! Thank you for your understanding.
The family music group The Jolly Pops (Chanhassen, MN) combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike. Take a fun ride with the Happy Dads and their puppet friends as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs…and everything in between!
The target audience is 3 – 8 year olds, but all ages are welcome. If you would like a chair, please bring one from home. The concert will last approximately 45 minutes-an hour. You do not have to be signed up for the summer reading program to attend. No RSVP required.
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I’m sure many of you are sharing your space with antsy kids. Here are some suggestions of activities that are fun and sneak in some learning.
Lots of great children’s authors are hosting online storytimes. This article has a list with links. Search for #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to find more.
Storyline Online features celebrities reading picture books. Many are perfect for kindergarten through third grade.
We can’t get out to the Minnesota Zoo, but they do have some excellent learning resources to use online and download.
How about concerts from children’s musicians? This website has an updated list of dates and times. Many are free, but some request donations and others may require a small fee.
Math can be fun! Cool Math 4 Kids has games to make practicing grade school math entertaining.
You may remember Highlights magazine from your childhood, since they’ve been around since 1946. Their website has games, learning, real world activity suggestions and more for ages 6-12.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s concert!
Blending music and hearts from Syria and China, the Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo brings together two master world musicians who explore the common bond between their two instruments and creative visions. Issam’s instrument, the Arabic lute called the oud, and Gao Hong’s instrument, the Chinese four-stringed lute called the pipa, originated from the same ancient instrument – the Persian barbat.
Since they only improvise live compositions, no two performances from the duo are ever exactly the same. In concerts, they ask for titles from audience members and then create instantaneous site-and audience-specific pieces based on the suggested titles.
In their presentation they will introduce their instruments and discuss their unique approach to performance. Both artists are wonderful composers, and this helps each anticipate what the other will do in their improvisations. Since nothing is discussed or prepared for in advance, the audience experiences one-of-a-kind musical experiences that will never be repeated.
Recipient of the Ole Bull Award from the Ole Bull Folk Academy in Voss, Norway, and the St. Olaf Medal from the government of Norway for her work promoting Norwegian culture in the United States. She will perform on the Hardanger fiddle, (the nine-stringed folk fiddle from Norway) and the violin.
A Nancy Dice Memorial Concert presented by International Friendship Through the Performing Arts.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Join us for an evening of music provided by a woodwind quintet from St. Olaf College. They are: Madison Maynard on flute, Kristen Diederichs on oboe, Aaron Linde on clarinet, William Beimers on french horn, and Jonah Schmitz on bassoon. The event is free and suitable for all ages.
We will make our own harmonicas and then learn to dance the electric slide. Best suited for ages 6-10.
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes
Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts. Best suited for ages 3-6.
Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens
Our final craft will be scarves and/or bracelets from old t-shirts. We have some t-shirts, but if you have an old shirt to cut up, feel free to bring it. Best suited for ages 11-15.
Saturday, 11:00-12:00: Ice Cream Social
Enjoy free ice cream and music from local musician Ron Kadrlik! And if we get 100 kids to finish the summer reading program you can bring your water pistols and soak the library’s staff.
Drop by whenever the library is open and make punk rocks . Best suited for ages 4-12.
Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.