“Libraries Rock” is more than just the slogan for the Dayton Metro Library’s Summer Challenge reading program – it also describes the Main Library during a series of free, live concerts for kids and teens this summer.
“The Summer Challenge theme lends itself to some great music-themed programming, from building musical instruments to the science of sound,” said Julie Buchanan, Programming Manager. “We’re especially excited about hosting these live musical performances that encourage audience participation and interaction.”
While the performances are geared toward specific audiences, all ages are welcome. The concerts are free and take place at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton. For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call 937.463.2665.
JAZZ FOR KIDS
Saturday, June 2, 2 - 3:30 PM, Main Library, Eichelberger Forum
Get jazzed about Jazz! The Bright Moments Quintet is dedicated to reaching the next generation of Jazz listeners through integration, improvisation, education, and lively performances.
AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE WORKSHOP
Tuesday, June 5, 4 - 5:30 PM, Main Library Bassani Theater Off Third
Tony West & the Imani Dancers are an ensemble of dancers, musicians, and actors who blend their contemporary experiences with African influences. Understand dance and music traditions from West African drumming to South and East African music, and from Latin American rhythms to dance in the U.S. Grades 7-12.
Thursday, June 28, 6-7 PM, Main Library, Eichelberger Forum
Grammy-nominated songwriter Zak Morgan encourages children to read, imagine and believe in themselves with performances filled with laughter and warmth. Cincinnati Magazine says, "He's got Shel Silverstein's wit, Cat Stevens's sound, Jimmy Buffett's crowd appeal."
MUSICAL MARK TILLACK
Saturday, July 14, 2 - 3 PM, Main Library, Eichelberger Forum
(Also 11 AM - 12 PM at the Vandalia Branch Library)
Singer/songwriter Mark Tillack incorporates both laughs and learning in his performances. He’ll demonstrate a variety of different instruments, and children can make their own instrument to use during the show!