Jim Gill believes in the power of play. The award-winning musician, who will perform a free concert at the Dayton Metro Library, has unique credentials among children’s artists. He is a child development specialist, having completed his graduate studies in child development, with a special emphasis on the study of play. Jim Gill’s Campaign for Play Concert is Tuesday, September 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street. The free event is an opportunity for the whole family play together.
A pre-concert storytime activity is offered 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
“Families who arrive early can join our pre-concert activity to get geared up for the main event, and each child will get a special gift to take home,” said Julie Buchanan, Programming Manager. “ Advance registration is appreciated for the pre-concert activity. Call 937.463.2665 or register here.
Jim Gill’s concerts are more than just a show to watch. He strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while the audience claps, sings, and dances to the silly and inspiring musical games he creates. Children, parents, and grandparents are all encouraged to sing and play together.
“Mr. Gill is a favorite among Librarians,” said Buchanan. “He has received five separate awards from the American Library Association for his recordings and books over the years.”
Gill has seven award-winning CDs of music play for young children. He is also the author of two children's books. His unique writing style - combining word play and movement into songs - was inspired by 20 years of experience creating and leading play groups for families with children with special needs. He led weekly music play programs at numerous therapeutic and family support agencies in the Chicago area.
The Library concert is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.