The Wild West is alive and singing cowboy songs in Santa Clarita. Live music and performers will be at Hart Park this weekend as part of The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. The Cowboy Festival will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per day for adults and $7.00 per day for children. Children under three are free. The Santa Clarita Public Library has joined in the fun and is offering a free Cowboy Adventuring program at the Old Town Newhall Library. The librarians and staff at Newhall have brushed off their best hats and shined their boots and badges in excited anticipation. Cowgirl extraordinaire Christy Lewis will visit the Old Town Newhall Library today, Friday April 17, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Your buckaroos are sure to have fun at this shindig. Christy Lewis will share trick roping tips, stories and songs. She will also provide the opportunity for your little cowboys and cowgirls to try line and square dancing. Christy’s show is free and open to the entire family. It is best for buckaroos who are at least five years old.
Enjoying a good book about cowboys and the west is easy. There are many books on the shelves at our library that are about cowboys and horses. A few of Miss Chris’s favorite picture books about cowboys include She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain, by Pilomen Sturges, Little Lost Cowboy, by Simon Puttock, Sixteen Cows, by Lisa Wheeler, and Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash.
She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Ashley Wolff offers imaginative new lyrics to this traditional folk song. This delightful book tells the story of the town of Reederville’s preparations for a very special visit. Ashley Wolff’s illustrations portray the anticipation and excitement of the small southwest town, and its inhabitants including a banjo playing lizard and the hens who “race to greet her when she comes.” This book will have you clapping and toe tapping as you sing along.
Another great cowboy book is Cowboy Jose by Susan Middleton Elya. This book tells the tale of Cowboy Jose, who rides his trusty horse Feo. Together they roam the range. “They sing canciones. Jose plays maracas. Get along little doggies, get along little vacas.” One day Jose meets a beautiful senorita, but without money he cannot impress her. Feo helps him compete in a rodeo for prize money. Jose wins more than the rodeo in this tale about the friendship between a cowboy and his horse. The illustrations in this clever book are bright and colorful and help introduce the Spanish words used in the text to new readers.
There are many more cowboy, rodeo and horse themed books for children of all ages on the shelves of the library. It’s the perfect time to mosey on over to the library, check out some books and have a good time.