Springtime Means Dancing, Stories and Songs

My favorite library program is Dance Party.  If you have been to one of our Dance Party programs,   I don’t need to explain what makes it great.  If you haven’t, then you are in for a real treat.  Dance Party is a program of music and movement for children who are between two and five years of age.  It is my favorite because I get to dance and sing with Miss Chris and the children in our library community for a full half-hour to songs I often find myself humming later in the day.  During the program,  we march, hop, stomp like dinosaurs, and fly like birds to some amazing music.  

One of the artists spotlighted in our playlist is Laurie Berkner.   Laurie Berkner’s original music is upbeat and whimsical.  It is not the comprised of the overly sweet sounds you often find in children’s music.    It is a mixture of rock, pop, and folk elements..  Her album, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band is available for download at no cost from the Library’s e-music resource, Freegal.  Just use your library card to login and you can download five songs per week.  Including some of the favorites  we play at Dance Party like “We are the Dinosaurs” and “Bumblebee Buzz.”  For  those of you who are already Laurie Berkner fans, and have her best of album,  you will be delighted to know that her newest album, Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids Songs is also available at no cost  from Freegal with your library card.  This album combines Berkner’s musical style with classic nursery rhymes.  As a bonus, it includes a some of her most popular songs.  There is a variety of free children’s music available through the Library and Freegal.  Have fun exploring the great music you will find there.

If you like to experience live music and storytelling with your kiddos, plan on visiting the Santa Clarita Public Library branches in May for our Spring Stories and Songs performances.   Nathalia, another Dance Party favorite artist, will be performing at the Old Town Newhall Library on Monday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m.  If we get lucky, she will perform Animal Bop and we will all get to fly like a bird, and jump like a kangaroo with her.  Originally from Columbia, Nathalia infuses her music with elements of rock, cumbia, and jazz.  Her music is a great resource for teaching young children Spanish.  We are very excited about her upcoming performance.  

Spring Stories and Songs performances will also include: Firecracker Dragon with Barbara Wong on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:00 a.m. at the Valencia Branch, and Princesses, Dragons and Dreams Come True with Rebecca Martin Tuesday, May 17,  at 10:00 a.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.  Remember to check the library Events Calendar for dates and times for information on the children’s programs offered at the Santa Clarita Public Library.

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