End of Summer = Back to School
It’s that time again… the first week of school!
For me, there’s always been a sense of excitement around Labor Day weekend. Families are cramming in one last weekend of fun. There’s back-to-school shopping to finish. Class lists are posted. Ready, set, GO!
And then it starts…
This school year is particularly promising because I have lots of new songs to sing with the kids I visit each week. If someone asks me what I did over the summer, I’ll say I wrote songs. You might be hearing some of them at the libraries, but mostly the new tunes are for the students at school. The picture is of a 1st grade classroom music time last year. I use an overhead projector or a document reader and put the lyrics of the songs I’m singing up on the screen. The children read along and sing along. I choose songs that link to what they’re learning in the classroom. We go over vocabulary.
Here’s a secret for the parents reading this now (please don’t tell the kids). Music time is not really about music, it’s about reading. Shhhhh…
But that’s not all that’s going on. Each of the 4 libraries I visit has new news to report. Please be aware of any changes that are taking place at a library near you.
Belle Cooledge Library – has extended the music program on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 4:30 pm through the end of November. Yeah! The community room will be renovated during the month of December, so there will be no music scheduled. Music time will start back up in January 2014. We’ll have to sing Christmas songs before Thanksgiving (kidding).
Colonial Heights Library – has extended my stay there until February 2014. Music time will still be on Thursday mornings from 9:45 – 10:15 am. There are a few Thursdays that will not be available for singing. Please check the “Live Shows” link on this website (or the calendar) to stay current on which Thursdays I’ll be there.
Fair Oaks Library – has a new music schedule starting this month of September. I’ll be there the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:00 pm at night. This way, families can come and enjoy the music together. Moms, dads, grandparents, older siblings, everyone is invited and welcome.
The Pocket Greenhaven Library – will continue meeting the last Tuesday of each month from 11:00 – 11:30 am in the morning. And that includes New Year’s Eve! We’ll have to do something special, but who know what that will be?
There’s plenty of music to be made. Please remember not to forget the come to the re-scheduled “Music in the Park” concert this Friday night, September 6. I’ll be on the stage for 2 sets starting at 6:00 & 7:00 pm.
And don’t forget to remember that the best place (save $) to get a Mister Cooper CD is directly from me after a library show or concert. Thank you for reading the post, coming to the shows, and supporting my family-style music. And thank you again. The End.