The program at The Library Center went beautifully last night. We filled the auditorium and the audience, which included a lot of kids, seemed to enjoy the event. We were both entertained and informed by 5th grade students from the WOLF Program under the direction of teacher LAUREN BAER.
Working in pairs, the kids showed images of their chosen subject on the big screen, played sounds of that night singer, and gave the audience a series of interesting facts about their creature. They then challenged the audience to try making the same night song as their subject. At the end of their segment, all the WOLF students stood together on stage and answered questions from the audience. The entire audience broke out in night songs of their own. It was a sweet cacophony that came pretty close to how the real night-time choir sounds on a soft summer evening.
David Harrison Elementary music teacher, HAILEY ACKLIN, led a group of her students in performing “A Chorus for Four Frogs.” And following that, Hailey and her talented singers led the entire audience in reciting the poem together. It was all great fun.
Between the two main events I read a few poems from AFTER DARK and THE DIRT BOOK. The program lasted exactly one hour. Later I sat in the hall and signed books that were for sale. My sincere thanks to STEPHANIE SMALLWOOD, Youth Services Coordinator for The Springfield-Greene County Library District, for being a perfect host for the evening, always being there in the right place at the right time.