Summer is here!
Head down to the New Ipswich Library for some live entertainment. Our Children’s Summer Program for 2018 is
Odds Bodkin’s LIBRARIES ROCK!
Thursday, August 9th, 2:00pm
New Ipswich Library
Three great stories, three great sing-alongs! A mix of pure imagination, fun and music for the whole family!
Kids and parents will blast it out when Odds Bodkin invites them to learn simple, catchy songs and really SING as part of these three great stories.
*Kaddo, the People are Hungry! A Singalong Story from Africa
*The Rock ‘n’ Roll Three Little Pigs: A Singalong Story from Mother Goose
*Finn MacCool and the Big Man: A Singalong Story from Ireland
With a pulsing beat on African thumb piano, first Odds tells Kaddo, the People Are Hungry, a Togo folktale from West Africa. The audience learns to sing the refrain, add harmonies and make rhythms as he tells this story of hunger and sharing. Odds invites the audience to add in creative rhythms with claps, finger snapping, and harmonies if they like.
Next, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Three Little Pigs arrives with a steady rock beat to start it off. It’s bluesy, fast, and funny. And it just gets funnier as the audience sings, “Let me in! Let me in! Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!” and “Oh, why not?”. This is Odds’ much-beloved and irreverent version of this Old Mother Goose tale, performed with some of his best riffs on 6-string guitar.
The show ends with Finn MacCool and the Big Man. A tale of cleverness and some genuine female heroics, it features the hilarious voices of a giant, a dog, Oona and Finn, and their houseguest, big and hairy Gal. All with a fabulous driving rhythm on 12-string guitar and a refrain we all sing together: “Hoy that hurts!”
After they experience this lively storytelling show, kids will leave motivated to use their imaginations even more. Odds reminds them that the best way to do it is summer reading, and staying away from the “summer slide.”
This event is free and is sponsored by the Stearns-Burton Lecture Committee.
At the end of the show, the Kona Ice truck from Kona Ice of NH will be parked outside the Library. Bring some money to enjoy a cold treat and you can help support the Library – if Kona Ice makes enough in sales, they will donate part of their profits to the Library!