Summer reading program returns |

Summer reading program returns

This summer’s reading program at the Nevada County Library is “Read Across America: A Musical Summer Representing the Diverse Regions of the North American Continent.”

Children will receive a reading map of North America and a list of book titles about the geographic and cultural regions of the United States, plus star stickers to mark the reading adventure on the map.

Beginning Wednesday, June 26, folk singer Marina Bokelman will offer weekly singing workshops of traditional American folk songs.

Children will perform songs they have learned at the End of Summer Party.

Singers, storytellers and musicians from some of the many cultural traditions of America will be featured:

American Indian : Le Honeycutt – a traditional Cherokee storyteller from Oklahoma. Honeycutt performs wearing her regalia. She is a ceremonial dancer and drummer and teaches her language and culture to all ages.

Black: Janette Moody – a black storyteller enacts the story of the great liberator Harriet Tubman, beginning with Tubman’s childhood in slavery.

Latin American: Colibri – two Latina women sing and play the music of their heritage, teaching and demonstrating different instruments used in the Hispanic musical tradition.

Gold Country: Alkali, the Last of the Forty-Niners – local musician Rick Toles performs material from the California Gold Rush era and demonstrates the musical instruments of the era.

Special performance by Izzy Tooinsky, back from Australia for this occasion – Tooinsky brings his special magic to performance of songs and stories from many lands.

Grand finale party with Tooinsky and singing children: July 30 at Madelyn Helling Library, Aug. 1, Grass Valley Library

Signup days are June 18, noon-2 p.m., Madelyn Helling Library; June 20, noon-2 p.m., Grass Valley Library.

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