Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Last Summer Program - Clearwater, KS

Hard to believe that today was our last library program for the summer! It's been a great summer! Thanks to everyone who came out to see a show, and to all the libraries who hired me to perform! Hopefully we'll see you again next year!!

Lisa and I were on our own today while Evalyn stayed with grandma so she could do art camp and a swim lesson. We had a super show at the library in Clearwater, KS! Then we headed over to McConnell Air Force Base where I sang for nearly an hour to a group of energetic five-and-unders. Both the shows were so much fun! More days like today, please!

Our camera batteries gave out, but not before Lisa managed to grab a few photos at Clearwater. At McConnell she had to resort to her iPhone. Here they are, enjoy...

Nearly all the kids wanted to come up for the dinosaur song, and it was a small crowd, so I decided they could have the stage and I would sing from the audience. I don't often get to see the back of my own head. Hmmm...

This is at McConnell AFB. During "Library Bookaneers" we formed a line and marched around the room!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Two fun shows in Lawton today, another place I have visited many many times over the years. We had two fun shows. During the second show the kids wanted to hear a verse about pterodactyls in the dinosaur song. Even though they aren't actually dinosaurs, I took that as a challenge, and added a pterodactyl verse on the spot!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Stillwater Public Library

The Stillwater library program is always one of the highlights of my summer! It was a little strange to be there without our daughter - she is off at music camp in Arkansas!

Thanks to everyone who came to see the show today!

We had a little trouble with the sound system during the morning program, and that got distracting so I apologize. Turns out my wireless transmitters were sounding through the library's speakers so we had dueling systems causing various weirdnesses with the sound. Despite that the show went well, and the two afternoon shows were fantastic.

Lisa took lots of photos, and here they are...

"That's my gastric cavity..."

Library Bookaneers

This guy was an awesome dinosaur for me - he really got into the part!

Triceratops Bop

Stegosaur Swing

Tyrannosaur Crunch

"Run twice as fast..."

"Silly silly silly silly..."

I have no idea what I was thinking. Maybe this one would make a good caption contest.

Hadrosaur Hoot

Stegosaur Swing

Signing cards

One of the students from Mrs. Cox's class who helped write the Black Footed Ferret song was there at the third program, and she came up on stage to sing the song with me!! She was fantastic!!

Triceratops Bop

Cutie dinos!

Tomorrow... Lawton!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Metropolitan Library System - Days 2 and 3

Tuesday I was on my own - so no photos from Lisa, sorry! I was in Bethany for two morning shows, then Belle Isle in the evening. Crowds were small but spirited! I think "You're a Dinosaur" in Belle Isle may have been the best ever. My volunteer dinosaurs started running through the audience to do their dinosaur moves, but they always came back to a line at the front for the next verse!

Yesterday we were at the Wright branch for the morning and Warr Acres in the afternoon. Lisa was there to take photos, and here they are:

The Wright program was at a nearby church.

Triceratops Bop

Roundy Round - not a regular part of the program, but sometimes I'll throw in a different song just for fun.

At Warr Acres we had a very chatty crowd - I always have fun when I can interact a lot with the kids!

Can you guess what's in this box?

Stegosaur Swing

Tyrannosaur Crunch

Monday, July 01, 2013

Metropolitan Library System Day 1 - NW and Capitol Hill

We kicked off the Metropolitan System tour in OKC today at the brand new North West branch. The building is impressive! Whimsical statues greet you on your way in. Structures resembling oil derricks rise up from the roof outside, and inside the base of each of these defines a smaller space within the open library, such as a checkout desk or study area. There is an outdoor courtyard attached to the children's area with high walls all around so kids can roam free. (When we arrived the librarians were rescuing a mouse who had fallen in!) The program room has an open airy feeling and great acoustics! There were only a handful of folks in attendance at the afternoon show at Capitol Hill, but we had a lot of fun there too! Here are photos: 

Those white areas are dry erase boards. I asked how you write on the top part - and was told that you don't. They double as projection screens, that's why they're so big! Cool - I will be using projectors with my science program next year.

Ants in Your Pants Dance

Here is pretty much my entire audience from the afternoon show at Capitol Hill!