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Bilingual Musician, Author and Educator José-Luis Orozco

jose luis orozcoParents, educators and families are invited to two special presentations by children's author, educator and recording artist José-Luis Orozco in May at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

Orozco is the author of three award-winning children's books, De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children; Diez Deditos - Ten Little Fingers; and Fiestas. He has recorded 13 volumes of "Lirica Infantil, Latin American Children's Music," songs that has been taught by two generations of teachers. As a presenter at educational conferencwes and seminars for teachers, parents, librarians and childcare providers, Orozco promotes the use of music as an important learning tool in multicultural classrooms.

On Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m., parents and educators are invited as Orozco demonstrates how multi-cultural music can be used to develop and nurture language and literacy skills, as well as promote cultural diversity and positive self-esteem. Orozco will model how to use music, rhythm, games and songs to enhance early childhood learning skills. This highly interactive workshop brings the rich heritage of the Spanish-speaking world to children, parents and educators. Though this program is focused on educators, families with children of all ages are welcome.

On Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m., families and children of all ages are invited for an energetic and interactive journey through Latin American culture, history and oral traditions as Orozco will play his acoustic guitar while singing traditional Latin American children's songs and original compositions. His music combines rhymes, movements and rhythm with information. Elementary subjects, such as the alphabet, vowels, numbers, colors and body parts are taught through the songs. Children and families are invited to join in singing, dancing and acting out songs through the entire show.

These free programs will be held in Central Library's Clowes Auditorium.

Call 275-4099 for more information.