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5Jun/150

Listen & Play: the Cajon

Cajon Pic A cajón (Ka-hon), "box", "crate" or "drawer") is a six sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin plywood) with the hands, fingers, or sometimes various implements such as brushes, mallets, or sticks. More from Wikipedia Wikipedia Logo

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4Jun/150

Listen & Play: the Accordion

Accordian Picture Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven type, often called a squeezebox.   More from Wikipedia Wikipedia Logo

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Mendel's Accordion
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3Jun/150

Listen & Play: the Cello

Cello The cello (chel-oh) or violoncello is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is a member of the violin family of musical instruments, which also includes the violin and viola. More from Wikipedia Wikipedia Logo

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2Jun/150

Listen & Play: Castanets

Castanet Pic Castanets are a percussion instrument . The instrument consists of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string. They are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. More from Wikipedia Wikipedia Logo

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1Jun/150

Read, Listen & Play: the Drums

Wikipedia Logo The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments....Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell...Drums are usually played by striking with the hand, or with one or two sticks. In many traditional cultures, drums have a symbolic function and are used in religious ceremonies. More from Wikipedia Drum Picture

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Read Rabbit's Snow Dance - Rabbit loves the winter. He knows a dance, using a traditional Iroquois drum and song, to make it snow--even in springtime! The other animals of the forest don't want early snow, but Rabbit doesn't listen to them. Instead, he sings and dances until more and more snow falls. But how much snow is too much, and will Rabbit know when to stop?
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Watch To Be a Drum - Daddy Wes tells how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free. Read by James Earl Jones.
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Read Once Upon a Breath - In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, the Big Bad Wolf is the hero. He is a hip urban jazz musician, a saxophone player, who also happens to have asthma.The bongo & guitar playing Three Little Pigs are his constant nemesis.
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Be Quiet Mike! Hand Hand Finger Thumb Drum City Drummer Hoff Just a Little Music
The Little Drummer Boy Max Found Two Sticks Olivia Star of the Show Tanka Tanka Skunk Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums
Drummer Boy The Steel Pan Man of Harlem Civil War Drummer Boy Drummer Boy of John John Dancing Drum a Cherokee Legend
In the Time of the Drums Jamari's Drum Are the Drums for You? Eagle Drum The Drum and Other Percussion Instruments
Drums and Percussion Instruments Steel Drummer and the Apolo Timekeepers the Great Jazz Drummers What in the World is a Drum?

 

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18May/150

Staff Pick: You Are a Lion! And other Fun Yoga Poses

You Are a Lion! And other Fun Yoga Poses

Children pretend to be many different animals as they do various yoga poses.

Get ready to move with this colorful exploration of yoga poses through a child’s point of view. From beasts as mighty as lions, to the most delicate butterflies, Yoo’s simple, direct text and vibrant illustrations help children get in touch with their movements in a playful way. Animal noises are sure to accompany each page but by the end of the book, grown-ups are in for a peaceful surprise.

Recommended by:  Bethany Akerhielm, Outreach

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12May/150

New Musical Stories

Katie’s Noisy Music This Old Band The ABC Animal Orchestra Bats in the Band Max and Zoe: The School Concert
Wheels on the Bus Man with the Violin Rat and Roach Rock On! Want to be in a band Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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1May/150

Read Right Now! MOTHER’S DAY

Read Right Now! books you can read online, right now, with no waiting!


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Read Helping My Mom - A story about all of the things children do to help Mom out from folding socks to feeding the fish.

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Read Happy Mother's Day Dear Dragon

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New Mother's Day Books:

My mommy is magic Mom School Me and Mom I Love Mom Mom’s the Word
Davy Loves His Mommy A Mom for Umande Mom’s Are the Best!

Mother's Day Books:

I Love ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do…Because She Loves Me What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day Hero Mom I Want My Mom!
Where’s My Mommy? We Love Our Mom! Take Your Mama to Work Today There’s No One I Love Like You I Love You
Mama and Me Max and Zoe Celebrate Mother’s Day Gus Makes a Gift The Night Before Mother’s Day Mother’s Day Surprise
Hello, Mommy ZooBorns

Book recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selections Services

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14Apr/150

Staff Pick: Shark vs. Train

Shark vs. Train

A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.

Two boys choose their favorite toys from the toy box: a shark and a train. Now it's time for them to do battle-but who will win? It depends on the challenge. Eating pies? Shooting baskets? Playing a video game? It turns out that sharks and trains are good at very different things! Younger children will enjoy the detailed illustrations and simple text, while older children will laugh at the witty banter as the shark and the train battle with each other.

Recommended by: Casey O'Leary - Outreach

 

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13Apr/150

April: Autism Awareness Month

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Since We’re Friends David’s World Tomas Loves Every Turtle Counts My Autism Counts
Anthony Best I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism Armond Goes to a Party Russel's World I Know Someone With Autism
My Brother Sammy is Special

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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