Summer Reading Kickoff: Read to the Rhythm!

We had forty participants at our Kickoff program to our Summer Reading Challenge! Families came to our Studio On 4th to dance, make musical instruments and rock out!

Here’s a video of some of the highlights of the program:

We had a Wii set up for dancing:

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We made some awesome guitars out of cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes and rubber bands.  We just taped the tubes to the boxes and cut a hole in the boxes for the sound to resonate.  Not too difficult, and the result is pretty cool:

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We also made drums by stretching cut balloons over large cardboard tubes.  You have to stretch the balloons really tight; this one was harder!  Good thing we had the help of some great teen volunteers:

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We made drumsticks out of chopsticks and foam balls:

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And we made some more craft stick harmonicas:

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We even got silly!

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We had kids and adults of all ages and had a great time all around.  Hope to see you in the library for more summer reading fun!

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ali and the guitar

AnnMarie Hurtado

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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