The Hays Public Library and students from the Western Kansas String Academy team up to entertain pre-school and early elementary school children on Saturday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. with a "Rise-n-Shine" story hour concert in the Upstairs Children's Gallery in the Hays Public Library.
The presentation, which will run for forty-five minutes, includes short performances by student musicians, storytelling with musical illustrations and opportunities to experiment with instruments.
"Barn Dance" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, is one of the two books scheduled for the performance. It is a rhyming tale of a young boy's night-time adventures when the barn animals square dance at a hoedown led by a fiddling scarecrow. WKSA staff Cody Custer, on violin, and Chad Foust, on guitar, will accompany the reading.
The other book, "I Know a Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello," by Barbara Garriel, is a spin-off of "The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly." The shy fellow at the side of the room develops a voracious appetite for different instruments during a concert with wacky and musical results.
Children of all ages are welcome to attend as this special event is intended to expose youth to string music in a light-hearted setting.
For more information, contact Cathy Drabkin, WKSA director, at (785) 628-5363 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.