LUMBERTON — Friday it was OK for the children at the library to be noisy. Actually, two libraries.
“Yeah. Let’s bust that image,” Youth Services Librarian Lisa Bowden said.
Children danced, sang, screamed and laughed — without being “shushed” — while the band Big Bang Boom! performed in concerts at the Pembroke and Lumberton library locations.
“I’m taking this group back with me. They have some strong vocals,” band member Chuck Folds joked after a particularly loud rendition of “Spongebob Squarepants.”
The concert was in conjunction with this year’s summer reading program that began June 23. The program’s theme this summer for libraries across the nation is “Libraries Rock.”
“I like programs that children can move in, jump and sing,” Bowden said.
The three-member band played kid-friendly music with which the crowd could interact. With Folds was Tim Ferguson and Steve Willard.
One of the favorites was the “Hokey Pokey,” which involved some dance moves from children and adults.
“It’s the ‘Hokey Pokey’ showdown 2018,” Folds said. “… If the adults lose, you never have to listen to anything a grown-up tells you to do.”
After that, the grown-ups danced with gusto and, to the children’s dismay, prevailed.
Other songs kids jammed to were “Everything is Alright,” “Stand Up Song,” “Animal Sounds,” and “The Name Song,” which consisted of singing a chosen name over and over again.
“I think the children showed a lot of energy. They were very engaged,” Bowden said. “Even the reluctant ones eventually joined in.”
One rowdy group that had a great time was the Little Tikes Child Care Center from Fairmont. The “Little Frogs” and “Cool Kids,” as the age groups were called, danced the most at the concert, which came as a surprise to their teacher, Gail Minnist. All the youngters agreed that their favorite dance of the day was the jumping.
“Hokey Pokey!” Jade Johnson replied after Minnist asked her what her favorite part of the concert was.
Minnist said the day was a successful and must-needed outing for the youngsters.
“We wanted our kids to get out of the day care, let them meet other kids,” she said.
Bowden said she hopes events like this will encourage children to come out more and take advantage of their local library.
“I’d like to see more people come out and join us for our storytimes and take advantage of the reading program and keep those children reading over the summer,” she said. “No matter how many people we get, I want more.”
A Birds of Prey event is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 20 in the Osterneck Auditorium, across the street from the main library building at 101 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton. Chip Gentry from Hawk Manor Falconry will come out and educate children about various species of birds.
Other library events across the county can be found on the youth service calendar at robesoncountypubliclibrary.org.
Tomeka Sinclair can be reached at [email protected] or 910-416-5865.