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Family Tunes and Tales 'Crosses Bridges Between the Arts'

By: Marcey Evans

Children and parents visiting the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on May 11, 11 am, will see Pete Seeger's book, "Abiyoyo" come to life during Family Tunes and Tales!When librarians and musicians join forces, the result is Family Tunes and Tales, a musical narrative that transforms children’s storytime into a dramatic presentation of the arts.

This free entertainment offers kids (ages 3 – 8) and their families a chance to experience storybooks read aloud, accompanied by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Whether woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, or a kinder trio, stories are brought to life with each musical note and turning page.

Families are invited to attend the final concerts of the season, each on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 am.

          Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger              
          Kinder Trio
          Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
          3030 Poplar Avenue 
          Memphis, Tennessee 38111
          (901) 415-2700

          Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies by Harriet Peck Taylor
          String Quartet 
          Cordova Branch Library
          8457 Trinity Road
          Cordova, Tennessee 38018 
          (901) 415-2764

          Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema 
          Percussion
          Randolph Branch Library
          3752 Given Avenue
          Memphis, Tennessee 38122
          (901) 415-2779

“Musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra come up with really creative ways to accompany books,” said Susan Penn, children’s librarian at Central Library. Kids are really engaged (during performances) and get to see musicians up close, so it’s a combination of what they hear and what they see. Their attention is drawn in a number of directions.”

In addition to stories and music, children at Family Tunes and Tales also enjoy arts and crafts that complement each story’s subject matter. “Performances bring the arts together,” Penn added. “It’s not just stories and music. We also add craft activities that children can take home to remember their experiences. Family Tunes and Tales crosses bridges between the arts. It is something the whole family can enjoy together.”

For more information on Family Tunes and Tales, call each Library branch at the numbers listed above.