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Singalong kicks off reading program

June 20, 2004|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Children and adults strutted in a circle doing The Chicken Dance, danced around a Mexican sombrero and sang along to a new version of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and old favorites such as "Waltzing Matilda," all in the name of literacy Saturday morning.

The dozen adults and children gathered in the Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal Church next to the library in Blue Ridge Summit for the kickoff of the library's summer reading program.

Added to the year-round program will be a weekly story hour, craft and snack, according to children's librarian Deborah Heinecker. The story hour is on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the library. A July 17 ice cream social will feature a juggler, she added.

Using books about various cultures and time periods, guitarist and vocalist Bill Frye of Clarks Summit, Pa., involved the children and their parents in the stories and music. He used a variety of hats to illustrate the stories.

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A family and children's entertainer, Frye said he visits libraries and schools to celebrate reading and leads singalongs for nursing home residents.

"This was a wonderful group," Frye said after the program. "People like to sing, and they will sing songs that they know. I try to give them songs we know so we can enjoy each others' company."

Schools invite him to be "one more tool to encourage reading. I use books from their libraries, so they can go right upstairs and check them out."

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