Steacie Science and Engineering Library at Yor...

Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many years, libraries have been wonderful blessings to me. My parents read to me as a young child, so I remember reading to myself around kindergarten age. When I was in third grade, we moved to a small town. We began taking weekly trips to the library. I can remember checking out arm loads of books to read.

My daughter has also been raised with many books. She has taken part in story hours at local libraries as a toddler. While in preschool and elementary school, we would make weekly library visits checking out the familiar arm load of books to read. Now that she is in high school, she still enjoys reading though her time for leisure reading is all to limited.

When we moved to Hays, Kansas we felt fortunate to find a wonderful library here. We have witnessed the growth of the facility and the number of offerings they provide to the community. Being afforded an opportunity to share my love of music through the Children’s Department program is a joy. (Click here for details on my upcoming session.)

When I served as a nursing home activity director one of the events regularly on the calendar was a story and discussion group. There are many books and short stories appropriate for sharing. has a list of recommendations for men and women. There are wonderful short stories including series like “A Loving Voice” and “Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul”. There are also many songs that tell a story a few of which are highlighted in this post. When I worked as Life Enrichment Coordinator at an assisted living facility, the residents enjoyed attending “Film & Feed” at the library along with concerts and talks. There are also many song that tell stories which can be shared and lead discussions including:

  • Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce)
  • The Gambler (Kenny Rodgers)
  • Father and Son (Cat Stevens)
  • King of the Road (Roger Miller)
  • So Far Away (Carole King)
  • The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)
  • Cat’s in the Cradle (Harry Chapin)
  • Matthew (John Denver)
  • In the Ghetto (Elvis Presley)
A child reading in Brookline Booksmith, an ind...

A child reading in Brookline Booksmith, an independent bookstore in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For young children, there are many songs that can be sung. You’ll find the following highlighted in some of my posts:


There are books based on songs that can be great tools for intergenerational groups,

There are also stories in song appropriate to intergenerational groups including:

  • There’s a Hole in the Bucket
  • Froggy Went a Courtin’
  • Erie Canal
  • Rattlin’ Bogue
  • Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill
  • The Riddle Song
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  • My Grandfather’s Clock
Libraries Work Because We Do!

Libraries Work Because We Do! (Photo credit: circulating)

April 8 – 14, 2012 is National Library Week. (Click here to tweet some library love.) There aren’t many gifts you can give a child or yourself that are free AND provide as much joy as visiting a library. Libraries hold more than books. They hold audio recordings, art work, DVD’s, host talks…the list goes on. What are the favorite offerings at your local library? Share them below. 

*The next post will feature a book and activity for young children for Earth Day.

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