The month of March brings with it the arrival of St. Patrick's Day, and what better way to celebrate than with some live Celtic music at the Narragansett Library!
On March 5 the library hosted Rhode Island Celtic musicians Mary King and Phil Edmonds. This program was generously sponsored by library patron Cindy Clancy.
Using the Celtic harp, tin whistles, a fiddle, a button accordian and a bodhran (Irish drum), the musicians put on quite a show for the library patrons. There was even an Irish Step Dancing lesson and some Irish folk tales thrown into the mix and plenty of audience participation.
The two musicians have been performing in Rhode Island for more than 20 years and their experience and lively performance was fun for all ages. For further information on these great musicians, go to their website here.
In other library news, there are two events happening each month at the library that are gaining popularity. First is an evening of paper crafts held by our very own library director Patti Arkwright. As many people may already know, Patti is very creative and artistic and has been making crafts and scrap-booking for many years.
Patti hosts a paper crafting gathering at the library on the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. She brings all of the materials, and patrons just need to pre-register and arrive ready to create and take home a work of art. Come and bring your friends!
Next is the Popsicle Book Club for children in grades K-1. I love the idea of book club just for kids because it can foster that love of reading at an early age, and it also prompts children to voice their ideas and opinions within a group. And kids love to have something just for them!
The group is coordinated by the well known and loved children’s librarian Jane Colombo. She picks an age appropriate book and theme each month and children are encouraged to read the book on their own if possible. Then on meeting night the group talks about the book in a fun supportive atmosphere, they do an activity relating to the story, and finally a snack and craft follow.
According to Jane, her main goal is to keep the book group fun for the kids and judging from the smiles on the kids’ faces, she does just that!
Popsicle book group meets on the last Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Children need to pre-register and there is still some space left in the March group. This month they are reading “April Adventure” from the new Calendar Mystery Series by Ron Roy. This new series is an offshoot of the very popular A to Z Mysteries by the same author.
Don’t forget to check narlib.org for complete information on library events!