Lebanon Express Article

I haven’t posted here in a while, as I’ve moved most of my pertinent information over to bradstorysong.com, but I wanted a quick way to share this article in the Lebanon Express about my recent performance down there. I think we all had a great time, and it encapsulated the essence of what my performances are all about. HERE’S A LINK TO THE ARTICLE or the body of what was written: “Library-palooza” took over the Lebanon Public Library last week during spring break. Julie Tibbetts kicked off the events on March 28, reading at three story time sessions spread throughout the day. “I thought it went great,” said Tibbetts, a library employee. “The kids all seemed happy, engaged and having a good time.” Most of the kids sat, absorbed by the storytelling. But 2-year-old Braden White’s attention was captivated by a nearby puzzle. Sarah West came with her 3-year-old son Isaiah Blount. Isaiah sat up front and listened quietly. “We came for story time because we’re on spring break, and to get out of the house,” West said. The next day, Brad Clark, told stories and performed music, leading the kids on a melodic story-time adventure around the globe. He let the kids play instruments such as a drum made out of an empty water cooler jug during the show. Clark played instruments ranging from African drums, the guitar and several handmade instruments. He played the ukulele for a song about a wide mouth-frog living in Hawaii. Adults sat in chairs in the back while the kids sat up front with legs crossed, except one ambitious child who crawled underneath every chair in the back row. “All the stories I’m going to tell you come from books at my library,” Clark said during his show. Librarian Darcy Smith said about 105 people showed up for the music and story time. “The big bonus for me is it keeps learning fun,” Clark said. “If it’s not fun, it’s hard for kids to learn.” While his performances were entertaining for kids, he said they serve as an educational tool and promote early literacy. Shaila Hardy came with her three children Malcolm, 8, Quinn, 6 and Winston, 4, to Clark’s musical story time. “They love music so I thought they’d enjoy it,” Hardy said. “I thought it was really cool.” Quinn said “I like the singing.” Winston said “He’s funny.” The “palooza” finished on March 30 with a movie fest that screened the movies “Happy Feet Two,” “The Muppets,” and “The Adventures of Tintin.” The event was paid for through donations by Friends of the Library and part of the Ready to Read grant, Library Manager Denice Lee said. Read more: http://www.lebanon-express.com/news/local/library-hosts-library-palooza-for-spring-break/article_e335fee8-7dd0-11e1-816b-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1sPI383rS

Sunday at Enso

I’ll be performing this Sunday for a family-friendly auction at ENSO Winery on Stark and SE 14th Avenue. Please come and enjoy some kid-friendly crafts as well as music and storytelling with me and other local musicians – all while helping us raise money for a fantastic neighborhood preschool. The event runs from 3:30-5:30, and I’ll be on around 4:30. Hope to see you there!

First Show of the Summer!

I’ll be in our home town at the Canby Public Library on June 17th at 11am! If the weather is good, we’ll be across the street at Wait Park making all kinds of noise! If the weather is not so cooperative, we’ll be inside the library banging and crashing. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be presenting my very own show telling stories, and doing songs with kids! It will be serious fun for the whole family. Help me spread the word!

Mark your calendar!

I will be one of the Thursday fun show performers at the Wilsonville Public Library for the 2011 Summer Reading Program! Libraries all over hire performers for Summer Reading Program events, and it is an honor to be chosen, and what a fun show I have planned! Around the World in 8 Stories! I hope you’ll join me on July 21st, 2011 at the Wilsonville Public Library!

A line out the door at Wilsonville Public Library for a Summer fun show in 2009

A line out the door at Wilsonville Public Library for a Summer fun show in 2009