Music and Stories at the Sturgis Public Library

Friday, June 19, 2015


Dr. Bob shared stories and music on June 18th in support of the 2015 Summer Reading Program at the Sturgis Public Library.  The theme for this summer is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Dr. Bob shared the story of Miriam from the Book of Exodus.  She was a prophetess and drummer of the Israelite people.  Her remarkable story reveals how her actions influenced key moments in the history of the Israelites, and tells how her drum accompanied her on her journey.  Participants in the program played frame drums, tambourines, sistrums, and finger cymbals associated with Egyptian and Hebrew cultures.  Dr. Bob told the story of Anansi and the King’s drum which explains the origin of the drum and its use in West Africa.  Participants played African drums, iron bells, and various rattles from Africa.  Dr. Bob read the story of Mortimer by Robert Munsch.  Mortimer sings “Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang Gonna make my noise all day.  Participants played home-made and found objects such as cans, buckets, pots, pans, boxes, and tubs.  Dr. Bob’s final story in the program was “Stephanie’s Ponytail.”  The Summer Reading Program is directed by Perian Kerr, Sturgis Librarian.

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