Children infant through fifth-grade were able to be part of the show during a kick-off to the McPherson Public Library’s Dig Into Reading program.
The show included Heidi Swedberg, a ukulele player from Los Angeles and Richard Holmgren, a juggler and comedian from Salina.
Swedburg sang a variety of songs in different languages, including Spanish, Haitian and sign language.
She encouraged children to mimic the sign language as she played it out on her hands.
Another song she sang involved a stubborn girl who refused to wear different colored dresses, where kids in the audience would call out a color, and Swedburg would find a way work it into the song.
Swedburg found her audience to be clever at picking hard colors.
“There are only two colors in the whole English language that can’t be rhymed,” she said. “Purple and orange.”
Both colors were some of the first picked by kids at the event.
Holmgren followed Swedburg with his Flying Debris Show, a one-hour event that involved juggling and comedy.
Holmgren juggled a number of objects, including clubs, balls and even a plunger, before the audience.
He also pulled different kids from the audience during the show and let them participate in his tricks.
Holmgren ended his show by reminding children why they were there and encouraged them to engage in books about things they like.
“How many of you have something you love to do everyday,” he asked. “How many of you would like to grow up and do that thing? Check out books on your favorite subject and read, read, read. R-E-D.”
Children were quick to correct Holmgren on his spelling.
Mandy Martin, youth services coordinator, said the library’s theme this year will focus on underground topics, including caves and fossils. The year’s theme, Dig Into Reading, is the same theme followed by libraries across 36 states, Martin said.
The library will host a variety of activities during the summer surrounding that theme. For more information, or to sign up for the summer reading program, visit the McPherson Public Library or call 620-245-2570.
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