The Southern Prairie Library System is proud to present “Cowboy Music for Kids” featuring musician, Marshall Mitchell. This program continues the 2015 Summer Library Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story,” and will be held on Thursday, June 11 at the Altus Public Library. The program will start at 2 p.m. and last approximately one hour.
Marshall Mitchell’s “Cowboy Music for Kids” Concert is a foot tapping, hand clapping, coyote howling, good time filled with interactive songs and stories. With his trusty sidekicks, Marshall intertwines character traits, cowboy virtues, heroes, and friends, making them relevant in the world of kids today.
Marshall loves helping kids learn through music. He started small, writing songs in his own home that reinforced life lessons. “Well actually, I had kids… I decided they needed a little more instruction than usual, so I took it upon myself as Dad to write the songs, tell the stories, and try to educate them through fun,” said Marshall. His act is designed to show children that learning can be a fun ride and all they have to do is latch on.
Ranger Marshall’s plan is to get the kids laughing and having so much fun that they don’t even realize they are learning. He is taking the lessons learned in school and home and reinforcing them through music. “Hopefully I’m doing what Mom and Dad are doing at the house,” said Marshall, “but as the singing cowboy I’m coming from the blind side. I’m having fun and we’re talking about not playing with fire as well as making good decisions and bad decisions. Hopefully it sinks in and they go home and say ‘Mom, we’re not supposed to play with fire.’” If you’d like to hear some more from The New Singing Cowboy, head to his website at http://marshallmitchell.com/.
In addition to Thursday’s program, the Altus Public Library will also offer a film for pre-school children at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9. The film this week will be Spoon…and More Stories About Friendship. The film lasts about 30 minutes.
The first “Teens and Tweens Craft Day” will be held Tuesday afternoon, June 9, at 2 p.m. This week’s craft will be a choice of painting a miniature bird house or making some glue jewelry. This workshop is for children ages 12 and up. It is free and all supplies will be provided.
Marshall’s performance is funded with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Summer Library Programs are partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
For more information about this performance or the rest of the summer library program activities, please contact the library at 477-2890 or check their Facebook page: Southern Prairie Library System.