The Southern Prairie Library System welcomes award-winning children’s songwriter Monty Harper on July 16. Monty will perform at the Hollis Civic Center at 10 a.m. and at the Altus Public Library at 2 p.m. The target audience for this performance is ages 4 to 12. The program will run approximately 45 minutes. Harper will perform original songs celebrating the library’s “Every Hero Has a Story!” summer theme. His songs tell stories, elicit laughter, and help build positive connections with books, reading, and libraries. Audience members will be given opportunities to sing and clap along, provide sound effects, and guess the heroes from favorite children’s books. “Songwriting is my superpower,” says Harper. “Songs are amazing at entertaining, teaching, and bringing people together. If I were tasked with saving the world, I would probably try to do it with a song.”
Literacy has long been a major theme in Harper’s songwriting. “It’s so important for kids to love reading,” he says. “I try to convey my own exuberance for books and libraries through my lyrics.” This summer marks Harper’s twenty-fifth season of performing in libraries.
Harper has released two brand new songs for the summer’s theme as digital singles through his Patreon crowd-funding page at FlyingSpaghettiMusic.com. “Somebody’s Hero,” carries an anti-bullying message, and “Super Flea” is a comic-book-style romp chronicling the adventures of a tiny but mighty protector of right. Harper has recorded seven CDs of original songs, including Songs From the Science Frontier, Let’s Get Creative, The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD, and Take Me to Your Library. He performs for schools and libraries throughout Oklahoma. He writes songs for clients, and he teaches songwriting to 2nd through 5th grade students as an Oklahoma Arts Council teaching artist. Songs written by Harper with students are available to hear on his website. Harper’s CDs will be available for purchase after the show, and he will be on hand as well for autographs and photos. Harper’s music is available online at iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby.com. Fans can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, including song lyrics and a schedule of appearances, visit www.MontyHarper.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, July 14. The film lasts about 30 minutes.
The Altus Public Library also continues the “Teens and Tweens Craft Day” series. The workshop will be held Tuesday afternoon, July 14, at 2 p.m. This week’s craft will be a choice of wind chimes or painted rocks. The workshop is for children ages 12 and up. It is free and all supplies will be provided.
The Monty Harper’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.
Please visit the library’s website: http://www.spls.lib.ok.us or visit them on Facebook: Southern Prairie Library System. For more information about this program, contact the library at 477-2890.