The Arts … for Kids and Their Families

Dec 29, 2013
Debby Atwell and 9-year-old Ryan Campbell of Rockland "float" in front of a new Rockland Public Library banner advertising the fairy tales program.

Rockland — Thanks to a generous gift and the ongoing efforts of Friends of the Rockland Public Library, local children and their families will be offered a wide and wonderful variety of arts programming at the library beginning in January.

First up is Introduction to Musicality with Tom Ulichny, Director of Midcoast Music Academy. Participants will explore their musical creativity and learn to play a djembe hand drum Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., starting Jan. 9, at the library, 80 Union St. These weekly percussion/drumming workshops are open to youth of all ages and musical backgrounds. It is a good choice for the music-loving family, as well as those just beginning to explore music.

Next, the library will present Classic Film Matinees for children and their families with Erika Pfander Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 25, at 2 p.m. Pfander invites attendees to “enjoy a time when films told a story, a narrative with real people (and character development).” Among the many films to be shown throughout the year are Disney classics and films featuring silent film comedians Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. On Jan. 11, Pfander will present “Hand in Hand” (1961, UK), a nonrated film in which a little Roman Catholic boy and a little Jewish girl become best friends, despite the prejudice that surrounds them. On Jan. 25, the film will be “Fly Away Home” (1996, USA), the PG-rated story of a father and daughter who attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south, by air.

Play Acting with Mother Goose Rhymes and Fairy Tales with Debby Atwell invites families to come spend Sunday afternoons beginning Jan. 12 (continuing Jan. 19 and 26) from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Participants will choose and act out a fairy tale or rhyme, using masks and costumes. A musician will be available to enhance the experience. Atwell, children’s book author and illustrator, will facilitate.

Some of the additional programs that will begin later in the season include Old Town Road — Rob Stuart, singer, educator, song writer, along with his daughter Megan Rogers, offer a diverse musical program for little children and their families; Susan Beebe, local artist, will conduct a series of arts and crafts workshops beginning in February; Dena Davis, Maine Arts Programming Coordinator, will conduct the workshop Family Stories: Families Writing Together; and Jess Day, Arts, Music, Movement (JAMM) & Literacy director, will conduct weekly enrichment programs that reach families with children newborn through age 8 and their parents/caregivers.

Most of these programs are drop-in, some will require a sign up, and all are offered free of charge. For a complete schedule, call the library at 594-0310.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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