Prendergast Library will play host to Dave Ruch of Buffalo at noon Tuesday, July 12, in its Fireplace Room to kick off the Summer Reading Program.
Ruch, who sings and plays a variety of instruments, will lead children on a musical journey during a program he designed in honor of "One World, Many Stories," this year's New York State Summer Reading theme.
As he talks about various parts of the world, Ruch will show children instruments such as a guitar, Indian tabla drum, European octave mandolin, and traditional Native American cowhorn rattles. Those attending are encouraged to participate by answering questions, playing musical games, acting out songs and singing along in several languages.
Dave Ruch of Buffalo will appear at noon Tuesday, July 12, in the Fireplace Room at Prendergast Library to sing, play instruments, and help young people learn about music around the world. His one-hour musical program will kick off the Summer Reading Program for preschoolers through middle-school age students in Jamestown.
Ruch's Jamestown appearance, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through support from The United Arts Appeal.
"This event has been designed as a special treat for everyone who is participating in the Summer Reading Club and those who still may wish to join. If children haven't signed up yet, this would be a great time to do so," said Valle Blair, Prendergast Library children's librarian.
Ruch is a member of the New York State Historical Association, Canal Society of New York State, New York Folklore Society, Western New York Association of Historical Agencies, the Association of Teaching Artists and the New York State Reading Association.
He gives hundreds of concerts and workshops each year for schools, music festivals, libraries, historical societies, professional conferences, folk music organizations, museums and community events throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
"This is a great opportunity for families to experience the arts and share an educational activity together, especially now that schools are closed for the summer," Mrs. Blair said.
For more information about the event, call 484-7135, ext. 234. The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown.