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Listen at the Library, the collaboration between the Stark Library and Canton Symphony Orchestra, is set to start March 11, 2019. The program pairs music with children’s literature and is sponsored by the Stark Library.
A trio of musicians will travel to each of the 10 library branches where they will team up with a librarian to present a musical story time program. “We enjoy this partnership with the library so much,” states Irene Barker, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the orchestra. “The families who attend enjoy a good story, read by the highly qualified librarians and are introduced to the highly talented orchestra musicians, their instruments and their music.”
Julia Shaheen, Literacy Manager for the Stark County District Library has collaborated with Barker in the development of this year’s programs which includes selecting the books to be read, working with librarians at each location and rehearsing with the musicians. “We love offering unique opportunities to enrich and engage children in Stark County through stories and music,” adds Shaheen. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Symphony to offer this to the community.”
The schedule for the programs is:
Monday, March 11, 2019
10:00am – Jackson Township Branch
11:30am – Perry Sippo Branch
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10:00am – Plain Community Branch
11:30am – Lake Community Branch
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
10:00am –East Canton Branch
11:30am – DeHoff Memorial Branch
Thursday, March 14, 2019
10:00am – Main Library
11:30am – Sandy Valley Branch
Monday, March 18, 2019
10:00am – Madge Youtz Branch
11:30am – North Branch
In addition, musicians will present four Sunday at the Symphony programs on March 10 at 2:00pm at the Main Library and at 3:30pm at the Plain Community Branch and on March 17 at 2:00pm at the Jackson Community Branch and at 3:30 at the Perry Sippo Branch. This family-firendly program allows library patrons the opportunity to listen to light music followed by a question and answer period with the musicians.
As with everything at the library, the program is free.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th anniversary and is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.
Contact: Irene Barker, Director of Education and Community Engagement