I grew up listening to classic 1970s Rock. I still think it is some of the greatest music I have ever heard. My favorites were Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens and Elton John. To me, all of these musicians are almost on the same level as Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. “Libraries Rock” is the theme of our 2018 Summer Reading Program, and I invite patrons of all ages to discover ways that music influences our lives and brings people together.
The adult program kicks off on Friday, June 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with “Library After Hours” featuring the Pablo Sanhueza Latin Jazz Quintet. Tickets are available at the Library’s Main desk: $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. Patrons age 21 and older will enjoy live music, beer, wine and appetizers. Patrons can also purchase raffle tickets to win two tickets and a parking pass to Billy Joel in concert at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, Sept. 21. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the Main desk for $10 each. The drawing will take place during the Latin jazz event, but the winner does not need to be present to win. All proceeds will benefit future Library programs.
Pablo and his quintet are part of the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars, the premier Salsa & Latin Jazz ensemble in the Kansas City region. Navigating the universe of Afro-Latin music under the influence of jazz, Pablo has 15 years of dedication to the uplifting of Latin American culture in the Heartland. The concert will be a high energy and timeless experience for the audience.
From June 1 through July 28, adults can earn prizes for attending Library programs, participating in a Facebook photo contest and completing book reviews. All adult participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a second set of two tickets plus parking for the Billy Joel concert.
Children 12 and under strike up the band at the kick-off Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a special performance by Mr. Stinky Feet at 11 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can earn free books, prizes and raffle tickets for additional prizes for every 15 books they read or are read to them. Elementary-age children will earn a free book for the first 200 minutes they spend reading, a small prize for the next goal reached and one prize raffle ticket for each additional goal. Fun and educational programs designed to develop their skills are scheduled each Wednesday through Aug. 1.
Teens take the stage with a Wii Rock Band and Pizza party on Tuesday, June 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. They can also learn Bucket Drumming every Thursday in June and July from 3:30-4:30. Teens will earn prizes for reading, attending programs and writing book reviews.
For details about the Summer Reading Program, call us at 913-682-5666. The full slate of summer events is available on our web calendar, www.leavenworthpubliclibrary.org/calendar