Ever pluck a harp or drum on a djembe? Ever womp-womp on a didgeridoo or buzz into a shofar? Ever strum a mountain dulcimer or frail a banjo?
All of these traditional folk instruments and about 100 more are part of Todd Crowley's Traveling "Musical Petting Zoo" which is being offered as an Instrument Exploratorium open house between 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Marshalltown Public Library in the large meeting room.
Crowley believes a folk instrument is part of the folk tradition, where the sharing of one's love and knowledge of the music, song and stories of the past help to keep these traditions alive. The instruments he brings tell a story of their own each time a child connects to the folk tradition by trying an instrument for the first time or an adult rediscovers the joy of making music.
People of all ages enjoyed hands-on fun with more than 100 musical instruments during a past summer event at the library; the public is again invited to attend the Instrument Exploratorium Open House on June 4 anytime between 3-6 p.m in the large meeting room at the Marshalltown Public Library.
People of all ages can stop by the library to participate, and at the same time a special sign-up table for the 2014 summer reading program, "Fizz Boom Read" will be available to accommodate larger numbers of registrants.
All ages of children, from toddlers to teens, can sign up for the summer reading program anytime during June or July when the library is open, beginning on Monday. Kids can earn points that can be traded for all kinds of prizes. Teens may choose to sign up for a points log, or as an alternative, participate in the Spark a Reaction: Quick and Simple Teen Summer Reading Program.
For information on all library youth programs and services, call 641-754-5738, ext. 3, or visit the library's website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org.