Library visitors Jump for Joy

Children participate in a native dance with Susan Wickett-Ford at the Waterville Library on Aug. 7. They are Chesney Bigger, Austyn O’Brien, Elayna Arneson-Canales, Griffin Robinson and Liam Arneson-Canales. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

 

8/23/19 Correction: Library summer reading program ended Aug. 17

The story “Waterville Library hosts ‘Jump for Joy’ program” on Page 9 in the Aug. 16 issue of Douglas County Empire Press included incorrect information about the summer reading program. The summer reading program at the Waterville Library ended on Aug. 17. All reading logs needed to be turned in by that date in order to claim a prize. The Empire Press apologizes for this error and any misunderstanding to the program’s participants. If you have questions, concerns or feel your child has extenuating circumstances regarding the summer reading program deadline based on the earlier information, contact the library as soon as possible at 745-8354.

 

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Even Dalke and Ben Regallie play checkers as Madyson Regallie reads a book in the background at the Waterville Library. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

Susan Wickett-Ford, a teaching artist from Silver Kite Community Arts of Seattle, entertained children at the Waterville Library on Aug. 7 with the program “Jump for Joy: Village Rhythms from Around the World.”

During the program, Wickett-Ford showed the children a map to see how far away some countries are from here. She also talked about what the weather may be like and how the people may dress because of the weather. After that, each child participated in dance, using props and different instruments from other countries.

The program is a wonderful way to not only teach social studies but to celebrate different cultures and learn an appreciation for different types of music, according to Wickett-Ford.

Wickett-Ford has been a teacher since 1980 with 17 of those years spent in a private fine arts school in Seattle. Much of her appreciation for culture and native music came through training workshops in Seattle and meeting people from around the world.

Music included in the program was from countries in the Middle East, Russia, Mexico, Denmark, China and South Africa. The program ended with an American “line dance” that both the children and adults participated in.

The next program at the Waterville Library will be held Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. called the “Science of Sound.” This Makerspace S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) event, led by Heather Inczauskis, will explore the ability to hear, touch, feel and see sound. Those attending will have an opportunity to participate in musical activities.

For more information about the summer reading program, call Waterville librarian Amy Larsen at 745-8354, visit the the library’s Facebook page or the North Central Regional Library’s website at ncrl.org.