Monday, June 29, 2015

Bros. Gromm Visits Haltom City Public Library

 The article below has been written and submitted by our teen journalist, Aidan Mize.
The puppet show put on today, Friday, June 26, by the Bros. Gromm, despite having an unusually small audience, may have been the most interactive out of all of the shows. Throughout the performance, the puppeteer had the puppets ask the viewers to participate in almost everything. They were encouraged to help whenever possible, and to read books.
Regardless of the fact that the show was aimed at younger viewers, I noticed that many of the adults and volunteers alike were entertained, myself included. The show was somewhat of a cross between comedy and education, mixing the two seamlessly.
Somewhere near the middle of the show, the puppeteer came out and asked some questions, and had people draw shapes on the board he had. They also used a computer screen to play small games and the such. One such game was where a picture would appear onscreen and the audience would have to make the noise the the animal would. The puppet would be the one to guess what the animal was.
The pictures on the board returned about 20 minutes before the end of the show. That time, the goal was to try to make something of the random squiggles on the board. It was decided that the picture would be one of a dolphin and a boat, that shot pies from a cannon. In short, the show was a success, even with the small crowd.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Que Pastas Rock the Library!

Guest teen journalist, Aidan Mize , has graciously agreed to write an article for this blog reporting on the June 5,  kick-off event of the Summer Reading Program. Please enjoy reading his thoughts and impressions:

       The 2:00pm visit to the library by the Que Pastas was incredible. While it may have been aimed at a younger audience, it was clear that all ages were entertained today. The music itself was fast paced and entertaining, not to mention the segments in-between. Every song was punctuated by a joke or a dance or something akin to that.
    The musicians themselves were incredibly animated and seemed to really be enjoying getting the audience involved. They did everything from asking the audience what to sing, to getting everyone up to dance.
   Truly, the entire Summer Reading Program kick-off was a success. The Que Pastas were astronomic at all levels of entertaining, at least for me! Their entire performance was awesome, from  the "Book Song" to the utterly fun insanity of the " Birthday song".

Aidan Mize

Summer Reading Program 2015 Has Begun!

We had a fantastic program Friday, June 5 to kick of our annual Summer Reading Program. The Que Pastas entertained an audience of almost 90 adults and children. Check out the pictures on the library's online photo gallery.
This Summer our program will run from June 5 through July 31.
Each Monday night at 6:30pm, we will host Family Movie Night. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm-4pm "Reading Buddies" will be present to read with the children. What a wonderful opportunity for the kids to practice their reading skills. As an added treat, Reagan the Golden Retriever will be in attendance each Thursday to listen to the stories and of course enjoy a nice pat or two.
Fridays are our special guests day. Come join just each week at 2pm for a fun and educational afternoon. Don't forget to record the amount of time you read. We are awarding custom designed book bags to those accomplishing preset reading goals.
For more information call 817-227786