The Crawfordsville District Public Library has invited children’s musician Jim Gill to perform on the community’s new Pike Place Stage. His current tour is titled “National Campaign for Play!” Jim has a unique talent of including everyone in his concerts. He will have you tapping your toes, singing along and hopefully breaking out in dance.

Children who have attended programs at the library have been listening to Gill’s music for years. One of the toddlers’ most favored songs by Gill is “Jump and Count.” This song is performed at the end of every story time. Other favorite songs are “Spin Again,” “Alabama Mississippi” and of course the “Silly Dance Contest!” These songs and more are used in the library’s weekly music and movement program “Wiggle and Giggle.” Gill has a unique approach to his concerts for young children and families. This is because his graduate studies in child development have convinced him that family play is more important to young children than music alone ... whether the music is classical, folk or rock and roll.

This concert would not be possible if it weren’t for our sponsors. We love our friends at First Financial Bank, Hoosier Heartland State Bank, Nucor Steel, Crawford Industries, Valero Renewables, Tri-County Bank, Pace Dairy, Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter, P. C. and Friends of the Carnegie. They all made this concert possible with their monetary donations. Thank you so much for your support.

The concert is at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Pike Place stage. Bring a blanket or chair. The rain plan is the library basement. Our hope is that children of all ages will come, listen, sing along and play. Even kids who attended our programs 10 years ago will recognize some of Gill’s songs. We hope that you too will join us for a fun evening. Remember the “Sneezing Song” or “Don’t Feed Me Chocolate Chip Cookies!” or “Knuckles Knees.” As soon as you hear the songs you will go right into the motions. Bring your “Spaghetti Legs” and join us for a very fun evening.

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