As a former mechanical engineer, David Claunch knows how to make stuff. In fact, he made himself into a multi-faceted entertainer. Some of his many talents include clowning, storytelling, and making balloon animals.
Baby guru Charlene Ellis blends songs, rhymes, fingerplays, books, and more to create fun-filled and educational programs for babies and their caregivers. Charlene will have you giggling, singing, and bouncing with your baby as you share the joy of together time in the library.
Kindermusik is an early childhood music and movement program based on the beliefs that every child is musical, every parent is the child's most important teacher, and that based on research music nurtures a child's cognitive, emotional, social, language, and physical development.
Be careful, Miss Laurie will draw you right into her story, and you might get lost in the pages!
Miss Lynn loves to share a good story through her songs, and to hear kids’ stories in return when they talk and sing together. The songs on her CD, Something New, include stories of a homemade "garbage" band (Make Something New), a sandy return from beach vacation (Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty), the perils of cooking without proper time and care (The Tale of the Hasty Baker), and the international journey to build one family (Once Upon a Time). Something New and her first CD, Outside the Lines (2008), have been featured on the radio in Boston, St. Louis, and central Ohio.
Sing & Sign Story Time is being offered by Melissa Mastrogiovanni, a certified Signing Time Academy Instructor and owner of Signed With Love. Sing & Sign Story Time is a fun, interactive way for children to come together, have fun, sing, sign and read! Children will learn the signs for their favorite books through engaging new songs and interactions. More importantly, families will learn a new way to make reading even more interesting (and educational!) than it already is.
Sean is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is also a national Parents' Choice award winner, the host of Kidstuff radio on WDVX, a member of the Americana group The Lonetones. A teacher, a record producer, and a sound engineer, he has been entertaining and educating families and school groups with his energetic and engaging performances since the mid 90s.
Ms. Molly is an elementary school librarian, who loves working with kids of all ages. She used to coordinate Imagination Library for KCPL, and still has a passion for early literacy with our smallest patrons--babies! Bring your little bundle of joy for a lapsit program that will teach parents and grandparents really fun play, songs and rhymes to strengthen emotional bonds and lay the foundation for future readers! Please bring a blanket that your baby can lay on. Recommended for birth to not-yet-walking.
One World Circus
Drawing on cross cultural traditions of community carnivals and celebrations, One World Circus engages audiences in everything from giggles to a potential walk across the tight rope.
Emagene Reagan is a retired school librarian who tells stories from folk and fairy tales and nursery rhymes, to popular storybooks and original stories you might like to tell to others.
A storyteller who has traveled the globe over, Georgi brings together songs, stories and movement for audiences of all ages.
Faye is a professional storyteller who draws on her own life experiences as a banker, bear trapper, herbalist, author, and teacher to transport listeners of all ages into worlds and times shaped by the power of imagination. Faye is an active member of the Tennessee Storytelling Association, the Southern Order of Storytellers, and the National Storytelling Network. She has told stories to audiences of all ages and sizes at a wide variety of venues around the region.
This program was made possible through the generous support of the Margaret Dickinson Fund through the Knox County Public Library Foundation.