There was plenty of welcome noisy commotion during last week’s “Read for the Win” event, held by the Oakhurst Branch Library.
“If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet,” sang Oklin Bloodworth (Music with a Kiddie Beat). Dozens of tiny feet, moving rapidly, pounded the floor. “If you’re happy and you know it, wave your arms.” A sea of swaying arms stretched towards the ceiling. “If you’re happy and you know it, spin.” A few giggling enthusiasts spun so fast and hard that they couldn’t help but topple into neighbors.
Bloodworth, on guitar, sang, and had the 75 or so children hopping, wiggling, stomping and clapping. They had a chance to take the mic to imitate their favorite bird sounds, before joining Bloodworth in a song about birds, who begin life tweeting in the comfort of a homey nest. The children then followed Bloodworth, conga-line style, flapping their wings, and “flying” around the seated adults, as though they were birds old enough to soar.
During his rendition of “A, B, C, D,” Bloodworth got a little off track. “A, B, C, D, E, R ....” The smart young crowd wasted no time, immediately interrupting and correcting him.
This summer’s reading, writing and arts program will soon come to a close with the finale, July 27, at the Oakhurst Community Center.
Details: (559) 683-4838.