Summer Reading 2017:

Reggae, Rock & World Music: Building Community with Songs from Far & Near


Family Concerts & Festivals


Greta's sparkling voice and spirited performances have charmed audiences from coast to coast. Her concerts are teeming with audience participation, sign language, and interaction. All ages enjoy her warm and humorous songs, accompanied by guitar, lap dulcimer, or harmonica. Selected members of the audience are invited on-stage to play a fascinating variety of percussion instruments!

“You charmed the little ones and grown ups out of their seats and had them signing, singing and giggling…. Thanks for keeping the magic in music.”

— Lori Patrick, Cultural Programs Coordinator
Auburn Arts Commission


“You were awesome!”

— Mt. Hood Council, Camp Fire USA


Library Programs

Audiences vary. Greta is prepared for them all: toddlers, tweens, and any combination in between. (For teens, see the Teen Book Club program below.)

ALL programs contain:

  • Age-appropriate activities such as singing, hand motions and/or stretching songs for the younger children, selected

  • A song using American Sign Language

  • Playing spoons and a wonderful variety of percussion instruments;

  • Instruments may include guitar, mountain dulcimer, strum stick, and/or harmonica.

There are a variety of themes available:


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Themes include:




NEW for 2017: Reggae, Rock & World Music: Building Community with Songs from Far & Near

Lively rhythms and memorable music keep you humming and smiling throughout the day! Sing songs from the Americas and as far away as Africa; we'll even create new lyrics to existing tunes. Older youth assist with drumming, playing spoons, and playing percussion from around the world. All join in with singing, clapping, and sign language.


Crazy Camp Songs

If you want a traditional summer theme, this lively sing-along is for you! It includes traditional and original songs that are perfect for singing around the camp fire, in the family car ... and at the library... with accompaniment on guitar and lap dulcimer.


Customized Programs
Greta will create a music program to complement your individual Summer Reading Program and other special event! Past themes include "Don't Bug Me ... I'm Reading," “Musical Clues," "Blast Off With Books," and "Teddy Bear Picnic." Don't be shy — ask what she can do for you!


Also recommended: La Musica Es Magica/Music is Magic


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FOR READY TO READ FUNDS: Get Ready to Read.... with Music!

This engaging program for ages 0-5 promotes literacy and language skills such as phonemic awareness, rhyming, and word meaning through songs, movement, and sign language. Quick and easy tips for parents and caregivers are also included.


The Science of Sound

Explore the science of sound! Through songs and instruments, we experiment with manipulating sound, and "hear" clashing sound waves as Greta tunes her guitars. Get ideas on how kids can create instruments out of found objects at home. With a grade-school crowd, selected members of the audience will be invited to play sound tubes, buckets, shakers and other assorted "home-made" instruments.


La Musica Es Magica/Music Is Magic (bilingual)

This spirited, bilingual sing-along program celebrates the magic of music with songs in Spanish, English, and sign language; commentary is in Spanish and English. Actual songs vary according to the make-up of the audience (mostly Spanish speaking; mostly English, or a combination). Greta plays guitar, and brings her wonderful collection percussion instruments for selected members of the audience to play.


Music Is Magic

If you can't decide on a theme, choose this one! This wonderful collection of original and traditional songs, plus sign language, changes for each audience - 1s & 2s, toddlers, preschoolers, up through elementary ages -- and any combination thereof.

Celebrate American Folk Songs

Explore the rich heritage of the United States and the history behind folk songs such as "Follow The Drinking Gourd," "Old Joe Clark," "16 Tons" and "This Land Is Your Land." Greta plays mountain dulcimer and guitar, teaches a song in Sign Language, and invites selected audience members to play spoons and washboard.


Around the World in Song

From Mexico to West Africa,  Austria to Japan and beyond, we celebrate similarities and differences among people through their traditional folk music. Greta brings her guitar, and amazing percussion instruments from around the world -- including Thai frogs, a Guatemalan bamboo drum, an African gourd shakere, and South American goat toe nails!

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Songs for the Winter — A non-holiday oriented program.


December Holidays — Celebrating the traditions of Hannukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.


April is National Poetry Month!

Poems 'n Songs (Ages 5-11) Bring poetry alive in this fun and interactive program. Greta leads songs and group recitation that are based on poetry found in your library! Geared to the audience at hand, it may include favorites from Shel Silverstein, R.L. Stevenson, A. A. Milne, and Dennis Lee (Alligator Pie), plus limericks and more. With a grade school crowd, we'll bring out the spoons, washboards and percussion instruments for volunteers to play.


National D.E.A.R. Day (April 12) and

National Library Week (April 10-16)

Singing Books (Ages 0-6 years)

We'll celebrate songs transformed into books. Favorites include "Wheels on the Bus," "Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee," and "Alligator Pie." Librarians will get an advanced list of recommended books, for display and checkout.


Also available: Get Ready To Read ....With Music!


May Celebrations

Cinco de Mayo/Japan Children's Day — At this time of year, the Music in a Multicultural World program highlights these two holidays celebrated on May 5th. Students "translate" a song from Spanish, learn words of greeting and thanks, and hear about the historical significance and cultural celebrations of these two important holidays.

Also available: La Musica Es Magica/Music is Magic


Click here for Summer Reading Programs, or read about how Greta will create a Customized Program for your area.


Crazy Camp Songs — If you want a traditional summer theme, this lively sing-along for you! It includes traditional and original songs that are perfect for singing around the camp fire, in the family car ... and at the library... with accompaniment on guitar and lap dulcimer.


Gathering the Harvest — A great family program, celebrating the harvest season with songs, sign language, and a basketful of harvest-themed percussion instruments, including corn, gourds and bananas!


Celebrate Halloween — Humorous and not-too-spooky songs and chants for your monsters, gypsies and and other creatures, plus sign language and harvest percussion instruments (including pretend-skulls, corn, gourds and bananas).

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“Soundtrack” to the novel Homecoming — Using selected musical references from this novel by Cynthia Voight, teen readers explore how the author used music to develop plot, character, and themes in this wonderful story. We discuss how folk music was disseminated in earlier periods of this country, and examine similarities and differences of writing styles and themes. Students also actively participate through song and "playing spoons." Familiarity with the book Homecoming is a prerequisite.



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