Musician leads children in upbeat program

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Ninety-six children and adults from the city’s library program enjoyed musical story telling by folk music singer Andy Mason of Portales Thursday at the Elks Club.

Mason’s appearance was part of the Tucumcari Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

“The children really enjoyed this show a lot,” said assistant librarian Dainetta Kroeker. “There was great participation by the children and we would like Andy to come back next year.”

Mason involved the audience from the very start of his show. The children were asked to blow imaginary bubbles and dance between songs. Mason sung light hearted songs and Virgina Amaro, 7, also was selected from the audience to come up with Mason and play the harmonica

“It was my first time playing the harmonica and it was fun,” said Amaro.

“I love music and working with kids. This is the perfect venue for me to do that,” said Mason. “There are positive messages in the songs I sing and those messages are meant to encourage the children.”

The program was made possible by donations made by Altrusa International of Tucumcari and the Elks for the use of their facilities, said Kroeker.

“There are currently 285 children enrolled in the summer reading program and to date, they have read 3,684 books for a total of 932 and one half hours of reading,” said Kroeker. “This has been a good year for the program and we are hoping more students will enroll before the end of the program.”

The library’s summer program continues through July 26. Next week’s special program is wind chime crafts for children from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call the library at 461-0295.