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Jazz Musical Legends at Livingston Public Library for Family Night

Alexis Ahern

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 • 9:28pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Thursday night the Livingston Public Library hosted “Jazz Musical Legends: Fire Children” featuring Lauren Hooker from Musical Legends as a part of their Family Night. Musical Legends is an interactive educational program for children, incorporating storytelling and music to encourage learning.

Hooker shared a creation story from Ghana, “Fire Children,” with the audience to teach the culture through the arts. The story followed a young man that learned about the earth and its people. “I am a storyteller, but I am not going to read my story. It is up here, in my imagination,” said Hooker.

The performance began with Hooker showing the audience the different instruments she used, including Djembe drums and a thumb piano. She then asked the audience to participate by mimicking the sounds she created. Throughout the performance everyone used his or her hands and laps to help make the music.

While Hooker was encouraging the audience to get involved she told them, “the drum is the heart beat of our people. It’s the heartbeat of the library. It’s the heartbeat of Livingston. It’s the heartbeat of New Jersey.” She explained that the drum symbolization brings people together as one.

Hooker will be performing the “Hungry Caterpillar” at the Morris Museum on Aug. 5. For more information and a calendar of her events, click HERE. 

The next family night is Field Paleontologist: Exploding Geoscience on Thursday July 24 at 7:00 p.m. To find out more information about the summer reading program at the Livingston Public Library, click HERE. 

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