Art, Music & Theatre
This year's theme, Dig Into Reading, comes alive at the library through art, music and theatre. As part of your Summer Reading Adventure visit your branch and check out these performers:
Artist Martina Hahn (All Ages)
Art and literature combine in this amazing, high-energy show! Speed painting artist Martina Hahn tells an engaging story, then uses two hands, six minutes, and a rotating 5’ x 5’ canvas to bring it to life.
Wednesday, June 26 • 10:30 a.m. — WILLIAMSTON
Wednesday, June 26 • 1 p.m. — MASON (City Hall Community Room)
Thursday, June 27 • 1:30 p.m. — FOSTER
Wednesday, July 10 • 10:30 a.m. — STOCKBRIDGE
Wednesday, July 10 • 1:30 p.m. — HASLETT
Tuesday, July 23 • 2 p.m. — DOWNTOWN LANSING
Artist Jeff Nicholas (Ages 5 & up)
Kids will have a "hole" lot of fun learning east-to-follow cartooning techniques in Dig It...Draw It! Make your own original illustrations of underground characters to take home.
Wednesday, July 10 • 2 p.m. — DANSVILLE (Village Hall)
Music with The Storytellers (All Ages)
Tricksters, Treasure & Talking Animals features humorous tales from around the world. Live music on instruments like steel drums, didgeridoo, balafone, cuica and more bring the stories to vivid life.
Thursday, June 13 • 2 p.m. — OKEMOS
Wednesday, July 10 • 1 p.m. — MASON
Wednesday, July 24 • 10:30 a.m. — AURELIUS
Wednesday, July 24 • 1 p.m. — HOLT-DELHI
Tuesday, July 30 • 1 p.m. — LESLIE (Leslie Middle School)
Wednesday, Aug. 7 • 1:30 p.m. — HASLETT
Merry Music Maker (All Ages)
Calling all dreamers, dancers and music lovers! Dig into the fun when the Merry Music Maker presents lively music, interactive stories, creative movement and sign language.
Wednesday, June 19 • 10:30 a.m. — STOCKBRIDGE
Music with Marimbamania! (All Ages)
Virtuoso marimbist David Hall has shared his passion for the marimba for 20 years. He'll be here to perform music from South America, Africa, Mexico, Japan, Germany and the U.S., all on authentic marimbas and vintage xylophones.
Monday, July 1 • 10:30 a.m. — DOWNTOWN LANSING
Thursday, Aug. 8 • 7 p.m. — OKEMOS
Music with Jackie & Gary (All Ages)
Using the rich traditions of American folk music, duo Jackie Davidson & Gary Brandt perform Grow to be Great, an energetic, interactive show that features songs, stories, movement and Native American Sign Language.
Wednesday, July 10 • 10 a.m. — SOUTH LANSING
Monday, July 15 • 6:30 p.m. — OKEMOS
Thursday, July 25 • 1:30 p.m. — FOSTER
Music with Drummunity (All Ages)
Celebrate music, creativity and diversity with Dig into the Groove, a high-energy performance led by musician Lori Fithian. She’ll have hundreds of percussion instruments from all over the world—no one gets left out of this drum orchestra!
Wednesday, July 24 • 1:30 p.m. — HASLETT
Music with Rick Kelley (All Ages)
Jam along with Rick when he presents I Dig All Kinds of Music, a crash course of great underground music you've probably never heard on the radio. Catch tunes from Aria to Zydeco, and everything in between.
Wednesday, July 31 • 10:30 a.m. — WILLIAMSTON
Acting Up Theatre Company (All Ages)
This year’s original musical adventure, Readers of the Lost Book, stars archeological hero Michigana Jones. Equipped only with his famous fedora, whip and a ripped piece of a map, "Michy" encounters both obstacles and friends on his journey to dig into reading.
Tuesday, June 11 • 2 p.m. — WEBBERVILLE
Wednesday, June 12 • 10:30 a.m. — AURELIUS
Wednesday, June 12 • 1 p.m. — MASON
Wednesday, July 3 • 10 a.m. — SOUTH LANSING
Wednesday, July 3 • 1:30 p.m. — HASLETT
Tuesday, July 9 • 2 p.m. — DOWNTOWN LANSING
Thursday, July 11 • 1:30 p.m. — FOSTER
Tuesday, July 16 • 1 p.m. — LESLIE (Leslie Middle School)
Wednesday, July 24 • 10:30 a.m. — WILLIAMSTON
Wednesday, July 24 • 2 p.m. — DANSVILLE (Village Hall)
Tuesday, July 30 • 6:30 p.m. — OKEMOS
Wednesday, Aug. 7 • 1 p.m. — HOLT-DELHI
Storyteller Genot Picor (All Ages)
People from many nations worked in the American mines, bringing legends of caves, dragons, fairies and more. In a show called Miner Sam, Picor uses songs, puppets, sign language and a variety of instruments to bring these stories to life.
Tuesday, July 9 • 2 p.m. — OKEMOS
Thursday, July 11 • 10:30 a.m. — WILLIAMSTON
Wednesday, July 24 • 10 a.m. — SOUTH LANSING
Storyteller Rosie Chapman (All Ages)
Miz Rosie brings us Digging Up Trouble, multi-cultural stories from Africa, African Americans, Native Americans and Australia. You’ll hear about Anansi the Spider, Brer Rabbit and more, plus get a chance to play an African instrument!
Thursday, Aug. 8 • 1:30 p.m. — FOSTER
Cooperfly Puppet Troupe (All Ages)
Two artists, a cast of puppets, a suitcase of songs and a bundle of energy all come together in A Variety of Puppet Vignettes in D-major and G-minor! This show from Kevin Kammeraad and Justin Haveman features a dancing garden of fruits and vegetables, a curious alien, a talking shovel and more.
Monday, June 17 • 10:30 a.m. — DOWNTOWN LANSING
Wednesday, June 26 • 10:30 a.m. — STOCKBRIDGE
Once Upon a Puppet (All Ages)
Puppeteer Nancy Penvose performs an original show called Digbie Digs Deep, featuring homely but lovable Digbie the dog. Living at the rescue center, Digbie dreams that a family will come and adopt him one day. Audiences soon discover why you should never judge a book by its cover.
Tuesday, June 25 • 2 p.m. — WEBBERVILLE
Wednesday, July 10 • 1 p.m. — HOLT-DELHI
Thursday, July 18 • 1:30 p.m. —FOSTER