Jim Gill to Give Free Children’s Concerts at Three SCCLD Libraries

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 20, 2015
 

Jim Gill to Give Free Children’s Concerts
at Three SCCLD Libraries

 
WHAT: SCCLD’s kicks off its “Ready to Read” program with concerts performed by celebrated author and musician, Jim Gill.  Based on the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative encouraging early literacy through the building of five skill areas:  Talking Reading, Singing, Playing and Writing, Gill’s 2015 Family Room Tour embraces these skills through fun and interactive play for both parents and children.  The event is just one of many early childhood events sponsored by SCCLD as part of this month’s celebration:  “Month of the Young Child”.    Gill’s distinctive approach to teaching early literacy skills brings together children and adults, encouraging them to experience the joy of reading together in a playful manner, both at the concert as well as when they return home. 
 
WHO   Jim Gill, musician and author, is unique among children’s artists.  A child development specialist, Gill completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play.  His family concerts are more than performances; they provide a creative environment that is conducive to playful interactions between a child and caring adult. 
 
WHEN/WHERE:               

Milpitas Library:  Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m.
160 N. Main Street
Milpitas, CA 95035
 
Cupertino Library:  Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m.
10800 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
 
Morgan Hill Library:  Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m.
660 W. Main Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
 
These events are free and open to the public, no reservations required.  Parents are encouraged to bring a blanket to sit on.
 
ABOUT Jim Gill:   Renowned for bringing family play into his live concerts, Gill doesn’t just perform for children and parents, he leads them to sing, play and dance together.    Author of two children’s books and six award-winning CDs of music play for young children; his works have received five separate awards from the American Library Association.  Currently, Gill is traveling across the country to speak with early childhood educators, care providers and children’s librarians about the many benefits of play in young children’s lives.  His books and CD’s can be found at SCCLD libraries:  http://bit.ly/1GSrvPq.


Contact: 
Nancy Howe/Mark Fink/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3010/3014