By Liz Premo
Atlantic News, Thursday, July 3, 2003
I LIKE PENCILS BETTER THAN PENS — Wayne From Maine (right) sings the praises of pencils during his appearance at the Lane Memorial Library last Thursday evening. The event was part of the library's Summer Reading Program, "Reading Rocks the Granite State." For more information about other related upcoming events, call the Lane Library Children's Room at 926-4729.
[Atlantic News Photo by Liz Premo]
HAMPTON — Did you hear about the "Moose in Moose-a-Choosets" who "gave 'em a shock down at Plymouth Rock"?
Youngsters who gathered in the Lane Room at the Lane Memorial Library for a special performance certainly heard about her — and a whole lot more — when singer/songwriter Wayne From Maine paid a visit last Thursday evening.
The popular songster kept his listeners enthralled and entertained, inviting plenty of audience participation and singing-along. Large colorful props, lively, familiar songs and musical accompaniment by percussionist Jimmy "The Koonga-Boonga Man" James of Portsmouth kept the place jumping with excitement, much to the delight of all of Wayne From Maine's fans.
According to four-year-old Liam Roberson, the best part of the program was being able to go up in front of everyone with Wayne and shake a tambourine during what Liam called "the jungle song." Encouraging his fellow "musicians" to shake their assortment of percussion instruments even harder, Wayne From Maine made sure that this was more than "Just Another Day in the Jungle."
A professional musician for more than two decades, Wayne Read has been performing for children for almost half of that time. He lives in Kittery with his wife and two children, and began writing children's music after the birth of his first child. He performs at events throughout New England, including schools, festivals children's events and, of course, libraries.
Wayne From Maine's appearance was part of the Lane Library's annual Summer Reading Program; this year's theme is "Reading Rocks the Granite State." A series of similar special events are scheduled for Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. throughout the month of July. Children who would like to participate are asked to pre-register for each of the upcoming programs, which include Marine Biologist Ellen Goethel on July 10; Julie & Brownie on July 17; "Rock the Skies" on July 24; and "Rock out the Summer Celebration of Reading" on July 31.
For more information about this year's "Reading Rocks the Granite State" Summer Reading Program, or to register for the above programs, contact the Lane Memorial Library Children's Room at 926-4729.