Concert to cap reading program

ATTICA – To conclude the six-week summer reading program “Dig Into Read,” the Seneca East Public Library is to hold a Family Closing Night Concert, featuring James Coffey.

The Christi Thomas Foundation is sponsoring the event at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the community room located in the basement of the library, 14 N Main St., Attica.

“This night is to just wind down summer and celebrate,” Shannon Featheringill said. “Our summer reading programs help kids bridge the gap in between the school year. Coffey’s music is upbeat and fun and goes perfect with the theme of this year’s program.”

Coffey is a children’s music performer from Fort Wayne, Ind. He started his career by taking piano lessons. At 10 years old, he began to listen to the radio and found a new interest in rock, pop and jazz. He then learned those new songs on the piano.

Coffey began as an elementary school music teacher. He would perform and write songs for his students.

“At the time I had no plans to go full-time into children’s music, but children are the most wonderful audience,” Coffey said. “They are fun, honest and playful.”

Coffey said he was drawn to children’s music because he could explore many types of music.

“Children seem to not only appreciate all types of music but enjoy learning and exploring different cultures and styles as much as I do,” Coffey said.

“As adults we too soon grow to like such a narrow field of things, but kids are ready to explore,” he added. “My live show is an imaginary journey where we explore the world singing songs and dancing. By the end of the show the audience has heard folk, bluegrass, rock, reggae, jazz and many combination of styles and rhythms.”

Coffey said many of his songs teach life lessons, but he mainly wants kids to celebrate the joy of being a kid in a wonderful world.

“I want kids and their families to get the most from their experiences and friendships. To open them up to a world of possibilities, and for the adults, an opportunity to feel like a kid again.”

Following the concert there are to be snow cones and French waffles, Featheringill said.

“No matter if they participated in the program or not, all are welcome. Come in cool off, and have fun,” Featheringill said.

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