Camdenton Library’s Summer Reading Program special events kicked off last week at the Camdenton R-3 Little Theatre with Shawn Campanini, his two sisters and four members of the LOZ Dance Project.

The Campanini family immediately caught the childrens’ attention with their performance, which included interactive songs, question and answer activities, and some music Shawn C performs in other places.

The audience witnessed how music and technology work together to create the music that is heard all around such as on the radio, YouTube and Pandora. Shawn and Gemma introduced the audience to common instruments found in America, which included the guitar, piano, bass and drums, and as the musical sounds were played, the LOZ dancers holding the cardboard cutout of the featured instrument danced to the beat being played.

Throughout the show, giggles and laughter were prompted. When Shawn showed how his “magic” keyboard could sound like the sounds Gemma was playing on her guitar, shouts of “awesome” and claps echoed through theater. For better viewing, a projector and video camera were set up so the children were able to see up close what the two were doing.

Shawn C is a local musician who has played at the Ozarks Amphitheater, Shawnee Bend Winery, Beavers at the Dam and other Lake Area venues, sharing his musical talents.

The Camdenton Summer Reading Program lasts through the first week of August and all performances start at 1:30 p.m. Upcoming performances at the Camdenton Little Theatre include Angela & Friends June 23, LOZ Community Dance June 30 and Ronald McDonald July 7.

On Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Aug. 5, Ms. Amy Bartells from the University of Missouri Extension Office will offer a series of food programs called “Every Food has a Story;” these events will be held at the Camdenton Library meeting room.

“Their summer program coincides with ours,” said Coli Creach, the children’s programming assistant at Camdenton Library.

Creech said week one is titled “My Plate Tells a Story;” week two is “Two Plates Fingers Chopsticks;” week three, “Every Time We Tell the Story;” week four, “Every Food Has a Story;” and week five is “My Trash Tells a Story.”

“All those are food related … health and nutrition,” Creach said.

An additional program will be held July 21 by Jodi Moulder of the Missouri Conservation Department, which will also be at the library’s meeting room. Creach cautioned that registration is required on the programs starting July 8 because of limited seating.

The Camden County Library District Summer Reading Program is held throughout the Lake Area at the Camdenton, Climax Springs, Macks Creek, Osage Beach, Stoutland, and Sunrise Beach libraries. All programs are free and open to any age group. For a list of individual library events and start times, a schedule may be picked up at any of the locations.

Shawn C performs as part of summer reading program
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