Jim Gill's coming. Prepare to play!

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:22 am

Award-winning children's musician Jim Gill says that when he writes his songs, he tries to imagine what the song would be like in a room with 15 families— including a kid with special needs, a kid without special needs, moms and dads, grandmas— and how it would look if everyone was singing and playing it together.

Since releasing his first collection of "play songs" in 1993, Gill's repertoire of child-centered and participatory ditties has taken him to libraries and schools across the country. Five more CDs and two decades later, his music still stresses early childhood development for all kids, regardless of their abilities, by encouraging musical group play with the adults who love them.

The credentialed early childhood specialist brings the same emphasis on family play to his concerts— rather than performing for children and parents, he leads them to sing and play together.

Gill's Contagious Tunes Tour will stop at Northwest Library on August 1. The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first album, Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes.

As parent-child interaction is the heart of Gill's popular music, and concerts, come to the show prepared to play hot foot, snow walking, sleep walking, follow-the-leader and much more.

Gill's show, the final performance in the library's summer concert series, will start at 7pm. Block party-style games and activities, to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club, are planned at Northwest Library prior to the performance.

There will be face painting, a Frisbee toss and bubble station, plus games like Jumbo Tic-Tac-Toe and Memory, starting at 6pm. Look for a dunk tank, too, weather permitting!

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