Only Two Family Performances Left in Rock Island Summer Reading Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Friday, 12 July 2013 14:14
Still Time to Stow Away for Free Summer Performances in July at your Rock Island Library

Rock Island, IL: With acts ranging from hands-on science fun to musical comedy antics, the final two performers in the Rock Island Public Library’s Have Book, Will Travel free summer reading program will be something children and families will want to write home about.

On Thursday, July 18, the Rock Island Public Library hosts its first visit from the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium of Waterloo, Iowa, with the Mad Mixtures live science demonstration. The library will host two free performances, with an 11:00 am show at the Main Library, 401 19th Street, and a 1:00 pm show at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road.

The hands-on shows bring science alive for school age children of all ages, and include such experiments as finding out how to make a fire extinguisher, why different things burn at different temperatures, and how cold it is on Pluto using liquid nitrogen. Kids might even come face-to-face with a live snake. The Carl A. and Peggy J. Bluedorn Science Imaginarium is a three-floor, interactive science center in the heart of the Grout Museum District of Waterloo.

On Thursday, July 25, the Rock Island Library becomes a stage for the  high-energy musical antics of Babaloo Music and Fun, with free shows offered at 10:00 am in the Main Library and at 1:30 pm at the Southwest Branch Library. Best described as a one-man musical comedy act for children of all ages, Babaloo has been wowing children with a raucous, zany brand of entertainment for nearly 20 years.  The interactive shows get kids smiling, laughing and up their feet, featuring singing, stomping, dancing, bucket-beating and bubble-busting fun. And with award-winning songs like "My Toothbrush Fell in the Toilet" and "The Wee Wee Dance," what kid could resist?

All performances are free and open to the public. For details on other summer events for all ages, see, follow Facebook/rockislandlibrary, visit any Rock Island Library or call
309-732-7323 (READ).

2013 Summer reading contests and programs are funded by Friends of the Rock Island Public Library, the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District (Southwest Branch location), and the Rock Island Public Library Foundation.

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