The children who can’t read can chime in on songs quickly with: “If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands. If you are happy and you know it, stomp your feet.”
“I will sing songs and the children come up to me afterward and offer advice,” said Johnson with a smile. “A while back, a pre-schooler sang me a new rendition to the song, ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat,’ ending with, ‘if you see an alligator, try not to scream,’ so I taught it to the children and it caught on and stuck. They love it.”
Johnson also reads about gnomes and fairies, selecting books filled with gentle humor and life lessons. The library has Tasneem and Reyhana Raquib assist with the activities. The girls are home-schooled and have many brothers and sisters at home, which, they say, helps bring the patience needed to pull sticky cotton balls off little fingers.
The magnitude of activities accessible to the public at libraries also includes family programs.
“Uncle Rock will be here July 16, at 2 p.m.,” said Stacey Tromblee, director at Delhi library. “Uncle Rock is former stay-at-home dad who now travels and sings for children — the Justin Bieber for 4- through 10-year-olds. We have one family that claims to be Uncle Rock groupies.”