Friday, October 02, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Government Documents and National History Day projects: Pursuing Primary Sources

October 7, 2:00pm EDT
Students need primary sources for their National History Day projects, and many of our FDLP collections include such treasures. Attend this webinar to learn more about the national History Day program. Webinar attendees will: Become familiar with the National History Day program; Learn tips for collaborating with existing partners in your state; Consider ways to partner with existing National History Day groups; Learn how to connect students and teachers with the collections; Learn how to create engaged citizens who are aware of these resources in their communities. Register

Engaging Reluctant Readers 

October 13 
3:00pm EDT
Getting a struggling and/or reluctant reader excited about books is a challenge for many librarians. Very often, a voracious reader is hidden within these kids—they just need to find the right books to help spark their interest. This highly informative webcast will feature a panel of authors and market experts providing a sneak peek at intriguing new books.

Creating a Welcoming Library Environment for & with Teens

Starts October 5 
fee up to $215
Using the YALSA Teen Space Guidelines as a foundation for this four-week course, participants will learn how to leverage existing resources to create a welcoming library environment for teens, regardless of library size or budget. Funding options and staffing models for creating a welcoming library environment will also be discussed. Register

Pinterest for Libraries: Building Community Through Social Media

October 14
11:00am PST
Come to this free webinar to learn how your library can benefit from establishing an online sharing community with Pinterest.

Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Innovative Adult Programming Ideas for your Library! 

October 21
1:00pm CDT
Public libraries often promote themselves as centers of lifelong learning. Yet standard programs like lectures and book groups engage only a small portion of the adults in our communities. Like young people, adults need creative, social, hands-on experiences to draw them in and keep them excited about learning. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October is Bursting with Legacy events!



Alisa Magallón, Teaching Artist with the Minnesota Opera will be touring area libraries presenting a special storytime program. She will read and sing a children’s picture book with an opera theme, present an opera based craft such as a puppet or items that could be used as a costume for our budding opera singers!  Magallón also brings an educational twist to the program sharing tips with parents and caregivers on how to bring books to life with music and song increasing early literacy and creating a love of both music and reading.

The Magic Flute
Minnesota Opera

If you enjoy that program, free tickets to Minnesota Opera's presentation of the Magic Flute will also be available at libraries.   Mozart’s mystical masterpiece The Magic Flute will be at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), Symphony Hall, on Saturday, October 31st at 2:00 p.m.


Painting with Crayons

 with 321 Art Studio

Do you love to color? Do you love to paint?  Local artists Nancy and Amy Lucas from the 321 Art Studio will guide artists through the step-by-step process to create a Minnesota autumn landscape with Neocolor crayons and then transform the drawing into a water color style painting with a bit of water.  Make this a family adventure and explore creative ways to express yourself with Neocolor crayons and water!



But that isn't all Arna Rennan will be presenting Music of the Immigrant based on Norwegian music and traditions at area libraries as well. Join us for an exploration of the Norwegian culture from the old country to the traditions of our friends and family today.  

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth

October 13, 2015
1:00pm CDT
Librarian Leslie Stebbins will discuss strategies for finding reliable information online and helping patrons discover everything from accurate health information to reliable restaurant reviews to vetted scholarly research h. What is “the psychology of search?” When is the “wisdom of the Crowd” unreliable? How can we help people move beyond the first five Google results to uncover trustworthy information online? Stebbins answers these questions and more as she shares her quest for reliable information online. Register

Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library

Fee $225 (Save $25 with promo code LTCALJSUB) 
Starts October 20, 2015
During this  5 week course, you will learn from library and user experience (UX) experts how to design exceptional digital experiences for your users. Participants will have access to insightful keynote sessions and case studies that will explre why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Register

BLUEcloud Visibility: The Future of Library Data

October 1, 2015
1:00pm EDT
You’ve heard about linked data and how it will revolutionize the world of libraries. Now find out how you can join that movement.
During this free, 20-minute webinar, SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison will introduce you to BLUEcloud Visibility, SirsiDynix’s linked data solution. Attendees will learn:

  • How BLUEcloud Visibility can increase your library's mindshare
  • Which ongoing services you’ll receive when you subscribe to BLUEcloud Visibility
  • Why linked data gets more powerful as more libraries use it, and how SirsiDynix is helping that happen
Join us for this webinar and the following Q&A session to see how BLUEcloud Visibility can bring the future of library data to your institution.

Safety in the Library Workshop

October 22, 1:30pm-3:30pm at ALS Headquarters
October 23,  9:00am-11:00am at Duluth Public Library
Presenter: Andrew Stehr, Rochester Public Library. Particippants are welcome from ALS member public, school, academic, and special library staff. Employees from all types and sizes of libraries encounter difficult patrons and difficult situations. Learn tools and techniques for keeping yourself safe in your library! Topics to be discussed are approaching patrons, trusting your instincts, improve training, and even how to shake off a bad experience! Please register by October 20.

Dealing with Difficult Patrons Live Webinar

October 14, 2015
ALS has purchased access to the upcoming ALA webinar and will be broadcasting it live at the headquarters. In this webinar, library safety and security expert Steve Albrecht will show you how you can deal with these problem patrons effectively, efficiently and without creating major disruptions in your library environment. Library employees at all levels will learn strategies for dealing with such patrons and effectively diffusing challenging situations. Register by October 12.

Makerspaces in Libraries

October 7, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can father to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more, Makerspaces are becoming increasingly popular in both public and academic libraries as a new way to engage patrons and add value to traditional library services. Discover how you can create a makerspace within your own library through this step-by-step guidebook. From planning your innovation center to hosting hack-a-thons, guest lectures, game nights and social events in your new lab, this practical primer provides detailed guidance and best practices. Register

Minnesota Digital Library Staff Curated Online Exhibits for Digital Public Library of America

September 30, 2015
10:00am CT
Two new Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) curated exhibitions are now available on the Digital Public Library of America website. Researched and created by Carla Urban and Greta Bahnemann, these exhibitions were developed as part of the final phase of the DPLA Public Library Partnership Project (PLPP), of which MDL was a participant. The exhibitions were built using material digitized from public libraries in Minnesota as part of the PLPP, along with other contents from Minnesota Reflections and DPLA. Join us to learn more about the content in these two online exhibits (Patent Medicine & Urban Parks) and tips on how to search and use the exhibits. Register

Video Postcards: Training at the Speed of Sight

October 14, 2015
10:00 am CT
Faster than a workshop, more powerful than a handout, and able to reduce email in a single bound, video is a compelling way to meet just-in-time training goals. Video “postcards” - brief video episodes—are a valuable training resource for busy audiences. A short segment of video is easily digested, can be repeated on demand, and stimulates both the visual and auditory centers of the brain, which increases learner retention of information. Participants in this practical session will be introduced to a low-cost, no-studio process for planning and producing videos for instructional and training purposes. Register

Upcoming ELM Training Sessions


Keep Your Connected Nonprofit or Library Secure

October 1, 2015
11:00am PST
Join Symantec’s Kelley Bray who spent years training government agency staff from TSA to Homeland Security on smart practices for personal safety, office security, and keeping your data and activities protected. Register

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

MackinVIA School eBook Collection Training for School Library Staff

Arrowhead Library System Headquarters
October 15, 2:00-4:00pm & October 28, 2:00-4:00pm
Training to use the newly launched MackinVIA School ebook collection purchased by ALS. When you register, please select which session you will be attending.

The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities

October 14
10:00am-5:00pm EDT
Virtual conference that will focus the attention of library professionals on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities. Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll explore how libraries connect communities like no other institution and demonstrate how libraries leverage digital tools to facilitate and strengthen connections among classrooms and communities around the globe. Register

Boundless Libraries: A Look at the 2015 New Landmark Libraries

September 29
3:00pm ET
Use them as prototypes for your next building project or treat them as think tanks for great design ideas that will support your libraries are today and provide a glimpse into the library of the future. The Landmarks, named by a team of 6 expert judges from a national pool, represent forward-thinking libraries that provide a gateway to learning, a public space open to all, and a place for discovery. Register

Brainfuse Workshops for ALS Member Libraries

Arrowhead Library System Headquarters
September 30, 9:30-11:30am & October 1, 1:30-3:30pm
ALS is hosting two hands-on Brainfuse workshops for all member library staff and you’re invited! Diane Weltzer from Brainfuse will be presenting a two-hour workshop focusing on the two databases available to ALS patrons and students—HelpNow and JobNow. Register

Book to Action: putting words into action

October 6
12:00pm Pacific
Civic engagement programming is an exploding area of library service, and community-building is high on the list of priorities for 21st-century libraries. If you’ve been wondering how to get started in these crucial areas, this webinar is for you. Book to action is an inspirational program that builds on the book group idea to their community and enlist a partner agency to create a volunteer activity that addresses the topic. The book’s author is invited to speak and then the community is invited to participate in the volunteer activity.

How to protect the freedom to read in your library

September 29
11:00am CDT
What do you do when a patron or a parent finds a book in your library offensive and want to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all patrons while avoiding banning a title? How can you bring attention to the issue of book banning in an effective way? In this 1-hour webinar, three experienced voices will share personal experiences and tips for protecting and promoting the freedom to read. Register

Romantic Sounds: The Art of Narrating Audiobooks of the Romance Genre

September 22
2:00pm Eastern
Join Booklist for a free, hour-long webinar where expert audiobook narrators Amanda Leigh Cobb, Johanna Parker, and Thérèse Plummer will discuss the preparation, recording, and listening experience of romance titles. Discover how their processes change as the subject matter fluctuates from sweet to sexy. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories of how their work affects both those in the recording studio and those in their personal lives. Finally, explore some highlights of recent and upcoming titles from Recorded Books. Moderated by Booklist Audio editor Joyce Saricks. Register

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Full Festival Pass: $395 for non-members, $370 for members
Individual Workshops: $65 for non-members, $60 for members
Individual Craft Seminars: $33 for non-members, $30 for members
Special Events: $10
November 5-8
The community of Grand Marais has long been known for its love of the arts, including the written word, and for providing of inspiration and retreat for writers and artists. Celebrate the literary arts with four days filled with workshops, readings, panel discussions, and more. Readers and writers alike will find a multitude of opportunities to learn and engage with words. Get a Registration by calling 218-387-2737. Registration Deadline October 22.

Ebooks, Patrons, Libraries, and Consortia

September 22
1:00pm Central Time
Greg Pronevitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Library System and stakeholder in a statewide ebook platform servicing over 400 libraries, will discuss consortial ebook platforms and their history, present, and plans for the future among library consortia. Our patrons who have patience have grown accustomed to state-of-the-art library platforms and can navigate the maze of links and authorizations required to check out ebooks. Those without patience buy their ebooks from commercial providers. Greg believes that libraries can succeed in serving current ebook patrons and many new ones as the years go by if they work together. Register

Challenging Behaviors in Young Children: What to Do When Nothing Else Works

September 29
2:00pm ET
There is widespread concern over the increasing frequency of challenging behaviors being exhibited by young children. The number of young children in preschool with challenging behaviors is one of the leading concerns of teachers, administrators and parents. This dynamic webinar will focus on providing participants with knowledge of effective and appropriate prevention and intervention strategies for children who exhibit challenging behavior. This presentation will focus on the latest research  in the field of early childhood on best practices of identifying, preventing and intervening with young children.

Appeal to Genre Readers

October 14
2:00pm EST
We all know them -- those readers dedicated to a particular genre -- you may even be one yourself! How can you help those readers find the perfect book to read when they’ve already made it through their list of author or title read-alikes? Appeals are a great place to start. Fantasy fans may enjoy reading about a large cast of characters or a sweeping story line, while romance lovers may be interested in books that are high-drama or feature a sassy protagonist. Appeals have become an increasingly important component of readers’ advisory services, going a step beyond read-alikes in a patron’s genre of choice. Join us and our panel of reader’s advisory experts, as we discuss strategies for going beyond genre read-alikes and using appeals to *ahem* appeal to avowed genre readers. Register

Friday, September 11, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Reaching Reluctant Readers: Finding Appropriate High-Interest Content that Engages and Inspires

September 24
1:00pm CDT
Finding the right book for the right student is at the root of encouraging literacy and raising reading levels. In this free, hour-long webinar, hear from a librarian and representatives from Orca Book Publishers, Saddleback Educational Publishing, and Follett School Solutions on how to reach those readers and keep them reading. Register

Movin’ Up to First Class: Libraries = Education—Reclaiming Our Purpose for the 21st Century

September 24
2:00pm EST
Looking for an engaging webinar that will make you think? Attend to experience a game-changing vision that is ushering in a new era: “Libraries=Education.” Libraries adopting this approach enjoy heightened respect and optimal funding—because they are now accorded the same enduring worth assigned other educational institutions. Dispelling all misperceptions, “Libraries=Education” will reposition your library as a key component of the education enterprise. The best part? Implementing that strategy does not require changing anything we do—only what we say. Library Journal hails this approach  “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.” (Library Journal, June 2013) Register

Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Top Children’s Book Editors

September 22
3:00pm EDT
Join Kiera Parrott, SLJ’s review editor, for a conversation with three storied children’s book editors, Neal Porter of Roaring Brook Press, Sheila Barry of Groundwood Books, and Kathy Dawson of Penguin. They’ll delve deep into the genesis and evolution of some of their most critically acclaimed titles and discuss finding new talent, pairing the right author and illustrator, developing relationships with their authors and illustrators, and how they feel about award season buzz. Register

Dealing with Difficult Patrons Workshop 

Fee $55.00
October 14
2:30pm Eastern
Every Library employee encounters difficult patrons and users from time to time. In this workshop, library safety and security expert Steve Albrecht will show you how you can deal with these patrons effectively, efficiently, and without creating major disruptions in your library environment. Library employees at all levels will learn strategies for dealing with such patrons and effectively defusing challenging situations.

Horizon ILS Training for Library Staff

Nashwauk-Keewatin High School/Community Librar
September 18
We’ll be taking a look at Horizon basics, cataloging basics, and we’ll have plenty of time to answer your questions as you gear up for the fall! Here are some topics that will be covered during the session: Checking books in & out; Pull lists; Adding and editing patrons; Short cuts in Horizon; Reports; Adding items to the catalog; OCLC, RDA, and other cataloging info. Register for this session today. Refreshments will be available onsite in the morning/afternoon and feel free to bring water bottles and other snacks if you so choose. We’ll have a lunch break in the afternoon—lunch is on your own (Nashwauk businesses). Make sure to bring a pen/pencil and note paper to take notes, along with any questions you may have about Horizon and cataloging in general. There is a registration cap on this session.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Collections, Services and Inclusion of Youth and Disabilities Workshop

ALS Headquarters 
September 25
Presenter Jennifer Taggart, Youth Services & Special Needs Collection Librarians, Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI. Participants will gain a basic understanding of common disabilities and disorders that children in the community may have (i.e. Down Syndrome, ADHD, autism, dyslexia) and what materials can be provided in library and classroom collections to support these families better. Register

Isn’t It Romantic?: New Romance Titles for Your Library

September 15
1:00 pm Central Daylight Time
Readers love to snuggle up with a good romance novel, enjoying all the drama, suspense, or humor that leads to a happily-ever-after ending. Join Booklist for an hour-long webinar full of scintillating romance possibilities as Baker Publishing Group, Riptide, Samhain, and Shadow Mountain present intriguing forthcoming romances.Booklist senior editor Donna Seaman will moderate. Register

5 Key eBook Trends for Schools and Districts Going Digital

September 24
3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
K-12 librarians can highlight the importance of their role by coordinating the shift to digital content in the classroom curriculum. To help maximize this critical opportunity, please join us for a free webinar where you’ll learn how librarians from a wide variety of school systems are serving as leaders to get the most out of digital content. Led by OverDrive Director of Education Herb Miller, Ed. M., this webinar will cover how schools and districts are adding digital reading options for the classroom, ways to engage students year round with digital libraries, strategies for incorporating digital titles into ELA programs, and much more! Register

Playaway Fall 2015 - Content Webinar

September 16
2:00pm EST
Join us for a webinar hosted by our Playaway Collection Development Team at Findaway. We will discuss upcoming hot fall content from our top publishing partners — we look forward to seeing you on September 16th! Register

Building Great Programs for Patrons in Their 20s and 30s Workshop

Fee $55.00
October 21
1:30pm Central
To plan for your library’s present and future, it’s essential to target patrons in their 20s and 30s. In this workshop, Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci will present strategies and resources for reaching the 20s and 30s demographic. Using the insight they’ve gained throughout their careers, they’ll also share ideas and examples of effective programs and marketing approaches. Register

School Library Journal Maker Workshop

Fee $225.00 (Save $25.00 with promo code LTCASLSUB)
September 16
Join School Library Journal and experts both in and outside of the library world for our second Maker Workshop online course starting next week. Our fall 2015 program is packed with all new content and speakers to teach you creative ways to innovate or fully develop your maker program regardless of your budget. Each week you'll tune in to live, interactive presentations with question and answer opportunities and work in small groups with facilitators experienced in the maker movement. Register 

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle

September 17
11:00am Pacific Standard Time
This free 90-minute webinar for TechSoup's audience (normally $89!) with GrantStation CEO Cynthia Adams will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Register

Star Wars Style Leadership: May the Force Be With You

October 8
1:00pm EST
Despite being set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the problems faced by the Alliance and the Empire are not so different from those we face in the workplace today. For example, the dark side of leadership through coercion and terror by the Sith versus the brighter, more engaging leadership of the Jedi. Join us for this webinar sponsored by Meridian Knowledge Solutions. Your host, Ed Nathanson, founder of Red Pill Talent and Jedi Master, will discuss how your workforce’s most important lessons can be gleaned from the real trilogy. This interactive webinar provides insight on: How to determine whether your co-workers are Jedi or Sith; The trials and tribulations of leadership without direction or an engaged workforce; and the leadership styles from the Emperor to Han Solo, and everyone in between. Register

Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library

Fee $225 (Save $25 with code LTCALJSUB)
October 20-30, 2015 (5 week Online Course)
Library Journal and Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) present an exceptional roster of library and user experience (UX) experts for our newest online course, Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library.
During this 5-week online workshop, you will have access to insightful keynote sessions and case studies that will explore why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Whether you want to redesign your website, revamp your suer interface, create a new discovery tool, implement e-resources, or develop a mobile app - you'll have a tangible product by the end of the course. Register

Friday, September 04, 2015

Weekly Webcast Recap

Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make and How to Avoid Them 

September 14, 2015
4pm EDT
Join us for a free, 15-minute webinar with Horizon guide Ken Bonney and discover how you can become a Certified Horizon Explorer!. The seventh of ten monthly webinars in the Expanding Your Horizon Certification Series. Register

Managing Mobile: Library Device Checkout Made Easy

September 16, 2015
11:00am PDT
Are you starting to check out devices like e-readers, tablets and laptops? Making devices available for public use may seem challenging and overwhelming. However, the right combination of technology, organization, and policies can help your library create a popular checkout program that your patrons will love. Register

Scholarly Communication Models: Evolution or Revolution? 

September 23, 2015
10am-4:00pm Central Time
Scholarly communication deals with the systems and processes involved in the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Scholars can’t help but have to navigate the complex issues around author rights, access, costs, new models of publishing, peer-review, and compliance with research funder policies. These scholarly communication components are continually evolving along with changes in technical infrastructure, the economics of publishing, knowledge preservation, and social practice. Learn how scholarly communication models are evolving from the authors’, publishers’, and libraries’ perspectives. The presenters would share and discuss their approach in adapting and navigating the issues surrounding this topic. Register. More NISO Webinars

ELM for Public Libraries

September 23, 2015
9:00am CT & October 20, 12:00pm CT
The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is a sizable suit of statewide resources. Sometimes it can be challenging to identify which resources are most relevant to the library in which you work and the community you serve. This one hour webinar will focus on ELM databases that are most applicable to a public library setting. More Minitex and Elm Training Sessions.

Speak Up: Supporting Online Language Learning with In-Person Programs

September 17, 2015
3:00pm EDT
With 311 languages spoken in the United States, few, if any, public libraries have the capacity to teach in person all the different languages their patrons want to learn. Enter software, to the rescue. But just offering patrons access to a language learning database is only the beginning. To maximize learning (and usage), in-person support is key, and doesn’t require a native speaker on staff. Register

Teen Book Buzz for Fall 2015

September 10, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Get ahead of the curve and discover the latest and greatest hot reads during SLJ’s Fall 2015 Teen Book Buzz webcast! From epic fantasies (such as Eleanor Herman’s reimagining of Alexander the Great as a teen) and suspenseful thrillers (Joelle Charbonneau’s Need) to love stories built around teen issues (Estelle Laure’s poignant debut) and timely discussions on gender identity (Robin Talley’s sophomore novel), our webcast sponsors will be featuring new and forthcoming releases that are sure to appeal to your tween and teen readers. Register

ACRL Presents Webcast Registration - Statement on Academic Freedom

September 30, 2015
1:00pm CT
In 1915, the American Association of University Professors issued its first statement on academic freedom. One hundred years later, how do these principles apply in the digital age? With social media firmly entrenched as a communication tool, faculty have many platforms for expression, and recent cases highlight the challenges of extending the traditional protections of academic freedom to the digital world. Join the ACRL Professional Values Committee for an informative, free ACRL Presents webcast, Academic Freedom in the Digital Age, on Wednesday, September 30. A panel featuring Hans-Joerg Tiede of the American Association of University Professors along with ACRL committee members will discuss the current state of academic freedom, with special attention to social media and electronic communications, and learn more about ACRL's newly adopted Statement on Academic FreedomFree registration is now available.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

OboeBass! - The Spirit Sings in September

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present “The Spirit Sings” a program of African American music as it transformed from slave songs to jazz featuring the music of OboeBass! The duo of Rolf Erdahl, double bass and Carrie Vecchione, oboe will present this free program on the following dates and locations:

Thursday, September 24th, at Noon at the Cloquet Public Library
Saturday, September 26th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

(Watch for their return in March 2016 at more libraries.)

As the world’s only professional oboe/bass duo, Erdahl and Vecchione have had a unique career focused on reaching, involving, and educating people through the creative power of music. Their repertoire is virtuosic, demanding, and accessible, with folksong, jazz, tango, and literary inspirations. They make contemporary chamber music comprehensible, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring for their audiences.

Vecchione and Erdahl are both classically trained musicians with doctorates in music performance and extensive performing and teaching experience. When they married, they discovered very little had been written for their combination of oboe/English horn and double bass. Talented composer friends stepped into the breech and the variety of styles and expressions of the music written for them convinced them to pursue a career as a duo specializing in new music for oboe and double bass.
Their series of original programs blend storytelling, performance, and children’s literature about music to bring basic musical concepts and history to life. As we pass on the traditions of the past, we help people be part of what is to come in the ongoing, wildly rollicking, and ever relevant history of classical music.

Join us for a program that travels through time as the Spirit Sings explores the legacy of African Americans and their contribution to American music, from slave songs that evolve into our unique American music form, jazz, and also pivotal classical performers like the great opera singer Marian Anderson. This program is part of their Pages of Music series and is best for 5th grade through adult audiences.