Jim Gill Concert and Workshop


Award-winning musician and author Jim Gill will be performing on Sat., June 27 from 10-11 a.m. in Marvin Auditorium. His distinctive music play creates an atmosphere similar to that of a family room and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents to sing and play together.

Gill is most well known for his recorded albums and books with musical themes. One of his more recent albums, Music Play for Folks of All Stripes, won a Notable Children’s Recording award from the American Library Association in 2012. That was his fifth award from the Association.

Gill will also be holding a workshop for early childhood professionals later that day, from 1-3 p.m. in Marvin Auditorium with the goal of teaching fun and engaging strategies that support children’s active learning.

A child development specialist, Gill works to underline and clarify the connections between music-play, literacy and aspects of early childhood development via clever wordplay in the context of games involving physical movement.


Gill will also discuss how music play not only inspires physical movement in young children, but also regulation of that moment. Similarly, children do not only sing the words, but they also make connections between the sung word and the printed word they’re reading. Therefore, he will take time to talk about how music is connected to early literacy learning.

Registration is required for the workshop; call 785-357-5171 to do so. This event is co-sponsored by Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas.

Zoe Brown is the Editorial Assistant intern at the library. She is also a senior at Washburn University, where she is pursuing degrees in Contemporary Journalism and Psychology.