No doubt about it.  Libraries rock!  This summer children all over the United States are participating in summer reading programs supporting the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2018 theme, “Libraries Rock!”
During their summer reading program Hamburg Public Library staff, too, have developed sessions around a musical theme.  Books, crafts and activities have participants tapping out a beat.
One does not have to have attended a summer reading program to enjoy the variety of entertaining books the library offers with a musical theme for children and adults.
A few of the easy reading books which encompass a musical theme are “Little Rat Makes Music” (Bang-Campbell), “Arthur, It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” (Brown), “Pete the Cat:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (Dean), “The Jazz Fly” (Gollub), “When Uncle Took the Fiddle” (Gray), and “Hog Music”  (Helldorfer).  Other titles which will tempt young readers are “The Music Teacher from the Black Lagoon” (Thaler), “Ty’s One-man Band” (Walter), “The Wheels on the Bus” (Kovalski), and “What Does the Fox Say?” (Ylvis).  
Additional fun titles for young readers include “Mama Don’t Allow:  starring Miles and the Swamp Band” (Hurd), “Violet’s Music” (Johnson), “The Drum Circle” (Todd), and “Puff the Magic Dragon” (Yarrow).
New books acquired especially to share during the summer reading program are “Old Mikamba Had a Farm” (Isadora), “Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo” (Lithgow), “Dooby Dooby Moo” (Cronin), “Squeak Rumble Whomp Whomp Whomp” (Marsalis), and “A Nest is Noisy” (Hutts).  
Older children will find musical stories like “I’m with the Band” (Calonita), “Arthur Plays the Blues” (Krensky), “A Symphony of Whales” (Schuch), “The Composer is Dead” (Snicket), and “A Mouse Called Wolf” (King-Smith).  
Several junior nonfiction books provide musical insight and activities, such as “The Science of Sound” (Ardley), “Kids Make Music!:  clapping & tapping from Back to Rock” (Hart), “Rubber-band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass” (Sabbeth), and “The Story of the Incredible Orchestra” (Koscielniak).   
Adult selections include books about places related to music like “Branson, MO: Las Vegas of the Ozarks” (Horenstein) and “Fifty Years at the Grand Ole Opry” (Tassin).  There are also biographies of talented musicians including “Diary of a Player” (Paisley), “Love Can Build a Bridge” (Judd), “Life” (Keith Richards), “Brother Ray” (Ray Charles) and “Hitmaker” (Mottola).  
Other nonfiction books which address specific music types are  “Jazz” (Blumenthal), “The Best Country Songs Ever,” and “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock” (Logan).   
Authors use connections to music in their adult novels as well.  “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” (Albom) features a guitarist, “Where She Went” (Forman) tells the story of a rock star and a cellist, and “A Simple Spring” (Lauer) focuses on the musical ability of an Amish girl.  Picoult ties music therapy into her book “Sing You Home,”  while Fern Michaels explores a love of singing in “Holly and Ivy.  Country musicans are the central characters in both “Small Town Girl” (Spencer) and “Country” (Steel).
We invite you to stop by the library at 1301 Main Street and catch the beat.  Library hours are Monday-Thursday noon to 5, Friday 11 to 5, Saturday 9 to noon, and Monday evening 7 to 8:30.