Summer Reading 2020: 

"Imagine Your Story!"

World Mythology and Fairytales in Song- 

(For large and small groups, target ages 4-12 and their families)

Kids and families sing, dance, clap, and role-play in this interactive musical and storytelling program of original songs inspired by traditional and modern fairytales and myths around the world.  In addition to having non-stop fun, young patrons will learn about world culture, history, language and the creative writing process. 

Award-winning singer/songwriter and poet, Aspen Black, has made a career of writing and performing original stories to audiences nationwide.  This program ties into the 2020 CSLP theme, "Imagine Your Story" and supports many Core Curriculum standards for literacy, K-5.  Approximately 45-55 minutes runtime.  All props, PA, and AV provided by presenter. 


Aspen Black's "Signature Program" for all Libraries -

​"The Singing Cowgirl" - Recommended for PreK and Elementary ages, groups large or small​​

Kids clap, laugh, sing, dance, and role-play, while the Singing Cowgirl teaches about authentic, historical and modern cowboy & cowgirl life!  Kids learn about westward expansion, blending of cultures, responsibilities of children in the pioneer west, 'cowboy vocabulary', the Spanish influence, the role of horses, mules, and wagons in place of cars, horse training philosophy and methods, and career duties of modern cowboys and cowgirls. 

Duration – approx. 50 min., interactive concert format.  The use of mostly original music in the program ties into the "Imagine Your Story" theme, and the content supports several early literacy and core curriculum standards for language arts and history.  All props, PA, & AV provided by presenter.             


"Wow!  What a great program!  All my kids are yodeling in the hallway!" Claire Guitierrez, Youth Librarian, Roswell, NM


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Everyday Inspirations - target ages: 11-17

Imagine Your Story - Discover the inspiration in everyday sights, sounds, objects, people, and places in your world.  Learn how important your unique perspective is, and ways to use it to make your work in any genre of fiction or non-fiction shine. Start a story in the genre of your choice and present it for discussion and encouraging positve critique.
Duration: 1 hour.


Library Programs for Kids and Teens

Songwriting is Fun - target ages 11 -17, classroom sized group

"Imagine Your Story" - everyone has a song inside them!Aspen introduces her "blueprint" for writing any style of song then works with young writers to brainstorm, interject experiences, emotions, and tie it all together into a song that is suitable for self-expression and/or commercial or performance potential. Participants who play an instrument are encouraged to bring it. Otherwise, a notebook and recorder (tape, digital, app) is recommended.  Duration 1 hour, but can be extended to 2 hours or custom time frame.

Affordable, turnkey programs that get your kids and families involved! Educational and entertaining. Discounts available for multiple programs in one system or geographic region.

All of Aspen Black's programs are original creations, blending entertainment and educational properties that support literacy and language arts curriculum in all states. Her background as an educator in the public schools, along with over 25 years of experience as a professional musician ensure you a well-organized, thorough, and professional presentation. Aspen Black gets excellent reviews from libraries, schools, cultural centers, churches, festivals, music venues, and community institutions across the country.

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New for 2020- 

Peek-A-Boo, Buckaroo!  - Recommended for Story Hour children (toddler through six).  Limit - approx. 30.

 It's cowboy day!  Young children can expect to be entertained, and educated, by nationally award-winning cowgirl poet, singer/songwriter, and horsewoman, Aspen Black.  Aspen brings her newest book, "Peek-A-Boo, Buckaroo!" to life through interactive games, call and response, a craft & game of fantasy, hands-on exploration of real saddles, bridles, bits and other horse items, and musical interpretation.  As an added caveat, children learn about authentic cowboy culture and the craft of cowboy poetry!  "Peek-A-Boo, Buckaroo" finished in the top-five for 2016 Western Music Association Poetry Book of the Year. 
Duration 45 mins. - 1 hour

"Guitar Like A Star" (Pre-teen & Teen) 
Aimed at beginners who have never played guitar before, participants will play a song in the first five minutes!  Students learn to make chords, strum, count in rhythm, change chords, and play/sing familiar songs from a variety of genres.  Instruments provided. Limit 30 participants per session.  

Duration approx. 1 hour. 30 guitars are provided for student use.  Patrons with their own guitars are welcome to bring them, regardless of ability level, and jam along.

Ukulele for Teens-

or Ukulele for Kids-

or Ukulele for Families-

 Librarians, nationwide, are commenting on the growing interest that teens are showing in playing the ukulele!  This easy beginner workshop introduces new players to the fun of playing the ukulele.  30 specially-marked ukuleles are provided for student use.  Participants play and sing several songs in the session. A short recital is built in at the end. Duration approx. 1 hour.   30 ukuleles provided for student use.  Patrons with their own instruments are also welcome to come and jam along.

"To the Moon and Beyond!" - target audience toddler - pre-teen and their parents/grandparents

Your kids will sing, dance, move, and even create their own lyrics and motions in this interactive musical program that explores America's quest for new frontiers!  From sailing to the New World, to Westward expansion, to landing on the moon, children and families will take a journey through history as well as spark their imagination to explore the galaxy!  After the show, a CD copy of the theme song, "Gonna Fly to the Moon" will be provided to librarians for follow up in story time or as an item for kids to check out and sing along with the lyrics they created in the program! Duration 50 minutes, interactive concert format


"Your interactive music presentation kept the children rhythmically engaged as they clapped, danced, and walked according to your lyrical direction. Another important aspect of your presentation is that you slyly slid history lessons into the show. Our staff members smiled sincerely when, without missing a beat, you promoted our Summer Learning Program by throwing it into your lyrics. We are grateful to you for sharing your time, your knowledge and your original songs.  It was certainly enjoyed by the patrons and staff."Victoria Charnoky, Youth Services Supervisor, Macon County Public Library, Franklin, NC.