Aspen Black

Ukulele Circle: Play All Together Now!

Aspen Black's widely popular ukulele program has been adapted to fit this summer's theme of friendship, kindness, and unity!  Beginners learn to play ukulele in one session, even if they have never played any instrument before!  Aspen provides up to 30 specially-marked ukuleles and patrons are also welcome to bring their own ukuleles. Songs about kindness, friendship, and togetherness will be learned in class along with the history of the ukulele and interesting information about each song. The session ends with a ukulele circle, featuring the beginner class' favorite songs from the lesson along with any songs more experience players bring to share.  Nothing says unity like a ukulele circle! 

Duration 1 1/2 hours.  Ages 6 and up in any combination (kids, teens, kids & teens, kids & families, adults). The program focuses on beginners, but intermediate and advanced ukulele players are welcome to jam along and should bring a song of their choosing to share in the ukulele circle. Registration required.  Each session limited to 30 participants, plus any patrons bringing their own ukuleles.

A Universe of Stories- To the Moon & Beyond - 2019

Fizz, Boom, Read! - Intro to Cowboy Music & Poetry - 2014

Tales & Tails - The Singing Cowgirls - 2021

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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 almost 30 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.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! - 2016

Imagine Your Story: Fairytales & Tunes - 2020

Libraries Rock! - The Singing Cowgirl - 2018


​"The Singing Cowgirl" -

Recommended for children and families, groups of 5 - 500!
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, and mules, horse training philosophy and methods, and career and lifestyle duties of modern-day cowboys and cowgirls.  

Duration – approx. 50 min., interactive musical & storytelling format.  Former 2014, 2018, and 2021 Summer Reading themed program. 

Build a Better World: Western Spirit - 2017


"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.

 Year 'Round Programs:

Summer Reading 2023: 
"All Together Now"

"Waves" of Sound -

Tweens and teens will have fun discovering how to record and mix a variety of instruments to create a professional sounding demo or home recording of a song! This "Oceans of Possibilities" workshop guides students through hands-on techniques of music recording, mixing, and mastering, using a laptop computer, DAW software, and a few pieces of reasonably-priced audio equipment. During the second half of the workshop, participants will each get to record one or more tracks of their own choosing, or one of my stock songs, and keep the exported file. All levels of creative participants welcome. Musical teens and tweens are encouraged to bring their own instrument and prepare an original song to record themselves singing and playing, if they choose.

 (For 1-30 participants, 1 1/2 - 2 hrs. Originally developed for Summer Reading 2022)

Program duration: approx. 50 minutes.  Recommended for children and families, small or large groups.




Ukulele for Teens, Ukulele for Kids, or Ukulele for Families/Combined Ages-

 Librarians, nationwide, are commenting on the growing interest that people pf all ages are showing in playing the ukulele!  This easy beginner workshop introduces new players to the fun of playing the ukulele.  Up to 30 specially-marked ukuleles are provided for student use.  At the same time, people who already play some ukulele can improve their skills using my ukuleles or their own. Participants play and sing several songs in the session. A short recital ends the workshop. Patrons and librarians across the country give this program a big stamp of approval! 

Duration approx. 1- 1 1/2 hours.   30 ukuleles provided for student use.  Patrons with their own ukuleles are welcome to bring them. Registration recommended. 

Library of Virginia Performers' Showcase

:Libraries Rock! - Guitar Like a Star - 2018

Library Programs for Kids and Teens

Everyday Inspirations - target ages: 11-17

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 positive feedback. 

critique. Duration: 1-2 hours, depending on attendance and librarian preferences.

Peek-A-Boo, Buckaroo!  - Recommended for Story Hour toddlers

It's cowboy day!  Young children can expect to be entertained and educated by nationally award-winning cowgirl poet, singer/songwriter, author, and horsewoman, Aspen Black.  Aspen brings her book, "Peek-A-Boo, Buckaroo!" to life through interactive games, call and response, a craft, games, and hands-on exploration of real saddles, bridles, bits and other horse items.  As an added caveat, children learn about authentic cowboy culture and 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

Summer Reading Photo Gallery:

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

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

Every Hero Has a Story - Sisco the Superhorse - 2015

Oceans of Possibilities: Sing of the Sea - 2022

Songwriting is Fun - target ages 11 -17, up to 30 participants

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 - 2 hours, depending on attendance 

Sing All Together Now!

This fun, fast-paced, interactive musical program gets kids and families singing, dancing, playing games and winning prizes all while learning about kindness, friendship, and unity.  Original and traditional songs about making friends, sharing, feeling angry/hurt, appreciating diversity, and more are interspersed with role-play, student readings, discovery games, and team-building activities to make this one-of-a-kind program unforgettable for all young Summer Readers and their families!