Folk tales come to life during break

2013-04-03T12:15:00Z Folk tales come to life during breakAudrey Gomez, Lebanon Express Lebanon Express
April 03, 2013 12:15 pm  • 

Red Yarn Productions brought an interactive introduction to American Folk tales to the Lebanon library on March 28. 

Andy Furgeson, Red Yarn founder, had the kids on their feet dancing and singing along as he played guitar.

He practiced a sort of call and response with the room full of kids while they learned about Brer Rabbit and the Old Grey Goose.

“I remember singing that when I was a kid,” said Sharon Davie, of the Old Grey Goose.

It was Davie’s first visit to the library. She came with her daughter Stacey Peters.

Peters brought Blakelee Jewel, 6, to the performance.

Blakelee said her favorite part was seeing the bunny.

Bob the Rabbit is a relative of Brer Rabbit and Bugs Bunny, Furgeson told the crowd.

Bob was one of the puppets Fergeson used to tell the classic stories of tricksters. He also had a fox, a squirrel, and goose named Sis who gave out hugs after the show.

Furgeson is based in Portland but is travelling throughout the state performing at different events along the Interstate-5 corridor.

He enjoys using interactive puppetry to reinvigorate American Folk tales, he said.

The performance was part of the library’s Spring Break Palooza.

“I’ve never been on spring break before; it’s my first time,” said Hope Simpson, 6.

Hope’s grandmother Julie Simpson brought her and her twin brother Xander.

“They really wanted to go to this,” Simpson said. “And they’re really enjoying the Lego club.”

She said they planned on going to the final Spring Break Palooza event, bingo, the following night.

“I think Spring Break Palooza was a great success,” said Carol Dinges, library manager. “We had lots of kids and lots of families.”

Data on how many books were checked out during that week was not available at press time.

“There were lots of kids checking out books after events,” Dinges said. “There were lots of kids having fun. I guess that’s the part that made me feel the best.”

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