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Summer Reading Kickoff 2022

May 19, 2022

Illustrated seal with kid reading (copyright 2022 CSLP)

Join the Children’s staff at the library for a Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event! On June 4 starting at 1:00pm come to pick up your reading logs, sample craft packets, and summer calendars. Then stay for a performance by Will Parker as he sings fun ocean songs at 3:30 pm.

Will Parker with a guitarWill Parker is a children’s songwriter and teaching artist who writes and performs music for “kids ages 1-100.” During Will’s whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that engage the audience in singing-along, dancing, high-fiving, and imaginative play. The kids even help Will create an improvised song through their suggestions and input on what should happen next in the impromptu story. Will also engages the kids in conversation about how every person can be creative and that writing a song is something they can do too. The kids learn that songs are a great way to tell stories–their own stories too!

Will holds both a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Trinity University and served as the theatre director at KIPP University Prep High School for four years before leaping into life as a full-time musician. During the year and every summer, he tours the country playing shows at libraries, schools, daycares, museums, churches, camps and festivals. In 2017, he and his collaborator, Sam Fuller, recorded and released their full-length album, Animal Maniac. Check it here at willparker.bandcamp.com and or find it on all major streaming services.

While in San Antonio, he was deeply involved in improv scene where he performed with San Antonio’s first musical improv troupe, When Can Do. He also worked with the Magik Children’s Theatre as an actor in their touring troupe, a coach for their youth improv group and as a teaching artist for their X-celerated Theatre program for incarcerated youth.

Will has a passion for helping young people learn the self-love and confidence they need to unlock their innately creative selves. Last year, Will felt called to pursue his mission in a new direction–by going to seminary. He is currently attending Yale Divinity School where he is involved in Yale Divinity Drama, Yale Divinity Interfaith Club, and Berkeley Divinity School–the Episcopal seminary at Yale. As he discerns a call to school chaplaincy, he continues to perform music, facilitate workshops, give talks, and teach young people through the arts. Deeply inspired by Mr. Rogers, he hopes he can make a difference in the lives of kids in a similar way–through sharing uplifting music, encouraging imaginative play, offering tools to navigate emotional landscapes, and by reminding each and every person of their inherent value and worth.

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