2020 Summer Library Program
Imagine Your Story: Everyone Has One
Aaron began his teaching career in 1984 after he graduated from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Aaron intended to teach a couple of years at the elementary level then move to middle school and then high school and then land a career at the college. Well, part of that became a reality. Aaron taught 2 years at the elementary level and 2 years at the middle school level. The problem is that he stayed another 7 years, teaching middle school! Some love middle school kids and Aaron is one of them.
It was in 1995 when Aaron decided to pursue songwriting and touring more intentional. Now 32 years later he still loves working in the classroom drawing music and stories out of students.
Aaron's work includes work with the itty-bitty one, birth through 6-year-olds through Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts. As a National Trainer, he loves getting these very young ones finding the music and rhythm inside themselves.
Aaron is a Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts in Vienna Virginia. His current home in Wichita, Kansas keeps him connected with Arts Partners Wichita working with students K-12. The work of integrating the arts into science, math and language arts is a wonderful way to inspire kids to use the creative space in their heads to think about the world they live in.
Bella is a yellow lab who has both Therapy Dog certification through Therapy Dog International and a Professional Therapy Dog certification in Kansas.
As Aaron traveled around the country he worked in several classrooms and schools that had therapy dogs. In 2014 Aaron decided to pursue getting a lab puppy and training it to work with him in the classroom. Bella was born on January 1, 2015, and Aaron picked her up when she was 10 weeks old.
Two years later she received her certifications and has been working alongside Aaron since February 2017. Check out the classroom workshops page where Bella is the focus.
Our 2020 program will again be based on the collaborative summer library program theme. As you know it will be “Imagine Your Story. My program will be “Imagine Your Story: Everyone Has One” Once again we will be singing, moving, playing instruments and telling our own stories in a variety of ways. If your library does not use this theme I can create something, especially for your library. I love creating programs designed to meet the needs of particular libraries and schools. Bella will be with me again in 2020.
Appropriate Age: 4 and up!
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: My standard fee is $375 + travel per show. However, if I can schedule several shows in your area I am able to discount the cost for everyone in the area. For large shows (more than 100) I will bring a sound system at no additional cost.
Schedule early to be eligible for grant funding to cover partial costs of your programs.
Call to schedule your library today (316) 207-4715