The Rising Sun Branch Library continued its rocking summer with a world music design challenge last week.
That program, in keeping with the Libraries Rock sum- mer reading theme, had middle school aged children taking a piece of the Asian culture home with them. Young adult library associate Elizabeth Mayer explained the many uses of rattle drums and the significance of drums in China.
Mayer said that the drums are used in all aspects of their society - from celebration to intimidation. Those attending the program made their own version of the drums, using empty toilet paper rolls, skewers, buttons, string, and more.
As part of the lesson, those in the class also got to see the wide use of drums in China. They watched video clips of the 2008 Beijing Olympics where drums were played as part of the opening and closing ceremonies. They also used calligraphy and tried to write Chinese characters. Jeremiah Seib, who is going into eighth grade, took Chinese language classes at school. He said despite his head start, he still finds it difficult to write Chinese characters.
Madeline Seib, who is entering sixth grade next week, said she found the class relatable.
One of her family members has been to Asia and relayed stories about the trip.
Xander Terreault, who is entering eighth grade, said a learning program was a good idea. "I thought it would be interesting rather than sit on my butt playing video games," said Terreault.