A Reading Relay Readathon

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Readin’ at the Speed of Sound!

Charlie Williams speaks fluent onomatopoeia and coaches young readers to use a more meaningful form of expression when reading outloud. We will exercise our throats and minds when building this story show. Your voice is an instrument and adds character, action and special effects to your stories. Exercises include: Intensive mimic clinic, imitation projection, shot POITS, word lifts, tongue laps, and most of all ….timing… (when and WHERE to practice being noisy!)

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During each show we’ll review several fairy tales & picture books, various onomatopoetry and cacofunnies, using small motor skill doodles each patron can build their own personal library. (state funding not included 🙂

Sound safari tours and vocal expo.

We’ll do a speed reading triathlon. Verb vaulting. Tongue Twisters. Vocal gymnastics and a sound effect slalom.

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An Olympian Reader’s Theater, using storyboards, sound effects and audience members, we will compete in a reading relay. The show starts with vocal warm ups and exercises using mime as an expression technique. With a large screen picture-book teleprompter, (screen and short throw projector) this comedic collaborative story show will illustrate and animate several historical tales. Stories included: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Great Race, and a choose your own adventure fairy tale. The program uses volunteers as stage actors & soundtrackers, while the group as an audience will provide sound effect ambiance.

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Attendees will learn: Artistic self expression, the science of sound, onomatopoetic usage in speech and writing, a funny face workshop and how to speak softly and carry a big shtick!

 

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Toys on loan from private collection.

Read With Our Kids

Busy, so very busy. Wait, the kids are in bed, they want a story, OK OK Just a minute, ZOOM! What book do you want to hear?! Bla bla bla, now go to sleep! You’re not sleepy? Whaaa?

On the go parents, kids with mobile devices, a storytime is last thing on the list, right? Well a 5 minute story-time before bed can help kids sleep, teach them the basics of reading and provide a fun family bonding routine.

First of all, pick your book. Is it serious, or funny, lengthy or short? Is it an old favorite or a new addition? So the first step is be in there when they pick a book. Make that a democratic decision, or you’ll be reading Green Eggs and Ham for 20 minutes. GE&H, a great book, but verbose. You must choose wisely!

Step 2, get your playlist set. 2 books should be 5-10 minutes. As part of the bedtime routine, teeth brushed, teddy bear in place, arrange your audience and set the mood. Dim the lights. Open with a jingle, It’s bedtime for kiddos, comon and get in bed. Make it your theme song. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, it’ll come with practice, i the meantime, use the tune to Gilligan’s Island until your find your selfie shanty.

Step 3, the book itself, glance through it, look at the artwork, is it serious or funny, what is the topic? Figure out which one goes first. Opening act and closer!

Voices: Add characterization to the story. Need a Giant? Do a growly voice. Princess do a falsetto. Hero, sound like a classic rock DJ. Imitate how you picture the characters voices sounding. This is surprisingly fun, and even if your kids roll their eyes, they appreciate the effort. Not just for picture books, but chapter a night as well. Poetry, science fast etc, all various themes that only take a moment at bedtime to brainstorm and get those minds ready to dream.

The book is your prop, not vice versa. The book is your teleprompter, how you read is you. That means you can edit, paraphrase, edit, or act out as you see fit. You don’t need to read verbatim. Feel free to comment on whats happening. Your kids will!

Act out, use finger people, or stand and deliver. But keep in mind your energy level will either get them riled up or downshift. Watch Cesar Millan for his techniques on calm, assertive energy. It works, believe me. You can start high energy, but end a bedtime story on calm energy. Sweet dreams are made of these. And who am I to disagree?

Comments and interruptions. If kids are turning your storytime into an episode of Springer, well it’s time to set some rules. Interruptions are OK, but if it doesn’t naturally cycle back into the story, you’ll have to steer. If their energy is too high, bring them down. Calm down with the 3, 2, 1 thing or a musical ditty. If the book is boring, end it and get something else. If it isn’t boring and you are wrapping up, it may show your kids they need to settle down and listen. It’s OK to tell kids, one voice at a time, unless we are reacting.

Question what you read. Don’t just accept an idea because it is mainstream. Ask your kids did they like it? How did they feel, Happy Sad? Funny, Goofy? Discuss the ideas, or what the author should have done. This shows kids that they can change the world, one idea at a time. For better or for worse! They don’t like the ending, write a better one! In fact, draw one page of your own story, one night at a time. In a month you may have your own, family bedtime book, something they can look back on in decades to come and remember fondly. They’ll remember this better than Dad’s game was ALWAYS ON.

For example, I love you forever. That is a popular book, people say it’s inspirational etc etc. But I and my kids thought it was creepy. The artwork, the overall message, we thought it was strange. It was not bad, it just was not for us? So when I read it, I changed the tone. I made it about a Mom checking to see if her kids were sleeping, I made it goofy and changed the tear jerker ending. I made it that the Mom was now in the loony bin, but now the young dad is starting to do it too! Oh no! I’m not a purist, I don’t stick with the menu. I make my own meals, for better or for worse!! I try not to ruin it, just make it fit in our lifestyle.

Closing. Towards the end of the storytime, start to speak in lower hushed tones. A literary lullaby. Bring your energy level down too, calm down. Relax. If the kids keep asking question set limitations. One more Q, then it’s off to sleep for U! Kids know how to stall by getting you talking, so beware of your own ego! Ha HA!

Routine ideas: Wear a storytime hat, that is only on for that.

Or have a puppet, character or a favorite stuffed animal, as an audience to role play how behavior should be. Teddy listens. Teddy doesn’t like loud noises. Yes, kids see through this so do it in a sarcastic style and show them you know it too. Don’t sell them anything YOU wouldn’t buy! But do let them know, if Teddy gets scared off, so will you, end of evening. Set those limits, stick to them.

Even your Hand in the shape of a duck or llama can be your signature sidekick on your own talk show. Get Mr Potato Head eyes and hold em in your fingers, make a great characterization!

Sound effects. We humans make awesome noises, we have great vocal chords for mimicry. See 12 noises you already make for tips!!

Make up a story? Make it a family story. Make your kids the stars and teach them a moral you believe in. make it whimsical and silly, it doesn’t have to make sense, it needs to simply be you. No storytelling classes or PHDs are going to teach you how to be you. If you are a parent, you already know who you are. If you get stuck for ideas, ask your kids for one. They’ll help you. This is an imagination exercise.

Most of all have fun. If the kids see you having fun, being yourself, they will too. If they are too cool, find a subject they want to hear about and go that way. Storytime isn’t about books, it’s about families coming together to speak and be heard, explore ideas and be together.

And you can do it during the freakin’ commercial breaks of Shark Tank. Commercial breaks= 8 minutes, you can spare that, right? Be the commercial!

Ok I’m done.

The Noisy Adventures of MIGHTY MOUTH!

Listen! Out in the library! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Mighty Mouth!

Yes, Mighty Mouth! Incredible sound-effect generator and imitator! His secret identity is Charlie Williams, mild mannered library contractor. But when there are stories to be fabricated and soundtracks to be forged, he transforms into that marvelous wielder of onomatopoeia… MIGHTY MOUTH!
(a Quinn Martin Production)

Charlie’s amazing journey began when he was touring a Nuclear Powered Aviary back in the 1970’s. Bitten by a radioactive African Grey Parrot, he soon discovered strange new powers! He could eat with his feet, he really, Really, REALLY liked crackers and he could imitate any sound he heard! Watch and share in the fun as you also discover how “great power comes with great responsibility.”
(Cliche Productions Ltd.)

Warning: Rowdy with underlying sarcasm. Not for the auditorially squeamish. You will be asked to make some noise and be very silly. A sense of humor is advised.

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The Chancy and Narly Show!

Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart Present
The Chancy and Narly Show!
                     Playing With Words
What happens when sweet songs meet nutty noises?
Get ready for a wild ride as two of the Northwest’s favorite children’s performers team up for phonetic fun at your local library!
Bill Grogan’s Goat. The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Rockin Robin. SEE what Momma don’t allow in the library! WATCH as Nancy SINGS and Charlie ZINGS!
Have fun singing along and learn some noises for your music too!
Loads of fun for everyone!

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Breaking the Sound Barrier! (nice version)

The science of sound from a motor mouth at Mach 1!

……..Or…….

Readin’ at the Speed of SOUND!

……….Talk about your accelerated reader! Heeeyooooh!

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What is a sonic boom? Why can’t I hear a dog whistle? What was the first human invention to break the sound barrier? Did dinosaurs break the sound barrier? How do we humans mimic sound? These questions and many more will be answered by the Noiseguy as we explore the science of how sound is produced in Nature and by humans!

Listen and learn as language, loudness and laughter take the lead in the library. Charlie is a vocal sound impressionist, author and a kids comedian. On the entertainer list, he is under the category “other.”

Fun with amplified sound, a kid with lots of seniority, also an attention hound.
Fun with amplified sound, a kid with lots of seniority, also an attention hound.

During this noisy show there will be sound wordplay where we look at words that imitate the sounds they represent, such as hiss, boom, growl, and chirp. This onomatopoeia enriches language, allowing us to capture sound in writing. We will discuss and pick the top 10 noises we love and hate. Participants will help select the sounds, and categorize them. An imagination improv!

THEN. Listen with your eyes closed as Noiseguy take you on an audio vacation. Are you in the jungle, at the beach or at the North pole? A fun guessing game! Sound creates atmosphere and has emotional value. See how important sound is in language as we consider the differences in animal onomatopoeia. (Meow Meow, Bow Wow Wow)
Watch a 2 minute fairy tale performed JUST using sound.

br brownWe’ll also explore how sound is produced, like a boom of a thunderclap. We’ll discover how sound travels using vibration and sound waves. Of course Noiseguy will do the wave-thing with the slinky. See how a microphone can make you LOUDER! Eat yer heart out, Dewey Decibel!

We’ll even use our voices as a sound effect instrument! Kids will learn some funny new noises to imitate for their spoken reading. They will leave with a new appreciation for the world of sound around them.

OK OK OK…
here’s what the show is really about:
BEING NOISY IN THE LIBRARY!

breaking the sound barrier

Breaking the Sound Barrier!

The science of sound from a motor mouth at Mach 1!

……..Or how bout this fer a tag..

Readin’ at the Speed of SOUND!

……….Talk about your accelerated reader! Heeeyooooh!
(Don’t sue me Accelerated Reader, I know you are all about the money! lol)

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What is a sonic boom? Why can’t I hear a dog whistle? What was the first human invention to break the sound barrier? Did dinosaurs break the sound barrier? How do we humans mimic sound? What’s with all the questions? Why does everything have to have so much educational content? Are we really worried that during the Summer months, kids get stupider? Maybe they should get NO breaks at all! Let’s take away recess, it’s non-productive. Gotta keep those kids busy 24/7! Burn ’em out early, so they get that mid-life crisis over with by the 7th grade. Oops, wow, bunny trail. Lemme start over.

Here’s a blurb for Stooooooooooooooorytelling!
Listen and learn as language, loudness and laughter take the lead in the library.
See that? It’s called Alliteration.

Charlie is a vocal sound impressionist, author and a sarcastic kids comedian. On the entertainer list, he is under the category “other.”

Fun with amplified sound, a kid with lots of seniority, also an attention hound.
Fun with amplified sound, a kid with lots of seniority, also an attention hound.

During this noisy show there will be sound wordplay where we look at words that imitate the sounds they represent, such as hiss, boom, growl, and chirp. This onomatopoeia enriches language, allowing us to capture sound in writing. We will discuss and pick the top 10 noises we love and hate. Oops! Sorry, “hate” is a hate word. Let me say “dislike.” Anyway, kids will help select the sounds, an exercise in improv and imagination.

THEN. Listen with your eyes closed as Noiseguy take you on an audio vacation. Are you in the jungle, at the beach or at the North pole? A fun guessing game! Sound creates atmosphere and has emotional value. See how important sound is in language as we consider the differences in animal onomatopoeia. (Meow Meow, Bow Wow Wow)
Watch a 2 minute fairy tale performed JUST using sound. (well we gotta have SOME variety in there)

br brownWe’ll also explore how sound is produced, like a boom of a thunderclap. We’ll discover how sound travels using vibration and sound waves. Of course Noiseguy will do the wave-thing with the slinky. See how a microphone can make you LOUDER! Eat yer heart out, Dewey Decibel!

We’ll even use our voices as a sound effect instrument! Kids will learn some funny new noises to imitate for their spoken reading. They will leave with a new appreciation for the world of sound around them.

And if by chance a kid actually landed on this page-
here’s what the show is really about:
BEING NOISY IN THE LIBRARY!

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Dr. Suess’s Birthday

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for children’s picture books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. His birthday is March 2, 1904 and that week has come to be known as “Read Across America” week!

One of my favorite Dr Suess books from my childhood was Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? It inspires kids to be noisy when they read.
To celebrate the event I will do a dramatic reading of Mr. Brown and kids will get to join in!

Then it’s “Celebrity Storytime Showcase!” Where I read samples of his other classics as various celebrities.
Like “The Cat in the Hat” as Samuel L Jackson.
“The Lorax” by Treebeard.
“Green Eggs and Ham” mumbled like Garrison Keillor.
“If I Ran the Circus” by Batman.
“Hop on Pop” as Jabba the Hut.

It’s kinda like Book-drop Bingo.

And of Course Mr Brown can Moo as ME!!!

Noisy, rhyming fun for every, every everyone.

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