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10:29 AM Tue, Sept. 18th

Arizona Science Center event at the Cordes Lakes Library included music demonstration

Vicki Caltabiano reads a music story. (Courtesy)

Vicki Caltabiano reads a music story. (Courtesy)

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Pat Williams

Making Maracas

Vicki Caltabiano of the Arizona Science Center, out of Phoenix, was overwhelmed with the crowd at what she thought would be a little rural library.

But, as usual, the walls were bursting with the many children there for the event. The subject was music, so Vicki started with a story about a little girl that liked music.

This was followed by a demonstration of tuning forks and how they worked.

Then the metronome setting the tempo was explained, followed by a few instruments and how they worked.

Finally came the xylophone with colored keys so children could create their own music and save it by putting the matching colored dots on their paper.

Several tables were used for the various tasks and were immediately surrounded by children ready to create. Maracas were made with a plastic egg and two plastic spoons, with the larger ones made with paper cups taped together. Vicki assisted her group with playing the instruments they chose, while the xylophone never got a break.

In the midst of this Krystin Kupferschmid was named as the person reading the most books in the Magic Tree House series.

While it was pandemonium at the library, everyone came away with a bit of knowledge, if not a new maraca that they made.