Thursday, July 06, 2006

Johnny Who? We have our own pirate!

While the national news is focusing quite a bit of attention on that other pirate this week, at our Library we're busy preparing for a visit from our very own pirate, Moreland the Magician. At 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11th, David Moreland will present his "Books: A Treasure!" magic program, followed, after a short break, by a 20-minute magic workshop. We'll all be able to learn a bit of pirate magic!

Moreland has worked as a professional actor and magician for almost twenty years. Before moving to Ithaca in 2002, he lived in Los Angeles for six years. "I worked as a children's magician on the weekends, doing three or four private birthday parties, and pursued film and television acting work during the week," he says. In all, Moreland has appeared in over forty films and television series, including Legally Blonde, Seinfeld, Friends, Will & Grace, The X Files, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Practice, and Donnie Darko. For three seasons, he played Ted Danson's obnoxious next-door neighbor Mr. Grenquist on Becker.

Scheduled to perform his show at over 40 libraries in New York State this summer, Moreland says he finds special satisfaction in promoting summer reading. "I spent many summer days as a child at the Elma Public Library. I would walk a mile there from home and read about magic and theatre for hours at a time. It's a great pleasure to share my love of reading with children."

It is our pleasure to be able to offer this program to Sodus families. While Moreland's program is geared to children ages 4 - 10, all ages are welcome (I thoroughly enjoyed the small - and hysterical! - sampling of the program which we librarians were treated to at a March workshop.) Registration is not required for any of the programs during our six-week Books: A Treasure!, and they are all offered free of charge. Registration is required to participate in our reading clubs, weekly prize drawings, and Bingo games. Come on down to the Library and join in on the fun!

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