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  • Summer kids activities in full swing

    If you have kids in the Northeast or South Florida region, chances are one or more of them drummed with us this summer as part of their camp activities.  After all, what goes better together than summer camp and drum circles?

    Through a variety of funding sources, we were able to serve more than 3,700 children and youth through rhythm this summer.  And, that’s not counting all the parents, grandparents, and staff members who indirectly grooved along with us!  Some organizations who enjoyed the drumming fun included:

    • The YMCA’s of Duval, Clay, and Baker counties
    • The  Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and Broward county
    • Communities in Schools of Jacksonville
    • The Cummer Museum
    • The Jacksonville Public Library
    • The Miami-Dade Public Library System
    • The Cities of Miramar and Pembroke Pines
    • Hope Haven
    • The Jacksonville Zoo

    Wondering what a summer drum circle entails?  Read on…

    Focus on cultural activities

    The Duval county YMCA’s had weekly cultural themes and our week was ancient Egypt.  This means we got to talk about the different types of instruments (including drums) the ancient Egyptians used.  Also, we talked about songs they sang, and compared them to the music we listen to and make today.

    Space, the final frontier

    The libraries’ summer reading theme this year was “A Universe of Stories.”  So, naturally we created rhythms around the planets in our solar system!  Additionally, we had a great time talking about our favorite books and stories, and even making up some of our own!

    Leadership and communication

    No drum circle would be complete without a chance for participants to practice their leadership skills and improve communication with each other.  We played games focusing on verbal and non-verbal communication, feelings/emotions, and passing the leadership from person to person.

    The fun doesn’t have to end with summer!  If you have an after-school or out of school program, we’d love to continue the fun and learning there!  Contact us to find out how to make the most of your experience!

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  • Summer & drumming go together like PB&J

    Summer is in full swing!  The dog days are upon us.  Beat the heat by beating on a drum this summer in the air-conditioned comfort of your local library!

    Below is a list of branches in Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia, and South Florida we’ll be drumming at for the rest of the summer – hope we see you there!

    As always, no experience is necessary to participate and have fun.  We bring all the drums!

    Summer drumming in July

    We’ll be offering a special “rhythm and wellness” program for families at the Jax Makerspace on Wednesday, July 11th, 2-3 pm at the Jacksonville downtown library branch.  The event is part of JMS’s current exhibit “Prescribed Expression: Relief in Healing Arts.” We’ll focus on the research that supports rhythm and wellness, including physical, mental, and social-emotional health.

    For more info, visit the JMS Facebook event here!

    Other branches in July include:

    • Tuesday 7/10, Highlands Regional branch (Jax), 3-4 pm
    • Thursday 7/12, Bunnell branch (Palm Coast), 10-11 am
    • Monday 7/16, Bradham Brooks branch (Jax), 11 am-noon
    • Wednesday 7/18, Coffee branch 11 am & Willacoochee branch 2:30 pm (S. Georgia)
    • Thursday 7/19, Westbrook branch (Jax), 3-4 pm
    • Tuesday 7/24, Millhopper branch (Gainesville), 2:30-3:30 pm
    • Saturday 7/21, South Regional branch (Pembroke Pines), 2-4 pm
    • Saturday 7/21, South Miami branch (Miami) 2-3 pm
    • Thursday 7/26, Opa-Locka branch (Miami) 11 am-12 noon

    Extend the summer fun in August!

    We’ll be at one more branch in August!  Come to the Putnam County branch on Saturday, August 4th, 10-11 am.

    Who can resist the allure of drumming and making noise in a library?  We sure can’t!

    Want us to drum at your camp?

    Add rhythm to your summer fun by bringing us to your camp!  In addition to programs for campers, we also offer team-building fun for staff and counselors.  Reach out and learn more!

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