Kids enjoy free concert, DIY workshop at Albert L. Scott

ALABASTER- The sound of rattling filled the room as kids at the Albert L. Scott Library used their DIY instruments to emulate the rainstorm that was brewing outside.

Kids were able to enjoy a free concert by Birmingham-based group Iron Giant Percussion and learn about making music through a special program at the library during the Iron Giant Percussion Concert and DIY Instrument Workshop at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 5.

During the program, band members explained what percussion instruments are and taught kids about how to write a song. Kids were able to make their own instruments using cartons, jugs, bowls, jars and dried macaroni noodles in order to play along.

Children’s Librarian Frances Smith said kids who attended learned several new things while having fun.

“They learned some new vocabulary and that they can quickly make an instrument out of recycled things,” Smith said. “They made a song together.”

Band member Brett Huffman said this is the fourth time Iron Giant Percussion has visited the Albert L. Scott Library, and they always have a good time. He noted how the concert and workshop tied in with the library’s summer reading theme, “Build a Better World.”

“We wanted to share what we do with the kids and explain how music applies to building a better world,” Huffman said. “It’s really fun to do this for the kids, so it’s fun for us.”

The Iron Giant Percussion Concert and DIY Instrument Workshop was one of several activities from the Albert L. Scott Library’s 2017 summer reading program. For more information about the program, visit the library’s circulation desk or go online to the Albert L. Scott Library Facebook page.