The librarians' old adage to "keep quiet, please” was ignored on July 13 at the Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library.
Lifelong vocalist and performer Emily Leatha Everson visited the small outpost for one of Prince William Public Library System’s Amazing Tales special events.
Everson’s program, "Sing Books with Emily," brought musical life to children’s illustrated books featuring a dozen songs, such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “Over the Rainbow,” “A-You’re Adorable,” and “Puff the Magic Dragon.”
Children of varying ages sat on brightly-colored cushions provided by the library while listening to Everson sing.
“I was a professional singer and performer, but after having children, I noticed a number of books based on familiar songs and I would sing to my children instead of reading,” Everson said.
Everson explained that her program, which she first performed at local elementary schools, familiarizes children with classic songs ranging from nursery rhymes to Broadway musical excerpts.
Lynn Casey, Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library Supervisor, said the library's summertime special events gave children the opportunity to see professionals. “The [summer] programs are an extension of those we do during the year,” she explained.
“Miss Emily has a beautiful voice and she’s so animated,” Sarah Schearer, a mother attending the program with her children, said.
Everson concluded her performance with an impromptu a cappella rendition of “My Favorite Things,” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, which was requested by a small child in the audience.
Compact discs titled Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret were available for purchase for $10.
Everson provides a detailed list of illustrated books to be sung, as well as news of her performances, on her blog.