Loud in the library
SARANAC LAKE — Around 25 kids shouted, stomped and sang as they paraded throughout the Saranac Lake Free Library on Wednesday morning. They were loud, but that was OK. They were being led in songs about food and friendship by River Jack Z.
This performance was paid for through a grant from the state Council on the Arts’ Statewide Community Regrants Program, which is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. River Jack Z is a children’s musician who has been entertaining the youth for decades.
Jenny Curtis, who works at the library, was star-struck.
“When I was in elementary school, he was in a band called the Zucchini Brothers and they used to come to assemblies,” Curtis said. “I know these songs.”
The first cassette tape she ever bought was a Zucchini Brothers album.
Curtis was shouting out lyrics the song “I Like Pizza with Cheese” just as loud as the youngsters in the audience. There was a large group from the Kids R Us day care, which library workers were thankful for. They put this concert on with no idea of how many people would show up.
River Jack Z led the crowd in songs about brushing teeth, eating right and soup made with chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes.