2007 Library News

The Singing Zoologist Visits Local Libraries

Lucas MillerIn the children’s books, Dr. Doolittle used to talk with the animals, grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals.  Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, might wish he could do that, too, but what he can do is sing about them.

He will be visiting four Metropolitan Library System libraries in September.

Wednesday, Sept. 5: Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania, from 10-11am

            Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Street, from 2-3pm

            Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, from 7-8pm

Thursday, Sept. 6: Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th, from 7-8pm

Miller was named “Best New Artist for Older Children” in the 2001 Children’s Music Web Awards.  He uses music, stories, puppets and humor to teach about monarch butterflies, wetlands, animal defenses, endangered species and other nature-related topics.

"Lucas is kind of like Robin Williams, Dr. Doolittle and Bruce Springsteen all rolled up in one," says Donna Lemley of Treefrog Ed, an educational toy store in San Antonio, Texas. "His performances always draw a regular crowd and everyone loves his songs and animated stage presence."

Performing hundreds of programs annually, his work is endorsed and supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Jeff Flocken, of the National Wildlife Federation, said of Miller’s presentations, "Lucas has an eye to important conservation issues, as well as an ear for writing songs that make learning a jump-up-and-dance experience. He keeps endangered species issues informative, but light, so that his audience leaves understanding the problems but feeling good about themselves and what they can do to help."

The Singing Zoologist’s performances are suitable for children aged 5 and up.  The shows are open to the public and free of charge.  For more information please call the Metropolitan Library System’s Outreach office at 606-3835.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org