Sing me a story! Read me a song! comes to Trumansburg


The Children’s Reading Connection (CRC), a national literacy organization based in Ithaca, was founded in 2017 by Trumansburg native Brigid Hubberman. The former director of Family Reading Partnership created CRC in order to “help communities create a culture of talking and reading to babies and children, primarily by collecting, developing, and sharing community-literacy program models. CRC looks forward to sharing this model initiative with other communities across New York State and beyond,” according to a press release. They are partnering with TCAT, the Trumansburg Elementary School, Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg Community Nursery School (TCNS), Smart Start Preschool, and Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts to present Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song! with John Simon and Cal Walker. This free event will take place at the Trumansburg Elementary School auditorium on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to offering the event for free, TCAT is offering free rides to Trumansburg to anyone in Tompkins County who present their Tompkins County Public Library card or the event flyer.

Sing Me a Story! is a continuation of the Family Reading Partnership (FRP) Read-Along Songs program, which “was developed to connect children and families with the joy of words and books with rhyming and rhythm, inviting families to literacy through music,” according to the FRP website. The program offered classroom teachers and children in low-income preschools with blue bags filled with six books and a CD of the books being read and sung by Simon and Walker. As funding allowed, Simon and Walker delighted children and adults alike, bringing their stories and songs into classrooms. Simon and Walker, “our community’s reading and singing heroes” according to the press release, “will perform a wonderful line-up of songs and stories, including a beautiful new song called ‘Reach for Your Own Words,’ inspired by ‘The Word Collector’ by Peter Reynolds that we expect to be an anthem for our national word movement.”

Of bringing the program back to the community, Hubberman said, “I am so pleased that through Children’s Reading Connection, a new national literacy organization we have recently founded, we have been able to bring John Simon and Cal Walker back to children and families though Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song! with John Simon and Cal Walker to continue to share their reading and singing talents with our community and with communities across the country.”

Classes at the Trumansburg Elementary School, Smart Start, and TCNS have been provided with a set of the featured books and CDs of the music and donations have enabled CRC to provide preschool students in these classes books to take home. Hubberman notes, “One of the things happening to make the books and songs even more wonderful is the books set gifts are being wrapped and given by the third graders. Gail Brisson, Trumansburg Elementary School librarian, is key to making all of this happen.” At the event, everyone will receive free copies of word art lyrics to take home for Incredible Day and Wheels on the TCAT Bus songs. In addition sets of the Sing Me a Story! books and recordings will be available to borrow from Tompkins County Public Libraries, and for purchase at Buffalo Street Books.

For more information about this and other Sing Me a Song! Events, contact Hubberman at or call (607) 227-3360.


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