A new CD of children’s music will be released at a free event at the Champaign Public Library on Saturday, November 19, at 10:30 a.m., in Robeson Pavilion Room A & B. Champaign-Urbana singer-songwriter David Howie will perform his original songs from the disc, entitled “What I Like: A Kid’s Collection of Songs and Smiles.” The event is open to the public and registration is not required.
The disc was recorded at Pogo Studio in Champaign and includes familiar children’s songs and rhymes performed by Kathy Harden, Lynn O’Brien and library staff members. The CD is the library’s second collaboration with Howie, who also contributed to the earlier recording “Baby Boogie,” recognized as a Parents Choice Approved Award Winner.
Both CDs were created to help children develop early language skills as a foundation for later success in reading. They will be available for purchase at the library for $12 each, starting at the Saturday event. The library plans to have the CDs available for purchase online later this fall. All proceeds support the library.
David Howie’s work for children includes 10 CDs for Catholic Kids Net, a national company. He is known to local audiences for his appearances around town as a guitarist-vocalist and as the leader of the band Sons & Daughters, which performed for 15 years starting in 1992.
The library is located at 200 W. Green St. For more information, call 217/403-2030.