The Van Alstyne Public Library continued with its series of summer programs designed to keep young minds active while not in school last Monday. Dallas musician Mark Shelton presented numerous types and styles of percussion instruments. Called “Strike, Shake and Scrape,” the program began with Shelton popping into view with two drumsticks, which he used to demonstrate the different sounds that came out of about a dozen items in the room, such as a file cabinet, a cajon and even the floor itself.


He demonstrated, to the amazed youngsters, many of whom sat on the floor, which is their usual front-row seat, how a snare drum works because of moving air between the top and bottom covers, or skins. All instruments were acoustic with the exception of one, which he saved to show last. He called that one a “hang” and which he said was created less than 20 years ago.


This Monday will be the final day of this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Critterman,” and is billed as “an engaging live animal educational event.” The program will again begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Van Alstyne Community Center, 262 N. Preston, and will be free to everyone. Funding for these programs is through the non-profit Van Alstyne Friends of the Library.