Drum therapy underway at Chattahoochee area libraries


COLUMBUS, Ga —  The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are famous for their fun summer programs for kids of all ages, but this week they have something extra stimulating to the mind and senses:  Welcome to Drum Therapy!

Dwight Baldwin, known as “The Professor” and his son Wesley, are in Columbus this week offering drum therapy sessions at area library branches. Kids of all ages are exposed to the sights, sounds, and histories of the African drum traditions.

The Baldwins say they hope to inspire kids they teach to walk away with not only a love for music, but also an appreciation for the values of focus and discipline.

“If they just play it for 15  minutes a day that stress would be  . . . released. You only can imagine,” says Professor Baldwin and son Wesley.

Luisa Sandoval brings the kids she babysits to the library frequently for the summer programs.  She says they enjoy the fun and the hospitality. “We love the programs here at the library.  We come every Wednesday to the children’s program. I babysit, so we have a lot of different kids that I bring through.”

Deborah Holliday, a teacher with Girls Inc., brought a group of her students to the event. ” Of course, with the great music, the great rhythm this music brings to them, it can be a part of their history as well.”

Librarians also say children and families can even checkout some musical instruments from the library.

“Available for checkout we have bongos, xylophones, and we have multiple musical instruments that families and children can checkout, take home, and play,” says Librarian Lauren Duke.

If you would like an opportunity to attend a drum therapy session, you still have your chance.  Below, are the times and locations of remaining sessions scheduled for this week.Thursday, June 23:

10:30 am      North Columbus Public Library

1:00 pm        South Columbus Public Library

4:30 pm       Parks Memorial Public LibraryFriday, June 24:

10:00 am Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library

2:00 pm   Marion County Public Library

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