Drummer Mark Shelton will bring his “Percussion Party!” to the Tyler Public Library on Friday, July 15, at 1:30 and at 3 p.m.  Shelton’s high energy, fast-paced performance will feature more than a dozen different instruments and is influenced by classical, jazz, folk and pop music.
A strong interest in folk music drew Shelton to the percussion instruments used in traditional American and Celtic music; his show will include these instruments and good helping of fiddle tunes played on the hammered dulcimer along with some of his blazing techniques on bodhran and bones. Shelton has taught for more than 12 years at the Winter Festival of Acoustic Music in the Dallas area and at Houston’s Summer Acoustic Music Festival.
The “Percussion Party!” is part of the Tyler Public Library’s Fab Fridays program. This program features family entertainers, magic, music and mayhem for ALL AGES at the Library at 1:30 and 3 p.m. each Friday in June and July.
Other activities at the Library this week include:
• Fables and Films featuring picture books and stories about digging in the garden, plus a short film featuring Curious George.  The story hour, designed for preschoolers, begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 12, 13 and 14.
• Movie Matinees for elementary children continue Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13 at 1:30 p.m. This week’s feature film, “Inkheart,” stars Brendan Fraser as a book lover who learns to bring literary characters to life, with sometimes frightening consequences.
• ArtsBooksCrafts on Thursday, July 14, at 1:30 and 3 p.m., will teach children in grades 3, 4 and 5 about the “age” of water as they create their own terrariums with guidance from Smith County Master Gardeners during the “Digging in the Dirt” hands-on experience. Registration for this program is limited; please contact the Library to register.
Groups, summer camps and childcare facilities are welcome to attend events but must register by contacting the Library. Families and individuals do not need to register for any events except ArtsBooksCrafts, for which there is a 50-child maximum.
All summer programs are free and open to the public and take place in Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College in downtown Tyler. For more information, call the Library at (903) 593-7323 or check out the Summer Reading Club page online at www.tylerlibrary.com.