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LSO Brings Strings-Themed Symphony Storytimes to St. Marys and Auglaize County Public Libraries

Lima, OH (October 31, 2023) – The Lima Symphony Orchestra brings its annual Symphony Storytime to St. Marys Community Library and Auglaize County Library this November. Throughout the season, the Lima Symphony brings Symphony Storytime programs to seven counties around Lima, extending the Symphony’s educational reach and impact. The program “Symphony Strings” pairs books about violinists and cellists alongside music provided by Lima Symphony string musicians.


Wednesday, November 15 | 10:30 AM – St. Mary’s Community Library (140 S Chestnut St, St Marys, OH)

Tuesday, November 21 | 10:30 AM – Auglaize County Public District Library (203 Perry St., Wapakoneta, OH)

Children and their families will enjoy a free, interactive program thanks to generous sponsors of the Lima Symphony. The violin and the cello will be introduced through children’s literature including Rubin’s Violin by Gracey Zhang and I Know A Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel and illustrated by John O’Brien. Forming a string quartet, members from the Lima Symphony will perform excerpts from classical repertoire as well as the tune for “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” Children will learn what sets apart each of the instruments in a string quartet: violin, viola, and cello, and even be invited to sing along with our musicians!


Rubin’s Violin by Gracey Zhang (2023)

I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello by Barbara S. Garriel, illustrated by John O’Brien (2004)

Music Selections:

String Quartet No. 12 in F Major “American” by Antonín Dvořák

“The Elephant” from The Carnival of Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns

“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” by Burl Ives

Storytime Sponsors:

AC Dienstberger Foundation

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

State Bank

Thermal Gard Window and Door

Van Wert County Foundation

Kenton Rotary Foundation

Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation

Mercer County Civic Foundation

Wapakoneta Area Community Fund

The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community. Serving communities throughout West Central Ohio, the Lima Symphony annually presents five subscription concerts, a family concert, Mozart by Candlelight concerts and an annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert.

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