Catawba County News
Jon Sundell: Rockin' the Library
Published: June 05, 2018
As one of the library’s Summer Learning headline acts, Jon Sundell is a natural fit. He’s a folk singer, a storyteller, and a dance caller, and he brings a sense of warmth and humor to all of his performances. Children take a shine to Jon’s easygoing manner and his wide range of skills. He plays the guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, and spoons, and he easily involves audiences so that they’re engaged in his tales and often singing alongside of him.
Jon frequently pulls in stories from various countries, and he’s fluent in both English and Spanish, so he brings a vivid, multicultural perspective to his performances. Having been on stage throughout the US, Europe, and Latin America, he knows what topics resonate with people, and he weaves lots of different traditions together, showing an encompassing respect for humanity and a desire to connect intergenerational audiences.
Jon always seeks to build a sense of community when he shares his stories and music, and he demonstrates the wide-ranging influences of Appalachian music, Hispanic songs, Asian cultures, and his own Russian Jewish grandparents. His goal is not only to pay tribute to this heritage but also to ensure that it’s passed down through his own efforts as it’s been passed down for generations before him.
Moreover, Jon is a trained educator and librarian, so he has a terrific sense of how people learn and how to make information accessible and relevant to them. His entire career has been spent uniting people and teaching them to appreciate themselves and others – and to see the commonalities in our cultures and the similar desires we have for those we love.
If you’d like to share this inclusive approach to music and storytelling with your children or grandchildren, make sure to bring them to one of Jon’s performances this summer. The little ones will leave with a richness of experience that’s hard to come by these days, and they’ll certainly gain a sense of belonging to a greater good. And if that’s not enough, Jon also creates balloon animals along the way, so every child will walk away with a fun reminder of time well spent!
Jon’s Rockin’ the Library Performance Schedule:
Monday, June 11:
1pm St. Stephens Branch
4:30pm Southwest Branch
Tuesday, June 12:
1pm Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch
4:30pm Conover Branch
Thursday, June 14:
10am Newton Library
2pm Maiden Branch
5:30pm Claremont Elementary School gym (3384 E Main St)