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Experience the Rhythm of Storytime with Percussion Magic and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Storytime Program

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – October 25, 2023 –  The Maryland Symphony Orchestra invites you to a captivating and rhythmic storytime event that will transport you and your children into a world of music and imagination. Join us on Friday, November 3rd, at 11:30 AM at the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown for an extraordinary experience that blends literature, percussion, and storytelling.

This week, we're diving into the enchanting tales of "Max Found Two Sticks" by Brian Pinkney and "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" by Al Perkins. These beloved stories will come alive in a whole new way!

But that's not all! Our special guest, Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Principal Percussionist, Julie Boehler, will elevate the storytelling experience to a whole new level. As the stories unfold, Julie will perform original music on a variety of percussion instruments, bringing the sounds of the narrative to life in a captivating, live performance. Get ready to experience the magic of rhythm like never before.

This unique program is a partnership between the Washington County Free Library and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, generously supported by the Washington County Arts Council. Designed for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten, it promises a day of rhythmic discovery, music, and storytelling that will leave a lasting impression.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, November 3rd
  • Time: 11:30 AM
  • Location: Washington County Free Library, Downtown Hagerstown

Mark your calendar and join us for this one-of-a-kind event that combines the magic of literature and the mesmerizing world of percussion. Admission is free, and we can't wait to share this rhythmic adventure with you and your little ones. See you there on November 3rd!

About the Books:

"Max Found Two Sticks" by Brian Pinkney: In "Max Found Two Sticks," young Max discovers the power of imagination and rhythm when he stumbles upon a pair of drumsticks. With boundless creativity, he transforms everyday objects into musical instruments, and the world around him becomes a vibrant, rhythmic symphony. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the joy of self-expression and the magic that can happen when we let our imaginations soar.

"Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" by Al Perkins: "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" is a delightful and engaging book that takes readers on a rhythmic journey through the world of playful monkeys. With catchy rhymes and whimsical illustrations, the story follows the monkeys as they drum, tap, and clap their way into a lively, infectious beat. This book is not only a fantastic introduction to rhythm and music for young children but also a joyful celebration of the simple pleasures of making music with our hands and fingers.

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About Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Founded in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 41st season as the area’s premier professional orchestra.  Under the musical direction of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region. Learn more:

About Washington County Free Library: The Washington County Free Library is a community cornerstone, committed to providing access to a wide range of resources, services, and programs to foster lifelong learning and enrichment. Learn more at

About Washington County Arts Council: The Washington County Arts Council is a champion of the arts in Washington County, supporting a vibrant and diverse cultural scene. To discover more, visit