Music gets kids, parents moving at Wheeling library

  • Jodi Koplin of Riverwoods performed her program, Jiggle Jam, an interactive "MusicFest for Children" at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling on Tuesday.

      Jodi Koplin of Riverwoods performed her program, Jiggle Jam, an interactive "MusicFest for Children" at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling on Tuesday. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Stephen Narens of Wheeling jams with his sons, 8-year-old Devitt, below, and 7-year-old Collin, during Jiggle Jam with Jodi Koplin, an interactive "MusicFest for Children" at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling on Tuesday.

      Stephen Narens of Wheeling jams with his sons, 8-year-old Devitt, below, and 7-year-old Collin, during Jiggle Jam with Jodi Koplin, an interactive "MusicFest for Children" at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling on Tuesday. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Stanka Valkanova of Buffalo Grove creates bubbles for the "The Bubble Medley" during Jiggle Jam with Jodi Koplin, an interactive "MusicFest for Children" Tuesday at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling.

      Stanka Valkanova of Buffalo Grove creates bubbles for the "The Bubble Medley" during Jiggle Jam with Jodi Koplin, an interactive "MusicFest for Children" Tuesday at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/30/2014 7:13 PM

"I do the get dressed boogie from head to toe, get dressed boogie and I'm ready let's go."

And so began Jiggle Jam with Jodi Koplin and her interactive "MusicFest for Children" on Tuesday at the Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Nearly 60 children and adults jiggled and jammed to Koplin's musical repertoire featuring more than a dozen songs, ranging from originals like "Dino Roar," "Bubble Gum" and "The Bubble Medley" to old favorites like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider."

"We're going to sing some really fun songs. My show is really interactive," said Koplin, a Riverwoods resident. "I've been playing kids music for the last 25 years, and I can't think of a better job than singing to parents and their children."

Stephen Narens of Wheeling brought his two sons to the show, their third consecutive day at the library.

"They were ecstatic; that's why we come here." Narens said. "I'm extremely involved with them. They're my main focus. I get to see them grow up and shape their minds, with the help of the library of course."

According to Koplin, "the whole point of the program is to have fun and sing, and to be happy."

Judging by the participation Tuesday, it was clear that the program's goal was met, and it was the perfect alternative to being stuck inside at home on a cold day.

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