ITHACA, N.Y. — Getting to the latest edition of “Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song!” is easier than ever as TCAT is offering free rides to the event at the Tompkins County Public Library on Thursday.

Parents looking for a fun event for kids during winter break can stop by the library for shows at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the BorgWarner Community Room of the library to hear books performed by John Simon and Cal Walker. In honor of the bus drivers of TCAT, which is offering free rides to the event, Simon and Walker will debut the new song, “The Wheels on the TCAT bus.”

The song was “created especially to honor TCAT and TCAT bus drivers who serve our community by helping children and families in Tompkins County get ‘all through the town’ every day, in all kinds of weather!” a news release said.

Event flier that can be used to take TCAT free to the event Thursday. (Provided Photo)

The “Sing Me a Story! Read Me a Song!” series organized by the Children’s Reading Connection launched as a national pilot initiative in December. With the series, CRC founder Brigid Hubberman wants to “inspire, create, and promote efforts that build a culture of family and community literacy.”

As part of the event Thursday, Simon and Walker will perform several children’s books featuring songs, including “Brown Bear,” “Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom” and “Hush,” with music written by John Simon. Walker will also perform the morning song, “Incredible Day.”

Admission to the event is free and rides there by TCAT are free. To get a free ride to the event, people can show their library card or an event flyer as their ticket.

Sets of the books will be available Thursday at the library, and they are also available for purchase at Buffalo Street Books. Free performances by Walker and Simon will continue every month this year and are geared toward families with young children.

According to CRC, “funding is being sought to provide the set of six books and audio recordings to all pre-kindergarten and Head Start children and their families in Tompkins County. CRC looks forward to sharing this model initiative with other communities in New York State and beyond soon.”

Learn more about the event and Children’s Reading Connection at

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.