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Smiles of the Week

by CJ Carnacchio

April 11, 2012

Orion resident Gabriel Strong (foreground), 5, and Oxford resident Jack Prather, 5, jam together as part of a drum circle at the Oxford Public Library.
Normally, the library is a place where folks must be quiet and if they do speak, it's in hushed tones.

That's why it probably seemed quite odd to many patrons at the Oxford Public Library last week when the deafening sound of drums and other assorted percussion instruments filled the air.

Don't worry Gilligan, the drums weren't signaling the arrival of bloodthirsty headhunters from a neighboring island.

These were sounds of pure joy as children and parents alike gathered to form a drum circle (or "drummunity," if you like) as part of a library youth enrichment program.

The kids had tons of fun learning about the instruments they were playing, while expressing themselves musically.