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Kidlit Karaoke Night

You know how those karaoke books full of songs you can pick songs from always contain a weird section full of "Children’s Songs"?  Yeah.  We’re not doing that.  What we are doing is meeting up at the nicest karaoke bar in New York City.  Which is to say, Brooklyn.

What does this have to do with children’s literature?  I dunno.  Perhaps you would like to sing Pierre ala Carol King’s recording from Really Rosie.  Maybe you’d prefer a selection from The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events. (I’m a big fan of Shipwrecked myself).  I kid, of course.  We may be meeting at the greatest karaoke bar in the five boroughs but they do not have the largest children’s literary music selection.

What can you expect?  Well, anyone who would like to both talk about children’s literature and sing some Heart can meet up this Saturday at 9:00 (details below).  The singing begins either at 9:30 or 10 depending on the day.  We could either snag tables in the front or hang out in the backroom (but you can’t see the karaoke there, so I suggest the former).  Come early to get a seat.  The MC is a fellow called The Sisco Kid and he’s a sweetheart.  All songs are free, he DJs and organizes who sings when, and the room is overwhelmingly supportive.  You get a very nice mix of locals and Manhattan jet setters.  There is no jeering and if you screw up miserably (as I often do) nobody makes you feel bad.

Karaoke not your thing?  Fear not.  We’ll have a normal Kidlit Drink Night in September, perhaps even with a super special guest.  In the meantime, here are the details for anyone interested in belting out a few choice tunes:

What:  The first ever Karaoke Kidlit Night
When: Saturday, August 30th, 9:00 p.m.
Where: Old Carriage Inn, 312 7th Ave (between 4th Ave & 5th Ave).  Nearest train is the 7th Ave (F).

Ladies of Penguin, I expect you to be present.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. lisachellman says:

    Oh man, I’ve always been bummed to miss out on the Drink Nights, but Kidlit Karaoke? I am CRUSHED!!!

  2. Too bad I’m hosting a party that night, because Kidlit Karaoke sounds like an excellent excuse to hop on the Chinatown Express from DC…

  3. NORA RAWN says:

    It’s always on the weekends I go out of town that the best stuff happens!

  4. Well, we’ll do another sometime. That is, if we don’t become so raucous that we’re banned from the joint.