(courtesy davidbates.com)

Fitchburg Public Library invites the community to a performance for all ages by Parents' Choice Award-winning performer Davis Bates, on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.

Entitled "A Universe of Songs and Stories," the program will involve the audience in a variety of cultural traditions. Hear how stars came to be in the sky, how foam came to be in the ocean, and be prepared to sing, move and clap your hands. The program will include plenty of sing-alongs, as well as a short lesson in how to play the spoons, and an appearance by an Irish dancing wooden dog named Bingo.

Bates has been telling stories for over 40 years, in schools, libraries, colleges and community settings around New England and across the country. His recording of Family Stories won a Parent's Choice Gold Award and was named one of the year's best Audio Recordings by Booklist Magazine.

This free event is geared toward children ages 3 and older. For information about this or other library programs, call 978-829-1780 or visit www.fitchburgpubliclibrary.org.