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The Sidney Dance Company has been
part of the arts scene in Sidney since 1980. During those 39 years, Sharon’s School of Dance and the Dance Company have involved over 3,000 dancers of all ages in numerous classes and performances that include ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, acro-tumbling, tap, musical theater, and modern/ contemporary. Many former students have gone on to be professionals in dance and theater companies across the country. Although founder Sharon Eikenberry retired in 2018 as the artistic director, the School and Dance Company are still thriving under new leadership. Past performances by the Company have included Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Annie, and Cats.
Known primarily for its summer concert series on the court square in downtown Sidney, the Sidney Civic Band is a community organization whose membership includes musicians of all ages. In recent years, the Civic Band has added an annual Christmas concert and 9/11 Memorial concert to its schedule, and enlivened the summer series with guest conductors and themed programs.
The Swing Era Band is a musical group that performs jazz music throughout the area and also uses guest performers and vocalists. For those who like to sing, there is the Gateway Choral Society and a number of active church choirs in the region.
In addition to individual artists and community groups, there are many strong art and music programs in area schools. Along with traditional band, choir and orchestra concerts, many
area schools entertain audiences by presenting plays and Broadway musicals each year.
The Amos Memorial Public Library is at the center of a community library
system that serves all of Shelby County. The main library building in Sidney is joined by five community libraries in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, and Russia. Along with general interest and reference sections, patrons at all the Shelby County libraries
have access to computers, extensive audio and video collections, children’s literature, periodicals, large print books, and genealogical research materials.
The exciting expansion of the
main library was completed last year, adding 11,000 square feet to the original building. The new library has more space for public-use internet stations, small instructional and study rooms, expanded children and teen programming areas, an art gallery, and a large multi-purpose community meeting room.
The new space has prompted more programming including crafting classes, a book discussion group, Tuesday night family movies, traveling art exhibits, and seminars on a variety of topics.
As part of its focus on youth, the library offers preschool programming and an Early Literary Center for small children, Homework Help and Family LEGO Building days for students up through grade 5, and a Teen Book
Club for students in grades 6-12. BookFLIX, an online resource created by Scholastic Publishing, pairs quality picture books and non-fiction books for children, ages 3-8. Funded by Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc., the program includes interactive educational games and vocabulary building for young readers.
The Ohio eBook Project enables people to download eBooks, audio books, music, and videos directly from the library website
into their computers
or e-readers. Visitors to
the library website can also find repair manuals for most cars in the Auto Repair Reference Center, learn a new language in Mango Languages, and get advice about products through Consumer Reports on-line.
For those interested in tracing
their family's history through the many available resources at the library, the genealogy and local history collection contains over 2,000 volumes concentrated on Shelby and surrounding Ohio counties. Library staff members are available to help patrons use the internet for research, find digital media, and locate jobs or build a resume.
In partnership with the Shelby County United Way, Wilson Health, and additional funding sources, the library promotes children’s literacy by enrolling children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This national program was begun by Dolly in her home state of Tennessee to encourage the development of reading skills in preschoolers. At no cost to the family, every enrolled child receives an age appropriate book every month from birth to age five. Studies show that children enrolled in Imagination Library are better prepared for kindergarten,
are read to more often, and visit local libraries more often than children not enrolled.
Speaking of reading, there are several active book clubs in the area including the Sidney Book and Travel Club and the Newman Club.
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