Peter Yarrow to speak at Toms River

Singer and songwriter Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary fame, will visit the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St., Sunday May 23 at 2 p.m.

Yarrow will bring his new book and 12-song CD, “Songs for Little Folks,” and introduce a new generation to the joys of folk music.

“Songs for Little Folks” is a compilation of folk songs selected especially for very young children who are just discovering the pleasures of singing along. Yarrow has chosen timeless favorites that toddlers and their families will have fun singing and sharing.

This book includes beautiful pictures by Terry Widener to accompany every song.

Yarrow was born in New York City and attended the city’s High School of Music and Art, now LaGuardia High School.   After graduating Cornell University he met Noel “Paul” Stookey and the late Mary Travers in Greenwich Village, and formed the folk-music trio “Peter, Paul and Mary.” 

Yarrow’s songwriting produced such hits as “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” and “Light One Candle.”

As the trio grew in popularity, they became very active in social and political causes.

They marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., protesting civil rights injustices, and participated in demonstrations that opposed the war in Viet Nam.

Yarrow was also a leader in the campaign to free Soviet.  In 1982 he received the Allard K. Lowenstein Award for his efforts to advance the causes of human rights and in 1995 he was recognized by the Miami Jewish Federation for his part in helping to “repair the world.”

In 2000 Yarrow helped create Operation Respect, a non-profit organization that teaches children civility and conflict resolution.

Yarrow has performed on 61 albums.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information or to register for this program go to our Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

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