Mr. Richard returns to Summer Reading Program

Mr. Richard entertains during a previous visit to the Bryan Public Library's Summer Reading Program. He performs one of his silly songs called "The Cat Came Back" about a cat he can’t get rid of.
Staff Writer

When kids gotta rock, there’s only one choice - Mr. Richard. With sing-along tunes about fire trucks, skunks, cool snakes and girl pilots, Mr. Richard plays over 350 shows a year for children and their families, accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and ukulele.

Mr. Richard will be appearing once again at the Bryan Public Library Summer Reading Program at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.

"Who could be more perfect for the theme of the Summer Reading Program 'Libraries Rock' than Mr. Richard?" Dawn Richardson, children and youth services coordinator at the BPL, said. "Everyone enjoys his high energy performances with fun and silly songs. He is a favorite of children and adults."

Richard "Mr. Richard" Peeples plays over 300 shows a year for children and their families. Peeples was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and moved to Corinth, a small town in Mississippi, in sixth grade. He played in rock bands for many years, through high school and past college.

Peeples worked as an entertainer at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and also spent two summers as a ranger for the National Park Service in Colorado. For five years, Peeples was a storyteller for the Orange County Florida Library.

Peeples was also featured in the Kid's Tent at the 36th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April 2005, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, North Carolina, in 2008.

He has released four children's albums, "Might As Well Sing,” "Tummy Talk," "Polka Dot Puzzle" and "Backyard Astronauts."

Richard now appears regularly with The Pound Hounds (Rachel Webb on bass/vocals and Dana Fasano on drums) for full-on rocking for the kids.

"The children love his silly songs," Richardson said. "He has been a favorite entertainer for the Summer Reading Program for several years. We are always glad when he is available to come and visit with us. With his interactive approach, he has the children singing along and on their feet dancing."

For more information, visit his website or like Mr. Richard on Facebook.