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Young Library Patrons Head Down 'By the Sea'

Broadneck library patrons will be serenaded by singer-songwriter and oceanographer Bridgette Michaels.

One of the final summer reading program events is scheduled for Thursday night at the Broadneck Library with "By the Sea," an ocean-themed performance by a singer and oceanographer.

The event, featuring gnarly pirates and chatty clownfish first kicked off at the  in Odenton in June. Check out the video attached to this story for a glimpse at what's to come.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.

Singer-songwriter and oceanographer Bridgette Michaels performed in front of about 50 children, offering some marine biology lessons and tips on conservation.

Joined by drummer and partner Dawn Madak, the duo sang a half-dozen sea-related songs, including a few originals. They also incorporated a conversation with two puppet clownfish—Barry and Larry—into their routine, and had children act out as pirates and jellyfish as well as other sea creatures.

"This is what we do," Michaels said. "We just hope the kids have fun, learn to take care of the ocean and learn about the environment."  

Michaels was born in Jamaica and grew up in Trinidad. She studied oceanography in Miami before moving to Annapolis.

Michaels and Madak perform together regularly in the Annapolis and Baltimore area, bringing ocean-themed and Caribbean music at events for both kids and adults.

Broadneck Patch editor D. Frank Smith contributed to this article.

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