Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library (EP)

by Monty Harper

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Five versions of this popular song, plus one bonus song are collected here for use with 2015 "Every Hero Has a Story" summer reading programs. (Most of these are also available on Reading Songs Volume I or Reading Songs Volume II.)

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The album download includes sheet music, guitar chords, an instruments-only version, and lyrics for more than 40 different verses!

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released September 8, 2014

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Monty Harper Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Harper is a children's musician in Stillwater, OK. He performs for elementary schools and libraries, helps kids write their own songs in workshops and residencies, does informal science education, and writes songs for clients.

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Track Name: Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library - Detectives Version
Chorus:
It’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
That the hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

Verses:
This diminutive detective always takes the case.
He leaves a note for his mom, then he’s off on the chase.
His clever dog, Sludge, helps him search for clues.
At times he finds he’s stuck and doesn’t know what to do.
Then a pancake snack sets him thinking straight.
Solve a mystery at the library with Nate the Great.

He's a noble-hearted canine and an old cowhand.
He gets no appreciation for protecting his land.
As the head of ranch security his life's on the line.
Sneaking up and jumping on a porcupine.
If something goes awry, he’s the cowdog to thank.
Making rounds at the library with good ol' Hank!

Criminals in Idaville are caught every time
By a sneaker-wearing weapon in the war on crime
Put a quarter on his can, he'll be your private sleuth.
He always sees the clues he needs to get to the truth.
Can you pick up the answers where they’ve been laid down?
Think about it with Encyclopedia Brown

The most talented detective in River Heights
She loves to take the case whenver trouble ignites
Her very best girl friends George and Bess
Are always glad to help her score another success
She’ll tackle any situation just to Get a Clue
Launch a new investigation with Nancy Drew
Track Name: Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library - Live Version
It's a foot-stompin', rope-swingin' barrel of fun!
There's something in a book for everyone
to make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out!
It'll get you so riled up you just gotta shout.
The hero of the story is the one you wanna be!
I love hangin' out with heroes at the library!

She’s got the wildest red hair, and her clothes are berserk.
This teacher takes the mystery out of how things work.
Her little lizard, Liz, always accompanies us
on impossible trips on a magic school bus.
Her hands-on approach gives science a sizzle.
Take a field trip to the library with (audience:) Ms. Frizzle!

(Chorus)

His muggle aunt and uncle made him feel outcast
until he started to discover his mysterious past.
He goes to Hogwart’s school for wizards and witches.
On the quidditch team he’s a seeker of snitches.
He took to that broom like a fish takes to water.
Catch the magic at the library with (audience:) Harry Potter!

(Chorus)

This diminutive detective always takes the case.
He leaves a note for his mom, then he’s off on the chase.
His cleaver dog, Sludge, helps him search for clues.
At times he finds he’s stuck and doesn’t know what to do.
That’s when a pancake snack sets him thinking straight.
Solve a mystery at the library with (audience:) Nate the Great!

(Chorus)

She was swept away from Kansas to the Land of Oz.
She took the Yellow Brick Road to seek help because
she was determined to return and faced many trials tryin’
with a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion.
I'll bet you if you ask old what’s her name? (audience:) Dorothy!
she'd say, “There's really no place like the library!”

(Chorus)

If you're lookin' for me let me tell you where I'll be.
I'll be hanging out with heroes at the library.
I've got to shout about it from the top of every tree!
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!
Track Name: Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library - Original Version
Chorus:
Well it's a foot-stomping rope-swinging barrel of fun
There's something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
It'll get you so riled up you just got to shout
That the hero of the story is the one you want to be
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!

She's a talented arachnid; she can read and write.
Her very best friend nearly lost his life.
She was a super spinner, but she wasn't very strong,
so she used her brain to save her friend from harm.
This spider is a hero of stupendous quality!
I love hanging round with Charlotte at the library!

(Chorus)

He's the reason all the criminals in Idaville
can be found downtown at the county jail.
Put a quarter on his can, he'll be your private sleuth.
He always sees the clues he needs to get to the truth,
and this ten-year-old detective really loves to read.
Uncover Encyclopedia Brown at the library!

(Chorus)

He's a noble-hearted canine and an old cowhand.
He gets no appreciation for protecting his land.
As the head of ranch security his life's on the line.
Sneaking up and jumping on a porcupine.
When something goes awry, he's the cowdog to thank.
Trackin' trouble at the library with good ol' Hank!

(Chorus)

She was swept away from her Kansas home
to a very strange land where she felt all alone.
She took the Yellow Brick Road to seek a wizard's help.
She made three new friends and caused a witch to melt.
And I'll bet you if you ask old Dorothy,
She'd say there's really no place like the library.

(Chorus)

Now if your looking for me let me tell you where I'll be
I'll be hanging out with heroes at the library
I just gotta shout about it from the top of every tree
I love hanging out with heroes at the library!
Track Name: Oklahoma Heroes at the Library
Chorus:
It’s a foot stomping rope swinging barrel of fun
There’s something in a book for everyone
To make your heart pound faster and your eyes pop out
And get you so riled up you just gotta shout
That the hero of the story is the one you wanna be
I love Oklahoma heroes at the library!

He was a fancy trick roper on Vaudeville
Where his clever commentary moved him up the bill
By the thirties he was famous as a Hollywood star
He wrote a daily quote read near and far
He could poke good fun at anyone from babies to codgers
Get a chuckle at the library with Will Rogers

Repeat Chorus

The most decorated gymnast in the USA
Her attitude keeps her Winning Every Day
Even when the press said she was too old
She proved 'em wrong and captured an olympic gold
Her bar, beam, floor routines, and vaults were all killer
Turn a cartwheel to the library with Shannon Miller

Repeat Chorus

His friends felt certain he had gone insane
But this Cherokee silversmith was using his brain
He invented a system he called talking leaves
It was an alphabet that let his people write and read
His name is on a book award so you can enjoy a
Winner at the library with Sequoyah

Repeat Chorus

He was born Frank Eaton in the wild wild west
But his nickname proved he could shoot the best
He was a rootin tootin lawman; he would rarely fail
To put the bad guys out or bring 'em in to jail
You see his likeness where the OSU Cowboys meet
Fill your hands at the library with Pistol Pete
Track Name: Paws Claws Scales and Tales
Paws, claws, scales, and tails!
Dig into a new adventure with beastly action.
Paws, claws, scales, and tails!
Get a book about a hero with animal attraction.
Your library never fails
To bring you paws, claws, scales, and incredible
tales!

Check out a story about a man in a yellow hat
And the funny friendship he begins to forge
With a little monkey making all kinds of mischief.
Check out a book about Curious George!

How 'bout a book about the house on East 88th.
The Primms move in to find a crocodile.
He's highly entertaining and he helps with household chores.
Check out a book about a pet named Lyle!

(Chorus)

Check out this story about the Marquis of Carabas.
He and his talking cat are in cahoots.
He starts with nothing but the cat brings him love, land, and gold.
Check out this story about Puss in Boots!

How 'bout a book about a girl and her big red dog.
He's a super pet, but there's one way he's always differed.
Emily Elizabeth's dog is bigger than her house.
Check out a book about a dog named Clifford!

A story told about a pet
Is not so easy to forget.
It's all about a bond of
love!

(Chorus)
Track Name: Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library - Instruments Only
Download this CD to get lyrics for over 40 different verses you can sing along with this instruments-only track!