Fifty or so kids, some dressed up in costumes, and parents sat around the room eager to enjoy the entertainment while librarian Daniel Hess took the microphone to remind everyone to be respectful and encouraging.
There were ten registered acts, each showcasing a unique talent: a young teen performed a traditional Mongolian dance, a boy and his mom teamed up as a guitar duo to play a classic Beatles song ("With a Little Help from my Friends"), a little girl – no more than six years old – performed a powerful Alicia Keys song ("This Girl is on Fire"), and a girl dressed in pink to match her hula-hoop, showed off her hula-hooping skills.
At the end of the ten acts, a little girl came up to the front of the room to spontaneously perform a short, sweet song.
For more than 10 years, the Albany Library has been hosting the Kids Talent Show and Hess has been the emcee each year.
"It's the high-point of my summer," said Hess after the show. "Kids were signing up the day we announced it. And it's great because a lot of kids come back each year."
Thirteen-year-old Conor Couture performed at the Kids Talent Show for the fifth consecutive year. He played the violin, performing the first movement of Bach's Concerto in D minor.
"I like to do talent shows," said Couture. He also likes performing at talent shows in school.
The hour-long event was full of laughs and clapping and ended with kids devouring the snacks and treats outside the room.
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