Gwen Janda of Beaver Crossing reads to the String Beans for a scene in their music video filmed at Chapters Books & Gifts on July 1.

The String Beans, a beloved family friendly band, filmed a music video at Chapters Books & Gifts in Seward July 1. Both the band and the book store are celebrating 15 years this year. 

The band invited kids to join them at Chapters where the kids then had a chance to be a part of their newest music video. Children were entertained by “Story Time with the String Beans,” where the band performed a couple songs and read a story before setting up scenes to film.

The String Beans are based out of Lincoln. Since forming in 2004, they have remained quite busy. The band has recorded 10 albums and appeared on several radio and television shows, as well as performed for the public at fairs, zoos, schools, churches and more.

“Kids love the String Beans, and we think they’re fun too,” said Carla Ketner, owner of Chapters Books & Gifts.

Ketner said the String Beans came to the store when it first opened, and it was exciting that they got to do the same 15 years later. 

Ketner said she enjoyed having the String Beans in the store for the afternoon.

“We love them and love working with them, and hope we get to continue that in the future,” Ketner said.    

Kids seemed to love having the String Beans there, too. The energy was high, and the fun didn’t end there. The String Beans performed a concert sponsored by the Seward Memorial Library and Runza at the Seward Bandshell following the filming of the video.

The music video is for the song “Read to Me,” which will be released on the upcoming album, “Ducks Don’t Cluck.” The video was filmed by Amanda Kettelhake with Magpie Memoirs photography.

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