Monday, February 26, 2007

Move to the Music with Lui Collins

WHAT: Move to the Music with Lui Collins

WHO: Children from infants to 4years old and their care-givers/parents

WHERE: Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., Orange

WHEN: Thursdays 2-3 & 6-7 (March 8, 15, 22 & 29)

The Wheeler Memorial Library will be hosting a very special group of workshops designed for infants and toddlers, birth through age 4, their parents and care-givers. The series will begin with Lui Collins, a nationally known musician, on Thursday March 8th and continue on Thursdays through March 29th from 2-3 and repeated from 6-7. This set of 4 programs with Lui will introduce the joy of music and singing in an age appropriate manner that requires no sitting still and encourages spontaneous responses to the music. Lui will also lead the group in creative movement, rhythmic activities, and instrument exploration. Exploring music and rhythm with very young children has an important connection to reading readiness which makes these programs educational as well as fun. Participants must register by calling the library at 978-544-2495, ext 103. For this series there is a limit of 12 adult/ child pairs per workshop.

Lui Collins, director and teacher of Hilltown Music Together, is a nationally-recognized folk singer/songwriter. An accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and banjo player, she has toured professionally for over 30 years, and has been performing for and working with children since the early 1980's. Children were among Lui's most avid fans even before she began giving children's concerts. Along with the genuineness of her presentation, the beauty and magic of her music seem to entrance people of all ages. You can learn more about Lui at her web site:

Also coming to the Wheeler Memorial Library in April and May will be 3 more series of workshops for young children and their care-givers. Watch for information on “Heart to Heart, Hand to Hand” with author/singer Sarah Pirtle, “Story Snackers: Fun with Food Facts and Stories” with teacher Cynthia LeBlanc, and “Baby Massage” with licensed massage therapist Deborah Young.

It is a rare opportunity to be able to have access to such high powered and popular programs free of charge. It is through support by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners that the Orange Libraries are able to offer these exceptional events.

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