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Library offers local children musical education and Halloween treats

November 02, 2011
The Gilford Library's Children's librarians hosted Julie Worth Friday, Oct. 28 for the annual Halloween costume party and parade with friends from story-time, baby-garten, preschool and elementary students.

Everyone from Superman and Buzz Lightyear to Mickey Mouse and Mini Mouse gathered in the Library meeting room for a Halloween sing-along about spooky spiders and scarecrows.

Afterwards, children lined up and trotted around the library, led by children's librarian Jesse Tanner. They headed upstairs to show off their costumes to everyone in the library.

Everyone received some early Halloween treats from librarians and volunteers.

"It's fun to do every year," said Tanner. "The kids love to come here."

They invited Worth back again to entertain children with her entertaining and engaging program.

"She has been gracious enough to join us each year," said Tanner.

Worth has brought her program to the Gilford Library on several occasions, and teaches classes around the Lakes Region.

Worth said her classes are centered around Music with Mar lessons, which is a nationally recognized educational program developed by Music Educator Maryann Harman. The lessons are designed for preschool and early elementary students, and incorporate music with learning anything from math to social skills.

Before moving to New Hampshire, Worth taught third-grade and special education students for 13 years in Buffalo, N.Y. After she had children of her own, she decided to make a career change.

"I really enjoyed it," said Worth, "so I found a way to still do something I love."

Worth learned of the Music with Mar program, and brought her young son to a class. She learned of studies linking music with memory and learning skills, and decided to teach her own classes.

For this particular lesson, Worth focused on teaching the costumed kids social skills, such as following directions, transitioning and when to be quiet and when to be noisy.

"Children are born knowing how to be noisy," laughed Worth, "so they need to know when it's okay."

Worth also teaches classes focused on parent and child bonding and early developmental skills.

According to Worth, the brain processes music almost on a sub-conscious level. She explained that music can aid the learning process in almost any subject, help improve memory and even help prevent Alzheimer.

"It's using music as a tool to teach. Education is slow to use it," explained Worth. "It's been used in every other field. Advertisers have used it for years with their product jingles."

According to Tanner, Worth and her program came highly recommended by parents who attended her program.

For more information about Worth and her program, contact her at 267-0385 or at juliew@musicwithmar.com.

Salmon Press
Martin Lord Osman
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