Wood Memorial Library hosts musical story time

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 31, 2013
Charlie Sanchez is enjoying all the fun with the singing and dancing. Photo by Lisa Stone.
Charlie Sanchez is enjoying all the fun with the singing and dancing. Photo by Lisa Stone.

Wood Memorial Library and Museum held a musical story time for preschoolers on Oct. 17, featuring singing storyteller Sarah Gardner, a professional musician and music teacher. Preschoolers and their parents filled the upper level of the library. “We had a great turn-out today,” said Children and Family Program director Jan Grace. “I found Ms. Gardner on the Internet. She came highly recommended with great credentials.”

The South Windsor Moms Club donated money to the library with the understanding that it would be used for the children. One of the things that they did with the money was to hire Gardner for the pre-school children’s story time event. Another major benefit from the donation was two custom book shelves that were made to match the existing shelves.

“They came out so great, you don’t even know that they were not made at the same time,” said Grace. “The children have a nook in the library that they like to play with books and toys, but until now, we didn’t have proper storage for any of those things. Now, thanks to the generosity of the South Windsor Moms Club, we have the storage and it fits in with the beautiful décor of the library. We were also able to upgrade the bathroom fixture in the kid’s bathroom. That makes a huge difference to the kids.”

Beth Grigorian is the administrative assistant at the library. “We decided that we would do an activity that would get the kids really involved and have them be interactive so that they would be a part of the show,” she said. Musical story time did measure up to those standards. The children were given a bunch of scarves and told to crumple them up and throw them into the air when Gardner gave the okay. The children gathered up a scarf and waited with baited breath for the music to stop and the command be given to throw the scarf as high into the air as they could and when it fell, they were to pick it up again and start over.

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