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Norman library uses music to entice young readers

The Norman Public Library's Music Connection offers twice-weekly programs for children that introduce them to reading by using music.
BY CHRISTIAN POTTS Published: September 12, 2012

The Norman Public Library is making a connection with some of its youngest visitors and soon-to-be readers — through music.

“Music grows every part of the brain, from listening skills, language development, coordination, concentration and memory to logical thinking, reading and writing,” said Mary Ann Boersma, child development specialist with the Cleveland County Health Department.

That's the point behind Music Connection, a twice-weekly program of the Children's Services Department of the library.

Norman Music Connection is a reorganization of a program the library has offered for the past five years.

To celebrate the kickoff of the new effort, the community is invited to programs set for 7 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The program is offered at those times most Thursdays and Fridays, giving parents the option of a morning or evening opportunity.

During those times, the traditional “quiet in the library” moniker in the children's department does not apply, as children sing, play instruments and dance.

“Hearing something in a song really helps young children to learn it,” said children's assistant librarian Beverly Theige, who leads the classes each week.

The program is for ages 3 to 7 and features songs, rhymes, some dances and a chance to play a few simple instruments. During the summer, local musicians share their talents with the groups and allow children to look at their instruments.

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