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Extra! Extra! ECRC@FPL Newsletter is Hot Off the Press & Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

Following after recent editions of the ECRC newsletter that feature such concepts as reading and playing, the music issue marks the third in the series of five activities—reading, playing, singing, talking, and writing—highlighted in the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) early literacy program.  Although teachers and librarians incorporate musical activities into the classroom and program rooms; parents, too, can help their child get ready to read through music.  So why not sing and dance with your child?

In the music issue you will not only discover a variety of ways that children are introduced to the benefits and wonder of music by those who work with children, but you will also find a list of titles that may help you build a family repertoire!  And do not forget the library’s awesome collections of musical CDs!  Our thanks to Susan Fitzgerald of the Cape Cod Conservatory; Marcia Hempel and Norina Reif, who lead music and movement programs at Cape libraries; and Margaret Loughnane, a music therapist, for contributing great articles and photographs.

Also included in the music issue is how to prevent the spread of flu in day care facilities, how to become a mentor in Falmouth Public Schools, and information on the launch of What’s Falmouth Reading 2013 for kids and families.  We are reading books about food and local gardening.  And speaking of local gardening, check out the awesome Mullen-Hall School Garden Project on the front page, as well as Lulu our adorable reading mascot!  Lots of fun stuff, so stay warm & healthy, think spring & gardens, and sing & dance with kids!

...and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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