Music and movement program sparks children’s interest in books


Kids gravitate to music naturally, and what better way to get kids interested in books than by combining reading and music? As the senior children’s librarian at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, Mass., I’ve seen great success with our Music and Movement storytime for little ones.

We partnered with local singer-songwriter MaryBeth Maes to present this program for infants and toddlers ages 0-2 and their parents/caregivers. In our Music and Movement program, babies, children and their accompanying adult participate in the program together, fostering bonding and connection. Audience participation is definitely encouraged! MaryBeth leads the kids and adults in songs, shares stories with them, and encourages literacy and early learning through music and books. Plus, families have access to the library both before and after the program, and librarians are happy to help them find books appropriate to their child’s age and development level.

MaryBeth will be coming back to the Peabody Institute Library on the following dates. If you would like to participate, please sign up by contacting the library because we keep the group small. (There is no need to be a Peabody resident or a library card holder to sign up, all are welcome!)

Feb 21 — Concert for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary students

March 14 – Music and Movement, ages 0-2

April 11– Music and Movement, ages 0-2

May 9– Music and Movement, ages 0-2

June 13– Music and Movement, ages 0-2

MaryBeth also performs at other libraries and organizations that serve children in the area.  Check with your local library for a music and movement program near you.