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Making Music with Young Children workshop set for March 25

WILLIAMSVILLE — The twelfth annual Making Music with Young Children workshop for teachers of children 3 to 6 years old will be held Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Timson Hill Preschool. Mary Alice Amidon will be the presenter of this workshop focussing on music and picture books.

Bringing books to life with music is a particular love of Amidon's. She will share her favorites for early childhood, from picture books of songs to paring books with music to finding the perfect book to compliment a class theme, adding instruments (drums or rhythm instruments) to the performance of a book or adding recorded background music to make the book come alive. Adding big books made by the children to your classroom library makes for a strong literacy connection for children.

Amidon is a performing musician educator who has worked with young children for 40 years, from teaching in early childhood centers to being a part time music teacher at Academy School to subsequent freelance work as an artist in residence teaching dance, song and storytelling for K-2 children in New York and New England. She has published three collections of singing games and songs for early childhood.

Registration for this workshop is $20. Please contact Robin Davis at 802-257-1819 or

Robert L. Crowell Scholarship applications now being accepted

NEWFANE — Moore Free Library is offering a total of $12,000 in scholarships, generously funded by the family of the late Robert L. Crowell. These awards are open to graduating high school seniors residing in Brookline, Newfane, South Newfane and Williamsville who will be entering their first year of college, community college, trade or vocational post secondary education in the fall of 2017.

The scholarship committee will consider academics, personal growth and community contributions.

Applications should include a printed cover page (pick up at Library or request one via email at, a brief autobiography (including plans for continued study and the name of the school to which you have been accepted), high-school transcript, and a minimum of 2 letters of reference. Completed applications should be submitted by May 15 to Board of Trustees Moore Free Library, P. O. Box 208, Newfane, VT 05345.

The number of scholarships awarded and the award amounts will be determined by the applications received.


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