Nancy Stewart strums a number for her young audience. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Singalong ushers in the new year

Nancy Stewart, a Seattle-based children’s singer-songwriter, performed for families during her Welcome to Happy Noon Year Singing Celebration at the Kent Library last Saturday.

Stewart engaged the audience in singalongs and storytelling throughout the free, one-hour program. Her program is designed to educate parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents and other caregivers about the unique role singing plays in early literacy.

Stewart, a professional musician since she was 15, toured nationally with a band doing lead guitar and vocals for 10 years. She left the nightclub days behind to sing with her own children, then began performing for others.

“Along the way I became passionate about the connection between early literacy and music, and began presenting workshops for teachers and librarians nationally and internationally, where I’ve developed a reputation for creating songs and materials that are simple and easy to use,” Stewart explained.

To learn more, visit SingWithOurKids.com. For program information at the library, visit kcls.org.

Tara Jaeger and her 3-year-old daughter, Fiona, swing to the music. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

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