Library Children’s Room celebrating 25 years


NORWAY — The Children’s Room at Norway Memorial Library will celebrate its 25th birthday with activities throughout May, including a birthday party on Saturday, May 8. Families are invited to stop by the Children’s Room from 10:30 a.m. to noon to have birthday cake, sing along to music by Dawson Hill, hunt for treasure, make bubbles and other activities.

The Children’s Room was created in 1985 with a grant from the Tessa Thibodeau Trust. When the library expanded in 2001, the room moved into a large new space in the addition. Currently, the room houses thousands of books and other materials for children, including parenting and home schooling collections; offers story times, family play times and school age programming; provides Internet access and an Early Literacy Station with educational software; and offers a Summer Reading Program.

In addition, Norway Memorial Library was named one of seven Family Place Libraries in Maine, which are centers for early childhood education, emergent literacy, socialization and family support.

Guest musician Dawson Hill grew up in the Oxford Hills and studied piano with Dale Churchill. He has performed as an actor with the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association and Celebration Barn, and received an acting degree from Emerson College in Boston.

Hill has traveled the world playing piano on cruise ships. In addition to the piano, Hill plays guitar, ukulele, trumpet, accordion and percussion. He continues to act, direct and make music for the theater, as well as to teach guitar and piano at the Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, the Oxford Hills LOOK program, Boxberry School and Churchill Studio in Norway.

The Norway Memorial Library is located at 258 Main Street. For more information, visit the library website at or call 743-5308.