Special to The Press
This Saturday, public libraries across Connecticut will be celebrating the 8th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day with free events, activities, and treats for children and their families.
Take Your Child to the Library Day was first launched in 2012 in Connecticut, thanks to Nadine Lipman, children’s librarian at Waterford Public Library.
Lipman’s goal was to motivate families and children to experience everything their local library has to offer including events, free enrichment programs, educational activities, numerous resources and to introduce children to reading.
Since its inception, the library day has become an international initiative with nearly 1,200 libraries participating in 49 U.S. states and five countries. Last year, according to the Connecticut Library Consortium, nearly every town in Connecticut featured free family activities.
“Since its inception, Take Your Child to the Library Day activities have been made available to more than 39 million individuals and families across the U.S. and in countries around the globe,” said Jennifer Keohane, executive director at the Connecticut Library Consortium. “Taking children to the library helps them develop a love of reading and learning… choosing and checking out their own materials helps children learn independence, sharing, and responsibility. Library books and technology open up access to the world and fuel children’s curiosity and passions. And library programs provide myriad opportunities for learning, discovering, making friends, and having fun! If you want your children to become thoughtful, engaged citizens, start by bringing them to the library – on Take Your Child to the Library Day or any day.”
Locally, libraries will offer activities as part of the celebration:
nNew Britain Public Library will offer family crafts and simple group experiments at stations throughout the library’s children’s department between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. At 2 p.m., the library will hold a special all-ages storytime, followed by a free raffle for tickets to the Feb. 19 musical production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.
Families hoping to obtain free tickets can begin entering the drawing immediately. By visiting the library, checking out materials, or attending any of the library’s programs scheduled between now and Feb. 2, the chances of families winning tickets can increase significantly. Every library visit is another opportunity to enter the raffle.
No prior registration is required to participate in any of the New Britain Public Library’s Saturday activities. Call 860-224-3155 ext. 121
nBristol Public Library welcomes children of all ages to attend one (or both) of their two Teddy Bear Picnics. Both parties, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m., are admission-free and will include snacks, a variety of crafts, storytime, and a visit from a very big, very friendly brown bear.
nPlainville Public Library invites families to stop in at 1 p.m. for a themed party inspired by the children’s classic, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Party activities include a special reading of the best-selling story, themed refreshments and activities, and a surprise visit from the book’s famous cookie-craving mouse himself. The Berlin Peck Memorial Library encourages parents and caretakers to bring their cameras.
Advanced registration is required. Visit www.plainvillelibrary.org , click on the calendar on the left-hand side of the homepage, scroll down to “Saturday, February 2, 2019,” and click “register” under the event’s name. Call 860-793-1446
nSouthington Public Library will hold an arctic-themed story-time, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a free “Build-Your-Own-Stuffed Animal” program featuring a selection of arctic animals such as penguins, wolves, polar bears, and spotted leopards.
Supplies are limited, however, so to ensure that your child returns home with a cuddly, new arctic pal, please register in person at the Southington Public Library as far in advance as possible. Call 860-628-0947.