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AWE-some Computer Stations!Librarians from the Northwest Corner recently gathered at the Junior Library for a first-hand experience with an early childhood digital learning solution called the Early Literacy Station. Manufactured by AWE, the Early Literacy Station is a touch-screen computer designed specifically for children ages 2 through 8, featuring more than 70 educational software programs spanning seven curricular areas. Because it does not require an Internet connection, it is a safe and secure educational computer solution for children in the library.
The colorful keyboard and engaging graphics entice young patrons to try the machines. Children are frequently found working at the stations in pairs, which fosters collaborative and interactive learning opportunities. Parents and caregivers also enjoy sitting with very young children as they begin to develop early computer skills through experimental play.
The Gunn Junior Library has three Early Literacy Stations, all purchased with funds from a generous donor. Subjects include reading, math, drawing, geography, science, music, typing, and other activities. Many of the programs are available in bilingual Spanish and bilingual French as well as English.
"We were glad to help librarians from other Connecticut towns learn about these digital learning tools, which are much easier to maintain for users at this level than traditional computers" said Jean Chapin, Executive Director. "Many local parents have discovered how much fun their children have with our AWE computers, and we welcome children from neighboring towns to come try them too." Learn more about it here: www.awelearning.com
Frozen Costume PartyOn March 14, the Junior Library hosted a "Frozen Costume Party" inviting all the Elsas, Olafs, Annas and miscellaneous princesses and snowmen to join in the fun. Sparkling costumes, glittery crafts and magical games enchanted the children. Inspired, children and parents alike sang their favorite songs from the movie. The finale being "Let It Go!" Pictured below, left to right: Sydney Goethner, Arole sisters, Vincent Schiesel, Alyssa Parsons - library volunteer, Sabrina Sellers, and Jillian Crawford.
Fun at the GunnThese Saturday afternoon programs will keep up the family fun during these cold, wet days. They are free and open to all, but it's a good idea to call the library to register so we have enough supplies. And please remember to check for weather related cancellations.
- March 28 at 1:00 Fairy House Construction Workshop
Bring some pixie dust and your imagination to create a miniature home from twigs, moss and stones and, of course, something sparkly. Take your creation home for your favorite sprite! Materials provided.
- April 4 drop in between 10:00 and 2:00 for our Egg-Dyeing Workshop
What says spring better than colorful eggs? Bring your hard-boiled, white eggs to our Egg Dyeing program. Dye, stickers, glitter paint and other creative supplies will be provided. All you need to bring are the eggs - white and hard-boiled, please!
- April 11 at 1:00 p.m. Doll House Workshop
Children and their caregivers can create a miniature room or house complete with furnishings using household items such as wallpaper samples, fabric and imagination. Please bring your own shoebox or small box of a similar size to get started.
- April 18 at 1:00 p.m. Beach Party
Get ready for warmer weather! Come dressed in a bathing suit to enjoy sand, water play and beach volleyball. Afterwards, chill out with a movie and beach snack while watching "Stitch! The Movie," the sequel to "Lilo and Stitch." The 64 minute running time will end the movie at 3:00 when the library closes.
- April 25 at 1:00 p.m. American Girl Tea Party
Children and their favorite doll or stuffed animal are invited to enjoy "tea" and refreshments. The Washington Senior Center group "Needles & Things" will host a fleece pillow making craft for each child to take home.
Winter Story TimesPreschool
Bundle up your precious little ones and join the fun at the Gunn Memorial Junior Library with Winter Story Hours. These pre-school 45-minute programs include music, finger play, crafts and, of course, books! Please register so that we have enough supplies.
After School Story Craft
- Two's Time Story Hour - Friday mornings, 10:30 to 11:15, February 13 to April 10.
- 3 - 4 Year-Old Book Buddies - Friday afternoons, 2:15 to 3:00, February 13 to April 10.
These programs offer stories, games, crafts, activities and a snack. Washington Primary School students may ride the bus to the library if a note is given to the school in advance. Our snow cancellation policy is to not hold children's programs when Region 12 schools close. Registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies.
- Kindergarten & 1st-Grade - Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from February 10 to April 7.
- 2nd & 3rd Grade - Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from February 12 to April 9.
BookFlix Attracts Young Readers
An engaging, online video literacy program from Scholastic is available to patrons of the Junior Library. BookFlix allows children to listen to recorded stories and watch colorful animations true to the book's original illustrations, while following along with the text page by page on screen; or they may choose to read the text on their own. More than 100 fiction video storybooks are paired with non-fiction titles. After reading or listening to the fictional story Bear Has a Story to Tell, in which a young bear wants to tell his friends a story before they go to sleep for the winter, BookFlix presents the related non-fiction book How Do You Know It's Winter? introducing young readers to climate and the behavior of animals and people in the winter.
This pairing of fiction with non-fiction reinforces reading skills and develops real-world knowledge and understanding. Activities such as vocabulary games and interviews with book authors are also available. The curriculum supports Connecticut grade level expectations and preparation for the Connecticut Mastery Test.
"We always look for new ways to help children learn to love reading," said Jean Chapin, GML's Executive Director. "BookFlix integrates engaging technology while supporting parents, teachers and other adults in a child's life in their efforts to encourage active reading. We love introducing BookFlix to children who enjoy using computers when they visit the library."
Directions for adults provide suggested activities to reinforce what was learned in the video and book. The BookFlix topics are categorized according to nine themes: Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, Family and Community, People and Places, Music and Rhyme, ABC's and 1, 2, 3's, Adventure, Imagination, and Celebrations.
For home access, go to Scholastic BookFlix Online and enter your 14-digit library card number. Access to BookFlix is available in the Library to all visitors. For more information, contact Gunn Junior Librarian Linda Morse at 860-868-2310.
Have you visited a foreign country lately?
Travel on a "suitcase adventure" to a favorite country. Suitcases include: Both fiction and non-fiction books, currency, child's size clothing, music, musical instruments, authentic souvenirs, maps, postcards, menus, and more.
Left: Departing from the Gunn Junior Library are Clare Moore & Owen Kent of Washington, CT.
For more information call 860-868-2310 or email: email@example.com
Nooks for Kids!Check out a new Nook Simple Touch or Nook Color Tablet from the Junior Library! Children’s classics come to life using one of our new e-book readerss. Read stories to your kids or let the Nook read to them! Some selections are interactive for even more fun. Chapter books are available for independent readers too. The devices are loaned for 7 days.
Email Notification ServiceWould you like to be notified by email about upcoming events, Saturday programs and storytimes being held in the Junior Library? We have an email list to inform parents and caregivers of upcoming events by email. If you would like to be included, please contact the library either by email, phone or in person in the Junior Library.
Family PassesAre you looking for something fun to do? The Junior Library has "Family Passes" to the following local museums and nature centers. Passes may be checked out for three days.
- Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport
We have one pass for free admission for 2 Adults and 4 Children.
- Connecticut Science Center in Hartford
Discount coupons good for 20% off general admission for up to 4 people.
- CT State Parks & Forests Day Pass
Two passes cover parking and/or entrance fees for two at all parks and forests where there is an established charge.
- Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center in Westport
Free passes for a family of four to Natureplace and the live animal hall and native plant courtyard.
- Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington
General admission for a family of four, plus a 10% discount in the gift shop.
- Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
$2 Discount on Combination Ticket (Aquarium & IMAX) for up to 6 people. 4 passes available.
- Mystic Aquarium in Mystic
$6 Discount for Adults and $4 Discount for Children (ages 3-17) to Aquarium. 2 passes available.
- Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford
The ARTpass offers free general admission for up to two adults and two children (ages 6-17).
Fun & Educational Web SitesIf you have found a site you like, please e-mail us and we'll include it here.
- Best Children's Books
- B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
- Disney Games
- Enchanted Learning
- Fact Monster
- Fun Brain
- How Stuff Works
- Internet Public Library
- Jump Start
- Learning Planet
- Lil Fingers Storybooks
- Literacy Websites for Preschoolers
- Magic School Bus
- Make Me Genius
- NASA Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- PBS Kids
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