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Winter Story TimesBundle up your precious little ones and join the fun at the Gunn Junior Library with Winter Story Hours for preschoolers and their caregivers.
Both 45-minute sessions run from February 7 to April 4 and include music, finger play, crafts and, of course, books! Registration is recommended to ensure adequate supplies.
- Two's Time Story Hour - Friday mornings at 10:30.
- Book Buddies Story Hour - Friday afternoons at 2:15 for three and four year olds.
School-age children are invited to after school Story Craft.
Both sessions will offer stories, crafts, activities and snacks. Washington Primary School students may take the bus to the library with a note given to the school in advance. Our snow cancellation policy is to not hold children's programs when Region 12 schools close. Registration is recommended to ensure adequate supplies.
- K-1st grade - Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15, from February 4 to April 1.
- 2nd & 3rd grade - Thursdays, 3:30-4:15, from February 6 to April 3.
Don't let cabin fever keep you and your little ones from having some adventure at the Gunn Junior Library this long, snowy winter. All programs are free and open to everyone. Please call 860-868-2310 to register so adequate supplies and space will be available.
- March 1 at 1:00 Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday
You could not, would not, want to miss...
a celebration as fun as this!
Enjoy games, crafts, stories and cupcakes in honor of this iconic author who's real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. Born in 1904, he was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist, most widely known for his 46 children's books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. His use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful readers. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss, we send a message to children that reading is fun and important.
- March 8 at 1:00 Scooby Doo Mystery Challenge
Meet friends or make new ones and help each other follow the clues, play the games and solve the "Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece" just like Scooby Doo and his friends ZOINKS! Disguises will be available or kids can come dressed like their favorite Scooby Doo character or villain.
- March 15 between 10:30 and 2:00 St. Patrick's Day Crafts
Drop in anytime during the above times and follow the rainbow to creative fun. Shamrock garlands and macaroni necklace creations could tempt and dazzle a tricky leprechaun out of his pot of gold. Caregivers and their children will enjoy meeting others and getting out of the house while making these simple crafts.
- March 22 at 1:00 Student Dancers from Main Street Ballet of Woodbury
We host an interactive ballet performance for children of all ages. Dancers will perform part of Coppelia, a comic ballet, and use the story to demonstrate simple ballet steps. This delightful tale is about an inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. Children may come dressed in their favorite dancing clothes. Great photo opportunity for all!
- March 29 at 1:00 Elastic Band Bracelets
This is your chance to learn how to make, or share your own techniques, for making those crafty and popular Elastic Band Bracelets. Bring your loom and elastics - or use ours. Supplies are limited.
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.
Scholastic BookFlixScholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for children from preschool to 3rd grade which pairs award-winning classic fiction video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This interactive site includes not only great books but lots of games, educational activities and additional links for children to explore.
For home access, go to Scholastic BookFlix Online and enter your 14-digit library card number.
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.
- Ask Kids
- The Best Children's Books
- B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
- Enchanted Learning
- Fact Monster
- How Stuff Works
- Internet Public Library
- Jump Start
- Lil Fingers Storybooks
- Literacy Websites for Preschoolers
- Magic School Bus
- NASA Kids
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