KidsFall Story Times | Fun at the Gunn | Summer Reading Program | New AWE Computers | Suitcase Adventures | Nooks for Kids | Scholastic BookFlix | Email Notification | Family Passes | Fun Links
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Fall Story TimesTime to sign up! Please pre-register so we have adequate supplies. Thank you!
- Two's Time Story Hour Friday mornings, 10:30 to 11:15, October 2 to November 20.
Littlest ones and caregivers participate in simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.
- 3 & 4 Year-Old Book Buddies Friday afternoons, 2:15 to 3:00, October 2 to November 20.
Children and caregivers enjoy lively stories, games, songs and more.
- K & 1st Grade* Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from October 6 to November 17.
Fun-filled stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books, and classic children's literature. Snack provided.
- 2nd & 3rd Graders* Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from October 1 to November 19.
A variety of science topics and activities will be presented by guests from the community! Snack provided.
*Students must provide written permission to WPS to take Bus #9 to the Library. Please pre-register so we can watch and welcome your youngster. The library follows the Region 12 calendar so there will be no after school Story Craft on days WPS is closed or has early dismissal.
Saturday Fun at the GunnThe cooler days of fall signal the beginning of some great indoor activities and fun at Gunn Memorial Junior Library.
- Saturday, October 3 at 1:00 Harvest Time
Fall crafts and activities using seeds and vegetables, vines and husks, pits and acorns. Children can decorate a simple grapevine wreath and make a creation out of different parts of plants and vegetables that are plentiful during the harvest time. Join in the blindfold touch and feel - and veggie tasting!
- Saturday, October 10 at 1:00 Picture Frame Craft & Photo Booth
Decorate a frame with fall decorations for a favorite picture or gift. Get silly in our dress up photo booth for snapshots. Props provided. Parents may bring a camera to capture the fun.
- Saturday, October 17 at 1:00 Rain Forest Adventure
What lives in a rain forest? Explore the environment and creatures through activities and crafts. Make a mini rain forest to take home complete with plastic jungle critters.
- Saturday, October 24, drop in 10:00 to 2:00 Pumpkin Decorating
BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN to decorate using paint, stickers, foam shapes, glitter paint and more. Paint and decorating supplies provided. Dress for mess!
- Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 Annual Halloween Costume Party & Parade
The perfect time to dress up the little ones in costume and start the holiday. Our falls right on Halloween. There will be games and crafts, followed by a Trick or Treat Parade through the library. PLEASE REGISTER.
Attention Collectors!Do you have something unique or unusual? Something you collect that you would like to share by showing? Sign up in the Gunn Junior Library to exhibit your collection in one of our display cases.
Summer Reading Program
This year's exciting summer reading program, "Every Hero Has a Story" explored many types of heroes. From the youngest child to the strongest, mightiest crusader, each and every hero has a story to tell. We had fun learning about super powers, super heroes, and our local heroes human and animal. Children were inspired to discover the hero within themselves. The reading program itself encouraged children to keep up their reading skills by participating in our incentive program. They earned prizes, as well as chances to win some wonderful items donated by local businesses, simply by keeping track of time spent reading or being read to. Children received a book bag filled with goodies and a reading log. The program ended on Saturday, August 15th with raffle drawings, prizes. an ice cream socail and BINGO!
Congratulations to all our heroic readers!!!
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
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 valid for a $5 discount admission per person for up to 6 guests. Limited to 1 family per day.
- 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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