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Welcome to the Junior Library!For more information on programs, to confirm times or register, please call us at 860-868-2310 or email us. If you're not familiar with offerings in the junior library, check out the tour.
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New! AWE Computer StationsThe Junior Library has recently introduced two brand new Early Literacy Station AWE computers. These self-contained educational computers are designed for children ages 2-8. They require no internet connection so they are safe and secure, even for preschoolers. They are preloaded with over 60 educational titles spanning seven curricular areas which are displayed using engaging graphics and intuitive menus. Children can use the mouse or the touch screen. As school computer use grows, it is increasingly important for our preschool and Kindergarten age children to develop a level of comfort on a computer. Stop by and try one out!
Learn more about it here: www.awelearning.com
Don't let spring showers keep you cooped up. Skip on down with your children to the Gunn Junior Library. Upcoming Saturdays offer some unique activities. All programs are free and open to everyone. Please call 860-868-2310 to register so adequate supplies and space will be available.
- April 19 between 10:30 and 2:00 Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop
Drop in for this fun annual workshop. Dye, paint, glitter, stickers and more will be available to decorate your cooked Easter eggs. Whether you like traditional dyed eggs or want to go crazy with tie dye and glitter, this is your chance to be eggs-tra creative. Please bring your own white hard boiled eggs to decorate. All other supplies will be provided for this seasonal favorite.
- April 26 at 11:00 American Girl Doll Blanket Workshop
The Washington Senior Center Stitchery Club, a seasoned creative group, will help the children make a fleece sleeping blanket for their American Girl doll. Simple scissor work and knot tying will be needed to complete this cozy blanket. Please pre-register as this event is limited to 25 children. Supplies will be provided.
- May 10 between 10:30 and 2:00 Mother's Day Craft Program
Show the love! Dads and caregivers are invited to bring children to the library to make a special gift especially for Mother's Day. Children of all ages are invited to create a personal present, while giving kids some quality time with Dad and perhaps an hour of free time for that special Mom. Ssshhh! -- it's a surprise! All supplies will be provided free, including gift wrapping. Registration is suggested.
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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