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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 Stations

The 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

Summer Reading Programs

"Fizz, Boom, READ!" is this year's summer reading program theme, and the Gunn Junior Library has plenty of science fun planned to go with it. Children receive a book bag filled with goodies and a reading log to start them on their summer reading way. Children are encouraged to keep up their reading skills by participating in our reading incentive program where they can earn 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.

Our Summer Reading program will end on Saturday, August 16th. All reading journals should be presented by that date so readers can get their tickets for the raffle drawings. Remember, the more children read, the more tickets they earn, the better their chances of being a winner.

Our one-hour Tuesday evening Family Programs programs are free and open to all ages. Parents and caregivers should plan to attend with their children. Please register so we can be prepared for you by calling the Junior Library at 860-868-2310 or email gunnjr@biblio.org.

  • July 22 at 6:30 — Gunnery science teacher, Morgen Fisher, will host "The Science of Geology." Rocks, minerals, geodes and fossils will be studied under a magnifying glass, and children will be able to conduct various experiments on our samples, or they may bring in their own samples to share.

  • July 29 at 6:30 — Let's go on a "Sensory Safari." Children may test their senses with interactive challenges. Will the staff be able to trick the children's senses? Who's brave enough for the tasting challenge? No matter what their sense of adventure may be, all children are welcome to become more aware of what they see, touch, taste, hear and smell.

  • August 5 at 6:30, — Join the fun with "Splish, Splash Science". Oodles of water experiments about displacement, absorption, evaporation, measuring, mixing and spraying will keep youngsters busy. Who doesn't like to play with water? Mix a little science with some fun.

  • August 12 at 6:30 — The program will be "Whish, Whoosh and Wings." Air can be a powerful force whether it comes from the sky, our lips or using an object like a parachute, balloon, whirligig or paper airplane. Children will test this invisible force of nature at various stations and get to paint a wooden pinwheel to take home to decorate their garden or yard.

  • To celebrate all the children's reading accomplishments this summer, Big Y of New Milford, will be hosting a Pizza Party at the Gunn Junior Library on Tuesday, August 19th at 6:30. Share this festive celebration with the many Summer Reading program participants who have also improved their reading skills over the summer. Stick around for BINGO after the pizza.

    These programs are free and open to everyone. Registration is helpful for planning; please call 860-868-2310 or email gunnjr@biblio.org.

    Suitcase Adventures

    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.

    Right: Departing from the Gunn Junior Library are Clare Moore & Owen Kent of Washington, CT.

    For more information call 860-868-2310 or email: gunnjr@biblio.org


    Reading with Rover

    Enjoy the dog days of summer with our "Reading with Rover" program. Therapy dogs and their handlers from the Good Dog Foundation will listen to children read for 15 minute sessions. These specially-trained and certified dogs are taught the necessary mannerisms and skills so they can interact comfortably with children. They can snuggle up together over a shared story allowing the child's confidence to grow. This program is especially helpful for reluctant, shy or struggling readers, improving their confidence and giving them a fun and positive experience. Children who enjoy reading are likely to read more often, attempt more difficult reading levels, and talk about their books. Therapy dogs can help children learn to read and LOVE TO READ! Please call the library to sign up, 860-868-2310. 15-minute sessions are currently available during these dates and times:
    Tuesday, July 8 from 11-12 | Tuesday, July 15 from 1-2 | Saturday, July 19 from 1-2 | Thursday, July 24 from 1-2.

    Left to right: Helen Hickey, Needles and Things member Brighid Davidson
    and Imogen Hickey

    Seniors and Children Collaborate on Sewing Project

    On April 26 the Gunn Junior Library and the Washington Senior Center Needles and Things sewing club hosted a program for children who created a fleece sleeping blanket for their American Girl dolls. Simple scissor work and sewing was used to complete this cozy beginner stitching project. Needles and Things, a seasoned creative group, has collaborated with the library before to introduce children to the magic of sewing. Senior Center club members Sharon Morrissey, Margot Finnegan and Brighid Davidson prepared the fabric in advance, using markers to show youngsters where to cut of the fringe. The women created fabric "yo-yo's", which looked like small rosettes, which were sewed onto each blanket as an adornment. Twenty five children used their scissor skills to cut fringe in their cheery green fleece, then sewed on their yo-yo's with needle and thread. In many cases, this was the child's first sewing experience. Luckily the women on hand were skilled seamstresses and guided the little fingers.

    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 BookFlix

    Scholastic 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 Service

    Would 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 Passes

    Are 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.

    Fun & Educational Web Sites

    If you have found a site you like, please e-mail us and we'll include it here.

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