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Summer Reading Program
The Gunn Junior Library invites children of all ages to participate in this year's exciting summer reading program, "Every Hero Has a Story." Many types of heroes will be featured and children will be encouraged to learn their stories. From the youngest child to the strongest, mightiest crusader, each and every hero has a story to tell. Join the fun as we learn about super powers, draw super heroes, meet and honor our local heroes human and animal. Children will be inspired to discover the hero within themselves. The reading program itself encourages children to keep up their reading skills by participating in our incentive program. 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. Children can sign up to participate in the program beginning June 22nd. They will receive a book bag filled with goodies and a reading log to start them on their summer reading way.
Be sure to sign up starting Monday, June 22.
Each Tuesday evening beginning in July the Junior Library will host a family program featuring the heroes of our world.
- Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 Mad Science of Western New England will present "The Science of Heroes". This high energy, interactive program will take a look at super powers and which ones have basis in actual science. Explore the science of flight, how science can make things invisible and how Spiderman might walk up walls. Using experiments and demonstrations children will explore superhero physics real or science fiction?
- Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 Vincent Giarrano will lead a Superhero Comics Drawing Workshop. This local comic book author and acclaimed artist will teach the basics of drawing comic super heroes. His simple instructions will get children started on characters, poses, expressions, and settings. Once they learn the basics, they can go on to create their very own comic book characters and story line. Vince has been a comic book artist for two decades publishing with DC Comics and Marvel Comics featuring Batman, Peter Parker and Action Comics. Vince has moved on to Contemporary realist oil painting but is still happy to share his love of comics with the young patrons at the Gunn Memorial Library.
- Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30 the library will feature "Animal Heroes". A K-9 Unit from the Connecticut State Troopers will be hosted. The specially trained dog and his state trooper partner will demonstrate important skills for jobs such as search and rescue, crowd control, and sniffing out dangerous and illegal substances. This will be followed by a meet and greet of one of our favorite therapy dogs. This dog has gone through rigorous training and character assessment to meet the requirements to sit calmly, quietly and safely with hospital patients, the elderly, and people with special needs, giving a little joy and love to one and all. These dogs regularly come to the Gunn Memorial Library to participate in our Reading with Rover program where children can sign up to read to a dog. This partnership helps improve the children's reading skills by letting them read without criticism or interruption and encourages reluctant readers with a playful, safe and calming experience. These dogs are truly animal heroes! Opportunities to Read with Rover will be available at the library this summer, check with the Children's Department for days and times.
- Tuesday, July 28 at a special time: 5:30, the Junior Library will host a Super Hero PJ and Pizza Party Movie Night. Enjoy a slice of delicious pizza while lounging in pajamas (don't all children have superhero PJs?) and watching an exciting super hero movie, "Big Hero 6." This action-packed comedy-adventure is about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. Rated PG for parental guidance, the film runs 102 minutes long.
Litchfield County 4-H returns this summer as they present two programs related to the hero theme. On Friday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. the topic will be "The Lorax Challenge." Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, The Lorax shares the idea that just one person can make a difference. They will focus on conservation and what everyone can do to be a hero to our planet. On Friday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m. the theme will be "Honey Bees & Me." Many people do not like bees, but may not realize the impact bees have on our food system. This program will inspire kids to protect and preserve the honey bee. Children ages 6 and up will get the most out of these interesting, hands-on programs while learning a little about 4-H, too.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT will loan an exhibit, Healthyville, which will be on display from July 21 through August 11. This fun, interactive exhibit features stations with play-filled activities such as shopping for healthy food choices, a pulse meter, comparing food choices with physical activity and everyone's favorite- the gigantic mouth complete with toothbrush and floss! Be sure to stop in during its three-week stay at the library.
Programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is appreciated.
Preschool Story Time!Join us on Fridays, June 5 to June 26
Children and their parents/caregivers are invited to join in the fun with seasonal stories, flannel board activities and crafts. Please pre-register.
Two's Time at 10:30 a.m. 3 & 4 Year-Old Book Buddies at 2:15 p.m.
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.
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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