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New AWE Computers | Winter Story Times | February Fun at the Gunn | Suitcase Adventures | Nooks for Kids | Scholastic BookFlix | Email Notification | Family Passes | Fun Links


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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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

Winter Story Times

Preschool
Bundle up your precious little ones and join the fun at the Gunn Memorial Junior Library with Winter Story Hours. These pre-school 45-minute programs include music, finger play, crafts and, of course, books! Please register so that we have enough supplies.

   

After School Story Craft
These programs offer stories, games, crafts, activities and a snack. Washington Primary School students may ride the bus to the library if a note is given to the school in advance. Our snow cancellation policy is to not hold children's programs when Region 12 schools close. Registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies.

February Fun at the Gunn

These Saturday afternoon programs will keep up the family fun during the cold days of winter.

   

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.

Left: 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

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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