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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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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.

   
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 Party

    On 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.

    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.

       

    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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