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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
Fall Story TimesPreschool
Preschoolers and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join the fun with seasonal stories, flannel board activities and crafts. Please pre-register for this program.
- Two's Time Story Hour - Friday mornings, 10:30 to 11:15, October 3 to November 21.
- 3 - 4 Year-Old Book Buddies - Friday afternoons, 2:15 to 3:00, October 3 to November 21.
Programs will include stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books and classic children's literature. Guest hosts from the community will share their knowledge of science with the 2nd and 3rd graders. Snacks provided.
* WPS students: make arrangements with school to ride the bus to the library! Please pre-register for this program.
- Kindergarten & 1st Graders - Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from September 30 to November 18.
- 2nd & 3rd Graders - Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from October 2 to November 20.
Summer Reading Program
This years' summer reading program theme was "Fizz, BOOM - Read!" This science-related theme lent itself to many exciting programs starting off with a visit from Animal Embassy from Stamford that brought the study of Zoology to life with incredible live animal ambassadors.
Many thanks go out to the local residents who facilitated programs, sharing their knowledge with a new generation. Bob Weber presented "Zap! The Mysterious World of Electricity" utilizing a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator to conduct various experiments. Gunnery science teacher Morgen Fisher hosted "The Science of Geology," exciting the children with her erupting volcano and elephant toothpaste. Velya Jancz Urban shared her "How Cool Is That?!" program exploring chemical and physical changes by making GAK and launching Alka Seltzer rockets. The sciences of water and wind/air were also featured using experiments and hands on fun for all.
Two-hundred forty-six (246) children participated in the summer reading program and they logged 4,834 hours of reading or being read to! Local businesses and patrons of the library donated 91 prizes to entice increased reading. To celebrate the success of the library's young readers, Big Y of New Milford went on the road and hosted a pizza party here in the Library.
The photo (at right) shows some of the pizza party attendees hamming it up in front of the display wall filled with the accumulated results of their reading accomplishments.
Suitcase AdventuresHave 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.
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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