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Fall Story TimesTime to sign up! Please pre-register so we have adequate supplies and snacks. Students must provide written permission to WPS to take Bus #9 to the Library.
- Two's Time Story Hour Friday mornings at 10:30, September 30 to November 18.
Two-year-olds and caregivers participate in simple stories, finger play, music, flannel board activities and crafts.
- 3 & 4 Year-Old Book Buddies Friday afternoons at 2:15, September 30 to November 18.
Children and caregivers enjoy lively stories, games, songs and more.
- K & 1st Grade Tuesdays at 3:30, September 27 to November 15.
Fun-filled stories, games & crafts designed around seasonal themes, new books, and classic children's literature. Snack provided.
- 2nd & 3rd Graders Thursdays at 3:30, September 29 - November 17.
A variety of science topics and activities will be presented by guests from the community! Snack provided.
Saturday Family ProgramsThese programs are free and open to all. Please register to attend by calling 860-868-2310 or email email@example.com.
- October 1st at 1:00 Sunflower Festival
Enjoy our special guest, Clark Gifford, Land Manager of Steep Rock Association, as he shares information about this wonderful, local land trust and reads a story or two about nature. (See below.) Children will also create beautiful sunflowers from a selection of paper, yarn, gourds and seeds. Celebrate the wonder of plants and nature!
- October 8th at 1:00 Haunted Gnome House
Youngsters can capture the magic of Halloween by creating a spooky "Haunted Gnome House" using construction paper, foam shapes, stickers, tissue paper, cotton balls and straws.
- October 15 at 1:00 Watercolor Wonder
Children can use a watercolor paint box or squirt bottles with vibrant colors on precut absorbent paper shapes to create butterflies, stars, fish and fall leaves.
- October 22, a drop-in between 10:00 and 2:00 Pumpkin Painting
An annual tradition for children of all ages where they can paint and decorate their own holiday pumpkin. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN. Art and decorative supplies provided. Dress for mess!
- October 29th at 1:00 Halloween Costume Party &
Enjoy a festive party with crafts, games and treats. Children should dress in costume for a trick-or-treat parade through the Library.
Steep Rock Association on the Go... to the Gunn Junior Library!
Steep Rock Association is teaming up with the Gunn Junior Library to celebrate nature and its positive influence on children. Steep Rock Association (SRA) is a land trust whose mission is to conserve ecologically and historically significant landscapes in and around Washington, CT and the Shepaug River Valley and to enhance the community's connection with nature. SRA staff will be on site at the Library for a week of planned activities.
On Saturday, October 1st at 1:00 the Junior Library is hosting Clark Gifford, Land Manager of Steep Rock Association. Clark will start things off by reading aloud a few of his favorite picture books about nature. He will share interesting facts about the Association and answer questions about the plants and wildlife he interacts with on a daily basis. It is Clark who is responsible for the condition of people's favorite places, as well as the favorite places of so many birds, butterflies, amphibians, small and large mammals, fish, insects, plants, trees, etc. He has led many projects to improve the quality of habitat for the wildlife of Steep Rock Association preserves. Whether you like to hike, fish, camp, bird watch or just poke around, Clark helps enhance the experience. Following Clark's visit, children will get creative with Sunflower Crafts.
Steep Rock Association will continue to share its message with the after school story hour children. Lori Paradis Brant, the Executive Director of Steep Rock Association, will host the Tuesday and Thursday story time and share her favorite nature stories and some lively discussion about the hiking trails, river, overlooks and creatures of the Association. Children will make a three dimensional butterfly or lizard craft and receive a free cloth map of Steep Rock Association preserves.
There will also be a display of Steep Rock Association's trail maps showing their three main land preserves (Steep Rock, Hidden Valley, and Macricostas) located in Washington and open to the public. Fall is the perfect time to explore these areas taking in the peaceful trails, rustling leaves and babbling brooks of these beautiful and local preserves!
2016 Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!
The Summer Reading Program was a great success. A total of 253 children participated in this program which encouraged them to keep track of their reading time in order to earn tickets towards winning a variety of prizes. They could choose from a selection of 86 items that were donated by local businesses and patrons. With such incentives, some of our readers read as much as 100 hours or more. Eager readers logged 400 hours just for a chance to win one of the most coveted prizes, a LEGO Star Wars kit. Other favorite prizes were Hickory Stick Book Shop Gift Cards, a Walmart Gift card and a telescope. In total, they logged a whopping 5,117 hours! Parents were pleased with how motivated their children were to read throughout the summer.
In addition, each week the library hosted programs based on the theme of fitness and health. Families enjoyed programs such as Yoga, Karate, Nutrition, Library Mini Golf, Wacky Olympics and an incredible Acrobat Juggling Show. The grand finale was an Ice Cream Social that included several energetic games of BINGO.
We'd like to express our gratitude to all the businesses and people who donated prizes that created incentives for children to continue reading through the summer. We also wish to congratulate all who participated. Reading and improving your mind makes you all winners!
Miss Linda & Miss Gail
Ben's Bells Presentation to Gunn Memorial Library
The Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT was recently presented with a "Ben's Bell" by Washington Primary School, their local elementary school. WPS's Principal Emily Judd, WPS students Kaya and Asia Peck, Spencer Campbell and WPS librarian Brooke Faison presented the bell to GML's Executive Director, Jean Chapin.
Ben's Bells is a nationwide organization with the mission to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening themselves, their relationships and their communities. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect. Each month thousands of volunteers get together to make the clay pieces that form the bells. No artistic ability needed. The pieces are fired, glazed and fired again, then assembled. By the time the bell is completed, at least 10 people have participated in its creation. The bells are randomly hung in public areas to remind people to practice intentional kindness every day.
The Gunn Junior Library, where the bell will be seen by hundreds of children and families, is thrilled to display this bell and promote its powerful message. The students of Washington Primary School have been promoting acts of kindness during their school days and they hope this hand-crafted symbol and its melodic sound will remind library patrons to be kind to one another.
Attention Collectors!Do you have something unique or unusual? Something you collect that you would like to share by showing? Sign up in the Gunn Junior Library to exhibit your collection in one of our display cases.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 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
A Family Pass which covers free admission for one family to the Museum; reduced or free admission for special events; discounts at Four Directions Gift Shop & Book Store.
- Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
$2 Discount on Combination Ticket (Aquarium & IMAX) for up to 6 people. 4 passes available.
- Mystic Aquarium in Mystic
Save $5.00 off admission per person for up to four people. Three 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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