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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
Spend some special time with your preschooler at the Gunn's Story Hours.Programs use stories, finger plays, flannel board activities, music and crafts designed for active youngsters. These 45-minute sessions will feature seasonal themes and offer social time for moms, as well as preschoolers. Bring a friend or make some new ones! 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 for primary school children* will feature seasonal themes, books, crafts, and games. These hands-on programs, led by interested community members as guest presenters, will focus on a variety of topics, including music, cooking, WWI, scrapbooking and more. Snacks provided.
* Children may take the bus to the library with written permission, given in advance to the Washington Primary School. The library follows the Region 12 calendar and there will be no programs on days WPS is closed. Please register your child to attend.
- 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.
Saturday Family ProgramsFill your Saturdays this fall by coming to the Gunn Memorial Junior Library for some great indoor activities. Plan weekly visits a great time to grab books and movies, as well as enjoy seasonal programs.
- November 22nd at 1:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop
Children can make a Thanksgiving centerpiece using dried grasses, flowers and seed pods, supplied along with creative guidance, or they can create their own design.
- November 29th at 1:00 p.m. Tom O'Brien Magic Show
Abracadabra! let the magic begin! This Washington, CT magician will entertain and astound children and adults with his comedy, illusions, and mind-boggling tricks. The show is the perfect afternoon entertainment for your Thanksgiving guests. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. Audience members may even "assist" Tom with his performance! This roller coaster ride show will mesmerize you from start to finish as this talented performer creates a wonderful holiday weekend memory of fun.
Following the show, pre-registered children may join Tom as he hosts his "Wizard's School of Magic Workshop." This 45-minute workshop is limited to 25 children, ages 5-10. Children MUST pre-register to attend this event. Children will learn 4 magic tricks and receive a magic wand to take home, as well as instructions for practicing and perfecting the tricks. Call the library at 860-868-2310 to register to attend this workshop.
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: 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.
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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