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Winter Story Hours
Bundle up your precious little ones and join the fun at the Gunn with Winter Story Hours February 10 through April 7.
Two-year-olds and their caregivers will enjoy Two's Time on Friday mornings at 10:30. Three and four year olds with caregivers may join Book Buddies held on Friday afternoons at 2:15.
Both are 45-minute sessions. These preschool programs include music, finger play, crafts and of course books! There is plenty of time for socializing for caregivers and tots as well.
Elementary school-age children are invited to After School Story Craft.
K-1st grade sessions will be held on Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15, from February 7 through April 4. The 2nd- & 3rd-grade sessions are on Thursdays, 3:30-4:15, from February 9 through April 6.
Both series offer stories, games, crafts, activities and snack. The 2nd & 3rd-grade sessions feature guest hosts each week. Registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies. Washington Primary School students may ride the bus to the library if a note is given to the school in advance.
After school activities will not take place if Region 12 schools are closed or have early dismissal.
Fun at the Gunn!
- March 25 at 1:00 Steep Rock on the Go, Owl Nesting Houses
We are pleased to welcome Steep Rock Association to the Library as we once again team up to reach out to community children. Youngsters can contribute to our local owl habitat in the Steep Rock nature preserves by putting together precut owl nesting houses using simple tools. Land Steward Rory Larson has been busy creating the panels for this woodworking craft. The completed houses will be put up in the preserves so be sure to keep a look out for them on your nature walks. This program is best suited for ages 5 and up and is limited to 24 children. You must sign up to attend.
- April 1 at 1:00 Animal Embassy
Animal Embassy from Stamford will visit us and present "Talk to the Animals," an interactive and educational program that will take families around the world by introducing them to a unique group of rescued animals representing diverse habitats.
All animals communicate in their own unique ways. Animal Embassy will help the audience interpret and even mimic some of them. We can learn a lot from our animal friends if we listen carefully and observe behavioral cues. Grunt like a hippo, roar like a lion, or trumpet like an elephant and meet live animal ambassadors such as a Solomon Island Monkey-Tailed Skink, an Arizona Mountain King snake, an Eclectus Parrot or a Spectacled Owl, African Bullfrog, Pink-toed Tarantula or South American Chinchilla.
Founded in 2002, Animal Embassy is dedicated to exotic animal rescue/adoption and environmental education. Their outreach programming helps to foster appreciation and respect for the natural world and the incredible diversity of life on Earth. They specialize in providing hands-on, interactive, and entertaining, educational experiences. With exotic animals rescued and adopted from inappropriate domestic circumstances, Animal Embassy is able to connect people with myriad Animal Ambassadors representing many species and habitats. Their programs include components of biology, geography, geology, ecology, culture and more. Animal Embassy's rescued and adopted animals help to develop compassion and stewardship for all living things. Come and meet these unusual creatures in your local library and begin to understand how they communicate with us and each other.
- April 8 at 1:00 Fairy Houses
Youngsters are invited to create a magical fairy house, using pebbles, leaves, twigs, flowers and of course, something sparkly! Using their imagination (and some pixie dust?) children will go home with a personal sweet and spritely tiny home. All materials will be provided.
- April 11 at 1:00 Movie Matinee, "Trolls"
A full-length animated film will be shown during school vacation. Children can watch Trolls on a large screen with friends. This PG movie picks up the story of Poppy, the happiest Troll who, with the curmudgeonly Branch, set off on a journey to rescue her friends after the Bergens invade Troll Village. Popcorn will be served. 1hr. 32 min. PG
- April 13 at 1:00 Movie Matinee, "Moana"
Enjoy Disney's newest release, "Moana" at the library during school vacation week. This animated, feature length film follows Moana, as she sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way she meets the once mighty demigod Maui and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action packed-voyage. Running time for this PG movie is 1 hr. 48 min. Popcorn will be served.
- April 15 drop-in from 10:00 - 2:00 Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop
Dye, paint, glitter, stickers and more will be available to decorate your cooked Easter eggs. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WHITE HARD BOILED EGGS. Whether you like traditional dyed eggs or want to go crazy with tie dye and glitter, this is your chance to be eggs-tra creative. All decorative materials will be provided. Dress for mess!
- April 22 at 1:00 Earth Day/Recycling Crafts
Celebrate Mother Nature with some fun recycling crafts. Promote and encourage global awareness and the environment by re-using common household containers and packaging material like plastic bottles, tin cans, bottle tops and cardboard, to create a work of art. Materials will be provided for youngsters to create something unique to take home.
- April 29 at 1:00 Library Mini Golf
Fore! Join the fun as the Junior library gets turned into a miniature golf course. Use our plastic golf clubs and balls to complete this zany course set up with all sorts of obstacles, traps and twists. Get into the swing of this popular sport, beat your own best score and learn a little bit about the game of golf while having a ton of fun!
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: 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.
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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