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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 Programs
Fill 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.
- October 25th at 1:00 Annual Halloween Costume Party & Parade!
Children should wear Halloween costumes for some trick or treating fun at the library complete with games and crafts.
- November 1st, drop in between 10:30 and 2:00 p.m. Yarn Crafts
Get creative and make a simple yarn doll, octopus, bookmark or God's eye with colorful, soft yarns. Children 5 and under should attend with an adult or older child to assist.
- November 8th at 1:00 Special WWI Tour & Activity
Gather on the lawn outside the Gunn Museum's entrance to join a tour of the Museum's exhibit "Over There: Washington and the Great War." Walk through a trench; see artifacts and objects that were actually used in WWI. Through actual letters, displays depicting scenes and uniforms, along with explanations and narratives by the museum's curator, youngsters will learn about this devastating war and the impact on local soldiers. Return to the Junior Library to paint a simple wooden replica of a biplane.
- November 15th between 10:30 and 2:00 p.m. Art Rocks!
Drop in and get creative, using paints and alphabet stamps on river and beach rocks to create a colorful, rockin' masterpiece.
- 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
Show Thanksgiving guests, family and friends a great time. Bring them to the library to enjoy this comedy magic show, sure to entertain and astound all ages.
- The November 29th Magic Show will be followed by a 45-minute "Wizards School of Magic" workshop for the first 25 children to register, ages 5-9. Children who attend the workshop will be taught four magic tricks and receive their very own magic wand. Advanced registration is required for the 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.
Right: 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
Summer Reading Program Recap
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.
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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