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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
Winter Story TimesPreschool
Bundle up your precious little ones and join the fun at the Gunn Memorial Junior Library with Winter Story Hours. These pre-school 45-minute programs include music, finger play, crafts and, of course, books! Please register so that we have enough supplies.
After School Story Craft
- Two's Time Story Hour - Friday mornings, 10:30 to 11:15, February 13 to April 10.
- 3 - 4 Year-Old Book Buddies - Friday afternoons, 2:15 to 3:00, February 13 to April 10.
These programs offer stories, games, crafts, activities and a snack. Washington Primary School students may ride the bus to the library if a note is given to the school in advance. Our snow cancellation policy is to not hold children's programs when Region 12 schools close. Registration is requested to ensure adequate supplies.
- Kindergarten & 1st-Grade - Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from February 10 to April 7.
- 2nd & 3rd Grade - Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:15, from February 12 to April 9.
February Fun at the GunnThese Saturday afternoon programs will keep up the family fun during the cold days of winter.
- February 7 at 1:00 p.m. Corks Galore!
What can you make with a cork? An animal, a boat, a sculpture, a stamp, a necklace… We have a huge tub of corks for creative children to use their imagination and explore the possibilities. All materials will be provided. This is also "Take Your Child to the Library Day". All children coming to our library on February 7 will receive a free bookmark and soft cover book.
- February 14, drop in anytime between 10:00 & 2:00 Valentine Craft
Have fun making Valentines for someone special with markers, stickers, ribbon and tissue paper. Materials provided.
- February 21 at 1:00 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon Academy
Calling all Vikings to dragon training academy! Skills will be tested for agility, strength and accuracy.
- February 28 at 1:00 p.m. Frozen Costume Party
The hit animated film inspires this program. Dress up as your favorite princess, snowman or reindeer. Activities, crafts and treats will help celebrate this popular theme. We look forward to seeing your little Anna, Elsa and Olaf! And welcome any Kristoff or Sven incarnations, too.
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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