At The 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 tourMy Account lets you log in to view your library status: books out, due dates, fines, holds, etc.

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. Access to BookFlix is available in the Library to all visitors. For more information, contact Gunn Junior Librarian Linda Morse at 860-868-2310.

Suitcase Adventures

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.

Departing from the Gunn Junior Library are Clare Moore & Owen Kent of Washington, CT.

For more information call 860-868-2310 or email: gunnjr@biblio.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 readers. 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.