The Killingworth Library invites families and kids to join in a variety of activities planned for “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, February 2.
“Take Your Child to the Library Day”, now an annual event, was started by Waterford librarian Nadine Lipman who noticed a book shop holding a bring your child to the bookstore day. She wondered why there isn't a similar event for libraries, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day, and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea took off, and librarians all over the state started planning special events, displays, and programs.
Killingworth's Children's Librarian Gayle Byrne said, "Last year's first 'Take Your Child to the Library' was such an amazing success we're sure this year will continue the tradition of fun. Our hope is that each and every child will leave with a smile on their face AND a book in their hand!"
Head Librarian Tammy Eustis added, "I'd like to think that *any* day is 'Take Your Child to the Library Day', but if we have an opportunity to highlight the importance of such a visit, we'll take it. (That, and the fact that the idea was begun by one of our own, a Connecticut librarian.)"
"The library isn't just about introducing children to the love of reading - it's about creating a sense of community, where people of all ages can interact and share ideas. We're by no means a 'quiet' library - as many people quickly discover - so the activities of happy children are always welcome," Eustis says.
Start the day off at 10am with Blue Moon Raptors, who will present a live bird show and tell starring a Red-tailed Hawk, a Barred Owl, and two Eastern Screech Owls.
Blue Moon Raptors rehabilitates ill, injured and orphaned birds of prey to return back to their natural habitat and to share with the public what the nonprofit organization can do in our daily lives to preserve the environment, so raptors may continue to enrich our planet.
This environmental education program is free but contributions of needed supplies are greatly appreciated. Items needed include Zip-lock freezer bags, postage stamps, paper towels, disposable gloves and bleach.
At 11am, join the Scavenger Hunt. Bundles of bunny bookmarks have been hidden in the children’s room, and there will be book prizes.
There will also be jigsaw puzzles and games set up to play throughout the day.
Please visit www.KillingworthLibrary.Org or call the library at 860.663.2000 for additional details about this program and all the day’s planned activities.