Area libraries to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day
DANBURY — Libraries across the region will celebrate the eighth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day with free events and special activities throughout the day Saturday and throughout February.
The event originally conceived in Connecticut has gone international with nearly 1,200 participating libraries now in 49 states and five countries, according to the nonprofit Connecticut Library Consortium, which coordinates the day.
In western Connecticut, local libraries will celebrate with special crafts days, musical performances and child-friendly activities to encourage more children to engage with everyday library services.
“Taking children to the library helps them develop a love of reading and learning, but the benefits don’t end there,” said Jennifer Keohane, executive director of the Connecticut Library Consortium. “Choosing and checking out their own materials helps children learn independence, sharing, and responsibility. Library books and technology open up access to the world and fuel children’s curiosity and passions.”
The event is typically held on the first Saturday of February, though some will host events next week, and a myriad of local libraries are participating.
The Bethel Public Library will host all-day, library-themed crafts and children’s music from Ryan SanAngelo at 12:30 p.m.
Sherman Library will host crafts and take-home magic tricks at 10 a.m. followed by Amazing Andy’s Magic Show at 10:30 a.m.
Washington’s Gunn Memorial Library will host games, trivia, crafts and raffles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Danbury Library will host its celebration on Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program is designed for children 3 years old and up for a program of “Llama, Llama” stories, a movie and crafts.
In all, nearly every city in the state is expected to participate and more details are available on each local library’s website.