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Little ones join on Take Your Child to the Library Day

February 4, 2019

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — There was no shushing in the New Britain Library Saturday.

There were laughs, giggles and cries of excitement as children played with toys, made crafts and listened to story time as part of the eighth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day.

Children of all ages bobbed from station to station, making rocket ships, doing science activities and playing with other kids.

“I think it’s important to bring your child to the library,” said Marisol Morell, who brought her 4-year-old daughter, Priscilla. “We come here often and we just want to support the day.”

Tatiana Jackson took her 1-year-old daughter to the library.

“It’s fun for her to explore new things,” said Jackson. She and her daughter did the rocket-ship craft.

“It’s a national event, but it started in Connecticut and we’ve been participating in it since it started,” said library associate Cathy Cheney. “We hope to gain some new users who see what we have to offer.”

A lot of the attendees were regulars already.

“We love the library,” said Kim Irvin, who came with her daughters Lilah, 8, and Olivia, 5. “They have a lot of interesting activities.”

“I like to take out chapter books,” said Lilah, who added that she also enjoys Science Saturdays at the library.

“The staff is wonderful here. We’ve been coming since Lilah was one,” Irvin added.

“My daughter-in-law comes here often,” said Blanca Moreno de del Aguila, who visited with her husband and grandson, Eli. “He can play, he can learn.”

After the kids got out their excess energy, they sat down in front of a fireplace to listen to librarian Amy Litke read.

She started off with a book on Groundhog Day, which was Saturday. Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, but Litke said he’s wrong about 40 percent of the time. She then read a book for each letter of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math).

“We try to coordinate with the school,” she said. STEAM is a program in schools across the country.

Litke told the kids that if they check out a book, they receive a gift bag with a book in it that they get to keep.

Also, she encouraged parents to get a golden ticket and sign up for a drawing for the musical production “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” playing at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.

She added that the kids should check out that book, too.

Take Your Child to the Library Day was started in 2012 by Nadine Lipman, a children’s librarian at Waterford Public Library. Around 1,200 libraries participate across 49 U.S. states and five countries.

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Online: https://bit.ly/2Go7iur

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Information from: New Britain Herald, http://www.newbritainherald.com

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