It’s no secret that we LOVE libraries here at Out and About Mom. From play areas to programs, our public libraries offer tons of FREE fun for the whole family. And that’s why we get so excited about this annual event aimed at inspiring folks to check out their local library!
On Saturday, February 2nd 2019, public libraries throughout Connecticut and beyond will celebrate the eighth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day with free events and activities for children and families.
Since it began in Connecticut in 2012, Take Your Child to the Library Day has grown to be an international celebration with over 1,200 participating libraries from 49 states and 5 countries! For the 2019 event, there are dozens of CT towns participating in this fun event for families:
According to the Connecticut Library Consortium (www.ctlibrarians.org), here are just a few of the unique activities you’ll find going on at libraries across the state for Take Your Child to the Library Day 2019:
- Upcycled Egg Drop with How Cool is That? at the Bethlehem Public Library. This is a hands-on workshop for kids in kindergarten through sixth grades where they use recycled materials to build an invention to keep an egg from breaking when dropped from different heights.
- Prosser Public Library in Bloomfield offers an all-day indoor story walk of Lois Ehlert’s picturebook Snowballs, an Instrument Petting Zoo with the Hartford Symphony designed to expose children to musical instruments through sight, touch, and sound, a Sticky Jams program to help children explore sound and movement, and a performance of Bwana Iguana, Ray Ward’saward-winning reptile show.
- Manchester Public Library will celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with a visit from beloved children’s book character Pete the Cat who will happily take pictures with children and their caregivers and share a craft activity.
- Enjoy an open house at the Pequot Library in Southport as part of Take Your Child to the Library Day. Amazing acrobat Li Liu is on hand, and just one hand at that, to perform for families, followed by an afternoon of activities designed to highlight library offerings and encourage children to explore the collection, get their library cards, and read!
- Derby Public Library will offer a painting class for children ages 4-11 presented by the Giggling Pig Art Studio, and a drop-in STEM Program Construction Zone for kids 4-11. There will also be a raffle, scavenger hunt, and make and take craft table available throughout the day.
- Join the Wallingford Public Library for Chess Club, Big Ideas Book Club, and Let’s SquareDance! There will also be book giveaways and make and take crafts for families.
- Franklin’s Janet Carlson Calvert Library offers two programs. Children and their families are invited to attend the presentation of quilts made by the Quilt of Valor members to Veterans for their service, spend the morning observing the steps to create a quilt, and make a square of their own. While you’re there, be sure to participate in Fantastic Beasts in the Library – pick up a suitcase and collect the Fantastic Beasts hidden throughout the library!
- Groton Public Library is celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with a birthday book bash honoring Stretch the Giraffe! The party will include drop-in activities, crafts based on favorite children’s books, and birthday cake.
- Visit the Waterford Public Library to make your own bookmark and participate in Survival in the Ice and Snow to learn about our native animals and how they have adapted to survive in the cold weather. Meet live animals, feel animal pelts, and explore other natural items as we discover these animal’s winter survival strategies.
So be sure to check with your local library to see what special festivities might be planned on Saturday, February 2nd. Or, perhaps challenge yourself to visit a new-to-you library in a neighboring town. It just might be your new favorite place to hang out!
Libraries are really one of our greatest resources for family fun and an important part of the lives of both parents and children. Not only do our local libraries encourage a love of reading, but their programs provide myriad opportunities for learning, discovering and even making friends! To find a library near you, visit ctlibrarians.org/findmylibrary.
Can’t make it out on the 2nd? No worries. Many libraries have a wide range of monthly or even weekly events and activities to discover, so just a little time spent perusing a library’s website can yield tons of great outing ideas!
We’ve had a lot of fun at our local libraries over the years! We started taking our kids there when they were just babies (waaaaay back in 2011), and we still find plenty of great reasons to keep visiting today. You can check out some of our favorite library adventures below 🙂 :
- A Class for Babies at Noah Webster Library
- Avon Library
- Check Out More Than Books at the Glastonbury Library
- Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester
- Enfield Public Library’s Vehicle Day
- Everyday Fun at the Farmington Library
- First Saturdays at the Russell Library in Middletown
- Hartford Public Library – Downtown Branch
- Homes, Sweet Homes: The Wood Memorial Library Gingerbread House Festival
- One is W-One-derful Class at The Glastonbury Library
- Rocky Hill Library
- Second Saturdays Playgroup at Windsor Public Library
- Simsbury Library
- South Windsor Public Library Family Stories
- Storytime at Wethersfield Library
- Take Your Child to the Library Day 2016
- The Avon Library – A Great Place for Play and Programs
- The East Hartford Public Library
- The New Ridgefield Library
- Tinkerlab at the Welles-Turner Memorial Library in Glastonbury
- West Hartford Library Series: Bishops Corner Library
- West Hartford Library Series: Faxon Branch Library
- West Hartford Library Series: Noah Webster Library
And if you have a fantastic library near you that we haven’t explored, we’d love to know about it! Please leave us a comment on this post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with more information.
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