Rockville Public Library takes part in 'Take Your Child to the Library Day'

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Rockville - posted Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Aiden, 6, reads a story to 'Peanut' from Allan's Angels Therapy Dogs, along with his handler, Cheri Wood, as part of Take Your Child to the Library Day at Rockville Public Library on Feb. 1. Photos by Steve Smith.
Aiden, 6, reads a story to 'Peanut' from Allan's Angels Therapy Dogs, along with his handler, Cheri Wood, as part of Take Your Child to the Library Day at Rockville Public Library on Feb. 1. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Children's Department at the Rockville Public Library took part in the third annual 'Take Your Child to the Library Day' on Feb. 1. Take Your Child to the Library Day is a grass-roots project that was originated in Connecticut by Nadine Lipman, the retired head of children's services at the Waterford, Conn., Public Library in 2012.

Rockville Children's Librarian Shahla Zarinejad said Lipman borrowed the idea from an event touting bookstores. “They had heard that there was a 'Take Your Child to the Bookstore Day,' and they said why not have a 'Take Your Child to the Library Day?'” Zarinejad said.

In just the third year, 450 libraries in 41 states are celebrating the day in 2014, as well as some libraries in Canada. It is co-presented by Upstart© and the Connecticut Library Consortium.

In Rockville, children visiting the library received bookbags and a Valentine's Day craft to take and make at home.

In the mid-morning, kids were able to meet and greet therapy dogs from Allan's Angels. Children also read to the dogs (who appeared to appreciate it) and ask their handlers about the canine companions.

The afternoon featured a puppet show by Michael Graham, director of the Spring Valley Puppet Theater. Graham presented a re-telling of "Jack and the Beanstalk," which featured an elaborate stage, especially designed for the hand and rod puppets.

After the show, Graham introduced the puppets to the children and answered their questions. He also demonstrated how to create a simple hand puppet from household items.

The Rockville Public Library regularly provides programming for children. In 2011, Zarinejad was honored for her tireless efforts by the Connecticut Library Association when she was given the Faith Hektoen Award by the Children’s Section of the Connecticut Library Association to recognize the efforts of an individual or group that has made an impact on library services to children in Connecticut.

Zarinejad said her department will have extra programming during February vacation. For a complete listing, visit www.rockvillepubliclibrary.org.


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