Windsor Public Library celebrates Valentine’s Day

By Cathi Sasportas - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Fri., Feb. 14, 2014
Seven-year-old Ayla shows off the Valentine she created at the program. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.
Seven-year-old Ayla shows off the Valentine she created at the program. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.

Love was in the air at the Windsor Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, when children ages 3 to 8 were invited to attend a special Valentine's Day program.

The event was the first program run by new library employee Autumn Skinner. She planned out a series of activities that included books, music, cookie-decorating and a craft.

Skinner began by reading several books about Valentine's Day, including a new Pete the Cat book called "Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool." The Pete the Cat series is a big hit with preschool and early elementary children.

After reading the books, Skinner had the children take turns giving out a Valentine while skipping to the song "A Tisket, A Tasket."

Then came the cookies. The children were able to decorate large heart-shaped sugar cookies, and enjoyed eating them as well. They then made their own Valentines with heart-shaped cards and decorations.

Skinner said she came to children's librarian Debbie Rowe after she noticed the library had fewer programs. Skinner's suggestion earned herself a part-time job.  "I realized there weren't a lot of holiday activities and I think holidays are for the kids," she said. Skinner is a former preschool teacher who is funneling her love for educating young children into the library now. "I just thought this is how I could help the library,” she said.

Jonna Hallam grew up in Windsor and loves the library programs so much she brings her two children from Granby to enjoy them. "They have great programs for kids and it's a great way for Jack to socialize with other kids," she said.  "He has tons of fun and friends here."

Skinner has another program planned for Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. The theme will be St. Patrick's Day and children who attend will listen to Irish stories, Irish music and make leprechaun hats, among other fun plans. Call the library Kidspace desk at 860-285-1914 if you'd like to attend.

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