While Branford libraries offer programs and resources for residents of all ages throughout the year, this Saturday is a special celebration as it's "Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCTTLD)."
The event was born in Connecticut as "Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays."
Now, according to the TYCTTLD's blog, the list of participating libraries is growing and now includes 258 libraries in three countries and two Caribbean islands.
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, a Connecticut children's author who works with Read to Grow, volunteered her services to design art for the event (see photo).
Both of Branford's libraries – the Blackstone and the Willoughby Wallace (WWML)– are participating for the second year have special events planned throughout the day.
"Dragons and Dreams," an interactive science/storytelling show for children of all ages, will take place at the Blackstone Library at 11 a.m. The WWML will feature crafts and activities for all ages with Miss Brigitte.
Children can participate in a two-part scavenger hunt, which begins at the Blackstone from 10 a.m. to noon and continues at the WWML from 1 to 3 p.m. Children who complete both parts of the hunt will receive a prize at the WWML.