Take Your Child to the Library Day CT is a Connecticut-grown, grass-roots project dreamed up by Nadine Lipman, retired Head of Children’s Services at the Waterford (CT) Public Library in 2012. It has now grown to a national event!  Way to go CT for the start-up and effort on the national campaign.  This year the day is Saturday, February 4, 2017. #TakeYourChildtotheLibraryDay
We all need to structure “unplugged” time with our children…let’s agree – we all need to set aside time to gather up some good books, or a game or puzzle and sit down on the floor or a table and explore.  Electronic-free? Start by trying it without computers – listen to an audio book or a music CD and seek to finish it. Librarians, especially children’s ones, are the NICEST people on earth and their existence supports solid child development so don’t hesitate to ask for their assistance. And another priceless benefit in this economy when we may not have extra income needed for leisure activities — it’s all free!
Here is a list of participating libraries or view the map:
Atwater Memorial Library, North Branford
Avon
Babcock– Ashford
Bakerville Library – New Hartford
Beacon Falls Public Library
Beardsley and Memorial–Winsted
Bentley Memorial Library, Bolton, CT – 2012, 2013
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library – 2012, 2013
Bethel
Bill Memorial – Groton
Brainerd Memorial Library–Haddam
Bridgeport
Brookfield
Burlington
Burnham Library, Bridgewater
C.H. Booth Library – Newtown
Canterbury
Canton Public Library
Case Memorial Library – Orange
Cheshire
Chester Public Library, Chester
Henry Carter Hull Library, Clinton

Cora J Belden Library, Rocky Hill
Coventry’s Booth & Dimock Memorial Library
Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester
Cromwell Belden Public Library, Cromwell
Danbury
Darien
Deep River
Derby
Durham
East Granby
East Hampton Public Library, East Hampton
East Hartford Public Library
Easton Library
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe
Enfield

Farmington

Farmington Greenwich Library

Groton
Guilford
Guilford Smith Memorial Library, South Windham
Hagaman Memorial Library–East Haven
Hartford Public Library & Albany Branch
Harwinton
Janet Carlson Calvert Library –Franklin
Jonanthan Trumbull Lebanon
Kent

Killingly Public Library
Killingworth Library, Killingworth
Ledyard

Lucy Robbins Welles Library– Newington
Lyme
Manchester  Public Library
Mark Twain Library Redding
Meriden
Milford
Monroe – Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
Mystic & Noank Library
New Britain
New Canaan
New Haven Free Public Library
New London
New Milford
Northford
Otis–Norwich

Pequot Library

Perrot Memorial Library–Old Greenwich
Phoebe Griffin Noyes– Old Lyme
Plainville
Plumb Memorial Library, Shelton

Portland
Prosser–Bloomfield

Rathbun Memorial Library in East Haddam
Raymond Library in Oakdale
Richmond Memorial Library–Marlborough
Ridgefield
Rockville Public Library
Rowayton
Russell Library, Middletown

Salem Free Public Library, Salem

Saxton B. Library, Columbia
Scotland
Scoville Memorial Library–Salisbury
Scranton  Madison
Sherman Library
Simsbury
Somers
South Windsor
Southington
Sprague Public Library – Baltic
Stafford
Stamford (The Ferguson Library)
Stonington Free
Stratford
Terryville
The Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library in New Hartford
Thompson Public Library
Thomaston
Tolland
Torrington
Trumbull
Voluntown
Wallingford
Waterford
Welles Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury
West Hartford
West Hartford Faxon Branch
West Haven Public Library
Weston
Westport
Wethersfield
Wheeler Library, North Stonington
Willimantic Library
Willington
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library –Branford/Stony Creek
Wilton
Woodbridge Library
Woodbury Public Library

There is now a featured product line of  bookmarks, posters, bags, and library card holders from Upstart©! The product line features original artwork by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Your purchase of these products supports the work of CLC, along with Connecticut-based nonprofit organization Read to Grow.  Royalties from product sales will be returned to libraries and children through CLC. Wallace is donating her percentage of royalties to Read to Grow-a Connecticut-based nonprofit committed to building literacy from birth.

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