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Take Your Child to the Library Day – 2/22

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For the 3rd consecutive year, we’re participating in an international movement to raise awareness for libraries.  On Thursday, February 22 between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., we’ll be celebrating “Take Your Child to the Library Day” during the school’s winter break.

According to the American Library Association, there are more public libraries than Starbucks in the United States.  “Take Your Child to the Library Day” highlights how libraries are vital to the community as sources of education, entertainment, and enrichment.  It encourages parents to take full advantage of their local library and pass along that knowledge to their young ones.

Here at Emma Clark, the day’s festivities include carnival games, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon sculpting, crafts and more.  And of course, everything else that the Library offers on a daily basis –  books, audio books, computers, tablets, movies, music, toys, puzzles, and so much more.  Last year close to 350 people took part in the celebration here in Setauket!

Additionally, in keeping with the festivities of “Take Your Child to the Library Day”, each new library card sign-up OR if you update your library card to the new design on February 22, you will be entered in a raffle.  You’re never too young for a library card!  Parents can get a card for their child as soon as they are born and immediately start enjoying the library’s resources, such as the “Time for Baby” program.

There is no need to register for “Take Your Child to the Library Day”, and all families are welcome. Meet up with friends – or make new ones – and share your love of libraries with the future generation.

Why is it so vital for children to visit the library?  The library is a symbol of lifelong learning and that lesson starts right from infancy.  Listed here are just a few of the (free!) benefits of bringing your children to the library:

  • Books, Audio Books, and Read-a-longs – promote literacy, as well as a lifetime of reading for pleasure and learning
  • Computers, Tablets, and Free Wifi – provide access to technology and online resources to develop digital literacy skills regardless of family income
  • Movies and Music – additional opportunities for both family entertainment and education
  • Storytimes and performances – interactive and hands-on learning experiences
  • Toys & Puzzles – encourage fine motor skills, gross motor skills, coordination, and more

 

If you have any questions, please email kids@emmaclark.org or call 631.941.4080 ext. 123.