Greenwich Library Celebrates ‘Take Your Child to the Library Day’ on February 6

Greenwich Library and its branches will celebrate the fifth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 6.

Children of all ages and their families are invited to visit the Library and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities while learning about Library resources and programs.

Whether it’s your child’s first visit to the library or their 1000th, Take Your Child to the Library Day is a wonderful way to celebrate literacy, learning, and community.

Cos Cob Library
Begin this special day at the Cos Cob Library with a Mad Science performance of Spin, Pop, Boom on Saturday, February 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Community room.
Come learn about crazy chemical reactions and the greatness of gravity!  Some brave volunteers will be asked to help activate an erupting foam volcano.

Then from 2:30-4:30 p.m., the Friends of Cos Cob Library will host their Annual Valentine Workshop. All the supplies you need to make beautiful cards will be provided – let your creative juices flow!  Make cards for your family, plus one extra-special card for a resident of Nathaniel Witherell. Call (203) 622-6883 for more information.

Byram Shubert Library
Byram Shubert Library will offer A Book and a Slice on Saturday, February 6 at 12:00 noon.

Come read your favorite book and enjoy a slice of pizza. Call (203) 531-0462 for more information.

The Main Library
The Main Library will present Sciencetellers on Saturday, Feb 6 from 1-2 p.m. in the Cole Auditorium. Sciencetellers combines storytelling and exciting science experiments into an unprecedented theatrical learning experience. Get ready for interactive and explosive experiments with dry ice, fog, smoke-filled bubbles, flying rockets and more. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a world where dragons are real and dreams come true.  Recommended for ages 4 and up; no tickets required. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

Don’t forget, Take Your Child to the Library Day is the perfect time to register all your family members for a Library card. Stop by any lending desk to sign up.

For more information on Take Your Child to the Library Day activities, please visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/Children or contact Director of Children’s Services Deirdre Sullivan at dsullivan@greenwichlibrary.org or call 203-622-7940.

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Take Your Child to the Library Day is the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, retired head of children’s services at Waterford Public Library in Connecticut.

With the help of Caitlin Augusta, from the Stratford Public Library, and the support of many others, the program that Nadine launched in 2012 has grown to become a national initiative of the Connecticut Library Consortium.

The annual celebration takes place on the first Saturday in February and promotes literacy and library services for children and families. The movement has ballooned in popularity, with more than 470 libraries in three countries participating. For more information, please visit www.takeyourchildtothelibrary.blogspot.com.

The Greenwich Library system consists of the Main Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches.  The mission of Greenwich Library is to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences. With 1,400 programs and events per year, the Library seeks to serve as the cultural and intellectual crossroads of the community.

Greenwich Library has a total circulation of about 1.5 million, the highest reported in Connecticut.  Greenwich Library was recently named a five-star library by Library Journal for the seventh time. The Main Library is located at 101 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich.  More information is available online at www.greenwichlibrary.org or by calling 203-622-7900.

  • Jodi Weisz

    The Main Library of the Greenwich Public Library has a dismal children’s rate of circulation. Dismal. It should hover around 50% for the level of funding that the Town of Greenwich gives to its library.

    Do you want to know what it is?

    24%

    What is the Trumbull Public Library’s percentage of children’s circulation–42%

    How about Darien–42%

    Now you see why I am spending time decrying our public library’s role in the achievement gap in Greenwich?

    Folks, this is deplorable.

    15 million dollars and kids in our town barely use the library for its primary purpose.

    I am not saying that it is not a nice study space.

    By the way, the Greenwich Public Library–the highest funded public library in CT–offers the SAME number of open hours to the public as other libraries do–the medium amount to be exact and not one hour more.

    Sad.

  • Jodi Weisz

    A 24% rate of children’s circulation is a failure of library leadership on a massive scale.

  • Judy Goss

    How is the desirably level of children’s circulation determined?

    • Jodi Weisz

      I am not sure I understand your question. But, booming libraries that have allocated resources to children books and materials–that have attractive collections–have circulation rates of children’s material around 40%. Or, forty percent of what gets checked out are kids books. Why? Because it has long been known that children and families are the engine, the captive audience and user-base that always uses and checks out library materials, after programs and story times there is a big surge of circulation of children’s materials not to mention all those classes of 20 students coming in several hours a week for school visits!

      But, the Greenwich Public Library’s circulation does not reflect this.

      The numbers are the numbers.

      Too few children are using the Greenwich Public Library.

      This has a serious ripple effect in a community.

      The primary purpose of a library is to promote literacy among young people!

      What do you get when you do not have healthy youth services in a public library?

      Stagnation and achievement gaps.

      I told this and many other points to the Director of the Greenwich Public Library over 4 years ago.

      She looked at me and told me this was not her mandate but the public school’s responsibility.

      Not true. Public Library’s are not island onto themselves.

      If they are truly “Five Star” they work with the respective schools in their town, public and private and with homeschoolers as well.

    • Jodi Weisz

      There is something called turn over rate, Judy.

      The Greenwich Public Library does not even keep circulation rates for YA or teenagers’ books!

      That means that have dropped the ball on a huge metric for our high school students use of the library.

      I know this is hard to hear.

      It is almost as if they don’t have professional staff over there that know or care that a big draw, a big reason people choose to live in Greenwich is for its schools.

      The likely do not keep a record of the YA circulation because it would be too embarrassing for them given the size and floor space they have set up for a “YA area.”

      And, the failure of their professional staff to connect books with teenagers in town.

      There can be no other explanation for not keeping this state in their State Library Report.

  • Jodi Weisz

    Families in Greenwich don’t even know how to ask for better library services because they have been duped by the Greenwich Public Library’s PR machine that tells them they already have a “Five Star Library” and this Library is too big and too important to change.

    Meanwhile its circulation cries out–I am an oversized building that is underutilized or my collection stinks and my programs are not creating subsequent reach towards books and materials.

  • Judy Goss

    Hi Jodi Weisz, To clarify my question, in your first comment on this article you stated that “The Main Library of the Greenwich Public Library has a dismal children’s rate of circulation. Dismal. It should hover around 50% . . .”. I wondered how it was determined that it SHOULD hover around 50%. There are various factors that go into the proportion of child/adult circulation. In and of itself, I do not see that that figure really tells us very much, and certainly not in comparison with other towns in the area.

    While the idea of more outreach is great, I do not see the direct connection between outreach and eliminating the achievement gap. For one thing, there would be no way for the library to know that they are reaching the students that need assistance. For another, my guess is that there is more to the achievement gap than the need for increased literacy. I would agree with library staff that it is not their mandate. Only the schools can identify those who need additional assistance to reach their potential, assess the specific needs, and suggest appropriate remediation.

    “Families in Greenwich don’t even know how to ask for better library services . . .”? Could you explain how you reached that conclusion?

    Just for the record, my only tie with the library is as a user. For my needs, their collection gets better and better. The staff has always been helpful, and, on any number of occasions over the years, staff members have gone way above and beyond.