DANBURY, Conn. -- School's out next week and the Danbury Library has planned some great programs.
Starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, author Stefani Gosselink will read from her new book "Hollis and the Flying Piano" and, following the reading, the author will conduct a workshop and small art project. The program is for children ages 6 and older. The book is about a young boy who loves sounds and the interesting things that happen when he learns to play the piano.
Later that day, from 4-5 p.m., Foster, an Australian Shepherd, will visit the library as part the new monthly "Read to the Dog" program for children ages 6-11. Children will read to Foster in 10-minute segments; registration is required. Foster's owner, Maggie Griesing, has been doing reading and pet therapy at the Worcester Public Library in Massachusetts the past three years.
On Wednesday, children ages 8 and older are invited to a "Mom & Me" craft to make a sweet fairy or gnome house from 3:30-5:30 p.m. All materials will be supplied. Participants are welcome to bring along other trinkets from home to use in their project. Registration is required to ensure adequate supplies.
Reptiles and birds of prey from Christine's Critters will be on hand from 11 a.m. to noon Friday for children ages 4 and older. Christine Peyreigne, a registered wildlife rehabilitator and wildlife educator, will talk about animal keeping, special animal adaptations, and why animals are important to the environment. She will bring some live animals. Peyreigne is a recent high school graduate from Weston High school and is pursuing a vet tech degree. She operates an animal rehab called Christine’s Critters.
All of the programs are free but require registration. Registration is available online; click on the "Events" tab or by calling 203-797-4528. For more information about these programs contact Cindy Lappala, children's programmer, at 203-797-4528.