Local libraries offer programs and resources for residents of all ages throughout the year, but this Saturday is a special celebration. It's "Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCTTLD)."
The event was born in Connecticut. Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, came up with the idea two years ago and chose the first Saturday in February as the day to celebrate. Take Your Child to the Library Day was an instant hit with librarians. 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.
Here's how our local libraries are celebrating today
Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, in Old Lyme is celebrating with stories, crafts, and songs from 10 a.m. to noon. Families are encouraged to come and spend a little quality time in the children's room upstairs too. No registration is necessary.
Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Road, Lyme, (860) 434-2272, is marking the occasion, literally, with bookmarks. The children's librarian will be giving away bookmarks to children. Any child who receives one that is signed by the librarian will be eligible to select a book from the library at Lyme Consolidated School.
East Lyme Public Library, 39 Society Road, Niantic, 860-739-6926, has no specific events planned for today but it offers children's programming throughout the year, including Winter Wonderland classes that started January 28 and run through March 22, held daily Monday through Friday.