No bibs, cribs or bottles — Local couple ask baby shower guests to give to library insteadWhen Chilly and Brian Goodman welcomed their second daughter’s birth last Valentine’s Day, they knew little Vivian would be blessed with all the baby clothes and equipment she needed from her big sister, Lily, 3.
When Chilly and Brian Goodman welcomed their second daughter’s birth last Valentine’s Day, they knew little Vivian would be blessed with all the baby clothes and equipment she needed from her big sister, Lily, 3.
So, when Vivian’s baby shower came around, the Goodmans told the guests “no gifts please,” and instead invited them to give money to the Grand Forks Public Library’s children’s department.
“My daughter and I have always gone to the library,” Chilly Goodman said. “My husband and I grew up going to the library. So it was just a no-brainer to give to the children’s department. They do so many great things.”
After Vivian’s shower, the Goodman’s friends and family had donated more than $1,000, which the library has used to buy (for starters) a puppet theater, Edushape EduBlocks, jumbo magnetic letters and numbers, a Learning rug, a LEGO Cinderella’s castle and LEGO deluxe train set
It’s been a great way for the library to start off a busy summer of children’s activities. At 2 p.m. Thursday, the library will hold the kick-off party for the children’s summer reading program, called “Dream On — Read.”
The library also will offer a program called STEM Kids (starting June 12) for grades K-2 and grades 3-6 to encourage children to learn about and explore science and math. Already underway is the new Children’s Garden Club. Children have planted vegetables in a raised bed outside the library and will be tending it through the harvest. The Garden Club is open to kids in grades K-6, and meets Tuesdays.
Thursday’s party will feature activities sponsored by the library and organizations including North Dakota School for the Blind, Artwise, North Dakota Museum of Art, Arioso Music Academy, the Fiber Arts Guild and the Circle of Friends Humane Society, which will bring along some of its shelter animals. There will be a kids’ book sale too.
Children’s Librarian Aaron Stefanich said the “Dream On — Read” program will being used by libraries across North Dakota and the country this summer. And at the Grand Forks Library, children entering grades K-7 can sign up for the program and earn incentives as they read. Children who keep track of their reading and fill out the reading log will be eligible for prize drawings during the final party Aug. 2. The big prize is a bicycle, with smaller prizes from camping equipment to LEGOs, Barbies, books and more, all donated by local summer reading program sponsors.
June 14 through July 26, there will be activities for kids every Thursday afternoon at the library. Some will have limited attendance, so check with the library to see if you need to register. Children don’t have to attend all the events to be part of the summer reading program, and all events are free. You don’t even need to have a Grand Forks Public Library card, Stefanich said.
More events at the children’s department.
- The READ dogs will visit the library the second Sunday and Monday of each month throughout the summer.
- Storytimes will be at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Thursdays.
Stefanich said storytime is one of the most popular children’s activities. “It’s not uncommon to have 70 people at our toddler storytime,” he said.
The library’s programs and the items it bought with the donations in baby Vivian’s name will help develop in children a desire to spend time at the library and to develop a love of reading. Books may be the reason libraries exist, but today’s libraries are so much more, he said.
“Those are fun extra things you’d love to have that don’t always fit the budget,” Stefanich said.
For more information, go www.gflibrary.com and click on the “kids” tab, or call (701) 772-8116.
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