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Linton library planning stuffed animal sleepover

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

For generations, "The Teddy Bear's Picnic" has been a beloved children's book.

However, these days, a stuffed animals' sleepover among the books might be more fitting.

On Nov. 15, the Linton Public Library will stage a special evening for kindergartners through second graders -- and the stuffed toys they love -- giving kids the chance to leave their stuff friends overnight for a special party.

That day, the library staff will host a special 7 p.m. storytelling session, where kids can come in their pajamas, bringing along their favorite stuffed animal.

After the story ends, the children will tuck in their toys and wish them a good night, then head home. The kids can't stay at the sleepover, but their toys can.

After all, explained assistant children's librarian Carol Byers, it's a school night -- and while the children must get up to attend classes, the stuffed animals can stay up and play.

That, she said, is where the creativity of the library staff will kick in, concocting a series of adventures

"After the kids leave, we're going to pose the stuffed animals in different places around the library," Byers said.

"A lot of the people on the staff have been coming up with really cute ideas, like standing them one on top of another's shoulders and making it seem like they're getting into the fridge."

During the hijinks, staffers will take photos of the stuffed animals "at play," then assemble the pictures into a book for the children who left their toys overnight to keep as a souvenir.

"The children will come back late the next day, because it's a school day, so we should have plenty of time to get the books done," Byers said. "It's going to take all the staff we have here that day to do it."

Presently, librarians plan to have the books ready for the children to pick up between 4 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 16.

There's no limit upon the number of children who can participate, Byers said.

The stuffed sleepover was inspired by a similar program Byers saw on another library's website.

"I thought it was cute," she said, laughing. "So I stole the idea."

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