Week of the Young Child Begins Sunday

Friday, April 8, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
                  The New Haven schools are celebrating Week of the Young Child starting Sunday with nine reading events over six days designed to encourage a love of books and reading among preschool children and their parents.
                 The events will be at various venues throughout the city including a City Seed farmer’s market, the New Haven Public Library, Edgewood Park, and the Leitner Planetarium. They will be from Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16.
                 All events, which include a cello concert, a nature walk and a visit to Eli Whitney Museum, are free and feature books related to the activity or subject. Children will receive a free book at each event.
                 “We have a diverse program designed to stimulate children’s appetite for reading and books,” Early Childhood Programs Supervisor Dr. Tina Mannarino said. “The children will be exposed to books about a wide range of subjects, everything from farming to nature to music. If kids are excited about subject, they will pick up a book to learn more about it. Week of the Young Child has something for everyone.
                 “Reading is core to learning and vital for academic success. It’s crucial to instill a love of the written word as young as possible. Strong readers go on to college and success. Building a culture of college is a core goal of our School Change Initiative reforms.”
            Below are Week of the Young Child events, locations and times:

Sunday, April 10
11 to 1
Creating Healthy Readers
at the
CitySeed Farmers’ Market
Edgewood Park 
The Farmers’ Market is open!  From 11 to 1, there will be CitySeed staff reading books to children about healthy foods and farmers’ markets.  Each child will receive a beautiful bi-lingual book, Farmers’ Market/Día de Mercado, to highlight our fantastic farmers’ markets in New Haven during Week of the Young Child and to build his or her home library.
Tuesday, April 12
Thursday, April 14
11:00 am
The Little Read and more …
New Haven Free Public Library
Downtown Branch
133 Elm Street
Join the talented children’s librarians as they do a story time at the downtown branch of the New Haven Free Public Library.  Children will hear The Little Read book, Whoever You Are/Quienquiera que seas, and take home a copy for their home library.
Tuesday, April 12
7 pm and 8 pm 
IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System
See the sun journey thru the Milky Way
Leitner Family Planetarium @Yale University
355 Prospect Street
Experience the stars and the sun at the Leitner Family Planetarium and take home a book about the planets, The Planets in Our Solar System, to celebrate the sky’s the limit during Week of the Young Child!
Wednesday, April 13
9:30 to 11:00 am 
Nature Pals Play Group
With Ranger Harry Coyle
Edgewood Park
720 Edgewood Avenue
Register at (203) 946-8027
Join Park Ranger Harry Coyle for a fun morning exploring the park and its beautiful fauna.  Take home a book about birds, Feathers for Lunch, to continue learning for Week of the Young Child!

Wednesday, April 13
10 to 4 pm
Children’s Art Exhibit
Gateway Community College
Room 160
Enjoy the colorful and unique artwork of preschoolers at the art exhibit at Gateway Community College!  Continue to celebrate Week of the Young Child with a book, The Dot, to inspire young children to be creative and to draw.
Saturday, April 16
New Haven Free Public Library
Downtown Branch --133 Elm St
11:00 am
Creating Musical Readers
with the NH Symphony
Manuelo the Playing Mantis
Join an amazing cello player from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and hear the book that matches the performance!  Continue to create musical readers by taking home a copy of the book!
Saturday, April 16
Saturdays @ 2:00 pm
Connecticut Children’s Museum
22 Wall Street
George Melillo – musician
Today is FREE for children!
Visit the Children’s Museum all afternoon and then attend our Creating Readers program at 2:00 pm where a local musician will be playing This Jazz Man with the children singing along!  Young children can add to their home library after enjoying the program!
Saturday, April 16
Alexander & the Wind Up Mouse
Eli Whitney Museum
915 Whitney Avenue   Hamden
Building Project -- 2 to 4 pm
FREE admission & kit!
Visit the Eli Whitney Museum and build your own little wind-up mouse.  Go home with a mouse and a matching book, Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse, to celebrate the inventiveness of children and to build home libraries!