The Donalda Public Library hosted its annual teddy bear sleepover on Saturday, Dec. 19.
With 26 kids in attendance, the event was a huge success according to librarian Naomi Labelle.
“One of our main objectives here at the Donalda Library is to expose young children to the library environment and the younger the better, so we try and create young readers, whether it be actual books, or on tablets because reading is reading and young readers turn into life long readers,” said Naomi Labelle. “We love kids and we love to see kids, teens and parents using our resources.”
During the sleepover, the movie ‘Rise of the Guardians’ was screened for kids to watch. “We had huge pillows and fluffy blankets everywhere, some kids even wore there onesies and everyone brought a teddy or stuffed toy with them,” said Labelle.
Dean from The Wooden Nickel Café at the Donalda Tavern donated pizzas for the event and there were other refreshments, including veggie trays and cookie and candy trays, besides popcorn.
At the intermission, the kids got creative and used play dough to make multi-eyed monsters and candles and other “cool things”.
The sleepover ran from 6 to 9 p.m.
“I feel it was a very good turn out and I’m already excited to see how many come next year,” said Labelle. “We had toddlers all the way up to a couple of teens all sitting together, while the bigger kids stepped up helping the little ones with the refreshments, which was great.”
According to Labelle, everyone in attendance had fun, but more importantly they worked together and made new friends.
“It’s what getting together at Christmas time is all about,” concluded Labelle.