On Wednesday evening, July 25, 2018, bring your child and a favorite stuffed animal friend to Pajama Storytime and the 5th Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Irvine University Park Library.
Libraries across the globe have been hosting “Stuffed Animal Sleepovers” to encourage an early love of reading.
Here’s how it works:
In the early evening, children in pajamas bring their favorite stuffed friend to the library (researchers say it’s best if they choose one they’re especially attached to). Then librarians usually lead the kids in a story time circle with their favorite stuffed animals.
After that, it’s time for the kids to say goodbye and goodnight — but they leave their little buddies behind for their own overnight library party.
Once the doors are shut, the library staff gets to work posing the stuffed animals living it up — and reading — at the library all night long, and snapping photos as they go.
When the children come back the next day to pick up their little loved ones, they get to look through photos of all the fun their stuffed animal friends had at their library sleepover.
Doesn’t that sound absolutely adorable!
Experts say that the whole experience is magical and really encourages children to read.
Storytime starts at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, and stuffed animal pickup will be Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Irvine University Park Library is located at 4512 Sandburg Way, Irvine, CA 92612.
For more information, call 949-786-4001.