More than 80 preschoolers and their families enjoyed a night of learning and having fun together at the downtown library Oct. 6. Preschool Family Night events are held the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and sponsored by Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, AEYC, thread, Best Beginnings, Communities In Schools, and the Dornan Douglas Foundation. Thanks to special guests Rich Mattson from DIPAC, for bringing a fascinating array of sea creatures to explore, and to fisherman and fiddler Andy Fergeson who shared stories and music.
Last year a total of 800 people attended the events. Through hands-on experiences, reading, and talking together, children learn about a wide range of topics such as bears, playing the trumpet, and building houses, thanks to special guest readers that share their interests. AEYC would like to thank all of last year's speakers; Officer Blaine Hatch, Margie Hamburger, Rick Trostel of Thrush Hill music and Juneau Student Symphony, chef Stephanie Marnon, Darren Snyder from Cooperative Extension, Discovery Southeast, Linda Torgerson, and Bob the builder.
Thanks especially to the Juneau Public library staff Sandra Strandtmann and MJ Grande, and to all the librarians for and regular patrons for their patience with the sometimes exuberant noise levels. And to regular monthly volunteers: Friends of the Juneau Public Library treasurer Lori Brotherton AEYC special project coordinator Emily Coate and Kristin Kranendonk, from KTOO.
For more information about these free events, contact AEYC at 789-1235.
Special projects coordinator, AEYC Southeast Alaska