Shelton welcomed a new children’s librarian for the Huntington Branch Library in January. Marissa Ciullo was selected from more than 10 candidates to lead the branch children’s services.
She began the new year by continuing to offer programs that were already library staples for the pre-school population, plus adding her own Show & Tell Story Time for all ages.
Then, Marvelous Mondays were scheduled for February. This exploratory program for kids ages 3-10 offers activities run every 15 minutes from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; materials are supplied on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required. In March, Miss Marissa attained her goal of offering at least one program every weekday.
Then she began adding events to appeal to tweens and teens, “I want children and teens to view the library as a fun place where they can expand their creativity and imagination.”
She continues seeking input from kids from 10 to 19 to help design programs, department décor and build the collection of books and media serving that audience. This summer they can look for mind reading and hypnosis, a library version of Minute to Win It, a dessert-making workshop, plus more inventive activities just for tweens and teens.
With the arrival of spring her attention turned to planning a Library Summer Tree House Club, featuring special guest performers and lots of library activities.
“With 20 special summer events planned in addition to our regular programs,” Marissa said,” I hope there will be an activity to please every child or teen.”