On a cold night in Hotchkiss, kids from all around gathered in their footy pajamas and snuggled to their favorite "blanky" with teddy bears and other cuddly friends in hand. Librarians Sarah Pope and Terry Johns took turns sitting in the rocker in front of the crowded room, reading the kids some of their favorite bedtime stories.
"We really had a great group of kids and their families," said Johns. There were 17 kids and nine adults in all. "It's been a while since we've done an evening story time, and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves."
The theme of the night was everyone's favorite cuddly animal, the bear. The kids laughed and enjoyed the stories, "Bear Snores On" by Karma Wilson and "Baby Bear Counts One" by Ashley Wolff. They sang "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" with help from puppet friends. When that was done, showing little signs of sleep, they made a teddy bear craft and had a snack of Teddy Grahams and juice.
"We began the night learning how bears get ready for bed," said Pope. The children learned that bears sleep through the winter months, hibernating without waking up. At one point Johns asked, "What do you think bears need to do before going to sleep for so long?" Of course Johns expected to hear, "Eat a large dinner," but not on this night. Pondering a bit, one of the children exclaimed, "They need to put on their pajamas!" He was right, especially on this evening if he wanted to participate in this "beary" cool pajama party in his honor.
The evening began to wind down, and yawns could be spotted as the kids slowly made their way out of the library and back to their warm beds. Their blankets seemed to drag a bit, and their teddy bears hung low to the ground. For many of the children, their nightly "hibernation" started when they reached the car, dreaming of snoring and counting bears. The Hotchkiss Library's pajama party was a great success.blog comments powered by Disqus