About a dozen children and their parents attended a teddy bear’s picnic at NWT Centennial Library on Sept. 22, and enjoyed some of the last rays of summer sunshine before the coming cooler season.
“These kinds of activities are a great way for the kids to get out and spend some quality time with their parents, but have some fun, too,” said library clerk turned program co-ordinator Jessica Mandeville. “And we do it for community purposes, really.”
The picnic was just the latest in an ongoing series of events geared towards small children and their families. All events are free, and are a great chance for kids and their parents to come out and socialize with others.
“It’s great for the kids who aren’t old enough to be in school yet,” said Mandeville. “They learn how to interact a bit and make friends before they hit Kindergarten. It’s not quite playschool, but I think it’s a good start.”
After reading a few stories outside on the grass, the group moved into the library to either decorate a paper lunch bag for use at future picnics or to make a bear out of the same material.
“We’ve never been to this sort of activity before,” said Kayleen Alexie, who brought her daughter Kamdyn Alexie for the afternoon. “I didn’t even know they had stuff like this.”
Fellow first-time attendee Ashilynn Heron and her son Nikhlin Kipling were also impressed.
“We came for the teddy bears mostly, but it has been really fun,” said Heron.
As to whether they would come back, both moms agreed they would, if the activities interested their kids.
“Beyond the actual activity, it’s a good chance for kids to come out to see the library and check out what books they might want to take out,” said Mandeville. “That’s always our goal, to get them reading and loving books.”
— Sarah Ladik