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Children reunite with stuffed animals following sleepover at Sunderland library

  • A slideshow of photographs of childrens' stuffed animals plays at the Sunderland Public Library after the stuffed animal sleepover Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • Esther Snyder and her daughter, Keziah Snyder, 4, left, sit at the Sunderland Public Library after picking up Keizah’s stuffed animal from the library’s stuffed animal sleepover Saturday. Below, a stuffed animal waits to be picked up after the sleepover. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt photos

  • A stuffed animal waiting to be picked up at the Sunderland Public Library after the stuffed animal sleepover Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt

  • A slideshow of photographs of childrens' stuffed animals at the Sunderland library. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Children and their parents watch a slideshow of photographs of childrens' stuffed animals plays at the Sunderland Public Library after the stuffed animal sleepover Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt—Matt Burkhartt



Recorder Staff
Thursday, February 23, 2017

SUNDERLAND — Coming into the Sunderland Public Library Saturday morning, 4-year-old Keziah Snyder picked up her gray and white stuffed dog Icy and held her close.

Icy, Keziah found out, had spent a very interesting night in the library, reading books, putting on a puppet show, coloring, using the computer, and playing with puzzles and chemistry sets.

“I think that’s what she enjoyed most was seeing the goggles and the test tubes,” said Keziah’s mother Esther Snyder, of Sunderland. “‘Look, Icy’s experimenting!’”

Keziah and 10 other children brought stuffed animals to the library Friday afternoon for a stuffed animal sleepover. The children, however, didn’t stay. Instead, they picked their stuffed animals up the next morning and viewed a slideshow of photos showing what the stuffed animals did during the night.

“It’s just kind of a fun way to get kids excited about what they can do in the library by watching their stuffed animals do it,” said Library Director Katherine Hand. “It’s a cool way to highlight what we have to offer.”

The event inspired great excitement from the children.

“We put it on our calendar like two months ago to make sure we didn’t miss it,” Esther Synder said. “It’s so creative. My daughter was so excited.”

Sitting around a table enjoying a reunion breakfast and watching the photo slideshow, the children giggled and pointed when they saw their stuffed animal in a photo.

“It looks like they’re playing court!” exclaimed 7-year-old Rachael Strycharz, of Sunderland, as she saw a photo of the animals sitting around a table. Rachael had brought her two stuffed dogs Rocky and Rugby for the sleepover.

“I liked seeing all the funny pictures,” said 8-year-old Taylor Krusiewski of South Deerfield, who brought her bear Valentine.

Parents commented on the creativity shown by Hand, who organized the event based on ones she’d seen at other libraries. She hopes to hold more library sleepovers in the future.

“This is pretty original,” Rachael’s father Richard Strycharz said. “It’s the little things, you know. They keep people together.”


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