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Summer program's over, but there's still plenty to do at Storrs

LONGMEADOW The Storrs Library will host Purple Rock Productions a fairytale and puppet program, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. Spinning Straw into Gold is the retelling of the "little man in green" (aka Rumplestiltskin) who appears out of a puppet tree to perform this fabulous farcical retelling of the famous fairy tale.

The audience is invited to help spin the gold as the story is spun. Purple Rock Productions combines

the arts of storytelling, puppetry, music and pantomime in creating a rare spectrum of enduring entertainment.

The program will feature live narration and character voices, exquisite hand puppets and audience participation. Children age three and older with their parents will enjoy this program.

Tickets for this free puppet performance will be available one week in advance. Please visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library or call 565-4182 to reserve your tickets.


The Storrs Library invites babies who are between the ages of 18 months and 24 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our four-week series of programs for younger children.

The library will be offering BOOKS & BABIES to encourage your child's social growth and love of reading and to encourage parents and caregivers to believe that their toddlers are never too young to love reading.

Your baby will enjoy our lap and sit program and unstructured playtime. BOOKS & BABIES includes nursery rhymes, songs, books, finger plays and playtime for

the very young. Siblings may not attend. To register for this series,

please call 565-4182 or visit the library from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.

Because community needs have strained our staff to the maximum, participation in the BOOKS & BABIES program is arranged to give an equitable opportunity for all to participate and notification of enrollment by phone will be used.

This procedure allows for the planning of materials, prevents overcrowding, and promotes the best library experience for young children and their parents or caregiver.

We provide the books and toys. Children practice early social skills, discover the magic of books and moms, dads, and caregivers learn the value of reading to their little ones. Parents are welcome to register for the Friday series that begins on Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and ends on Sept. 30. The Longmeadow Lodge of Masons donated all materials for this program.