Thanks to the Trumbull Library, beach lovers will no longer need to wait until summer rolls around to enjoy the shore.

The library will be hosting its fifth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day Saturday, Feb. 6, and this year the library will feature a winter beach party.

Since 2011, libraries across the country have taken part in an event called Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD), thanks to Connecticut’s own librarians Nadine Lipman from Waterford Public Library and Caitlin Augusta Stratford Library.

For the past five years, libraries across America have devoted the firstSaturday of every February to reminding the public of what a useful tool it can be.

Program director of the Trumbull Library, Jakie Carlino has been part of the program since the beginning, and said TYCLD is not just a day to inspire children to read more. Rather, the day can serve as a fun reminder of what the library can offer and a chance to bond more as a family.

Carlino said the Trumbull Library has participated in TYCLD since it started and has been a roaring success since the first year.

Life in tropical Connecticut 

Carlino collaborated with other library employees to try something a little different this year and created the winter beach party.

“Usually we don’t have this great weather,” said Calino, “But in the winter, sometimes it’s nice to getaway from it all.”

She said every library across the nation celebrates in a unique way in terms of themes and events and she said everyone is very excited for this one.

Attendees will be surrounded by large inflatable palm trees, whales, sharks and other decorations. Some of the activities will include tropical themed face paintings, a kinetic sand station which, summer crafts, summer themed stories to read and performance by Music Mandy, a children’s songwriter and singer.

For all ages

Although this event seems geared towards the children, Carlino reminds parents that this is an excellent family bonding opportunity for families with persons of all ages.

“We like parents to know what kind of resources we have because a lot of people think of us as just books,” said Carlino. “We have many story times, things for interactive play, handheld devices with learning games on them even museum passes.

"We’ll have something for absolutely everybody, whether you kid struggling to read or is an avid reader who can’t get enough books in their hands.”

Carlino said this is not the only event the library holds this winter. Other events happening this winter include an after school math club, family ukulele lessons and a family book club, where a family all read the same book to discuss it at the library.

Carlino understands not everyone can make it for the big event on Saturday, but ensures those that every month there will be something to do at there.

“Every day should be Bring Your Child to the Library Day,” said Carlino.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the children’s area with Music Mandy playing at 11 a.m. and face paintings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All other events can be found on the Trumbull Library website.