Park City Library will host a Peter Rabbit Tea
Spring is an exciting time for the Park City Library.
One of the reasons is the annual Peter Rabbit Tea, an activity for children ages five and older and their families.
This year, the event will be held on Wednesday, April 3, from 4:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., said Tegan Davis, Youth Services Librarian at the Park City Library.
"I’m super excited to host an afternoon tea," Davis told The Park Record. "I think it’s going to be a delight. And this year so happens to tie in with Easter, so, I’m sure everyone will still be talking about rabbits and eggs."
The Peter Rabbit Tea was established a few years ago to celebrate author Beatrix Potter, who wrote the "Peter Rabbit" books," Davis explained.
"The book is a very prominent story in children’s literature," she said. "When Beatrix had the idea of the book, she wanted to publish it in a smaller form, so it would fit into children’s hands. She was also very conscientious about the pictures and drawings and made sure she printed in color, even though it cost more to do that at the time."
The tea-time activities will include tea, treats and storytelling.
"We will show the pleasantries of what afternoon tea is kind of like in England," Davis said. "I will read ‘Peter Rabbit’ so everyone who attends will gets a nice refresher course of that book, and we’ll also do activities based upon the Peter Rabbit characters."
Although Davis will only read "Peter Rabbit," she will display the other Beatrix Potter books.
"I want to make sure the kids can see there is a whole series of these books, so if they really get into the story, I would like them to take the other books home and read them with their families."
Davis said the Peter Rabbit character is something everyone can relate to.
"It’s a story about a mischievous bunny," she said with a laugh. "I think everyone has that kind of side to them. I know I do."
Davis also likes that the story brings out the concept of unconditional love.
"You see that acceptance in the story because Peter’s mom will always give him a hug at the end of the day," she said. "Kids can relate to that. Sometimes it’s fun to be a little naughty and to be curious. But it’s nice to have that place to go home to at the end of the day."
The reason the Peter Rabbit Tea is designed for children ages five and older is because those are the ages kids start to understand the story, Davis said.
"You know, it will still be fine if the kids want to bring their younger siblings," she said. "But I would love adults to participate with the children as well. When the kids are able see their parents or grandparents or whoever brings them join the fun, the event becomes a real bonding opportunity."
Providing opportunities like the Peter Rabbit Tea is what libraries are about, Davis said.
"I really believe in a library’s ability to bring families together, especially as they build bonds around literacy," she said. "Children not only develop pre-reading skills at an early age when the visit a library, but they continue to develop strong reading skills in elementary, middle and high-school education."
creating those bonds early, parents can help children with their creative and logical development, Davis said.
"Having that positive element as a facilitator of these types of programming is where libraries need to be," she said. "We have an opportunity to do these things in the community."
The Peter Rabbit Tea is only one of the programs that are available for children.
"We actually start introducing kids to books when they are babies with our Baby and Me program that is for ages up to 18 months old," Davis said. "Then we have the Toddler Story Time and Pre-school Story Time programs that help them continue the journey of discovery."
In April, the Park City Library will begin a Pajama Story Time, for families who can’t visit the library during the day, Davis said.
The best part of is all these programs are free and open to the public, she said.
"I love to watch the children engage, learn and grow through our programs," Davis said. "This is why I really like working at the library. I feel like I’m contributing to the community in a positive way by assisting these children develop skills and forging bonds with their families.
"It’s also fun to watch them interact with other children, because I know they will use the skills when they get older in their own communities."
The Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., will host a Peter Rabbit Tea to honor author Beatrix Potter on Wednesday, April 3, from 4:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Adults may accompany the children. Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP by calling (435) 615-5600. For more information about the Peter Rabbit Tea or other activities, visit http://www.parkcitylibrary.org.
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