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Sandy community stuffed animals to gather among book stacks on Friday, Jan. 10

COURTESY PHOTO - Children will receive photos depicting their stuffed animals overnight antics the day after their sleepover.With the new year finally here, the Sandy Public Library isn't willing to let the warm, fuzzy feelings of the Christmas season go just yet. So, at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, the library staff will host an event for children and their warm and fuzzy teddy bears and stuffed animals.

The event kicks off with a special story time for children and their families at the library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., and is followed by a snack. Children can then leave their favorite stuffed toy for its own playdate at the library's seventh annual Teddy Bear Sleepover.

Under the supervision of the library staff, the stuffed animals will enjoy a night among the stacks, and their youthful friends will receive photos depicting their overnight antics the next day.

"It's really cute to see the kids drop off their teddy bears," organizer Monica Smith said. "Some of them are kind of hesitant. It's kind of brave of them to leave them."

Staff doesn't discriminate — the event is dubbed the Teddy Bear Sleepover, but it is for stuffed animals of all kinds.

"We get a lot of different types of stuffed animals," Smith added. "We've even gotten Minecraft-themed stuffed animals."

The event is best for children of preschool and early elementary school ages but is open to all and free of charge. "It's just for fun," said Smith. "It adds something extra for kids to do (and) it is super fun for us. I really enjoy doing the story time. It's fun for staff to be involved in such a playful thing."


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