GARLAND – By Cari Doutre – Jan. 19, 2020
It’s not your typical kind of sleepover party but the Garland Public Library will still be hosting some overnight guests. Instead of kids enjoying a night away from home, the library is allowing their youngest patrons’ a chance to let their favorite stuffed animals stay overnight.
On Friday, Jan. 24, the library will be hosting the event, Pancakes and Pajamas, that won’t actually involve any sleeping, but plenty of pajamas and plenty of reading.
“Families are invited to come to a special story time Friday night in their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal (that they don't mind leaving at the library for a night) we will have a story time for the kids and stuffed toys. After that the families will go home and leave their stuffed toy,” said Garland Public Library Director Tate Atkin.
Once families leave the fun doesn’t end for those beloved stuffed animals.
“Our staff is going to have fun with them that night and take photos of the toys playing in the library, having their own story time, eating snacks, getting rambunctious, and then settling down to sleep,” Atkin said. “We are trying to convince the kids they came alive and had fun at the library in the night.”
Families are then invited back on Saturday morning to finish out the fun.
“In the morning the families will come back to pick up their stuffed toys and we will have a slideshow for them to watch and we will have pancakes, hot cocoa, and things for them to eat,” Atkin added.
The party starts on Friday at 6 p.m. and will include bedtime themed story time, songs and crafts – all while patrons wear their pajamas. Back the next morning, the fun continues at 9 a.m. for breakfast – pancakes, of course, and story time.