Read to Our Bunny
We welcomed our newest bunny, Blossom, during Take Your Child to the Library Day 2014.
Experience the joys of “labor-free” pet ownership! Blossom is our newest reading ambassador in Pequot's "Read to Our Bunny" program. She may be placed on a child’s lap, read to, and petted. Emerging readers enjoy the fact that a rabbit does not care if they make a mistake. Research indicates that children benefit greatly from this kind of early reading interaction in a non-threatening environment. Blossom may also be "checked out" for a stroll around the neighborhood, weather permitting. Be sure to call first for an appointment! She is a sweetheart and has won over many new fans. Blossom takes her place in the line of legendary bunnies at Pequot Library, our third.
Here's a history, or a "herstory" if you will, about bunnies of the past, including Belle, our former resident, real-life, and legendary rabbit. Belle was born on Christmas Day of 2007 and came to the Library in February of 2008. She had big shoes to fill after the passing of our beloved large, grey Puff, who had resided here for the previous two years. Belle was a beautiful, Mini Rex rabbit, with characteristic velveteen fur. The Mini Rex breed is softer than most because both sets of fur are of the same length instead of the undercoat being shorter. This makes this breed especially soft.
Belle was a favorite of the children who frequented Pequot Library’s Children’s Department for six years. Staff members and adult patrons also enjoyed the company of our pet. Belle helped children learn kindness, respect, and consideration for animals. They experienced the companionship and humorous antics that pets can provide as they enrich our world. Besides reading to her, kids could even check out Belle in her pink “Puffmobile" stroller (named after Puffy) for a walk in the neighborhood, weather permitting and with an accompanying adult. She was often spotted on these outings to the delight of passersby. Now you are able to "check out" Blossom, too.
In the spring of 2010, a number of our youngest patrons—together with the wonderful support of their families, came together to create a vegetable garden for Belle. This required two workdays: one to create the beds, and one to plant the seedlings that children had chosen to bring. Every year we have our annual "Plant the Garden" day for families to come help. There's always a picnic and cake too! And this project becomes a "feeding garden" for our rabbit throughout the summer.
You may bring your own healthy treats for our bunny, which she will much appreciate. Suggestions include: dark leafy greens only, including spinach, kale,collards, carrot and beet tops. Her favorite treats are dill, parsley, basil, and of course fruits like bananas, berries, and apples. Please no iceberg lettuce. Please see a staff member before feeding her.
Special thanks to Dr. Timothy Plunkett of Fairfield Veterinary Hospital for donating his services and taking excellent care of Blossom, Belle and her predecessor, Puff.