Stuffed Animal Slumber Party a Hit at Fort St. John Public Library

Travis Fortnum


When it comes to yearly events, it's hard to get much cuter than the Fort St. John Public Library's annual teddy bear sleepover.

This past Saturday, plush pals of all shapes and sizes were invited to spend the night with the Grinch. With their parent's permission of course.

Morgan Churchill is the Children's Services and Program Coordinator with the Fort St. John Public Library. It was her that brought the idea here.

"The stuffed animal sleepover is in it's eighth year," she says. "It started as a fun opportunity for kids to drop their kids off and see what sort of fun they could have overnight at the library.

So how does it work?

"Kids drop off a stuffed animal or stuffed creature," Churchill explains, "and it spends the night at the library. The kids do not spend the night. The stuffed animals spend the night."

The stuffies are signed in and their friends must fill out a short permission slip.

When the paperwork is complete, the kids say their goodbyes and goodnights and find a place for their plushies with the others.

"In the morning," Churchill says, "the kids come back in and they collect their friends and see that they had a fun safe night. Then they watch a video of what happened overnight and it's usually very surprising and pretty funny."

When it's all said and done, the kids take their buddies home - amazed at the antics their pals got into and glad to have them back.

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