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Harrison Librarians Arrange Stuffed Sleepover

HARRISON, N.Y. -- It was like Pixar's "Toy Story" all over again at the West Harrison Public Library. Local children left their stuffed animal friends at the library and were surprised to discover what antics they were a part of during their overnight sleepover.

West Harrison Children's Librarian Liz Karkoff said it was a new kind of event that played with the imagination of Harrison's youth.

"I was one of the chaperones making sure they didn't get in trouble and had everything they needed," Karkoff said. "The animals watched a movie and ate popcorn, as well as went for hot air balloon rides and heard bedtime stories."

The library documented the stuffed animal sleepover and submitted photos for their child friends to see and share. It was the first stuffed animal sleepover planned by the local library.

Karkoff said the idea was well received by local children and made for a different way that kids can enjoy the local library. Photos were submitted to the West Harrison Library's Facebook page for viewing.

"What a cute program," resident Traci Clark Centofanti said. "The entire family enjoyed the pictures."

Harrison Library Director Galina Chernykh said one of her top priorities since joining the library last summer was to provide more dynamic and "outside the box" programming, with the stuffed animal sleepover being one of those programs.

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