Saturday, November 10
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
All Ages (under eight with an adult)
Come celebrate "Have a Party with Your Bear Day"! Bring a favorite stuffy for storytime Learn pet facts and enjoy a teddy bear friendly tea time!
What kind of things would your teddy bear like to do at their party?
Empathy starts young and in many cases empathy towards humans is linked to treatment of animals in the home. In 1902, hunter President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear that had been lassoed and injured for him to kill, deeming this unsportsmanlike. He instead gave directions to kill the bear humanely in order to put it out of its misery. The president’s fair-play hunting behaviour became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902, leading to the creation and popularisation of “Teddy” bears. Today people across North America celebrate Have a Party with Your Bear day. We’ll learn some of the things that bears, cats, and dogs like and don’t like, read a story, and practice some empathetic behaviour towards our stuffies. Juice, honey biscuits, blueberries, and (toy!) ants will be served.