Parents and grandparents can introduce young children to the concept of overnight visits with friends and family through a Stuffed Animal Sleepover event at the Rock Island Public Library Watts-Midtown Branch.

Vintage Pikachu (photo by Linda Cook)

The free event starts Friday with a Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Watts-Midtown Branch, 2715 30th St., Rock Island. At the event, children will decorate a “sleeping bag” for their stuffed animal friend or special toy, listen to a story, and then tuck their toys into sleeping bags before leaving the toy overnight at the library.

Toy/stuffed animal pickup occurs from 10:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday. At pickup, library staff will present a video on all the fun the toys had overnight at the library.

Registration is not required, and any stuffed animal or special toy is welcome. The event is free.

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