Bristol Library celebrates National Rubber Duck Day

Published on Monday, 15 January 2018 20:44
Written by LISA BACKUS


BRISTOL – “Rubber ducky you’re the one” was the anthem in the Children’s Department at the Bristol Public Library Saturday as 15 or so families celebrated National Rubber Duck Day.

“In the dead of winter it’s nice to do something warm and cozy,” said Valerie Toner, supervisor of Children’s Services. “We had a lot of families come in and make things together.”

Several different types of larger ducks were also available to color – including a picture of Ernie from Sesame Street in the bathtub with his rubber duck.

The television character on the popular children’s show made the song, “Rubber Ducky You’re the One” famous as he’d sing while taking a bath.

The library paired the marking of National Rubber Duck Day with a continuous presentation by the Pequabuck Rivers Watershed Association on the water cycle.

After the association’s president Mary  Rydingsward sprinkled spices to simulate road salt and flecks of paper representing plastic bags, she encouraged kids to “make it rain” on a model town to show the way the items filter into the nearby river and a reservoir.

After Rydingsward poured a brown liquid near a factory, she handed the children spray bottles and told them to watch what happened as the model town got wet. The plum of brown liquid seeped over the roadway and into the river and reservoir within a minute or two.

“This is yucky water,” said four-year-old Sawyer Currao as he watched the reservoir turn brown.

He and his mom Rachael came from Southington to check out the Bristol Library’s children’s department and were pleased to discover that it was “National Rubber Duck Day.” “That was a happy surprise,” Rachael Currao said. “He did the coloring and the craft. He loves arts and crafts.”

Rydingsward and other members of her group do presentations about the Pequabuck River and the environment at schools and for organizations. They were invited on National Rubber Duck to come and teach kids about the water cycle and the hazards of “non-point” source pollution that can’t immediately be traced to a particular place.

“For instance we don’t know where the coffee cup came from but it blew across the road and into the river,” Rydingsward said. Animal waste and road salt are also considered “non-point” source pollution, she said.

As Sawyer continued playing with the water circulating through the model town, his mother said she was thrilled with what the library had to offer. “We’ll be back for sure,” Rachael Currao said. “This is a great children’s section. There’s a lot going on, he can be entertained for hours.”

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 15 January 2018 20:44. Updated: Monday, 15 January 2018 20:47.