Children's Events

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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

Virtual Events & Programs may be held via the Zoom platform, or through Facebook Live.


Many of our virtual programs that are live will take place on our Zoom Platform.  Information on how to join a program can be found by clicking here. Registration is required for these programs. You may now register online by clicking here or calling the library at 860-665-8700. Program information as well as the Zoom link to access the program will be emailed prior to the event.   We also offer some live programming on our Facebook page. We hope to see you there! 

Other programs that are recorded and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube or on this events page listed below.
 

In Person Programs & Outdoor Programs

 Please contact the library or view this webpage for the most up to date information.  These programs may need to change based on COVID-19 restrictions or inclement weather.  We appreciate your patience in this matter.  Our primary concern is everyone's safety.

Past Programs

To view recorded programs that you may have missed, scroll down to the end of the page to view the video

Upcoming and Ongoing Programs

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StoryWalk® @ the Library 
Our special StoryWalk® is located on the Library Green. Walk together and enjoy a story along the way. Our new story, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, will be up early October. Use #lrwlkids on Instagram so we can see that you visited or scan the QR code to answer a brief survey. If you take the QR Code survey, you have the chance to win a prize! Call 860-665-8720 for more details. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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Indoor Challenges
Our department has put together some fun, passive activities for kids to enjoy indoors! Come check out our I-Spy tank and see what you can spot. Challenge yourself with our Dino-vember Scavenger Hunt to see if you can find all the pictures. We hope you enjoy!

Childrens Book Bundles

Children’s Book Bundles
Let us help you! Answer some questions online by filling out a special form, located on our Reading Recommendation page. Your librarians will select up to 10 customized book titles for your child.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
We are excited to share the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program with our patrons! This self-paced program encourages families to explore the world of books, get prizes, grow as readers, and have fun together. The library is here to cheer you on and connect you and your baby, toddler, or preschooler with books perfect for laughs, cuddles, and building literacy skills. More information will be available on our website.

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Nutmeg Book Awards
The new Nutmeg Nominees are here! Librarian booktalks are available now. Click below to access our Nutmeg Book page to see a listing of all the new titles.

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WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

Please note that registration is required for all programs. You may register up to two weeks in advance for programs. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Kids’ Event webpage to register.

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Play For All
Tuesdays, November 8 - 29 , 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. All are welcome! Registration required. Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

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How Do Dinosaurs Make Music?
Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 a.m.
For ages 1 – 7. Travel back to the age of dinosaurs with Michele Urban from My Music Room on a prehistoric, musical adventure! Dig in the dirt like a paleontologist and play with rock shakers and rhythm stick bones. Stomp and dance like a dinosaur with fun songs, chants and movement activities that will have the whole family roaring! Registration will begin on November 16.

Booktalk

Booktalk Buddies
Do you have a book you absolutely love? Do you want to share it with the community? Film a short clip of you recommending the book (don’t give the whole plot away, just enough to grab the audience’s interest!) and email the clip to lucykiddept@gmail.com. Children in grades 1-6 are invited to participate. We will select some videos to be included in our Winter Booktalk recordings! Fiction and nonfiction are welcome. Our booktalk videos are posted online and shared with the Newington schools. Videos must be submitted no later than January 6. Please note a waiver form must be completed if your child is selected. 

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Movers and Shakers: A Musical Storytime
Tuesday, December 6, 10:15 a.m.
Children ages 2 – 4
and a caregiver are invited to experience music in this high energy program.  Come sing, explore instruments and rhythm patterns, dance and more! Registration begins November 22. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m.
For birth to age 3 with caregiver. Michelle Saucier of Tiny Yogi will share a playful yoga experience designed around building foundational muscular and motor functions. This class offers opportunities for families to connect with each other and other members of the community. No experience necessary. Please bring a yoga mat/blanket/or towel. Registration will begin November 23. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Winter Workshop
Thursday, December 8, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Time for a night of family fun! Make beautiful winter-themed decorations to keep for your family or to give to a special person. This program is recommended for ages 4 and up. Registration begins November 24. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Art Exploration
Tuesday, December 13, 10:15 a.m.
Kids ages 2 – 5 and their caregiver will bond, play, and engage in stimulating art activities. So much fun and a little messy! Registration begins November 20. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 p.m.
Let’s get ready for the festive season by making a recipe jar! We will layer all dry ingredients in a Mason jar and then decorate the jar and gift tag. Registration for kids in grades 3 – 5 begins November 30. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Babies Love Music
Monday, December 19, 10:15 a.m. 
Babies 6 – 24 months will have fun experiencing music with a caregiver. Come dance, sing, explore instruments and hear a musical story in this special program. Registration begins December 5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Reindeer Goats Story Hour
Wednesday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
“Reindeer” goats from Bradley Mountain Farm are coming to visit! Hear a goat story followed by some goat cuddles. Feed them tasty treats and take some adorable selfies! Registration will begin December 1

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Junior Cookbook Club
Tuesday, December 27, 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a special daytime Junior Cookbook Club. We will start with a story and then we will make fancy grilled cheese. Registration for kids in grades K – 2 begins December 13. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Frozen Fun  
Tuesday, December 27, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Elsa and Anna arrive in a winter flurry to play musical games, perform live vocals, and read a story. There will be a meet & greet and photo opportunities afterwards. Kids are welcome to wear costumes! Registration for ages 4 and up begins December 13.  

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Art Exploration
Wednesday, December 28, 10:15 a.m. 
Kids ages 2 – 5 and their caregivers will bond, play, and engage in stimulating art activities. So much fun and a little messy! Registration begins December 14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Alchemy Lab
Wednesday, December 28, 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
The CT Science Center will be stopping by! Mix and match chemicals to produce a number of exciting outcomes and reactions. Kids in grades 3 – 5 may register beginning on December 14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Kids Yoga
Wednesday, December 28, 6:00 p.m.
For ages 5-10. A social class for children that focuses on body awareness, playful poses, engaging games, and simple breathing techniques. Bring your yoga mats/towels/blankets as we explore movement and mindfulness with Michelle Saucier from Tiny Yogi. Registration begins December 14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Block Party
Thursday, December 29, 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a free play session with Keva planks, Legos, and other fun building toys. Registration begins December 15. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Crafternoon

Crafternoon
Friday, December 30, 1:00 p.m.
Children in grades 1 – 5 are invited to join us for an hour filled with activities designed to let you explore and create! Registration begins December 16. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

Please note that registration is required for all programs. You may register up to two weeks in advance for programs. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Children’s Events webpage to register.

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Storytime for Ones
Mondays, January 9 – January 30, 10:15 a.m.
Stories and songs for children 9 – 24 months, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Play For All
Tuesdays, January 3 – January 31, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. All are welcome! Registration required. Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

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Storytime for Twos
Wednesdays, January 4 – January 25, 10:15 a.m.
Stories, songs, and crafts for children 24 months and older, siblings, and their caregivers. Registration required.
 

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Storytime for 3 – 5-year-olds 
Thursdays, January 5 – January 19, 10:15 a.m. 
Stories, songs, and crafts for children ages 3 – 5, without caregivers. Registration required.
 

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Family Storytime 
Thursdays, January 5 – January 26, 6:30 p.m. 
Stories and songs for the whole family. Registration required.
 

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Itsy Bitsy Yoga
Tuesday, January 10, 6:00 p.m. 
For birth to age 3 with caregiver. Michelle Saucier of Tiny Yogi will share a playful yoga experience designed around building foundational muscular and motor functions. This class offers opportunities for families to connect with each other and other members of the community. No experience necessary. Please bring a yoga mat/blanket/or towel. Registration will begin December 27. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Snowga
Saturday, January 14, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Yoga can happen anywhere! We’ll be outside with Michelle Saucier from Tiny Yogi to practice our poses in the snow. Please dress warmly and feel free to bring your own yoga mat. Children ages 5-10 may register beginning on December 30. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Kids Yoga
Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m.
For ages 5-10. A social class for children that focuses on body awareness, playful poses, engaging games, and simple breathing techniques. Bring your yoga mats/towels/blankets as we explore movement and mindfulness with Michelle Saucier from Tiny Yogi. Registration begins January 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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Crash Lab
Tuesday, January 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The CT Science Center is back! Can you smash your way to success? Explore forces and motion by crashing cars! Explore how forces can change with weight and see if you can master the crash lab challenges! Kids in grades 3-5 may register beginning January 10Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Li’l Chefs
Wednesday, January 25, 6:00 p.m.
Love cooking with your kids? This is a program just for preschoolers, ages 3 – 4 years old, with a caregiver. We will start with a story and then will make waffles. Registration begins January 4Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Construction Zone
Thursday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. 
For ages 3 – 5. 
Design your own structures and learn about some amazing man-made and creature-made structures in our world. Registration begins January 12Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Snowga
Saturday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Yoga can happen anywhere! We’ll be outside with Michelle Saucier from Tiny Yogi to practice our poses in the snow. Please dress warmly and feel free to bring your own yoga mat. Children ages 5-10 may register beginning on January 14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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