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 - New StoryWalk® coming this Spring
Our special StoryWalk® is located on the Library Green. Walk together and enjoy a story along the way. A new story, The Thing About Spring, will be up in early April. 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. Lastly, hop along our ocean-themed obstacle courses we have waiting for you in our book stacks. 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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Grab & Go Crafts
Through the end of June, we will have crafts ready for pick up! There will be PreK option available (school-aged children will have a special monthly option). Please note that supplies are limited. Parents may call 860-665-8720 to register each Monday to reserve a craft bag for pickup in the library or curbside of that particular week. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Pop-Up Picks 
Watch out for our pop-up book picks! A curated batch of children’s books & a small prize will pop up on our library’s Facebook page. If you’re interested, act fast! Call the Children’s Department to reserve the books for checkout and YOU get to keep the prize. 

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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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Submarine Serenade
Wednesday, June 22, 11:00 a.m.
Michele Urban from My Music Room is back in person to share a rich musical adventure teeming with songs, movement, fun games, and ocean-themed rhythm instruments. Children ages 1-7 may register beginning June 8. 

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Indoor Family Storytime 
Thursdays, June 23 and 30, 6:00 p.m.
Stories, songs and more for the whole family! Please attend with no more than one adult per child due to our limited capacity. Registration is required. 

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Indoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. 
Join us for an all-ages story time INDOORS! We’ll welcome in the morning with stories and songs. Please attend with no more than one adult per child due to our limited capacity. Registration is required.

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Outdoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. 
Join us for an all-ages story time OUTDOORS! Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two). We will be located on the Library Green. Please remember to bring seating (blankets or chairs). This will be a repeat storytime from the previous indoor session. Registration required.

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Tiny Art Show – All Ages
Begins Friday, July 1
Display your artistic talents in our Tiny Art Show! Call beginning July 1 to register for a mini artist kit. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, return it to the library by Friday, August 5 to be part of the exhibit! The art will be on display from August 10 through the end of the month. The mini artist kit includes: 4″x4″ canvas and easel, acrylic paint, and brushes. All ages are welcome to participate! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Catch the Hatch: Baby Chicks @ the Library!
Tuesday, July 5 – Tuesday, August 9
Starting Tuesday, July 5, we’ll have special guests – little chicken eggs that are getting ready to hatch – in the children’s department. We’ll have an incubator set up and families may even get to see the eggs start to hatch! After hatching, the chicks will stay at the library until August 9 before heading back to Farmer Joe’s Gardens in Wallingford. 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. All programs except for Outdoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine will be indoors. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Kids’ Event webpage to register. 

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Storytime for Ones
Mondays, July 25 – August 29, 10:15 a.m.
Stories and songs for children 9 - 24 months, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Outdoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesdays, July 19 – August 30, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for an all-ages storytime OUTDOORS! Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy stories and songs. We will be located on the Library Green. Please remember to bring seating (blankets or chairs). Registration required.
 

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Storytime for Twos
Wednesdays, July 20 – August 31, 10:15 a.m.
Stories, songs, and take-home crafts for children 24 months and older, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Storytime for 3 – 5 year-olds 
Thursdays, July 21 – September 1, 10:15 a.m. (No storytime August 4)
Stories, songs, and take-home crafts for children ages 3 - 5, without caregivers. Registration required.
 

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Family Storytime 
Thursdays, July 7 – September 1, 6:00 p.m. (No storytime July 14 & August 18)
Stories and songs for the whole family. Registration required.

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Babies Love Art! – Outdoor
Monday, July 18, 10:30 a.m 
Babies 6 months to 24 months will bond, play and engage in stimulating art activities.  Our little artists will take home an age appropriate art project. So much fun and a little messy!  Registration begins July 4.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

Crafternoon

Crafternoon
Tuesday, July 19, 4:00 p.m.
Children entering grades 1–5 are invited to join us for an hour filled with activities designed to let you explore and create! Registration begins July 5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, July 20, 6:00 p.m.
Cookbook Club is back featuring a summer theme – watermelon salsa! Kids entering grades 3-5 may register beginning July 6. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

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Star Wars Trivia – Virtual
Friday, July 22, 7:00 p.m. 
May the Force be with you!  Join us online for a trivia night all about Star Wars.  Answer trivia questions by yourself or with a group of friends.  All ages are welcome and prizes will be awarded.  Register for the Zoom link.  Co-sponsored by the Beekley Community Library.

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Junior Cookbook Club
Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 p.m.
Explore our Oceans of Possibilities as we create ocean-themed treats. Kids entering grades 1-2 may register beginning July 13Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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Mermaid Tea Party - Outdoor
Thursday, July 28, 1:00 p.m.
Come meet your favorite Mermaid Princess! We will sing songs, sip tea, hear a story, and more. Snacks will be served. Costumes are welcome! Children ages 4 and older may register beginning July 14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Foam Party - Outdoor
Saturday, July 30, 1:30 p.m.
It’s like a pool party without a pool! Come to the library for an afternoon of foam and fun! Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet and remember to bring a towel and water shoes with you. Children ages 6 –11 may register beginning July 16Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, and 16, 6:30 p.m.
Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2022 – 2023 school year, and a caregiver are invited to listen to stories and participate in lots of hands-on activities that will help children to develop the skills needed for a successful start in school. In order to create a special one-on-one learning time with your soon to be kindergartener, please make other arrangements for siblings. Please call to register beginning July 19. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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We Like to Move It!
Thursday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.
Does it slide, roll, or stay put? The Children’s Museum will be here with ramps to explore concepts of energy, force, and motion. Children ages 3 – 5 may register beginning July 21. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Crafternoon

Crafternoon
Monday, August 8, 4:00 p.m.
Children entering grades 1–5 are invited to join us for an hour filled with activities designed to let you explore and create! Registration begins July 25. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 p.m.
Cool off as we make our own ice cream in a bag. Kids entering grades 3-5 may register beginning July 27. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

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Junior Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Explore our Oceans of Possibilities as we create Frushi (fruit sushi). Kids entering grades 1-2 may register beginning August 3. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

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Polymer Power
Thursday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
The Children’s Museum will be help us conduct slimy experiments to learn about solids, liquids, and the strange chains called polymers. Children in grades K – 5 may register beginning August 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Family Game Night

Family Game Night - Outdoor
Friday, August 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We will have a handful of GIANT games, courtesy of The Carnival Party LLC, for families to play outside. Registration will begin on August 5. Registered families can stop in at any time to play during those 2 hours! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Mr. Joe Sings: An Outdoor Family Concert
Monday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
We invite you to come sing, laugh, and learn with Mr. Joe! Bring a blanket, some snacks, and get ready to sing along. This program is best suited for ages 2 – 7. Registration will begin on Monday, August 8. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Last day for Oceans of Possiblilities - Summer Reading 2022!

 Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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