Children's Events

Effective December 23, 2021- 

The library building is OPEN to the public for browsing of library. Same day curbside service will be available during regular library hours. The is some seating throughout the library for quiet study and individual use. Gatherings of small groups is not allowed at this time. Masks are required in the building.

Adult public computer use is available for one hour by appointment.

Library staff will be available to assist you in person, by phone 860-665-8720, by email at or through curbside service during regular library hours.

All library programming will be virtual.  

Online Events/Programs via Zoom Cloud Meetings, YouTube and NCTV

Some events will take place on Zoom Cloud Meetings and all of the information on how to join an event can be found by clicking here. Registration is required. Participants who register will be emailed a link to access the Zoom program prior to the event. We hope to see you there!  

Other events, which are not live and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube on this events page.. There will also be some Live YouTube events scheduled that will require registration. Some of our library programs with community partners will be available on NCTV on Tuesdays @10:00 a.m. and Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m.

  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

Missing Mitten Mystery book Storywalk

StoryWalk® @ the Library
Who said you can’t read & walk at the same time? Our Winter StoryWalk® is located on the library green. Walk together and enjoy The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg along the way. Use #lrwlkids on Instagram so we can see that you visited or scan the QR code to answer a brief survey and a chance to win a PRIZE! Call 860-665-8720 for more details.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Childrens Book Bundles

Children’s Book Bundles
Introducing a new service! 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.

grab n go on paper bag

Grab & Go Crafts
Each week in January, 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.

mystery box in brown paper wrapping

Pop-Up Picks 
Watch out for our pop-up book picks! Each week (you never know when!) 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.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten fox reading

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.


Nutmeg Booktalks
Need some reading recommendations? Check out our booktalk videos on the 2022 CT Nutmeg Award nominees! We will have book recommendations for grades 2 – 6. 

Snowman reading

Stories, Songs, and Snowflakes - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Tuesdays, January 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for an all-ages story time OUTDOORS! We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. We will be located on the Library Green. Please remember to bring seating (blankets or chairs) and to bundle up
Registration required.


polar bear and penguins reading book

Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6:00 p.m.
Stories, songs and more for the whole family! Adults and children over two are required to wear masks. Please attend with no more than one adult per child due to our limited capacity. Registration required.


girl scientist

Spectacular Science – Craft Kit to Go
Monday, January 10
Kids in grades 1 – 5 can create a variety of fun science experiments at home. Parents may call to register and arrange for pick up beginning Monday, January 10 and continuing through the month while supplies last. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Culinary Delights: Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies - Virtual
Monday, January 24
Join Chef Rob Scott as he shares a new way to have some cozy cocoa in the cold winter months. A video link & the recipe will be available on the Kids Event page beginning the day of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Book igloo with kids climbing

Get Your Mitts on a Good Book! - Virtual
Need some suggestions for our upcoming winter reading program in February? Check out our winter booktalk videos! We will have book recommendations for grades 1 – 6. The video links will be available late January on our Kid’s Events page.

What did I miss Hamilton Thomas Jefferson

Did you miss a librarian program? Please check out our YouTube channel here.

cinnamon swirl chocolate chip bread

Culinary Delights: Cinnamon Swirled Chocolate Chip Bread - Virtual
Monday, November 22
Join Chef Rob Scott as he shows how to create this delicious treat. A video link & the recipe will be available on the Kids Event page beginning the day of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.