Children's Events

Effective September 13, 2021- 

The library building is OPEN to the public for limited browsing of new and recently returned library items and children's materials. Same day curbside service will be available during regular library hours.

Children's staff will be available to assist you by phone 860-665-8720, by email at tonchildref@newingtonct.gov or through curbside service during regular library hours.


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

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StoryWalk® @ the Library
Who said you can’t read & walk at the same time? Our summer StoryWalk® is located on the library green. Walk together and enjoy Once Upon a Goat by Dan Richards 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.

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Grab & Go Crafts
Each week in September and October we will have crafts ready for pick up! There will be PreK - Grade 1 option and/or a Grade 2-5 option. Please note that supplies are limited.  Parents may call 860-665-8720 to register each Monday to reserve a craft bag for pickup 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! 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.

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

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Library Card Sign-Up Month!
Calling all children from birth through 6th grade who live in Newington! Come to the Children’s Department anytime between September 1 – 30 to sign up for a library card and receive a free goody bag (new registrants only).

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Culinary Delights: Churro Muffin - Virtual
Monday, September 13
Join Chef Rob Scott as shares yummy sweet cinnamon 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.

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Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesdays, September 28,10:30 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 bring blankets or chairs for your family. Registration required.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 pm
Children in grades 3 – 6 can sign up for a modified Cookbook Club that will take place on the Library Green. We will be making watermelon salsa. Space is limited. Registration begins September 15. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Family Storytime
Thursday, September 30, 6:00 p.m.
Stories, songs and more for the whole family! We will be located on the Library Green. Please bring blankets or chairs for your family. Registration required.

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Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26,10:30 a.m.
Join us for an all ages story time. 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 bring blankets or chairs for your family. Registration required as space is limited.

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Family Storytime
Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6:00 p.m. 
Stories, songs and more for the whole family! We will be located on the Library Green. Please bring blankets or chairs for your family. Registration required.

Ellie-Tales to Tails

Tales to Tails
Thursday, October 14, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to Ellie, a certified therapy dog. We will meet outside on the Library Green. Call to register beginning September 30. Donated by Natalie Harbeson.

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Culinary Delights: Brooklyn Style Soft Pretzels - Virtual
Monday, October 18
Chef Rob Scott is back with the ultimate snack! Watch as he makes delicious Brooklyn style soft pretzels. A video link & the recipe will be available on the Kid’s Events page beginning the day of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.    

clip art kids baking

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 pm
Children in grades 3 – 6 can sign up for a modified Cookbook Club that will take place on the Library Green. We will be making turkey ranch pinwheel wraps. Space is limited. Registration begins October 6. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Pumpkin Palooza to Go!
Monday, October 18 (special grab & go kit)
For grades 1 – 5. It’s a pumpkin-filled good time! Parents may call beginning Monday, October 18 to reserve a craft bag filled with fun fall crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Spooky Reads booktalks
If you love creepy books, check out our Spooky Reads booktalk videos! We will have book recommendations for grades 3 – 6. The video links will be available in mid-October on our Reading Recommendations page. We will also have a Fall Favorites booktalk video for grades 1 – 2!

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