Kid's Events

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the library building is closed March 16, 2020 until further notice. The Library will continue to offer limited services during this time. 

The Library’s Lucy to Go Curbside Service will begin again on Monday June 1st.  Click here for more details.

storytime

Digital Storytimes

Your librarians miss you! Check back weekly on our Digital Storytime page for new videos!

  1. Library

    Physical Address
    95 Cedar Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

StoryWalk sign

StoryWalk® @ Mill Pond Park

Who says you can’t read and walk at the same time? Come enjoy our first StoryWalk® book Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Parks & Recreation

grab n go on paper bag

Grab & Go Crafts

Each week we will have crafts ready for pick up! There will be a PreK – 1st Grade option and/or a Grade 2 – 5 option. Please note that supplies are limited. Parents may call 860-665-8720 to register the Monday of that particular week to reserve a craft bag for pickup that Thursday. 

bear reading book with bowl of porridge

Virtual Book Kits

Check out the library’s Facebook page beginning in June for weekly Virtual Book Kits. We will share a particular book and accompanying crafts/activities that can be done at home to extend the experience. Click here to view the Virtual Book Kits on our Reading Recommendation page. 

Imagine your story

Children’s Summer Reading 2020: Imagine Your Story!
Monday, June 22 – Friday, August 28

The Children’s Department is offering a wonderful Summer Reading Program! This year Imagine Your Story is fantasy, fairy tale, and mythology themed. Beginning on Monday, June 22, a Summer Reading Activity Log* will be posted on the library’s website that can be printed from home. The Summer Reading Log will provide more details. All Children’s programs will be done virtually through our website or other media.

*If unable to print a Summer Reading Log from home, please contact the Children’s Department at 860-665-8720.

PAGE-TURNER-ADVENTURES

Page Turner Adventures Program Series
Monday, June 29 – August 28, weekdays only
The Lucy Robbins Welles Library presents the Page Turner Adventures series! Get ready to laugh, have fun, and be entertained! This NINE week program series will run from June 29- August 28. Each week will feature a different theme and each day will bring a new adventure! Access a new link each weekday on the Kids event page. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Overview Week 6: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437757234

Monday: SHOW DAY – Every Monday, a different Virtual Comedy Story Theater show will be shared. Length: 45-60 minutes. https://player.vimeo.com/video/437247582

Tuesday: PROJECT DAY – Do crafts, games, recipes, science experiments, and activities that go along with that week’s theme. Length: 30 minutes.
Younger Craft - Bubble Art: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437169793,
Directions: https://pageturneradventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Bubble-Art.pdf
Older Craft - Sandpaper Art: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437171611,
Directions: https://pageturneradventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sandpaper-Art-.pdf

Wednesday: AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR DAY – Get ready for fun interviews and activities with some of the most amazing authors and illustrators in the business! In addition to the interview, there will be read-alongs, activities, and trivia games. Length: 30 minutes.
Shutta Crum: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437757376,
Bonus video: Shutta Crum - How to Choose a Good Book: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437717537
Janeen Mason: https://player.vimeo.com/video/438421568,
Bonus video: Janeen Mason book reading: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437720407 

Thursday: TWEEN DAY – Crafts and activities for upper elementary and middle school kids. Length: 30 minutes.
Craft - Hydro Dipping: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437700007,
Directions: https://pageturneradventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Hydro-Dipping.pdf
Craft - Rainstick: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437714367,
Directions: https://pageturneradventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Rainstick.pdf 

Friday – SPECIAL GUEST DAY – Each week, watch a bonus show with another amazing performer! These include Ringling Clowns, magicians, Grammy winning singers, ventriloquists, and more. You’ll also “visit” exciting places like zoos, science museums, and the International Clown Hall of Fame. Length: 30 minutes.
Burl the Bubble Guy: https://player.vimeo.com/video/437236669 




Simple Science at home

Simple Science @ Home
Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.
Scientists are welcome to watch the Virtual Science: Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiments with Ms. Joanne. When you mix baking soda and vinegar there is a fun chemical reaction. Then enjoy doing the experiments on your own! Click here for a supply list. The video link will be available here on July 15 at 1:00 pm.

science-tellers man in lab coat and white wig and boy assistant

Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress
Monday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
In a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the entire kingdom from the evil ice sorceress. Join the Sciencetellers on an action-packed adventure! This interactive story features amazing special effects & a behind the scenes look as you explore the science of matter. The video link will be available here on July 20 at 10:30 am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

cookbook club

Virtual Cookbook Club
Wednesday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.
Mrs. Mendelsohn has created a video cooking demo that you can do at home. Learn how to make a delicious doggie cake for your furry friend! A link to the recipe is available here. The video link will be available here on July 22  at 2:00 pm. Bonus recipe included on video: Peanut Butter Doggie Ice Cream! Sing along with Groovy Joe! https://youtu.be/28nzTngxrbI

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

BooksAndBabies

Books and Babies!
Monday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.
Join us in a virtual program for our youngest library fans! Babies, ages 0-12 months, and their caregivers will enjoy a stimulating, age-appropriate program that will gently introduce them to the Library. We will also have a "Welcome to the Library" gift bag ready. Parents can call to reserve a bag beginning July 13 for pickup on Thursday, July 30. The video link will be available here on July 27 at 10:00 am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Shadow Factory shadow puppets

Still available! Please call to register to receive the link.

Shadow Camp
Thursday, July 30
For ages 7-11. Get to know the mysterious world of shadow puppets! Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory has created 3 self-paced online workshops. There will be skits, artist guidance, and simple at-home activities. Registration is required. All registrants will be emailed the link & password to access the shadow camp. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten grab and go chalk drawing kids

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Grab and Go Activity Kit
Sign up beginning August 3 for a fun and educational kit containing a variety of activities you can do at home with your soon to be kindergartener. Practice writing, cutting, gluing, letter names/sounds, rhyming, patterning, counting and more! The kit is for children who are starting kindergarten this upcoming school year.

Sew Simple with miss sarah

Sew Simple with Miss Sarah
Wednesday, August 5, 1:00 p.m.
Follow along with Miss Sarah in a virtual sewing class perfect for beginners and budding young tailors. Together you’ll go through all the steps to create your own hand sewn creations. This time we learned how to make a Stuffed Felt Cookie (click here for directions). The video link will be available here August 5.

Pajama Yoga

Preschool Yoga
Tuesday, August 11, 10:30 a.m.
Kids will be encouraged to move, play, and explore their bodies in creative ways! Beth Agdish, a certified Next Generation Yoga for Kids instructor, will teach us techniques and poses. The video link will be available here on August 11 at 10:30 am.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

cookbook club

Virtual Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 12, 2:00 p.m.
Mrs. Mendelsohn has created a video cooking demo that you can do at home. Learn how to make cookie butter! A link to the recipe is available here. Enjoy! The video link will be available here on August 12 at 2:00 pm.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Jester Jim holding juggling pins

Jester Jim
Friday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.
An all ages event. Jester Jim is back! Join us live to witness even more of his awe-inspiring juggling skills. Registration is required. All registrants will be emailed the link to the program (a few days before the event). 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Simple Science at home

Simple Science @ Home
Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 p.m.
Water is amazing! Scientists are welcome to watch the Virtual Science: Water Experiments with Ms. Joanne. Then enjoy doing the experiments on your own! Click here for a supply list. The video link will be available here on August 19 at 1:00 pm.

What did I miss Hamilton Thomas Jefferson

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

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The last day for Imagine Your Story - Summer Reading 2020 is Friday, August 28, 2020.

2020 Scavenger Hunt 9 - Disney villains