Kid's Events

important update

Effective Monday, November 9, 2020, browsing by appointment will be suspended and
the building will be closed to the public. We are now offering SAME DAY Library Curbside Service.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding throughout this process. Click here for updated 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.


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

  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

Animals A-Z StoryWalk® sign

StoryWalk® @ Mill Pond Park
This month we present a special story from Mrs. DePaolis's Pre-school classes at John Paterson Elementary School - Animals A to Z. Make sure to scan the QR codes on each storyboard, using the Camera app on your cell phone, to get additional information!
Sponsored by JPES, the Friends of the Library and Parks & Recreation.

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 March and April 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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Spring Forward Booktalks
Need some reading recommendations? Check out our booktalk videos! We will have book recommendations for grades 3 – 6. The video links are now available on our Reading Recommendations page.

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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. 

Spring Art Show

Spring Art ShowVirtual

For kids & teens. Join us for our first ever virtual art exhibit! Send us a picture of your original artwork that we can share on our webpage. Your piece can be any kind of art: painting, drawing, fan art, crochet, origami …anything goes! Please email images to Be sure to include your first name and age. We will be collecting submissions until March 22. We can’t wait to see the creative spirit of Newington!

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. 

chef scott

Culinary Delights: Chocolate Snowstorm Cookies
Tuesday, March 16

Watch Chef Rob Scott as he whips up a delicious treat for those cold nights. A video link & the recipe will be available here beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.   

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Book Spine Poetry Challenge – in honor of National Poetry Month

For kids & teens. Book spine poems are made by stacking books on top of each other and forming a witty, free-verse poem from their titles. Now we challenge YOU to come up with a book spine poem, with the titles you have around the house. You can use children's books, nonfiction, teen or adult titles- any books you can find! These poems can be serious or funny, the only requirement is that you be creative and have fun. Please email images to Be sure to include your first name and age. We will be sharing submissions on our social media accounts (#lrwlpoetry) throughout April!

Dog and cat reading book

Zoom Together Storytime – Virtual

Wednesday, April 7 and 21, 10:15 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. Registration required. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.


Tales to Tails
Thursday, April 8, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 10 minute session reading to Harper, a new canine friend. Call to register beginning March 25. Registrants will receive specific time slots on Zoom. Families are responsible for providing a book, but remember we offer curbside pickup if you need help!
Donated by Jeanette Francini.

chef scott

Culinary Delights: Apple Pie Calzones
Tuesday, April 13

Chef Rob Scott is back to create some cooking magic with yummy apple pie calzones. 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.   

Earth Day smiling earth

Earth Day – Craft Kit to Go
Monday, April 19

For grades 1-5. In honor of Earth Day, NASA donated a special grab & go kit! Parents may call to reserve a Stained Glass Earth kit beginning on April 19. Kits can also be picked up/ placed with curbside book orders
Sponsored by NASA

1939 library building

“A History of the Library” StoryWalk® at Mill Pond Park
Saturday, April 24, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Town of Newington 150th Anniversary Committee is presenting a History Walk/Drive of seven properties of historical significance on April 24 and the Lucy Robbins Welles Library is one of those properties. Take a stroll through Mill Pond Park and a read the "History of the Library" StoryWalk® and learn how library began. Then visit the Friends of the Library on the library's front steps to ask additional questions about the history of the library and enjoy a snack that originated in 1939, the year the library opened. Afterwards continue on and visit the six other properties and learn about the history of each. 

What did I miss Hamilton Thomas Jefferson

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

cookbook club

Cookbook Club – Virtual
Wednesday, February 10

Ms. Beth has created a video cooking demo that you can do at home. Learn how to make fancy grilled cheese sandwiches (click here and here for recipes)! A video link will be available here beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Simple Science at home

Simple Science @ Home – Virtual
Tuesday, February 23

Scientists are welcome to watch the virtual science experiments with Ms. Joanne. Each experiment will use basic supplies, which you may even have in your kitchen. After watching, enjoy doing the experiments on your own! A video link will be available here beginning the day of the program.