Children's Events

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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services


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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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. Challenge yourself with our Scavenger Hunt to see if you can find all the pictures. 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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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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WEEKLY PROGRAMS:
Please note that registration is required for all programs. You may register up to two weeks in advance for programs. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Kids’ Event webpage to register. 

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Storytime for Ones
Mondays, January 8 – February 26, 10:15 a.m. (No storytime on January 15 or February 19)
Stories and songs for children 9 - 24 months, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Play For All
Tuesdays, January 9 – February 27, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
NO CLASS ON FEBRUARY 13 DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER.
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. All are welcome! Registration required.

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Storytime for Twos
Wednesdays, January 10 – February 28, 10:15 a.m.
Stories, songs, and crafts for children 24 months and older, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.
 

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Storytime for 3-5 year olds 
Thursdays, January 11 – February 29, 10:15 a.m. 
Stories, songs, and crafts for children ages 3–5, without caregivers. Registration required.
 

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Family Storytime 
Thursdays, January 11 – February 29,  6:30 p.m. 
Stories and songs for the whole family. Registration required.

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Children’s Winter Reading 2024: Read Around the World!
Saturday, February 3 – Monday, March 4
Join the Children’s Winter Reading Program! Beginning on Saturday, February 3, registration will be available online. A Winter Reading Log is posted on the library’s website (click here for the Winter Reading page). Once registered, you may print the log from home or come in to pick up a copy. When the log is completed, please visit the Children’s department to claim your reward. This reading program is for all children up to 5th grade. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Lil Chefs

Lil Chefs - PROGRAM FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE
Wednesday, February 21, 6:15 p.m.
Love cooking with your kids? This is a program just for preschoolers, ages 3 – 4 and a caregiver. We will start with a story, then make microwave mochi donuts. Registration begins February 7. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Little Yogi
Saturday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.
For ages 2 – 5 years old with a caregiver. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Registration begins February 10Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Valenslime - PROGRAM FULL, WAITLIST AVAILABLE
Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 p.m. New Date
For grades 1 – 5 with a caregiver. Make your own slime – there will even be Valentine’s Day-themed options! Registration begins January 30. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Movers and Shakers: A Musical Storytime
Tuesday, March 5, 10:15 a.m.
Children ages 2-4 and a caregiver are invited to experience music in this high energy program.  Come sing, explore instruments and rhythm patterns, dance and more. Registration begins February 20. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Anxiety workshop

12 Tips to Manage Anxiety – Virtual
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.
For children in Grades 1-6 and parents. When faced with anxiety, how can we help our children or even ourselves? Dr. Wendy Hurwitz will share twelve tips on what you can do to help prevent anxiety and to manage it if it occurs. Everyone will come away with information, tools, and techniques to regain and restore balance and calm. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Jr Cookbook Club
Wednesday, March 6, 6:15 p.m.
We will start with a story then make chocolate hummus. Kids in grades K – 2 may register beginning February 21. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Rockin’ Harmonica
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. 
Join us for a music lesson where you can learn basic tunes on the harmonica – and show off their new skills to their caregivers at the end with a concert! Harmonicas will be provided and kids will be able to take them home. Children ages 5 and up can register beginning February 22.

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Art for Little Hands
Tuesday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. 
Children ages 1-4 will bond, play and engage in stimulating art activities.  Our little artists will take home an age-appropriate art project.  So much fun! Registration begins February 27. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
For ages 5-9. Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Participants will explore the feelings associated with different stories while also developing an understanding of the contextual use of yoga and mindfulness in normal life. Registration begins February 28. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library 

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Baby Soft Play
Thursday, March 14, 10:15 a.m. 
For babies 6 to 24 months with a caregiver. A program where babies can play and self-explore in a soft play environment. Registration begins February 29. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tales to Tails
Saturday, March 16, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to a certified therapy dog. Call to register beginning March 2. Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, March 20, 6:15 p.m.
We will welcome spring by making delicious deviled eggs! Registration for kids in grades 3 – 5 begins March 6. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Little Yogi
Wednesday, March 27, 11:00 a.m.
For ages 2 – 5 years old with a caregiver. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Registration begins March 13Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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