Kid's Events

  1. Library

    Physical Address
    95 Cedar Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

Many programs require registration. No registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. 

To register call 860-665-8720.

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Drop-in Spring Preschool Storytimes
March 18 – May 9
Our regular Spring Session weekly storytimes for ages 9 months through 6 years.  To choose the right one for your child, pick up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department or click here.

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Voting for Nutmeg Children’s Book Award
Children in grades 2-12 are invited to cast their ballots for the 2019 Nutmeg Book Award, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School and High School levels, from April 1 - 27. Your vote counts! Be sure to read all or some of the nominated books before you vote. Lists and books are available in the Children’s and Teen Departments.

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Family Storytime 
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round.

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Tales to Tails
Saturday, April 20, 1:00 – 2:30 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 for more information or to register beginning April 6.

Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

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Ready for Kindergarten
Mondays, April 22 and 29, and May 6, 6:00 p.m.
Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2019 – 2020 school year, and a caregiver are invited to listen to stories and participate in lots of hands-on activities that will help children to develop the skills needed for a successful start in school.  In order to create a special one-on-one learning time with your soon to be kindergartener, please make other arrangements for siblings. Please call to register beginning April 1.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Play with Us!
Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs.  Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers.  All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

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My Gym
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. (replaces Family Storytime)
Join in with a movement program presented by My Gym of West Hartford.  Be prepared to climb, move and have FUN! Suggested for kids 2 – 4 years of age.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Building with LEGO® Bricks
Saturday, April 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with LEGO® bricks. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Sensory Sensation!
Tuesday, April 30, 2:30 p.m.
If you love to use your hands to squish, squeeze and explore, then join us and have fun with slime, cloud dough and other gooey surprises.  Register kids in grades K – 5 beginning April 16.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Family Storytime 
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (Special Family Program on May 23)
Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round.

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Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 4, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Stop by to join the fun of Free Comic Book Day.  Dress as your favorite character!  Partake in crafts, photo opportunities, a free comic book and a chance meeting with some of Newington’s top cosplay actors!

Comic Books donated by Eye Opener Comic Store.
Event sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Books and Babies!
Monday, May 6, 9:15 a.m.
Join us in a 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.  Babies will also receive a “Welcome to the Library” gift bag. Registration begins April 22.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Play with Us!
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, and 28, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. (No Program May 21)
Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs.  Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers.  All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

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Movers and Shakers: A Musical Storytime
Tuesday, May 7, 12:00 p.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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Jr. Cookbook Club
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.  Then we will make blueberry muffin waffles.  Registration for Junior Chefs in grades K – 2 begins April 24.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Babies Love Art!
Monday, May 13, 10:15 a.m.
Babies 6 months to 24 months 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 April 29.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Super Explorers
Mondays, May 13 and 20, and June 3, 6:00 p.m. (No Program May 27)
Preschoolers, ages 3 – 5, and their caregivers may join us for a three week series of programs including a story and educational fun activities!  Registration begins April 29.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Stories and Art
Tuesday, May 14, 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a story and art program for 2–4 year olds and their caregivers.  Registration begins April 30.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Just a Story and a Song! 
Wednesdays, May 15 and 29, 10:15 a.m. (No Storytime on May 22)
Join us for a thirty minute all ages storytime.  We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning.

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Chess and Checkers Club
Wednesday, May 15, 4:00 p.m.
Like to play chess and/or checkers?  We will set up our program room with sets and a knowledgeable adult and teens who can provide basic assistance.  Snacks will be available.  Bring a friend or find one here!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
This month we will be making a variety of sweet and savory dips.  Chefs in grades 3-6 may register beginning May 1.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tales to Tails
Thursday, May 16, 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.  Registration begins May 2.

Donated by Natalie Harbeson.

dog laying on book

Tales to Tails
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session to read to a certified therapy dog. Call for more information or to register beginning May 4.

Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

Lil Chefs

Li’l Chefs
Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m.
Little kids can cook too!  We will listen to The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood. Then we will make a Berry Yummy Dip.  Registration for 3 and 4 year olds with a caregiver begins May 8.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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My Gym
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. (replaces Family Storytime)
Join in with a movement program presented by My Gym of West Hartford.  Be prepared to climb, move and have FUN! Suggested for kids 2 – 4 years of age.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

lego club

Building with LEGO® Bricks
Saturday, May 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with LEGO® bricks. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.