Children's Events

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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services

    Phone: 860-665-8720

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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StoryWalk® @ the Library - New StoryWalk® coming this Spring
Our special StoryWalk® is located on the Library Green. Walk together and enjoy a story along the way. Our new story is Off & Away by Cale Atkinson. Use #lrwlkids on Instagram so we can see that you visited or scan the QR code to answer a brief survey. If you take the QR Code survey, you have the chance to win a prize! Call 860-665-8720 for more details. Sponsored by Kumon of Newington.
 

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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. Lastly, hop along our ocean-themed obstacle courses we have waiting for you in our book stacks. 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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Tiny Art Show – All Ages
The art is now on display until August 31 in the Community Room. Stop in and take a look at Newington's talent! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Catch the Hatch: Baby Chicks @ the Library!
Our chicks have left to go back to Farmer Joe's Gardens in Wallingford. We hope you enjoyed visiting with them as much as we enjoyed having them! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Click here for video.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

Please note that registration is required for all programs. You may register up to two weeks in advance for programs. All programs except for Outdoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine will be indoors. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Kids’ Event webpage to register. 

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Storytime for Ones
Mondays, August 15, 22, and 29, 10:15 a.m.
Stories and songs for children 9 - 24 months, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Outdoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesdays, August 16, 23, and 30, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for an all-ages storytime OUTDOORS! Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy stories and songs. We will be located on the Library Green. Please remember to bring seating (blankets or chairs). Registration required.
 

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Storytime for Twos
Wednesdays, August 24 & 31, 10:15 a.m. (NO CLASS ON AUGUST 17)
Stories, songs, and take-home crafts for children 24 months and older, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Storytime for 3 – 5 year-olds 
Thursdays, August 11, 18, 25, and September 1, 10:15 a.m. (No storytime August 4)
Stories, songs, and take-home crafts for children ages 3 - 5, without caregiversRegistration required.
 

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Family Storytime 
Thursdays, August 11, 25, and September 1, 6:00 p.m. (No storytime July 14 & August 18)
Stories and songs for the whole family. Registration required.

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Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, and 16, 6:30 p.m.
Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2022 – 2023 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 July 19. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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Junior Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Explore our Oceans of Possibilities as we create Frushi (fruit sushi). Kids entering grades 1-2 may register beginning August 3. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

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Polymer Power - FULL - WAITLIST AVAILABLE
Thursday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.
The Children’s Museum will be help us conduct slimy experiments to learn about solids, liquids, and the strange chains called polymers. Children in grades K – 5 may register beginning August 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Family Game Night

Family Game Night - Outdoor
Friday, August 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We will have a handful of GIANT games, courtesy of The Carnival Party LLC, for families to play outside. Registration will begin on August 5. Registered families can stop in at any time to play during those 2 hours! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Mr. Joe Sings: An Outdoor Family Concert
Monday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
We invite you to come sing, laugh, and learn with Mr. Joe! Bring a blanket, some snacks, and get ready to sing along. This program is best suited for ages 2 – 7. Registration will begin on Monday, August 8. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Last day for Oceans of Possiblilities - Summer Reading 2022!

 Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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