Kid's Events

Reopening

The Lucy Robbins Welles Library building will be open to the public for the limited services on Monday, October 26.
You can begin making appointments for the following week on Monday, October 19.

The following services will be available:

  • Collection browsing (30 minutes) for adult, teen & children’s departments
  •  Checkout - We encourage you to use the self-checkouts, which will be regularly disinfected 
  • Information assistance 
  • Curbside service during designated times 
  • Self-serve copier & FAX 

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.

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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

StoryWalk sign

StoryWalk® @ Mill Pond Park
Come visit our new StoryWalk® Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Parks & Recreation

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Grab & Go Crafts
Each week we will have crafts ready for pick up! There will be a craft for kids ages 1 - 6 that will coincide with one of our Digital Storytimes. Please note that supplies are limited.  Parents may call 860-665-8720 to register each Monday to reserve a craft bag for pickup curbside or during browsing hours of that particular week

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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. 

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Sew Simple with Miss Sarah - Virtual

Tuesday, October 6


Join Miss Sarah for 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’ll learn how to make our own spooky plushies (template). A video link will be available here

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Pumpkin Palooza to Go! (special grab & go kit)

Tuesday, October 13

For grades 1-5. It’s a pumpkin-filled good time! Parents may call to register beginning Friday, October 9 to reserve a craft bag filled with fun fall crafts for pickup that Tuesday. Kits can also be picked up/ placed with curbside book orders. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

cookbook club

Virtual Cookbook Club
Wednesday, October 14
 

Mrs. Mendelsohn has created a video cooking demo that you can do at home. Learn how to make pumpkin bread! A video link will be available here. A link to the recipe will be available here. Enjoy! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

StoryCrafters

Apple, Corn, & Pumpkin Leaves - Virtual

Beginning Monday, October 12


Join the Storycrafters as they share a classic mix of autumn-themed folktales and songs, with images of harvests, pumpkins, apples, and just a touch of gentle Halloween 'chill' thrown in for good measure. Please click here and use the password pumpkin11 to access the video. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Simple Science at home

Simple Science @ Home - Virtual
Thursday, October 22
 

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! Click here for a supply listA video link will be available here. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tales to Tails - Virtual
Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 - 5:00 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 October 13. 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 Natalie Harbeson

Spooky-reads

Spooky Reads booktalks
If you love creepy books, check out our Spooky Reads booktalk videos! We will have book recommendations for grades 3-6. The video links are available on our Reading Recommendations page.

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Happy Harvest – Craft Kit to Go
Monday, November 9

Kids in grades 1 – 5 can get a craft bag with festive fall crafts to make at home. Parents may call to register and arrange for pick up beginning Monday, November 9 and continuing through the month while supplies last.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sew Simple with miss sarah

Sew Simple with Miss Sarah - Virtual

Tuesday, November 10


Join Miss Sarah for 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’ll learn how to make our own felt turkey plush. A video link will be available here

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Pajama Yoga – Virtual
Tuesday, November 17
 

For ages 4 – 8. Get your comfy pjs on and get ready to do some yoga! Beth Agdish, a certified Next Generation Yoga for Kids instructor, will teach us techniques and traditional poses.  A video link is available on the Kid’s Events page beginning the day of the program. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

Simple Science at home

Simple Science @ Home – Virtual
Wednesday, November 18

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. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

cookbook club

Cookbook Club – Virtual
Tuesday, November 24
 

Miss Beth has created a video cooking demo that you can do at home. Learn how to make a yummy and easy Thanksgiving side dish – butternut squash pouf! A video link will be available here beginning the day of the program. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Baby fingerpainting red and blue paint

Babies Love Art! – Virtual
Monday, December 7


Parents, join us for a virtual program where we will teach you how to create stimulating art activities for your little one from the comfort of your own home! These art activities are geared for babies ages 6 months to 24 months. A video link will be available here beginning the day of the program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Just Chill – Craft Kit to Go
Monday, December 7

Kids in grades 1 – 5 can make three cold weather-themed crafts to keep for themselves or give as gifts. Parents may call to register and arrange for pick up beginning Monday, December 7 and continuing through the month while supplies last.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Sew Simple with miss sarah

Sew Simple with Miss Sarah - Virtual

Tuesday, December 8


Join Miss Sarah for 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’ll learn how to make our own snowman ornament.  A video link will be available here

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

cookbook club

Cookbook Club – Virtual
Wednesday, December 16

Miss Beth has created a video cooking demo that you can do at home. We will make gluten-free chocolate mochi mug cake! Call to sign up for your recipe kit beginning Monday, December 7. A video link will be available here beginning the day of the program. A link to the recipe will accompany the video. Enjoy!  
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

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Tales to Tails - Virtual
Thursday, December 17, 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 December 3. 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

child standing on books

Turning Pages - Virtual
Wednesday, December 23, 11;00 a.m.

For ages 3 – 6. Do you have a ballet fan at home? Join a dance professional from Ballet Theatre Company for a movement-focused storytelling experience! Stories will come to life in ways that engage the whole body. Come on a storybook adventure featuring The Nutcracker this month! Registration required. An email with the Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.  

Simple Science at home

Simple Science @ Home – Virtual
Tuesday, December 29


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. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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