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. A new story, The Thing About Spring, will be up in early April. 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 the Friends of the Library.
 

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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 Spring Scavenger Hunt to see if you can find all the books. Lastly, check out the 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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Grab & Go Crafts
Each week in May, we will have crafts ready for pick up! There will be PreK option available (school-aged children will have a special monthly option). Please note that supplies are limited. Parents may call 860-665-8720 to register each Monday to reserve a craft bag for pickup in the library or curbside of that particular week. 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Pop-Up Picks 
Watch out for our pop-up book picks! 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. 

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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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Indoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine  
INDOOR STORYTIME  IS CURRENTLY POSTPONED AT THIS TIME. 
Join us for an all-ages story time INDOORS! We’ll welcome in the morning with stories and songs. Please attend with no more than one adult per child due to our limited capacity. 

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Outdoor Stories, Songs, and Sunshine
Tuesdays, May 17 and 31,11:30 a.m.
Join us for an all-ages story time OUTDOORS! Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two). We will be located on the Library Green. Please remember to bring seating (blankets or chairs).  Registration required. 

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OUTDOOR Family Storytime 
Thursday, May 19
Stories, songs and more for the whole family! Weather permitting, we’ll be located on the Library Green. Please remember to bring seating (blankets or chairs).  Registration is required
 

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2022 Summer Reading:

Stay tuned for Oceans of Possibilities this summer! Both our Children’s and Teen summer reading programs will start on Friday, June 17, and end on Wednesday, August 24. There will be activities and prize giveaways! More information to come on both programs. 

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