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.

NutmegAward

Voting for Nutmeg Children’s Book Award
Children in grades 2-12 are invited to cast their ballots for the 2018 Nutmeg Book Award, Elementary, Intermediate, Teen and High School levels, from April 2 - 28. Your vote counts! Be sure to read all or some of the nominated books before you vote. Lists and books are available online and in the Children’s and Teen Departments.

play with us

Play with Us!
Tuesdays, April 17 and 24, 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.

family story time

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

kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten
Mondays, April 16, 23 and 30, and May 7, 6:00 p.m.
Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2018 – 2019 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 2.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

stories and art

Stories and Art
Tuesday, April 17, 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a story and art program for 2–4 year olds and their caregivers.  Please call to register beginning April 3.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Fern Gully movie

Cinema City – Fern Gully
Tuesday, April 17, 2:30 p.m.
In celebration of Earth Day we will be showing the movie Fern Gully – The Last Rainforest.  The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.  The movie is a classic produced in 1992 with the voices of Robin Williams, Tim Curry and Cheech Marin.  It is rated G and runs for 76 minutes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

get-ready-for-kindergarten-month copy

Preparing for Kindergarten: What Every Parent Needs to Know
POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Session I – 6:00-6:45   (for parents ONLY)
Session II – 7:00-7:45 (for parents ONLY)
Children's Program Room

Parents of children attending kindergarten in the fall are invited to hear a panel of experienced professionals offer advice and tips for this often stressful time. A program only for those children entering kindergarten will be held concurrently during the first session only. For more information or to register, call the Children’s Department. Due to the postponement, the children's storytime has been canceled.

Sponsored by the Early Childhood Council.

clip art kids baking

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.
This month we will be making carrot cake to be baked at home.  Chefs in grades 3-6 should call to register beginning April 4.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

dog laying on book

Tales to Tails
Saturday, April 21, 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 7.

Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

willy wonka

Desserts Ever After: Dessert with the characters from Willy Wonka
Sunday April 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library and Newington Children’s Theatre Company are co-sponsoring a fundraiser on Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the library. Children and adults are invited to meet and take pictures with the cast of NCTC’s Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. Guests will also enjoy fun activities, play games, and have ice cream for dessert. Tickets for adults and children are $5.00 per person and are available to purchase at the Adult Information Desk.

BooksAndBabies

Books and Babies!
Monday, April 23, 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. Please call to register beginning April 9.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tales to Tails
Tuesday, April 24, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog.  Please call to register beginning April 10.

Donated by Kerrie Lurate.

lego club

Building with LEGO® Bricks
Saturday, April 28, 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.

tree with written wishes on branches

Newington Wishing Day
Tuesday, May 1

What’s your deepest wish for yourself and/or our Town?  Based on the NY Times bestseller The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, we will have our own Newington Wishtree ready all day long to accept your written wishes.  Tie it to the tree and see what happens!

play with us

Play with Us!
Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, and 29, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. (NO CLASS MAY 22)
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.

movers and shakers

Movers and Shakers: A Musical Storytime
Tuesday, May 1, 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.

paper flower ornament

Crafts of Kindness
Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 p.m.
Children in grades K-4 are invited to make crafts and cards for the special people in their lives.  Children may also write a wish (or two) to hang on our Newington Wishtree.  Registration begins on April 17.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

families read

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

Snapology

Snapology Saturdays
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for Open Creative Play with LEGO® bricks, motors, gears and other fun and challenging building components. Learn new techniques, explore technologies, and share in the love of building, creating, and 'Learning through Play'. This event is open to all patrons ages 3 through high school! This is a drop in program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Free-Comic-Book-Day

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Stop by to join the fun of Free Comic Book Day.  Dress as your favorite character and earn a chance to win a prize.  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.

junior cookbook club

Jr. Cookbook Club
Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.
This month we will read Sunflower House by Eve Bunting and then make sunflower crunch balls.  Junior Chefs in grades K – 2 may call to register beginning April 25.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Babies Love Music

Babies Love Music!
Monday, May 14, 10:15 a.m.
Babies 6-24 months will have fun experiencing music with a caregiver.  Come dance, sing, explore instruments and hear a musical story in this special program.  Registration begins on April 30.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

stories and art

Stories and Art
Tuesday, May 15, 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a story and art program for 2–4 year olds and their caregivers.  Please call to register beginning May 1.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Just a Story and a Song! 
Wednesdays, May 16 and 30, 10:15 a.m. (No Storytime on May 23)
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.

Chess-and-Checkers

Chess and Checkers Club
Wednesday, May 16, 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.

clip art kids baking

Cookbook Club
Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 p.m.
This month we will be making chocolate mochi to be baked at home. Chefs in grades 3-6 may call to register beginning May 2.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

dog laying on book

Tales to Tails
Saturday, May 19, 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. Please call for more information or to register beginning May 5.

Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

SSE kids-in-lab-coats

Super Science Explorers
Mondays, May 21, June 4 and 11, 6:00 p.m.
Scientists ages 3 – 6 and their caregivers may join us for a three week series of experiments and fun activities.  Please register beginning May 7.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

tales to tails 2

Tales to Tails
Tuesday, May 22, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog.  Please call to register beginning May 8.

Donated by Kerrie Lurate.