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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111


  2. Children's Services


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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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 Scavenger Hunt to see if you can find all the pictures. 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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WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

Please note that registration is required for all programs. You may register up to two weeks in advance for programs. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Kids’ Event webpage to register.

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Three Little Pigs Builders Club -  Program Full, Waitlist Available
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.
Children, ages 2-5, with a caregiver, join us for a special Builders Club! We will read The Three Little Pigs and then try to create our own houses out of special materials. Will they be able to withstand the big bad wolf? Registrations begins May 18

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Play For All
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, and 20, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for this inclusive playgroup where parents can talk & support each other while their children socialize together. Partnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.

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Wiggle Workshop - Program Full, Waitlist Available
Wednesday, June 7, 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Nate will be here to get kids moving! Be prepared to climb, move and have FUN! Kids, ages 2-8, can register beginning on May 24. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Stories and Art

Story & Art 
Thursday, June 8, 10:15 a.m.
Calling all artists, ages 2 – 4, and their caregivers for an art class where we will read a story and create exciting crafts. Registration begins May 25Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Little Yogi
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 a.m.
For ages 2 – 5 years old with a caregiver. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Registrations begins May 27. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Babies Love Art
Monday, June 12, 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 and a little messy!  Registration begins May 30. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Storytime Yoga 
Tuesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m.  
For ages 5 – 9. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Participants will explore the feelings associated with different stories while also developing an understanding of the contextual use of yoga and mindfulness in normal life. Registration begins May 30. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Grab & Go Bee Friendly Garden
Thursday, June 15
Come by the library and pick up a kit for planting your own bee-friendly garden. Each kit includes a honeybee flower seed mix, as well as a biodegradable pot to plant the seeds in while supplies last. 

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SUMMER READING KICK-OFF – ALL AGES
Summer Reading 2023 – Find Your Voice!  
Friday, June 16, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Help us kick off a great summer of reading activities!  Get an Activity Passport and visit all the stations at the kick-off. Check out our bubble dance party! There will also be a petting zoo, Italian ice for kids, glitter tattoos, and more. While supplies last! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Tales to Tails 
Saturday, June 17, 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 to register beginning June 3. Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

Halloween Science with Cool-ology

Gross But Cool Science
Tuesday, June 20, 6:00 p.m. 
Participants will have a blast creating disgusting science experiments with Cool-ology! We'll make polymer slime, oobleck, investigate how much liquid a diaper can hold, and more! Kids ages 6 – 11 can register beginning June 6.

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Art Exploration
Wednesday, June 21, 10:15 a.m. 
Kids ages 2 – 5 and their caregiver will bond, play, and engage in stimulating art activities. So much fun and a little messy! Registration begins June 7. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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PJ Music
Thursday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Children ages 2-4 and a caregiver are invited to experience music together.  We will sing, explore instruments and rhythm patterns, and listen to great music that will get you moving and dancing.  Finally, we will wind down with a bedtime story. Come join the fun! Registration begins June 8. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Hooked on Llamas
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 p.m.
Are you Hooked on Llamas?  We are! Debbie Labbe from Country Quilt Llama Farm will share a story, tell us about how llama fiber is used, and show different products made from llama fiber. Kids can also pet and take a picture with a llama! Registration begins June 13.  

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My Music Room with Michele Urban
Thursday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.
Michele Urban, from My Music Room, will share an interactive, musical experience with tunes about making friends, having empathy, inclusion and acceptance. Families with young children will sing, dance, learn and play with rhythm instruments and props. Registration for ages 2-7 begins on June 15.  

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WEEKLY PROGRAMS:
Please note that registration is required for all programs. You may register up to two weeks in advance for programs. Call 860-665-8720 or visit the Kids’ Event webpage to register.

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Storytime for Ones
Mondays, July 10 – August 21, 10:15 a.m.
Stories and songs for children 9 - 24 months, siblings and their caregivers. Registration required.

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Play For All
Tuesdays, July 11 – August 22, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for this inclusive playgroup where parents can talk & support each other while their children socialize together. Registration requiredPartnered with Creative Interventions, LLC.
 

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Storytime for Twos
Wednesdays, July 12 – August 23, 10:15 a.m.
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, July 13 – August 24, 10:15 a.m. 
Stories, songs, and take-home crafts for children ages 3 - 6, without caregivers. Registration required.
 

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Family Storytime 
Thursdays, July 6 – August 24, 6:30 p.m. (No storytime July 13)
Stories and songs for the whole family. Registration required.

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Crafternoon

Crafternoon
Wednesday, July 5, 3:00 p.m.
Children in grades 1 – 5 are invited to get creative with some fun craft activities! Registration begins June 21. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Storytime Yoga 
Monday, July 10, 4:00 p.m.  
For ages 5 – 9. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Participants will explore the feelings associated with different stories while also developing an understanding of the contextual use of yoga and mindfulness in normal life. Registration begins June 26. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Catch the Hatch: Baby Chicks @ the Library!
Tuesday, July 11 – Tuesday, August 15
Starting Tuesday, July 11, we’ll have special guests – little chicken eggs that are getting ready to hatch – in the children’s department. We’ll have an incubator set up and families may even get to see the eggs as they hatch! After hatching, the chicks will stay at the library until August 15 before heading back to the farm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Cookbook Club
Wednesday, July 19, 6:00 p.m.
Join us as we make edible cookie dough to enjoy. Kids entering grades 3 – 5 may register beginning July 5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Connecticut Wildlife 
Monday, July 24, 4:30 p.m.
Get up close and personal with some native Connecticut animals and learn about the human activities that affect them from The Children’s Museum. Kids in grades K-5 can register beginning July 10. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Kids Paint Class
Tuesday, July 25, 4:00 p.m.
Create an amazing original painting with Ms. Joanne! All materials will be provided. Kids entering grades 2 – 5 can register beginning July 11Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Foam Party - Outdoor
Saturday, July 29, 1:30 p.m.
It’s like a pool party without a pool! Come to the library for an afternoon of foam and fun! Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting wet and remember to bring a towel and water shoes with you.  Children ages 6 –11 may register beginning July 17. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Junior Cookbook Club
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.
Kids in grades K – 2 can come hear a story then make Nutella mousse cups. Registration begins July 19. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Jeepers Creepers 
Monday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.
Get up close and personal with some "creepy-looking" creatures from Riverside Reptiles. You will encounter a variety of arachnids, insects and more! Hopefully, by the end, they won't be so "creepy" anymore! Kids entering grades K-5 can register beginning July 24. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten
Tuesdays, August 8, 15, and 22, 6:15 p.m.
Children who will be starting kindergarten for the 2023 – 2024 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 25.Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Lil Chefs

Lil Chefs
Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.
Love cooking with your kids? This is a program just for preschoolers, ages 3 – 5 and a caregiver. We’ll start with a story, then will make yogurt parfaits. Registration begins July 26. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Museum Meetup - New Britain Museum of American Art - Families
Friday, August 11, 10:00 a.m.
COST ADULTS $20.00, CHILDREN FREE
Join library staff for a multigenerational focused tour of the permanent collection including a stop at the Walter Wick Exhibit. After the tour, there will be a hands-on art making activity led by a member of the museum education department. Detailed flyer to come. 

 

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Little Yogi
Saturday, August 12, 11:00 a.m.
For ages 2 – 5 years old with a caregiver. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Registrations begins July 29. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Kids Paint Class
Monday, August 14, 4:00 p.m.
Get creative and paint with Miss Allyson! All materials will be provided. Kids entering grades 2 – 5 can register beginning July 31. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Traveling Touch Tank
Wednesday, August 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Mystic Aquarium will bring an assortment of live invertebrates such as lobsters, horseshoe crabs, and shellfish right to us! Families must register beginning August 2, but can arrive any time during the two-hour window. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Kids Craft Fair
Saturday, August 19, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
 Attention crafters between the ages of 8-18, and craft lovers of all ages; mark your calendars for our kids’ craft show. Please call to reserve a table to sell your non-food kid-made crafts. Buyers of all ages are welcome. Stop by to view the creative talents of Newington’s kids! Table reservations begin July 1 until list is full. 

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Storytime Yoga 
Monday August 21, 6:00 p.m.  
For ages 5 – 9. Do you love Storytime? Have you ever wanted to move along with the characters in the book? Now is your chance! Join us for literacy integration yoga with Heather from Nourished Mind Wellness. Participants will explore the feelings associated with different stories while also developing an understanding of the contextual use of yoga and mindfulness in normal life. Registration begins August 7. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Crime Lab for Kids
Wednesday, August 23, 4:30 p.m.
Students become super sleuths as they decode fingerprints and analyze ink composition with The Children’s Museum. They will be challenged to solve a crime using their new skills! Kids in grades 1-4 can register beginning August 9. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Last day for Find Your Voice - Summer Reading 2023!
Friday, August 25, 2023

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