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Kids' Newsletter

Lucy Robbins Welles Library | 95 Cedar Street | Newington, CT 06111
Telephone: 860-665-8700 |  Fax: 860-667-1255

We are happy to introduce you to our new form of communication, using the services of our new web provider. As you may have noticed, the Town and the Library have moved to a new and improved web site.  We hope that you like them!  You will now receive email news through this service, rather than through Constant Contact.

Take a look at the web site by clicking on the banner on top of this page or by going to:

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Get Custom E-Mail Notifications

If you want to change or add email notifications to receive library information, click on the image  Get Connected, then select Notify Me.  You can sign up to receive monthly news and events emails for: all ages, adults, teens, and/or children's.  You can also sign up for events  calendar notifications for each of the categories. You may sign up for email notices regarding library board meeting agendas and minutes, library building/renovation agendas and minutes and many more town-related news items.  Once you sign up, you will receive an email from asking you click to  to confirm your subscription. You must click on the link to be added to email notifications that you have selected.  If you have any questions, contact Diane Durette at 860-665-8700 or

You can call to register for programs.
For Adult or Teen: 860-665-8700
 For Children's: 860-665-8720 

Movers and Shakers
A Musical Storytime

Tuesday, October 3, 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. 

children playing instruments

Family Storytime

Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
(Pumpkin-Palooza! will replace Family on October 26)

Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ’round.

bunnies reading

Snapology Saturdays New

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 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 age 3 through high school! This is a drop in program.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Pajama Yoga

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

Namaste everyone!  That means peace.  Children ages 4-8 and their caregivers are invited to come to the library in comfortable pajamas to have fun doing Yoga together.  Beth Agdish, a certified Next Generation Yoga for Kids instructor, will teach us techniques and traditional poses.  Mats will be provided to those who do not bring one.  Please call to register beginning September 26.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

child in yoga position

Jr. Cookbook Club

Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.

Get into the fall spirit while listening to the book, The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting.  We will then make Mini Pumpkin Tarts!  Junior Chefs in grades K-2 may call to register beginning September 27.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

kids dressed as chefs

Family Game Time

Saturday, October 14, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Newington’s Your Friendly Neighborhood Tabletop Shop will be here to teach us some fabulous tabletop games!  Families are invited to participate in games that involve creative thinking and cooperative team planning. There will be different games on hand for different age levels, including ages 3 through teen.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

game time

Parent – Child Workshop

Mondays, October 16, 23 and 30, and November 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.*
Tuesdays, October 17, 24 and 31, and November 7, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Family Place is presenting a 4-week series of free workshops for parents and their 1-3 year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts, and talk with librarians and child development experts as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that can help you and your family. Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun!
Please call to register beginning October 2.

*A light supper will be served before the evening sessions.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

family place libraries

Stories and Art

Tuesday, October 17, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a story and art program for children ages 2–4 and a caregiver.  Please call to register beginning October 3.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

stories and art

Lucy’s Chess and Checkers Club

Wednesday, October 18, 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.


Cookbook Club

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.

This month we will make easy homemade ravioli.  Chefs in grades 3-6 may call to register beginning October 4. Please call to register.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Tales to Tails

Saturday, October 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. Please call to register beginning October 7.
Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

child reading to dog

Books and Babies!

Monday, October 23, 9:15 a.m.

Babies ages 0-12 months and their caregiver 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 October 7.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

baby reading a book

Let’s Get Goosebumps!

Tuesday, October 24, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Scare yourself silly!  Enjoy an hour of Goosebumps books, movies, snacks and activities.  Beginning October 10 please call to register children in grades K-6.
Please call to register.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Tales to Tails

Tuesday, October 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 October 10.
Donated by Kerrie Lurate.

dog reading


Thursday, October 26, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

It’s a pumpkin filled good time!  Drop in to make different kinds of pumpkin crafts, or decorate a pumpkin that you bring from home.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

pumpkin jar

Jeff Mack Book Signing

Friday, October 27, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Due to the generosity of the Sliva Family, children’s author/illustrator Jeff Mack will be coming to Newington on October 27.  He is the author and illustrator of the Clueless McGee series and has authored and/or illustrated many hilarious picture books.  Mr. Mack will be speaking to all third and fourth graders at Newington High School in the morning and will be here to sign books.  Books will be available for sale at the Library.
The author visit is sponsored by the Adella S. and John M. Sliva Memorial Fund

jeff mack

Building with LEGO® Bricks

Saturday, October 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.


Lucy's Kids Blog

Visit Lucy's Kids Blog from the Lucy Robbins Welles Children's department in Newington, CT. Our blog will keep you up to date with the happenings in the Children's department. In addition, we will post recipes from our very popular Cookbook Club series, Nutmeg Book Award information, reading activities, craft ideas, and more.

frog in air balloon

The Friends of the Library sponsor many of these programs.  If you would like to become a member of the Friends, please click on the image and you will be taken to the Friends' page.  Thank you!

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