Children’s Ongoing Programs

Aluminum Boats (ages 4-7)
Saturday, June 26th  @ 10:30 AM (Outdoors)

 EverWonder is bringing the museum to you!
Children design an aluminum foil boat and test it for strength.
Explore the concept of sink or float by testing a variety of objects.
Individual supplies provided for this interactive, hands-on activity.
Space is limited. Register here

The Rain Stick (ages 5 – 11)
Thursday June 24th  @
10:30 am (Outdoors)
Fun in person, outdoor educational workshop!
Co-sponsored by South Central CT Regional Water Authority
Kids learn Rain Stick origins and, with adult supervision, create their own!
Contactless packets supplied. Register here
 Note: The Library WILL NOT be open to the public. Please plan accordingly.

 

**Surprise Book Bundles**
A great way to discover new titles and authors
To request yours, click here

 

 

 

A Virtual Concert! Imagine Your Story: A Music, Bubble and Comedy Show! All Ages! The Virtual Concert: Imagine Your Story is our signature music, bubble and comedy show featuring bubbles, flying books, dancing unicorns, and songs about autism awareness and acceptance! This novel 30-minute performance is accompanied by dancing, singing, imaginative storytelling, laughter and a love for the public library system.

 

Story Times – Virtual Only at this time

Age-appropriate story times are offered with sessions in the spring, fall, and winter months for children 6 months to 5 years old. Registration is requested.

Baby Steps
This program (formerly Baby & Me)  for children from birth to 24 months old  along with their caregiver, takes place weekly on Wednesdays, September through December. Come play, learn, and grow during this interactive program that includes play activities to foster developmental and social skills. Featuring a story, songs, rhymes, and more, Baby Steps is a wonderful opportunity for a parent/caregiver to bond with their young child through interactive play.  Older siblings are welcome to join us and need not register.

Family Place – Temporarily Suspended

A 6-week session of Family Place -1, 2, 3… Grow With Me begins in September.  This innovative program is a time for families to share together with their 1-3 year-old childrenSiblings who are age 5 and under are also welcome to attend and need not register.  Each week features puzzles, books, blocks, a craft, dramatic play and more, followed by a story and rhymes.  Parents/caregivers are introduced to available resources to assist in raising their toddlers while children have an opportunity to meet new friends in an educational and creative environment.

The Family Place is a national initiative of Americans for Libraries Council and Middle Country Library.  The Family Place of CT is made possible through the generous support of the Katharine Matthies Foundation.

Time for Two’s (Story Time) – Temporarily Suspended
Stories, rhymes, songs, movement & a simple craft for children ages 25 – 36 months accompanied by their caregiver.

Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5 ) – Temporarily Suspended
Children can join us for stories, songs, musical instruments & a craft. Program is designed to be an early-school readiness experience. Children attend independently in our Multi-Purpose Room while their caregiver stays in the Children’s Room.

“1000 Books Before Kindergarten”

A literacy initiative designed to share 1,000 books with your young child prior to their start of kindergarten. Participation is ongoing at a pace that works for each individual family.  The only time constraint is that it must be completed before the start of kindergarten, so registration as young as infant/toddler age is encouraged. Reading aloud to your young child sets the foundation for school success!

After School Programs – Temporarily Suspended
Once a month throughout the school year, an after school program takes place on Tuesday afternoons offering children, ages 5-9 (Grades K-4) an opportunity to share in seasonal or holiday themed activities including arts, crafts, and stories.

Saturday Programs
Programs for children of all ages take place one Saturday per month and include story times for families, crafts, library scavenger hunts, and more!

Read to Ollie & Molly the Therapy Dogs (Registration is Required.)
Therapy dogs Ollie and Molly visit the Library every month. Children ages 5 to 11 are given a 10 to 15 minute time slot to read to Ollie twice a month, once a month for Molly. Such a great opportunity to enhance reading skills, build confidence and create a love of reading.

Summer Reading Program
A themed reading program takes place from June to August for all reading leveling including pre-readers.