Upcoming Children's Events
Nutmeg Book Awards
The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 2-12 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children’s librarians and school library media specialists.
For 2020, voting will take place virtually. Please vote today!
Our Children’s Room
Visit our Children’s Room on your next trip to the library! Besides the wonderful materials available to borrow, we have fun learning areas designed for children and their adult caregivers to explore together.
The centerpiece of our preschool area is our dramatic play area. Dramatic play, sometimes called pretend play, involves acting out real-world situations and taking on the roles of different characters. Children become scientists, flower sellers, pizza makers, plumbers and carpenters – the opportunities for developing creativity, imagination, higher level thinking skills, and problem solving abilities in the play area are endless! When your kids engage in pretend play, they are developing critical skills across all learning domains like language and literacy, math, science, social studies, fine and gross motor, and even social skills.
In addition, we always have available iPads to play on, arts & crafts projects to make, a train table, a puppet theater, and a STEM table, where gears, ramps, building materials, and a variety of interactive activities bring science, technology, engineering and math concepts to life. Our Children’s Room is a lively and dynamic place, and we invite you to come enjoy the space, our collections, and all the activities that we provide. Hope to see you soon!
Early Literacy Programs
These interactive programs are developed for caregivers of children from birth to five years. They promote early literacy skills that are essential for student success and also encourage caregivers to become active partners in their child’s education.
Baby Bop (0-12 months)
An early childhood music program for non-walking babies.
STEAM Explorers (12-24 months)
A mini storytime for toddlers featuring hands-on science and/or art activities.
Tales for Toddlers (18-36 months)
A storytime for toddlers featuring music, movement, and play.
Play & Learn (2-5 years)
Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)
A literacy focused storytime for preschoolers with stories, songs, music, and play.
Programs for School-Aged Children
These educational and fun programs are designed for children who are in Kindergarten through 6th grade. They help promote creativity, improve social skills, and provide academic support in a safe, welcoming environment.
Caring Crafts (Grades K-6)
A program for school-age kids to have fun making things, while making the world a better place. Creations will be donated to shelters and nursing homes.