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Special Events

For programs that require registration, Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting 4 weeks before the program date. Open registration begins 2 weeks before the program.

Family Book Club
Wednesday, February 4th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades K-3

Join our family story time for kids in grades K-3, their parents and siblings! This program will feature stories, songs, crafts and activities, with additional ideas for how to continue the fun at home. A light dinner will be served before the program. This month, we will read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 7th. Open registration begins on January 21st.

Fetch Some Fun on Friday – All Wound Up
Friday, February 6th
Children’s Program Room
Grades 1-5

Join us at this hands-on program and learn to think like a scientist! This month, learn how to power a race car with a rubber band.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 9th. Open registration begins on January 23rd.

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 7th, all day

Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with the Wallingford Public Library! Bring your kids into the Children’s Library and receive a FREE book to keep (while supplies last).

Chess Club
Saturday, February 7th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collins Room
Grades K-12

Join master chess player, Wayne Aguiar to learn and play this classic strategy game. All are welcome: whether you are just learning, want to improve your game, or just want to have fun! All questions about the program should be directed to Wayne Aguiar: waguiar@bridgeport.edu.

This program is jointly funded by the Wallingford Public Library and the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration is encouraged.

Kinderfun: Owls
Tuesday, February 10th, 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Registration is required

Join retired kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Stowe, at this program just for kindergarteners! This month, join us to learn whoooo it is that calls in the night, flies through the woods without a sound, and can catch its food even in the dark!

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 12th. Open registration begins on January 27th for the 10:00 am session or the 1:30 pm session.

Valentine’s Tea
Friday, February 13th, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 3-10
Community Room

Put on your fanciest (or silliest) clothes and join us for a tea party and fashion show. Tea and snacks will be served. After tea and stories, take a walk down the runway to show off your fabulous outfit!

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 16th. Open registration begins on January 30th.

Reading Comes Alive with Yoga
Saturday, February 14th, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Community Room
Grades K-2

In this yoga class, Zoryada Cocchi will use poses and movement to enhance reading skills. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Parents will not attend this program with their children, but should remain available in the Library.

Zoryada Cocchi is an Occupational Therapist and certified YogaKids instructor.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 17th. Open registration begins on January 31st.

The Break-It Make-It Lab: Lego StoryStarters
Friday, February 20th AND February 27th, 4:30 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades 3-5

At this two-part program, learn about Lego StoryStarters: a unique tool used to create stories using Lego bricks! Plan to attend both sessions.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 23rd. Open registration begins on February 6th.

Lego Club
Saturday, February 21st, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades K-5 (and grown-up guest)

Bring your imagination and join us for an hour of fun with LEGO bricks! At this program, kids and their grown-up will have a chance to show off their building skills with LEGO bricks provided by the Library. Because the LEGO bricks pose a choking hazard, no younger siblings please.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 24th. Open registration begins on February 7th.

Saturdays with Sara: 3-D - When Art Jumps Off the Page!
Saturday, February 21st, 1:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades 2-5

Prepare to get your hands dirty! Join art teacher, Sara Taussik, for her fun, interactive art workshops, each highlighting a different type of art and artist.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 24th. Open registration begins on February 7th.

Mousekin Story Walks
Wednesday, February 25th, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Kohler Environmental Center
Open to all Kindergarteners

Join Helen Stowe to find hidden pages from a Mousekin book along a trail through the woods. This month, we will be “reading” Mousekin Finds a Friend.

Please meet us at the Kohler Environmental Center (211 East Main Street) and follow the signs to the footbridge. For more information, contact Helen Stowe at 203-269-2552. We will be walking on a trail through the woods so please dress accordingly! Parent participation is optional.

Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children’s Room to pre-register starting on January 28th. Open registration for the 9:30 am session or 1:30 pm session begins on February 11th.

Fireside Stories

Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
Fireside in the Children’s Room
Ages 3 and up

Thanks to a generous donation from Barbara Kennedy Shortell, a longtime Library supporter and former English teacher, the Wallingford Children’s Room is pleased to offer this storytelling series. Come join us for stories by the fireplace in the Children’s Room, and enjoy tales from across time and around the world.

Diane Edgecomb: The Naughty Snowman
February 13th

Join Diane Edgecomb, a featured storyteller on NPR and a Parent’s Choice Silver Award winner, as she presents several frosty tales, including “The Naughty Snowman.” This story features a snowman on the loose – stealing scarves and mittens from children all over town!

Registration is encouraged, starting on January 16th.

Mary Jo Maichack: King Frost
February 20th

Snuggle up by the fireplace with Mary Jo Maichack, Minstrel Storyteller, as she spins the tale of King Frost, a fun snow poem YOU help tell with hands and whispers.

Registration is encouraged, starting on January 23rd.

Winter Storytimes

Registration for our winter storytime session has filled. Pre-registration for Wallingford residents for the spring session will start the week of February 23rd. Please call or stop by the Children’s Room for more information.

Homework Help

Ms. Cabrera, a bilingual teacher, is available in the Children’s Room each Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., when school is in session. Homework Help is offered as a way to help parents understand their child’s assignments and to help children who don’t know how to begin.

This program is made possible thanks to the Wallingford Board of Education.

Students from Choate Rosemary Hall will be available in the Children’s Room each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. through February 18th to help with homework.



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