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Summer Reading

Summer Reading is officially over. Congratulations to everyone who participated - together you read over 12,500 books this summer!!!

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.

Kinderfun: Incredible Insects!
Tuesday, September 9th, 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, we’ll sing some songs, pretend we’re insects, play a game and then create insects of our own.

Homeschool Tour
Friday, September 12th, 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Room

Homeschool families are invited to a special program to learn more about library resources, enjoy a family story time and share ideas with one another. Registration is encouraged - please call or stop by the Children’s Room to register.

The Break-It Make-It Lab: Candy Science
Friday, September 12th, 4:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades 3-5
Registration is required

Ever wanted to find out how things work? Here’s your chance! This month, we will learn which kind of chocolate candy floats and why, how Pop Rocks work, and if gobstoppers can mix colors. Please note that we will be handling candy that contains nuts and other potential allergens.

Second Sunday Hikes – Fall Migration
Sunday, September 14th at 8:00 a.m.
Meet at the Northford Road entrance at the kiosk

The stewards of Tyler Mill and the Wallingford Public Library invite you to an early fall, early morning hike on the Lavender and Orange Ridge Trail to hopefully see some fall migration of birds! This hike will be led by bird enthusiasts Bryan Saulis and Dianne Saunders. Call (203)215-3535 for more information.

All ages welcome, some elevation hiking. No dogs, please. Wear sturdy shoes. Walking sticks may be helpful.

Music Together
Wednesday, September 17th, 10:00 a.m.
Community Room
All Ages
Registration is required

Calling all babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Grab your grownup and join us for a lively, interactive music program presented by Music Together. Learn how to make music an important part of early childhood - and have lots of fun in the process!

Healthy Lunchboxes
Wednesday, September 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Collins Room
Registration is required

Trying to find foods that are healthy, easy to pack, and something your kids will enjoy can be very challenging. At this back-to-school program for parents, registered dietician, Kailee Conrad, will share some great ideas for healthy, packable snacks and lunches. This program is sponsored by Shoprite of Wallingford.

Lego Club
Saturday, September 20th, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades K-5 (and grown-up guest)
Registration is required

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.

Evening Story Walk: Sounds and Stars
Saturday, September 27th, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Choate Soccer Fields
Grades 1-2 (and adult)
Registration is required

The Wallingford Public Library and the Kohler Environmental Center invite you to an outdoor story walk at Choate Rosemary Hall. Join us for an evening walk in the woods where we will learn what else is in the woods at night! We'll end the evening by looking overhead at the night sky at the Choate observatory (weather permitting). We will be walking on a trail through the woods so please dress accordingly and bring a flashlight!

Please meet at the soccer fields on Rosemary Lane on the Choate Rosemary Hall campus. For more information, contact Helen Stowe at (203)269-2552.

Pokemon Program
Monday, September 29th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades 3-5
Registration is required

Love Pokemon? Then this is the program for you! Join us for all things Pokemon: we will watch a brief Pokemon demonstration movie, play the pokemon card game, and discuss Pokemon books. Make sure to bring your Pokemon cards with you!

September Storytimes

All storytimes are drop-in programs. Wallingford residents are given priority. Non-residents are welcome to attend if there is space.

Itty Bitty Babies
12 months & under
Collins Room
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
September 9, 16, 23, 30

This program introduces babies and their grown-ups to the Library and to each other in a program filled with songs, puppets, rhymes, and books. Stories and songs are for children under 12 months, but siblings are welcome.

Waddling Ones
13-24 months
Collins Room
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
September 11, 18, 25

Songs, rhymes, movement, and a whole lot of fun! This program is for one-year-olds and their grown-ups & siblings.

Musical Mother Goose
Ages 1-2
Community Room
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
September 8, 15, 22, 29
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
September 9, 16, 23, 30

Join us for a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement for 1’s & 2’s, their grown-ups and siblings!

Preschool Storytime
Ages 3-5
Children’s Program Room
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
September 10, 17, 24
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
September 11, 18, 25
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
September 12, 19, 26

Books, flannelboard stories, rhymes, songs and more are offered in this fun program for preschoolers and their grown-ups! This program is tailored to a preschool audience, but siblings are welcome.

Homework Help

Beginning September 8th, Ms. Cabrera, a bilingual teacher, will be 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.



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