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Holiday for Giving

Share the holiday spirit! Holiday for Giving is a program that expresses the true meaning of the season. You can participate by bringing in new unwrapped children's books to the Children's Library now through Friday, December 12th. The Children's Library will pass the donated books along to our town's Holiday for Giving Program so they can be distributed to families in need.

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.

Make Your Own Gingerbread House
Tuesday, December 2nd, 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Community Room
All ages
Registration is required

Everyone is welcome to join us to make a Gingerbread House to celebrate the holiday season! Materials to build the house will be provided. Please bring your own candy decorations and something flat and sturdy to build and carry your house home on. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to space constraints, everyone attending the program, whether building their own house or not, must be registered in order to enter the Community Room.

The Break-It Make-It Lab: Bristlebots
Friday, December 5th, 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, come learn how to make your own toothbrush robot and watch it zoom around the room.

Fetch Some Fun on Friday – Action Figure
Friday, December 5th, 7:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades 1-5
Registration is required

Join us at this hands-on program and learn to think like a scientist! This month, make a puppet with moving limbs out of levers and string.

Chess Club
Saturday, December 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collins Room
Grades K-12
Registration is encouraged

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:

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

Kinderfun: Animals in Winter
Tuesday, December 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 learn what animals do when it’s cold and snowy.

Holiday Card-Making
Wednesday, December 10th, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
All ages

Nothing is as precious as a card handmade by a child. Help your kids spread a little cheer and make holiday cards for all those special people in your life. We will have ideas and materials for all the December holidays! This is a drop-in program and everyone is welcome.

Reading Comes Alive with Yoga
Saturday, December 13th, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Community Room
Grades K-2
Registration is required

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.

Music Together
Monday, December 15th, 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
Community Room
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!

Christmas by the Fire
Wednesday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Fireside in the Children’s Room
All ages

Join us by the light of the fire in the Children’s Room where we will celebrate the season by listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas carols.

Lego Club
Saturday, December 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.

New Year’s Noon
Wednesday, December 31st, 11:30 a.m.
Children’s Program Room
Ages 3 & up
Registration is required

Midnight is way past bedtime! Instead, join us for a countdown to the end of 2014 with a New Year’s NOON celebration. We’ll be reading stories and making noisemakers!

Winter Storytimes

Beginning with this session, registration will be required for all of our storytime programs:

  • Itty Bitty Babies
  • Waddling Ones
  • Musical Mother Goose
  • Preschool Storytime

Here’s how it will work:

  • Families will register for the entire session, not individual program dates
  • Parents will register their child, then provide the total number of children attending (including older siblings and babies)
  • As with all of our registered programs, there will be a pre-registration period for Wallingford residents starting 4 weeks before the first program date
  • Wallingford residents can stop by the Children’s Room or call (203)284-6435 to register
  • Open registration (for both residents and non-residents) will begin 2 weeks before the first program date
  • During open registration there will be the additional option of registering online

Itty Bitty Babies
12 months & under
Collins Room
Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
January 6 – February 24
Pre-registration will begin on December 9th.

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.
January 8 – February 26
Pre-registration will begin on December 11th.

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.
January 5 – February 23
Pre-registration will begin on December 8th.
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
January 6 – February 24
Pre-registration will begin on December 9th.

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.
January 7 – February 25
Pre-registration will begin on December 10th.
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. [with craft]
January 8 – February 26
Pre-registration will begin on December 11th.
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
January 9 – February 27
Pre-registration will begin on December 12th.

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

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.

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