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Spring Programs

StarLab
Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.
Grades 1-5
Community Room
Registration begins March 17th

Join the Yale StarLab for an evening of star gazing! From inside the StarLab inflatable planetarium, kids will learn all about constellations, Greek mythology, planets, comets, star formations, and more.

Parents will not be participating in this program but must remain available in the Library. Wallingford residents are given priority. Non-residents may call or stop by the Library the day before the program to inquire about any available spaces.

Lego Club
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Children's Program Room
Grades K-5 (and grown-up guest)

April 19th [Registration begins March 17th]
May 17th [Registration begins April 21st]

Bring your imagination and join us for an hour of fun with LEGOs! Kids and their grown-up will have a chance to show off their building skills with LEGOs provided by the Library.

Pre-registration for Wallingford residents is required. Non-residents may sign-up for any available spaces the day before each program.

Spring Story Walk: Bugs, Bagels, and Books!
Kohler Environmental Center
Saturday, April 19th
9:00-10:30 or 10:45-12:15
PreK-Grade 3 (and adult)
Registration begins March 24th

The Wallingford Public Library and Choate Rosemary Hall invite you to an outdoor story walk at the Kohler Environmental Center. Join us for a walk in the woods where we will learn about insects and discover a story along the way. Afterwards, we’ll snack on bagels while listening to a story.

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 through the woods so please dress accordingly!

Registration is required. Wallingford residents are given priority for this program. Non-residents may inquire about any remaining spaces beginning April 7th.

Kinderfun: Seed Hide-and-Seek
Tuesday, April 22
10:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Children’s Program Room

Let’s find the seeds hidden in the foods we eat – then we’ll plant them! Learn about gardening and help our butterfly garden grow.

Registration for this program begins on March 24th and Wallingford residents are given priority. Non-residents are welcome to call the day before the program for any available openings. Parents will not be participating in these programs, but must remain available in the library while they are occurring.

Fetch Some Fun on Friday – Target Practice
Friday, May 2
7:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room

Kids in grades 1-5 and a grown-up guest will enjoy a fun science themed activity at this interactive program based on the popular PBS program FETCH. This month, build a catapult using a lever and power it with a rubber band.

The program is limited to 15 students and their grown-ups. Registration is required and Wallingford Residents are given priority. Non-residents may contact the Library the day before the program to inquire about any available spaces.

Chess Club
Grades K-12
Saturday, May 3
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Collins Room

Join Master chess player Wayne Aguiar for a chance 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!

Registration is encouraged. Please use the Library’s online calendar to register. Questions may be directed to Wayne Aguiar at waguiar@bridgeport.edu. This program is jointly funded by the Wallingford Public Library and the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department.

Live the Story! Cinco de Mayo
Monday, May 5
7:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Community Room

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by joining us for a rousing evening with storyteller Leeny Del Seamonds! Enjoy this colorful piñata of Latino fold and family tales and songs, decorated with Spanish-English translations and audience participation – all bursting with Leeny’s Cuban-American sense of humor and love of performing!

This program is sponsored by CT Humanities.

Reading Comes Alive with Yoga
Grades K-2
Saturday, May 10
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Community Room

Facilitated by Zorayda Cocchi, Occupational Therapist and certified YogaKids instructor.

In this yoga class, Mrs. Cocchi will use poses and movement to enhance reading skills by adding kinesthetic, auditory, and vision components, which enhances story retention, sequencing, characterization and dialogue.

Registration is required. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Parents will not attend this program with their children, but should remain available in the Library.

Spring Flower Walk
Sunday, May 11
2:00 p.m.
All ages, no registration required
Meet at the Tyler Mill Bridge Northford Road Entrance

Join members of Wallingford's Conservation Commission for a special Spring Flower Walk in honor of Mother's Day. Wear sturdy shoes, and no dogs please. For more information, contact Nancy Charles (203-269-4351) or Dianne Lendler (203-269-0772).

Author Visit with Wendy Shang
Thursday, May 15
7:00 p.m.
Grades 2 & up
Community Room
Free Tickets Required

The Wallingford Public Library is proud to welcome Wendy Shang, author of the Nutmeg-nominated The Great Wall of Lucy Wu. Join us to discover what parts of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu are true or inspired by real life, and what parts are complete fiction. Wendy will recount the stories behind the story, and show young writers how to look to their own families for inspiration.

Homework Help

Ms. Cabrera, a bilingual teacher will be available in the Children’s Library 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 Library to help answer homework questions on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m., through May 20th.

Spring Storytimes

Please join the newest member of our team, Allison Murphy, for a special May session of Itty Bitty Babies and Waddling Ones!

Itty Bitty Babies (12 months & under)
Collins Room
Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
May 8, 15, 22, 29

This drop-in program introduces babies and their grown-ups to the Library and each other in a program filled with songs, 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.
May 8, 15, 22, 29

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

This program is limited to 20 children and their caregivers; Wallingford residents are given priority. Please bring proof of residency. Others are most welcome to attend if there is room.

Musical Mother Goose: for ages 1 and 2
Community Room

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
April 1, 8, 15, 29 (no program April 22)
May 6

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7

Join us for a lively, interactive drop-in program filled with music and movement for 1’s and 2’s and their caregivers!

This program is limited in size and fills quickly. Wallingford residents are given priority so please bring proof of residency to the program in the event that it is needed. Others are always welcome to attend if there is room.

Preschool Storytimes for ages 3-5
Children’s Program Room

Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5

Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
April 3, 17, 24 (no program April 10)
May 1, 8

Stories, songs, flannel board activities, and so much more are offered each week at the Library. Younger interested siblings are welcome to attend.



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