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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.

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!

Family Book Club
Wednesday, October 1st, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Grades K-3
Registration is required

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.

Fetch Some Fun on Friday – Ice Cream Shake
Friday, October 3rd, 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, we’ll shake things up by turning a liquid into a solid. If you succeed, you’ll have a tasty treat to enjoy at the end. Yummmm!

Fire Truck Storytime
Monday, October 6th, 4:00 p.m.
Library Parking Lot
Ages 3 and up

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with the Wallingford Fire Department! Come listen to some fire truck stories, meet real firefighters, view one of Wallingford’s fire trucks, and learn fire safety tips.

Fuzzy Friend Sleepover
Drop-off: Friday, October 10th, all day (9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Pick-up: Saturday, October 11th, 9:30 a.m.
Children’s Program Room
Ages 3 and up
Registration is required

Bring in your teddy bear or other “fuzzy friend” for an overnight adventure at the library! Drop-off your fuzzy friend anytime we are open on Friday, October 10th, and then come back on Saturday morning to join your fuzzy friends for storytime and to see what mischief they got into overnight!

Reading Comes Alive with Yoga
Saturday, October 11th, 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.

Second Sunday Hikes: Trees and Leaf Identification
Sunday, October 12th, 9:00 a.m.
All ages are welcome

The Stewards of Tyler Mill and the Wallingford Public Library invite you to join us for a casual walk on the Lavender trail to a meadow. This walk will be led by forester Bill Austin and Dianne Lendler. For more information, please call 203-269-0772. Meet at the Northford Road Tyler Mill Preserve Parking Lot. No dogs please. Wear sturdy shoes.

Kinderfun: Awesome Apples!
Tuesday, October 14th, 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 about all of the fun things we can do with apples.

The Break-It Make-It Lab: Doodlebots
Friday, October 17th, 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, create a self-propelled robot and watch him make a colorful piece of artwork.

Lego Club
Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 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.

Author Visit with Matthew McElligott
Saturday, October 18th, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room
Ages 4 and up
Free tickets required

The Wallingford Public Library is proud to welcome author and illustrator Matthew McElligott. Join us for a fun afternoon with the wacky creator of the picture books, Even Monsters Need Haircuts and Even Aliens Need Snacks. Find out where he gets his ideas, how he creates his books, and lots more! Matthew will sign books for purchase after the program.

Magic Workshop with the Society of American Magicians
Saturday, October 25th, 1:00 p.m.
Collins Room
Grades 4-7
Registration is required

Join members of the Society of American Magicians to learn tricks that will wow and amaze your friends! At the workshop, these master magicians will show you how to create magic with ordinary objects you can find around the house. Beginners to expert magicians are welcome.

Fall 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 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28

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 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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 15, 22, 29; October 6, 20 [no program Oct. 13 or 27]
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28

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 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
September 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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.

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



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