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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.

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!

Pajama Storytime
Friday, January 2nd, 6:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Ages 3-6
Pre-registration begins December 5th; open registration begins December 19th.

Put on your pj’s, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and join us for a fun evening of bedtime stories and songs!

Fetch Some Fun on Friday – Rescue Mission
Friday, January, 2nd, 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, design a hook, retrieve a capsule, and carry it to dry land. To the rescue!

Chess Club
Saturday, January 3rd, 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: waguiar@bridgeport.edu.

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

Reading Comes Alive with Yoga
Saturday, January 10th, 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.

The Break-It Make-It Lab: Scratch Programming
Monday, January 12th, 4:30 p.m.
Board Room
Grades 3-5
Registration is required

Ever wanted to find out how things work? Here’s your chance! This month, come learn all about Scratch programming with two computer experts! Scratch was developed at MIT and is a fun computer program that allows kids to create their own computerized stories, games, and animations.

Kinderfun: Let it Snow!
Tuesday, January 13th, 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 can hope for a snowy day to hear stories about snow…Or we can make a blizzard of our own!

The 2015 Early Childhood Education and Information Fair
Presented by the Wallingford Public Library and WECARE
Saturday, January 17th, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Community Room
Drop-in, no registration required

Choosing the right preschool or childcare facility for your family is a difficult decision. Make the decision a little easier by joining us at this event highlighting Wallingford’s preschools, licensed childcare centers, and town services available for our preschool population. [Snow Date: February 7th]

Fabulous Frozen Sing-Along
Wednesday, January 21st, 4:30 p.m.
Community Room
All Ages
Registration is required

Come in from the cold and have fun at the Frozen Sing-Along! You can enjoy some tasty treats, have your picture taken, and sing along to the popular Disney movie. Costumes encouraged!

Lego Club
Saturday, January 24th, 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.

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 begins on December 9th; open registration begins December 23rd.

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 begins December 11th; open registration begins December 25th.

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 begins December 8th; open registration begins December 22nd.
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
January 6 – February 24
Pre-registration begins December 9th; open registration begins December 23rd.

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 begins December 10th; open registration begins December 24th.
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. [with craft]
January 8 – February 26
Pre-registration begins December 11th; open registration begins December 25th.
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
January 9 – February 27
Pre-registration begins December 12th; open registration begins December 26th.

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. (beginning January 6th) to help with homework.



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