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Join the Children's Library for Summer Reading!

With the school year coming to a close, the Children’s Library is busy getting ready for the Summer Reading Program. All participants must register and log their books online, but don’t forget to stop by the Library to collect prizes and, for kids who have completed grades K-5, take your turns on the giant game board! Learn more...

Special Events

Jr. Tree of Science with Mr. Nash: Water, Water Everywhere!
Thursday, July 24th
Ages 3-5: 2:00 p.m. & Ages 6-10: 3:00 p.m.
Children’s Program Room
Registration begins June 30th

Come explore the amazing world of water through fun, hands-on experiments. Build an H2O model molecule, catch ice cube fish, move a water drop through a maze and more! You’ll even get some cool science stuff to take home. Bring a towel!

Animal Adventures
Friday, July 25th, 12:30 p.m.
All Ages
Community Room
Free tickets available June 30th

This is an animal show you don’t want to miss! Come see Nature Nick and his exotic animal friends in this fun, fast-paced program that also includes magic and science!

Purple Rock Productions: Spinning Straw into Gold
Monday, July 28, 2:00 p.m.
Ages 4 and up
Community Room

Purple Rock Productions presents a fantastic puppet show based on the classic fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin. No registration required!

Saturday Morning Movies: Finding Atlantis
Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 a.m.
Ages 8 and up
Children’s Program Room
Registration begins July 7th

Join us for a special showing of the National Geographic documentary, Finding Atlantis.

Airborne Jugglers
Monday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.
All ages
Community Room
Free tickets available July 7th

The Airborne Jugglers will amaze you with their juggling tricks – and get you laughing in the process. Following the performance, there will be a short hands-on workshop for anyone who is interested.

Monarch Magic
Friday, August 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
All ages
Community Room

Make a butterfly craft, have your picture taken as a butterfly, and get all of your questions answered at this drop-in program. We will also have monarch caterpillars, chrysalids, and (if we are very lucky) butterflies on hand for you to see up close!

Please note, you do not need to be here right at 10:00 a.m. for this program, you may stop in at any time and stay as long as you’d like!

Beyond Atlantis Book Club

Discovering Lost Cities
Tuesday, August 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10-12
Collins Room
Registration begins July 14th

Join us for a discussion of books about lost cities! Kids can choose to read Tunnels, The City of Ember, or Gregor the Overlander. We will discover what all of these lost cities have in common. Ask the children’s librarians for help finding these titles. You can even read all three!

Preschool Concerts

There will be lots of music and fun for preschoolers at the WPL this summer, thanks to the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department! All concerts will take place in the Community Room.

Terry a la Berry and Friends
Friday, July 25th at 10:00 a.m.
Free tickets available July 14th

Tom Sieling
Friday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Free tickets available July 14th


Itty Bitty Babies (under 13 months)
Collins Room
Thursdays @ 1:30 p.m.
July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7

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.

Musical Mother Goose (ages 1-2)
Community Room
Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5
Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6

Join us for a lively, interactive drop-in program filled with music and movement for 1’s and 2’s and their grown-ups! This program is limited to 60 people; Wallingford residents are given priority. Please bring proof of residency. Others are most welcome to attend if there is room.

Waddling Ones (13-24 months)
Collins Room
Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.
July 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7

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.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Children’s Program Room
Mondays @ 10:30 a.m.
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4
Wednesdays @ 1:30 p.m.
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6

Books, flannelboard stories, rhymes, songs, and more are offered in this fun, drop-in program for preschoolers. [Please note adjusted Monday start time. Thursday night storytime will be back in the Fall.]

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