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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.

Chess Club
Saturday, November 1st, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Collins Room
Grades K-12

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.

Family Book Club
Wednesday, November 5th, 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. This month, we will read Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester.

Fetch Some Fun on Friday – Copper Cleanup
Friday, November 7th
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 will perform a crazy cleaning experiment to figure out what to use to make pennies sparkle.

Fishy Friends
Saturday, November 8th, 11:00 a.m.
Ages 3 and up
By the Fish Tank

How do you take care of your pet fish, what do they like to eat, and how often do you have to clean the fish tank? Come meet Bruce Winchell of CT Aquariums, the expert who keeps our tank sparkly clean. He will answer these questions, and teach us a few fun fishy facts!

Reading Comes Alive with Yoga
Saturday, November 8th, 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
Sunday, November 9th, 1:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome

The Stewards of Tyler Mill and the Wallingford Public Library invite you to join us for a walk through Tyler Mill to learn about how nature prepares for winter. This walk will be led by Naturalist Mark Ceneri and Dianne Saunders. For more information, please call (203)215-3535. No dogs please. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Lego Club
Saturday, November 15th, 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.

Kinderfun: Camouflage is Cool!
Tuesday, November 18th, 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, try to design an “insect” so perfectly that no one is able to find it, even though it is in plain sight.

A Mouskin Story Walk
Friday, November 21st, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30- 2:30 p.m.
Kohler Environmental Center
Open to all Kindergarteners
Registration is required

The Wallingford Public Library and the Kohler Environmental Center invite children in Kindergarten to a story walk at Choate Rosemary Hall! Join Mousekin as we find hidden pages from Mousekin’s Thanksgiving along a trail through the woods.

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 on a trail through the woods so please dress accordingly! Parent participation is optional.

The Break-It Make-It Lab: Kaleidoscopes
Friday, November 21st, 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, make your own kaleidoscope, learn about color mixing and try out some light painting.

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.
October 21, 28; November 4

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.
October 23, 30; November 6

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.
October 20 [no program Oct. 27]; November 3
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
October 21, 28; November 4

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.
October 22, 29; November 5
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
October 23, 30; November 6
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
October 24, 31; November 7

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. (through November 6) to help with homework.

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