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Designed with creativity and inspired by our patrons’ interests, library programs are developed and presented to complement our mission of providing resources for the educational, informational, recreational, and inspirational needs of the entire Wallingford Community. All of our programs and events are free and open to the public. However, due to room size and capacity constraints, advance registration may be required for some programs.
Please check our calendar of events for an up-to-date schedule. The following programs are part of our regular roster:
For All Ages
Sometimes the lazy days of summer are best spent in the company of a good book (or 2!).
In support of the ongoing efforts of our local schools to promote reading among all school-aged children, the Library focuses on maintaining an inventory of required summer reading books. In addition, our Children’s Department and our Teen Department each develop creative reading programs designed to entertain and encourage readers of all ages. Each summer we are all amazed at the creative inspiration put forth by these departments; we hope you are, too!
Kids aren’t the only ones who get all the attention when it comes to summer reading; we strive to encourage reading among our adult patrons too. The adult summer reading programs are an easy way to be rewarded for something you like to do: reading! Read what you like and earn chances to win great prizes. Our summer reading displays and select titles are evident in the Adult Department from June through August.
These events present a wonderful opportunity to meet an author and hear their story of creating a book and getting it published. Question and answer sessions follow and signed copies of the authors’ books are usually available for purchase.
Hands-on introductions to computer hardware and applications, including e-mail, Internet, and the Microsoft Office Suite.
Friday Night Flicks
Join us for a great movie event on the Wallingford Library big screen. Held on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. All are welcome, but please be aware of movie ratings.
Health and Wellness
Through successful partnerships with Masonicare and MidState Medical Center, the library is able to offer programs focusing on adult health issues and concerns. You get to learn about a topic that may affect your health and wellness, and enjoy either a complimentary meal (Masonicare’s Lunch & Learn) or a healthy dessert (MidState’s Dessert with a Doc). Please register in advance for these programs.
Professionally led discussions of select novels, short stories, poetry, and contemporary nonfiction are scheduled throughout the year.
Musical performances are presented by professional musicians from a variety of genres.
Here’s your opportunity to watch a selected film and then join in a moderated discussion. Topics are varied and feature documentaries and independent films.
The Wallingford Chess Club, directed by Wayne Aguiar, is offered as a free community service to the children of Wallingford. The purpose of the club is to promote chess by providing kids in grades K - 12 with the opportunity to learn and enjoy this classic game. Beginners are always welcome at any session. View the Chess Belt Checklist.
FETCH Some Fun on Fridays
Kids in grades 1-5 and their grown-up guest are invited to join us for this special monthly program where everyone thinks like a scientist - and has hands on fun in the process! This program, inspired by the PBS program FETCH, is limited to 15 students and their grown-ups and requires pre-registration. Wallingford residents are given priority. Non-residents are welcome to sign up the day before the program for any available spots.
Itty Bitty Babies for Children Under Twelve Months Old
Itty Bitty Babies is our program for the library’s littlest patrons! Babies under twelve months of age, and their caregivers, are welcome to join us in the Story Room for songs, fingerplays, rhymes, bounces and lots of fun! This is a great opportunity to have some fun, learn about the Library, and meet other parents and caregivers.
Musical Mother Goose Time for Ones and Twos
Join us for a toe-tapping good time in this drop-in program. Songs, rhymes, books and more will be shared. The program is designed for children ages one and two and their caregivers, but older siblings are welcome to attend. No registration required.
Preschool Storytime for Three to Five Year-Olds
These lively drop-in programs offer stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and more for children ages three to five and their grown-ups. Stories and other activities are chosen for children ages three to five but younger interested siblings are welcome to attend.
The Wallingford Library Anime Club is open to teens in grades 6-12. Meetings are held every other month. Japanese refreshments are served. Please check our calendar for meeting times.