Kids' Events & Programs

mouse Children's Calendar for Programs and Event

All Children's Programs are Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Simon Says

Monday, July 31, 1:00pm
Activity Room
For ages 3 and up

How good are you at following directions? Test your skills by playing 'Simon Says.'
For ages 3 and up.
Drop in; no registration.


Thursday, August 3, 1:00pm
Activity Room
Grades 1 and up (ages 6 and up)

Come play a new trivia game called Kahoot!  Do you know your literature?  This is your chance to show off your literature expertise.  
For families with children in grades 1 and up (ages 6 and up). Siblings welcome.
Drop-in; no registration.  

Preschool Dance Party

Thursday, August 3, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room
For ages 3 - 6

Do you like to dance? Miss Laura does! Join her for a fun hour of movement and dance, including parachute play, shakers, scarves and more!
For ages 3 - 6; siblings welcome.
Drop in; no registration.


Friday, August 4, 3:00pm
Activity Room
All ages

Enjoy a relaxing Friday afternoon coloring in our air conditioned room. It is much more fun to color with friends, so feel free to bring some along.
All ages.
Drop in; no registration.

Cartooning Workshop with Christopher Brown

Wednesdays, August 9 and 16, 6:00pm
Activity Room
Grades 1 - 6 (ages 6 - 12)

Do you love graphic novels, cartooning or drawing, and want to practice or to learn new techniques? Then join Christopher Brown, a middle school teacher and graphic novel artist from East Haven, for a two part, hands-on workshop covering some basics of visual storytelling and character creation.
For students in grades 1 - 6 (ages 6 - 12).
Drop in; no registration.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and the CT Humanities.

Who Has. . .game?

Thursday, August 10, 1:00pm
Activity Room
Grade 3 and up (ages 8 +)

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Have fun and make some new friends playing I Have. . .Who Has. . .with a library theme. 
For students in grade 3 and up (ages 8 +). 
Drop in; no registration.

The Big Build

Monday, August 14, 3:00pm
Activity Room
For ages 3 - 12

We're building a better world this summer! Come try a variety of building materials including Legos, Lincoln Logs and more. We'll even try mixing them all up to see what can be made.
For ages 3 - 12.
Drop in; no registration.

Tween Writing Workshop 

Tuesday, August 15, 6:00pm
Meeting Room 2

Grades 4 - 6 (ages 9 to 11)

Connecticut author Shari Arnold will be talking about how she came to be an author and the writing process, as well as giving advice to aspiring authors. Join in the discussion and talk about your favorite books and authors.
For students in grades 4 - 6 (ages 9 to 11).
Registration is required. Register Russell Library Event Calendar, in person, or at 860-344-8479

Real or Fake News

Wednesday, August 16, 4:00pm
Activity Room
Grades 4 – 8 (ages 9 – 14)

With so many resources available, it is not easy to determine if news is real or fake. Learn how to evaluate sources to determine if news is trustworthy or suspect.
For students in grades 4 – 8 (ages 9 – 14).
Drop in; no registration.

Gone Fishing

Thursday, August 17, 1:00pm
Activity Room
Prek – grade 1 (ages 3 – 7)

Let’s go fishing in the library by decorating fish and making fishing poles. No worms required to catch these fish!
For Prek – grade 1 (ages 3 – 7).
Drop in; no registration.

Healthy Me, Healthy Start

Thursday, August 17, 12:00pm
Activity Room
For all ages

During our Summer Meal Lunch service in the activity room we will be having a free, early childhood nutrition program designed to support parents in establishing healthy eating habits in young children.
For all ages.
Drop in; no registration.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and ProHealth Physicians.

Fairy Houses for all ages

Thursday, August 17, 6:00pm
Activity Room

Want to attract a fairy or a gnome to your home? Plenty of environmentally friendly supplies will be available for you to create your own fairy or gnome home, but participants are welcome to bring additional materials as well: moss, feathers, fabric, ribbon, shells--whatever a fairy or gnome might fancy.
Adults and families are welcome.
Drop in; no registration.

21: the card game

Monday, August 21, 1:00pm
Activity Room
Grades 1- 6 (ages 5 – 12)

Learn the card game that is all math and all fun. There is no gambling with this game.
For students in grades 1- 6 (ages 5 – 12).
Drop in; no registration.

No Bake Cooking Class

Tuesday, August 22, 6:00pm
Activity Room
Grades 4 – 8 (ages 9 – 13)

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.
Learn to make trifles and cookies that require no baking. Recipes contain chocolate, dairy, fruit and nuts; participants are advised to please be aware of food allergies. 
For students in grades 4 – 8 (ages 9 – 13).
Required registration begins Tuesday, August 15. Register at Russell Library Event Calendar, in person, or at 860-344-8479.


Thursday, August 24, 1:00pm
Activity Room

We're playing bingo at the library. Come join the fun (the librarian may even sing the song)!
For students in grades k – 6 (ages 5 – 12).
Drop in; no registration.

Bending Gravity with Eric Girardi   

Monday, August 28, 12:00pm
Hubbard Room

Eric Girardi, a master of more than fifteen spectacular circus skills, presents a mesmerizing choreographed performance for all ages. He has been performing professionally for over fifteen years as a world-ranked yo-yo player, juggler, top spinner, diabolo'ist, contact juggler and stilt-walker. 
All ages.
Drop-in; no registration.

Repeating Programs

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Thursdays, July 27; August 3, 10 and 17
@ 10:30 AM
Activity Room
Ages: Birth-12 months and their grown-ups
Drop-in, No Registration

Looking for something to do with your infant or toddler?  Come join us for Baby Rhyme Time, a program for babies one year and under and their caregivers.  We’ll sing songs, learn rhymes,
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Summer Stories

Tuesday, July 25; August 1, 8, and 15 @10:30am
Hubbard Room
Ages 3 to 6
Siblings welcome; drop-in

Story time for ages 3 to 6. Stories old and new, flannel board stories, puppet play and music. Siblings welcome; drop-in.

Summer Stories (Evening Edition)

Thursday, August 24, 6:00pm.
The Activity Room,
pre-K - 1st grade (ages 3 -7)

Come hear stories old and new, flannel stories, puppet play and music.
For pre-K - 1st grade (ages 3 -7).
Drop in; no registration.

Summer Reading Buddies

Wednesdays, July and 26, 2:00pm;
August 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2:00pm or 2:30pm.
Storytelling Room
Ages of 3 and 10

Members of the Teen Advisory Council will ‘buddy up’ with kids between the ages of 3 and 10, whether they’re beginning, confident or reluctant readers, to share their own love of reading. Kids can bring their own books or choose one at the library, and they’ll be given a book to take home. This program is FREE and continues through August 23. A snack will be provided afterward.
Registration is required; sign up on line, in person at the Youth and Family Learning desk, or by phone at (860)-344-8479.

Art Party!Art Party

Friday, July 28; August 11, 3:00pm
Children's Activity Room
Ages: K- 3, ages 5 – 9
Drop-in, no registration required

Come and celebrate your artistic side by creating something beautiful.  Art Party! will be celebrated each month with a new creative project.  Bring your imagination and a wiliness to get messy!  Drop-in, no registration required.

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Friday, July 21, 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00pm
Friday, August 18, 4:00pm
Ages: 5-12, grades K - 7
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Due very small parts we ask that children be
5 – 12 years old!

Come play and build amazing creations with the bricks you know and love!  Bring your friends!
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Simple Trivia

Monday, July 24; August 7,1:00pm
Activity Room
For students in grades 1 - 6

Test your basic knowledge of all sorts of Dewey Decimal subjects while trying to stump the librarian.
For students in grades 1 - 6.
Drop in; no registration.

Planting Science

TuesdayS, July 18; August 15, 3:00pm
Activity Room
Ages 6 and up

Come explore the natural world that surrounds us, and investigate concepts such as plant growth, photosynthesis and more in this fun, hands-on science program.

Snap Circuits

Thursdays, July 6, 13, 20, 1:00
The Activity Room
Thursday July 27, 1:00
The Storytelling Room
For ages 7 and up
Drop-in; no registration

Come play with Snap Circuits! Try your hand at connecting circuits to see what happens. There are many projects to try, so come explore the magic of circuits in this hands-on program.
For ages 7 and up.
Drop-in; no registration.

Bring Your Own Book

Fridays, July 14 and 28, 1:00pm
The Activity Room,
For ages 8 and up. 
Drop-in; no registration.

Bring Your Own Book is a fun game in which players search books – chosen at the library, or brought from home -- for the best phrases to satisfy prompts such as: tastiest name for a candy bar, or advice for graduating seniors. How about ‘Good night! What a stink!’ from Beezus and Ramona for the name of a candy bar, or, as advice for graduating seniors from Charlotte’s Web: ‘Perhaps if people talked less, animals would talk more. People are incessant talkers—I can give you my word on that.’

Friday, August 18, 1:00pm
Activity Room

Grades 3 and up (ages 8 and up)

Bring Your Own Book is a fun game in which players search books – chosen at the library or brought from home -- for the best phrases to satisfy prompts such as What's the tastiest name for a candy bar? An answer from Eloise Skates might be “Dub-dub-double.” Open your books and get ready to play!
For students in grades 3 and up (ages 8 and up). 
Drop-in; no registration.

Book Voyagers 

Tuesdays, July 11, 18 and 25; August 1, 1:00pm
Activity Room

Join Sara DeBeer, a local storyteller, as she gets readers excited about books through fun activities and discussion. Peek into the lives of four adventurous characters who face interesting and challenging situations, and overcome the obstacles in their lives. Participants will get a free book.
For ages 9 - 12. 
Drop-in; no registration.


Tuesday, July 18; August 15, 6:30pm.
Children's Activity Room
Ages: 7 and up
Drop-in, no registration required

Are you an experrt or do you want to learn simple origami? Join us on the tird Tuesday of each month to explore the Japanese are of paper folding - Origami. Let your fingers guide your imagination.

Hobbit Camp

Mondays, July 10 and 17,
Thursdays, July 13 and 20,
Fridays, July 14 and 21,
Storytelling Room
For students in grades 5 – 12

Participate in Hobbit Immersion Camp and discuss The Hobbit with other middle school students from all over the United States in an interactive, hands-on program led by a middle school teacher from Fairbanks, Alaska. No need to have read The Hobbit prior to attendance, but reading the book beforehand will deepen your understanding. Copies will be available at the Youth and Family Learning Department. 
This is a 6 part workshop; please try to attend all sessions to get the most out of the program.
For students in grades 5 – 12.

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