Kids' Events & Programs

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One Time Programs

Poodle inventionCT Invents

Tuesday, July 21, 1pm
Hubbard Room
Grades 4 and 5
Registration required**

Patrick Smith, Education Curator of Museum of CT History, will present a hands-on invention program for kids in grades 4 and 5.  Kids will learn about the great inventions that came from Connecticut and even invent their own, unique creations!  So come and be a part of Connecticut's invention history this summer at the Russell Library.

**Registration is required and will begin on Monday, July 20.  To register please call the Children's Department at: 860-344-8479 or visit us in person.

Lunch Lady ExtravaganzaLunch Lady

Friday, July 24, 2:30-3:30pm
Children’s Activity Room
Grades 2-5. 
Drop in, no registration.

Our heroine, the Lunch Lady needs your help to save the Russell Library’s Summer Reading program. Help Betty make gadgets for the Lunch Lady, solve puzzles and create more Lunch Lady comics. Back to Top↑

Potter costumes

The Great Russell Library Book Hero/Heroine Masquerade Party

Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
Hubbard Room
Ages: 10 and up

Here’s your chance to dress-up as your favorite Book character. Are you a Nancy Drew or Katniss Everdeen; Greg Heffley or Percy Jackson fan? Fun, food, music, best costume contest and party games will be provided. Be a hero/heroine and come.


Repeating Programs

Baby Rhyme TimeBaby Rhyme time image

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, August 5 & 12
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,
finger plays and more in this fun, interactive program.
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Ones FunOnes Fun

Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, August 6 & 13
Activity Room
Ages: 12 months to 23 months
Drop-in, No Registration

This program for ones and their caregiver is the perfect way to start your day.  We'll sing songs, learn rhymes, finger plays and more in this fun, interactive programSummer stories image.  Back to Top↑

Time for Twos

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, August 5 & 12
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: Two year olds and their caregivers. 
Drop-in, no registration. 

Join us for open play, a craft, a story and rhyme time at the end.

Favorite stories and Crafts imageFirst Saturday Stories: Favorite Stories

First Saturdays, August 1 - 10:00am
Ages: 3-5 years and their caregivers. Siblings welcome!
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

On the first Saturday of every month, a Children’s Librarian will share her favorite stories with you.  Drop by for stories and stay to make a craft together.  The stories are selected for children age 3-5 years and their caregivers.  Siblings are also welcome.  Get a great start on your 1st Saturday.  No registration is needed.

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Summer Stories

Tuesday July 7, 14, 21 & 28, August 4 & 11
Hubbard Room
Ages 3-6 with caregiver
Drop-in, No Registration

Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Ages: 3-6 with caregiver. (Daycares/PreK providers, please call 860-344-8479 for dates for your groups personal story time.)  Drop-in, no registration. Join us for new stories and old favorites, music and a craft. You & your caregiver are sure to have a great time & meet new friends too!Back to Top↑

Young ScientistYoung Scientist

Thursdays, July 2, 16, 23 & 30, August 5 & 13
Children’s Activity Room,
Grades: 1 – 3

Drop-in, no registration

This summer, our Young Scientists program line-up is looking very intriguing.  We will be exploring through the eyes of some of the greatest science heroes ever.  And each week will be something new!  Excavate like the paleontologists & explore the sea like Jacques Cousteau; all from the safety of Russell Library.  There’s so much to explore and we have it all for you!Back to Top↑

Builder's Club

Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
Lego Balloon Car July 17 & 31
August 14 & 23
Build and Race Your Own Balloon Car!
Ages: 5-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

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

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to join the Builders’ Club 4-5:30pm on Fridays (see dates above), in the Activity Room.  Join us for afternoons of building with the bricks we all know and love.  Come build with your favorite interlocking blocks!  Each week we will have a challenge, and if you’re lucky, your creation will be chosen to be displayed in our glass case.  Due to the small pieces utilized, we ask that only those children 6 – 12 years of age be actively involved in the program and that they stay and help put pieces away.  Perhaps your “littles” would enjoy our newly reopened Parenting Room.
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Ping Pong paddle with a flaming ping pong ballTween Time

Tuesday, August 4: Make a BrushBot
Tuesday, August 11: Big Game Blowout!

Hubbard Room
Ages: Grades 4 – 6
Drop-in, no registration

Fight the summer boredom blues in this brand new program for kids in grades 4-6.   Tween Time will explore classic board games, fun, skill games like FOOSBALL and Ping Pong.  We will also dive into the world of inventions with some special programs.  BrushBots are little robots made of toothbrushes! So come on down and have a great time at the Russell Library this summer.  Light refreshments will be offered.Back to Top↑

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