Kids' Events & Programs

mouse Children's Calendar for Programs and Events

Ages: 6-12 years of age.
No registration required.

Sign up for Children’s Summer Reading Robot and Boy

Power Up With Books!

Children ages 3 through third grade are invited to sign up for this summer’s reading program “Power Up With Books!” beginning Monday, June 30 in the Children’s Department at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  When you sign up for the reading log, you will receive a small prize.  For every five books that you read or listen to, you will receive additional prizes.  Look for other fun programs throughout the summer, including Summer Stories and a Robot Coloring Contest.

Sign up online!

Girl and Cloud Summer ReadingGear Up for Reading!

Gear Up for Summer Reading is a fun, interactive summer reading program for kids entering grades four and up.  For every book you read, and write a review on, you receive one raffle ticket to earn your chance to win one of our great prizes!  Read as many books  as you want, but the more you read and write, the more raffle tickets you receive.  It’s summer reading, your way!  So gear up and start reading….

Ongoing Programs

Baby Rhyme TimeToddler Biting Book

Wednesdays, 1:30pm
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 13

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. 

Ones Summer Fun

Thursdays, 10:00amToddler and Robot blowing bubbles
July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 1, 14

Activity Room
Ages: 12 months to 23 months
Drop-in, No Registration

Join us for a drop-in summer program for ones!  This summertime 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 program.  


Toddlers in a puddleMondays, 10:00am
July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 11

Activity Room
Ages: 24 months – 35 months

Drop-in, No Registration

Join us for a summer of fun for two year olds! We'll be moving and shaking to some great tunes, wiggling to finger plays and listening to stories just for you.    Robot and Girl

Summer Stories

Tuesdays, 10:00am
July 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5, 12, 19, 26
Hubbard Room
Ages 3-6 and their caregivers
Drop-in, No Registration

Come and hear fun new stories, and beloved favorites!  Stay a bit longer & make a craft together. The stories are selected for the 3-6 year old audience and their caregivers, but siblings are welcome.

Whole GroupYoung Scientists

Mondays, 1:00pm
July 7, 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 11
Ages: Kindergarten through Third Grade
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Backyard Scientists are back with a whole new look and name!  Young Scientists is a program for kids in grades K through 3.  We will explore the fun that Backyard Scientists did only we'll be exploring a whole lot more.  Our first session will find us elbow deep in dirt as we plant and dig and get messy.  So come join the fun....


Lego FoodBuilder's Club

Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
July 18,  & August 1, 15
Ages: 6-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Due very small parts we ask that children be 6 – 12 years old!

Join us for an open session of building with the popular blocks you all know and love!  We’ll have a challenge every week, perhaps we’ll challenge you to build something with only one color, or a monument or something from space!  You might see your creation in our display cabinet.

Favorite Stories and Crafts

First Saturdays, 10:00am
August 2
Ages: 3-5 years and their caregivers. Siblings welcome!
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Saturday, August 2 is "Favorite Stories Saturday."  On the first Saturday of every month, a Children’s Librarian will share her favorite stories with you at 10:00am in the Activity Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown.  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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Special Programs

Builder's Challenges#1Imaginator Wheel

Thursday, 2-3:pm
July 17
Ages: 8-12
Activity Room
No registration required

Building with blocks is easy; we’re thinking outside the block for this program.  We’re challenging you to build a structure with only two components– dry spaghetti and marshmallows!  We’re looking for tallest, sturdiest and most interesting structures.  This program is perfect for the budding architect.

Gadgets, Gizmos and More!: A Mini-Maker Fair Just for KidsImaginator

Monday, 1:00pm
July 21
Ages: Kindergarten and up
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration required

Maker fairs are making their way in to libraries everywhere.  A maker space is a place for people to come, try out new things and walk away with great ideas.  Come join Russell Library's first mini-maker fair, just for kids.  In this fun and interactive program, kids will explore the world of computer code, build gadgets, gizmos and more.  You will together to build a snap circuit OR try your hand at computer code.  Want to hear a song played completely on a banana?  Then Gadgets, Gizmos and more is the program for you!

Third Annual Gnome and Fairy House ProgramFairy House

Thursday, 2:00 to 3:30pm
July 24
For ages 8-12
Activity Room
Registration is required

Trying to lure wee folk to your yard?  We’ll have everything you need to create a home for them. If you wish, bring along your own decorations for a personal touch.
Register on Wednesday, July 23rd, in person or by phone, 860 -344-8479.

Ice Cream in a bagShake Whip & Cream

Friday, 2:30 – 4:00
July 25
Best ages: 1st grade & up
Activity Room
Same day registration required

Have fun with science and learn about the tasty food you can make with cream by turning it from liquid to solid. You will help make butter, ice cream, and whip cream. So get ready to shake whip and sample.

To register: Please call after 9am on Friday, July 25 – (860) 344-8479.

A Visit with Rocky the Rock Cat

Wednesday, 2:00pm
July 30Rocky
Ages 3 and up
Hubbard Room
Drop-in, no registration required

All children ages 3 and up are invited to meet Rocky, the Rock Cat on Wednesday, July 30 at 2pm in the Hubbard Room.  We’ll also have a baseball-themed story time and craft.  Rocky loves to pose for pictures so don’t forget your camera.  No registration.

Builder's Challenges#2

GearsThursday, 2 - 3:30pm
July 31
Ages: 8-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration required

This second Builders Challenge will again require participants to use their ingenuity to figure out how to build something with only two materials – cardboard and masking tape.  We’re betting you can make some great structures.  We have lots of cardboard tubes, boxes and the like, but we can always use more!

Build Your Own BiosphereMake your own terrarium

Thursday, 2-3:00pm
August 14
Ages:  8 – 12
Activity Room
Registration required

Participants will create a self-contained, living biosphere using
soil, rocks, plants and water.  If maintained, these will continue to flourish with only a bright spot for light, and perhaps some plant trimming!
Register Wednesday, August 13th, in person or by phone, 860 – 344 -8479.

Summer Closing Concert with TurtleDance Music

TurtleDance MusicTuesday, 6:30 – 7:30pm
August 19
Ages: 3 years and up
Hubbard Room
Drop-in, no registration required

Don’t miss TurtleDance Music’s inclusive, interactive Music and Movement for Kids.  Kids will be up on their feet, and so will their parents.  This program includes everyone! Back to Top↑