Kids' Events & Programs

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One Time Programs

Tales from Around the WorldAnasi the Spider

Mondays in May (except Memorial Day May 30)
6:00 PM
Children's Activity Room

  • May 2 - Anansi the Spider (by Gerald McDermott)
  • May 9 - How the Chipmunk Got His Stripes (Brucha)
  • May 16 - The Paper Crane (by Molly Bang)
  • May 23 - Strega Nona (by Tomie dePaola)

An interactive four session discussion sesries for children in grades K-2 facilitated by Sara de Beer, Educator/Storyteller.

Registration begins Tuesday April 25, 2016!

This program is sponsored in part by The Friends of the Russell Library. Connecticut Humanities' Book boyages programs are made possible through the support of the New Alliance Foundation, the State of Connecticut, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tales That Only Look Tall: SOVA TheaterAdelka Polak

Saturday, May 14
Hubbard Room

Adelka Polak will perform her latest Sova Theater solo work, Tales that Only Look Tall, a collection of true stories about bizarre and beautiful encounters with wild animals through the seasons in rural CT. Her stories combine original dance, eclectic live music & sounds with handmade masks and puppets by artist/sculptor Justin Perlman. This event is perfect for all ages and the whole family. Adelka Polak is the founder and Artistic Director of SOVA Dance and Puppet Theater. She is a dancer, puppeteer, mask-performer and movement director whose work has traveled to Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Turkey.
All ages. Drop-in, no registration
This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Russell Library and The Connecticut Guild of Puppetry.

Meet Your Teen New Librarian

Wednesday, May 17
6 to 8 pm

Teen Area
Parents and students in grades 7 to 12  

Drop by the Teen Area on May 17 from 6 to 8 pm for Pizza, Ice Cream, and other refreshments and meet YOUR Teen Librarians. Come find out about the exciting new programs being offered to teens and explore the teen area. We hope to see you here!
No registration required. 

Family Game Night

Wednesday, May 18Ping Pong paddles
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Children’s Activity Room

Come down to Russell Library for Family Game Night.  Try your hand at some oldie but goody games; test your skills at something new.  Backgammon, checkers, chess & foosball will be some of the games on hand for you to enjoy!  Sit back and enjoy a simple game of cards if that's your pleasure.

No registration necessary, just a love of gaming the old fashioned way.
All Ages - Drop-in

Make a Flag or Pennant for the Memorial Day Parade!

Saturday, May 28
Activity Room

Children and parents are invited to make their own flag to wave during Middletown's Memorial Day Parade! Wear an old shirt and prepare to get messy!
All ages. Drop-in, no registration.

Russell Library Marches in Middletown's Memorial Day Parade

May 30
McDonough School

Meet at McDonough School if you wish to join with the Russell Library staff while we march down Main Street and help to commemorate all of those who served in the defense of our country.


Repeating Programs

1st  Saturday Favorite Story and Craft TimeFrog and Liiypad

Saturday, May 7
Activity Room
Ages: 3-5 years and their caregivers, siblings welcome!
Drop-in, No Registration

It’s Favorite Stories Saturday!  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 the 3-5 year old audience and their caregivers, but siblings are welcome.  Get a great start on your 1st Saturday.  See you soon.   

Baby Rhyme TimeBaby Rhyme time image

Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, & 25
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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Wonderful OnesBadger adn Mouse

Next Session through June 13
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 12 months – 23 months with their caregivers
Registration is required:

“Wonderful Ones” is a child/caregiver program that includes music, puppets, books, and age-appropriate play. It’s a great way to start your week!
Registration begins Begins Monday, May 2, at 9:00am; in-person or by phone: (860) 344-8479.
Due to high demand for this program, registration is limited to Middletown residents only.

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Twos are terrificTwos Are Terrific

Next Session through June 15
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 24 months – 35 months and their caregiver. 
Registration is required. 

“Twos are Terrific” is a program for two year olds and their caregivers that include stories, songs, play, crafts and music.
Registration begins Wednesday, May 4 at 9am, in person or by phone: (860) 344-8479. Due to high demand for this program, registration is limited to Middletown residents only. Back to Top↑

Preschool PowerChipmunk reading

Next session through June 16

Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 3 – 5 years of age
Registration is required

“Preschool Power” is a fun, energetic mix of stories, finger plays, puppets, music, dance, and crafts. We’ll also have time to just play! Come enjoy stories old and new.  We’ll be using craft materials, so dress appropriately!
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Builder's Club

Lego Balloon CarFridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
May 20
Ages: 5-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

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

Children ages 5 - 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 5 – 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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