Kids' Events & Programs

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

Obliteration Room

Tuesday, February 19, 12:00pm- 4:30pm
Storytelling Room

Yayoi Kusama is sometimes called ‘the princess of polka dots.' She makes lots of different types of art – paintings, sculptures, performances and installations – that all have one thing in common, DOTS! Everyone is invited to add their own dots to our art piece.
All ages; Drop-in; no registration required.

Family-opoly: create a game unique to your family!

Tuesday, February 19, @ 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

Create a truly unique gift to give or to play with loved ones any time. We will provide a blank game board; you bring ideas for personalized categories and questions, and your own game pieces.
Ages seven and up. Space is limited; registration is encouraged.

Slime Science

Wednesday, February 20; March 20 @ 4:30 PM
Activity Room

Each month we will make a different kind of slime.
For kids in grades 3 - 5 (ages 9 - 12). Drop-in; no registration required.

Builders’ Club

Friday, February 22; March 22 @ 4:00 PM
Activity Room

Build with the bricks you know and love!
For grades k - 6 (ages 5 - 12).
Drop in; no registration required.

Make Middletown

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00pm
Activity Room

Create a neighborhood in cardboard and decorate it with art supplies we provide.
For students in grades k – 6 (ages 5 - 12). Drop in; no registration required.

Homeschool Hub

Monday, March 18, 1:00pm
Activity Room

Children can learn and have fun with a new activity each month while their parents and caregivers network.  For children in preschool - grade 4 (ages 4 - 10). 
Drop in; no registration required. 

Snap Circuit Mania

Monday, March 18, 6:00pm
Activity Room

Snap Circuits make learning electronics fun and easy. We will have a variety of Snap Circuits for everyone to try. For kids in grades 3 - 6 (ages 8 - 12) and their families.
Drop-in; no registration required.

Safety PAWtrol: Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

Monday, March 18, 6:00pm
Hubbard Room

Thinking of adopting a pet? The CT Humane Society will provide tips on interpreting dogs’ body language, safely interacting with pets, and choosing a pet that matches your family’s lifestyle. They will also explain their adoption process. All ages welcome. No registration required.


Tuesday, March 19, 6:00pm
Activity Room

Blast those winter blahs away by enjoying some of the library's jigsaw puzzles.
For kids in grades k - 5 (ages 5 - 12). Drop in; no registration required.

Making Conversations

Mondays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15*, 6:00pm
Activity Room

Making Conversations is an opportunity to gather with folks of all ages to create a collaborative performance project. *The public is invited to enjoy the performance at the last session on April 15 in the Hubbard Room. For all ages; everyone is welcome!

Drop in; no registration required. Program partner: Julie Mulvihill:

Family Game Night     

Wednesday, March 27, 5:00pm
The Activity Room

Join us for a fun night of board games with the entire family!  Family + Games = Family Game Night!  Come and join the fun.

All ages. Drop-in; no registration required.

Container Gardening Workshop for Families

Saturday, March 30, 10:00am
Activity Room

Learn about planting and container gardening.  All ages welcome but best for children 3 years old and up.  Drop in; no registration required but supplies are limited.  Sponsored by the Urban Agriculture Partners, the Opportunity Knocks Collaborative, and the Friends of the Russell Library. 


Ongoing Programs

Baby Rhyme TimeBaby Rhyme time image

Thursdays, February 21, 28
@10:00 AM

The Activity Room
Ages: Birth-12 months and their caregivers
Drop-in, No Registration

Begining in January, Baby Rhyme Time has a new time of 10am!  Families are welcome to come at 9:30 for a playgroup.

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 in this fun, interactive program.

Wonderful Ones

Mondays, February 25 @ 10:00 AM
Activity Room

One-year-olds and their caregivers will enjoy literacy-based, age-appropriate activities and toys in the company of other families in this supportive, nurturing program led by an experienced Children’s Librarian. 
For one year olds (12 - 23 months) Siblings welcome! 
Drop in; no registration required. 


Twos are terrificTwos are Terrific

Tuesdays, February 19, 26 @10:00 AM
Activity Room
Ages: 2 year olds and caregivers

 This librarian-led program is designed to increase two year olds’ literacy and social skills as they enjoy story time, movement, music and play time with other toddlers and their families.
For two year olds (24-35 months) and their caregivers.
Siblings welcome!!
Drop-in, no registration.

Preschool Power Story HourPreschool power

Wednesdays, February 20, 27
@10:00 AM

Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 3 – 5 years of age
No registration required, siblings are welcome.

This literacy-based, librarian-led program provides the perfect opportunity for preschoolers to practice their listening skills and increase their social confidence while enjoying stories, music, movement and a craft with their caregivers.
For ages 3 - 5 (Pre-k through kindergarten)

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