Kids' Events & Programs

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

Summer Meal Service at the Russell Library

Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Activity Room

For children from birth - 18 years old. (Please note, these meals are 'one size fits all' and are best suited for children 3 and older. We are unable to supply formula. If you require alternate meals for those with dietary restrictions, please contact library staff at 860-347-2528) 
Drop in, no registration. Meals are first come, first served!

Middletown Bookmobile

Wednesdays, July 18, 25 and August 1, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Near the Broad Street entrance

Children of all ages are welcome to visit the Middletown Bookmobile to choose free books they can take home to keep. In case of rain, a selection of free books will be available in the Activity Room.

Kindergarten Kickstart at Russell Library

Tuesday July 17 @ 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Activity Room

Join Wesleyan University students who will be running Kindergarten Kickstart's high-quality, engaging activities at 3 tables each week. New activities each week - look for math, art, science, and more every Tuesday in July! (7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 and 7/31)

For ages PreK-1st Grade (ages 3-6) Siblings welcome!
Drop-in after Story Time or just come on in, no registration required.

Origami

Origami plane July 17; August 21 @ 6:30pm
Youth Area
For grades 2 and up (age 7 +)

Drop in; no registration

Explore the Japanese art of paper folding.
For grades 2 and up (age 7 +).
Drop in; no registration.

 

Reading Buddies

Wednesdays, July 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 2:00pm
Story Telling Room

Does your child love reading? Or is he or she a struggling reader? Members of the Teen Advisory Council will help your child learn to love reading or continue to love reading by being his or her Reading Buddy! Bring your child’s own favorite books or find one in the library. Your child’s Reading Buddy will give your child a FREE book to take home!
For children entering pre-k - 6th grade (ages 3 - 10).
Drop in; no registration required. 

Pop-Up Book Fun

Thursday, July 19, @ 1:30pm
Storytelling Room

Come and explore our large selection of some of the coolest pop-up books you will ever see! We will also be making our own pop-up card!
For grades 1 - 6 (ages 6 - 12).
Drop in; no registration.

Preschool Power Yoga

Thursday, July 19; August 9 @ 1:30pm
Hubbard Room

Story time, yoga and mindfulness exercise with our friend Dawn!
For children in grades pre –k through kindergarten (ages 3-5). Siblings welcome!
Drop in; no registration.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and Middletown School Readiness.

Game Time

Fridays, July 20; August 3, 17 @ 10:30pm
Activity Room

Join us for a morning of fun and learning. Play a variety of games while building important skills such as counting, reading, sharing, learning to take turns, and more.
For children in pre-k - 1st grade (ages 3 - 6). Siblings welcome!
Drop in; no registration.

After-Hours Family Dance Party

Friday, July 20, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Activity Room

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

Meet Sting, the Mascot of the New Britain Bees

Saturday, July 21, 11:00am
The Activity Room

Sting, the mascot of the New Britain Bees baseball team, is coming to the Russell Library!
For pre-k - 6th grade (ages 3 - 12).
Drop in; no registration.

Sponsored by the New Britain Bees.

Snap Circuit Mania

Tuesdays, July 24; August 7 @ 3:00pm
Activity Room

We will have a variety of Snap Circuits on hand. 
For students in grades 3 - 6 (ages 8 - 12) and their families. 
Drop-in; no registration.

Gamers’ Realm

Wednesdays, July 25; August 8 @ 2:00pm
Totally Teen Area

Come explore some of our newest board and card games. Gamers can try their hand at Magic: the Gathering, Forbidden Island, Once Upon a Time and other favorites. 
For students in grades 4 – 7 (ages 10 - 13).
Drop in; no registration.

Young Scientists

Thursday, July 26; August 9 @4:30pm
Activity Room

Come and explore with your inner scientist as you test, create and experiment with a variety of materials.  
For students in grades 2 - 4 (ages 7-10).
Drop in; no registration.

Art Party! Art Party

Summer Art Party!  Friday, July 27; August 10 @10:30am
Activity Room
For grades K - 3 (ages 5 - 9)
Drop in; no registration

Come celebrate your artistic side by creating something beautiful. Art Party! will celebrate each month with a new creative project. Bring your imagination and a willingness to get messy.
For grades K - 3 (ages 5 - 9).
Drop in; no registration.

Builder's ClubBuilders Club

Friday, July 27; August 17 @ 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!
Drop in; no registration

Puzzle Mania

Thursday, August 2, @ 10:30am
Activity Room

Join the Youth and Family Learning Department for a morning of crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
For all ages.
Drop in; no registration.

Celebrate the Magical Mermaid

Friday, August 10, 3:30pm
Activity Room

Join us for a party celebrating mermaids. We'll have crafts, games and more!
For children in grades k - 6 (ages 5 - 12).
Drop in; no registration required.

Gone Fishing

Wednesday, August 15 @ 3:30pm
Activity Room

Join the Youth and Family Learning Department for a fun filled craft of making fishing poles and fish to catch and release. No fish will be harmed.
For children entering grades k - 3 (ages 5 - 9).
Drop in; no registration.

Story Time with Mother Goose

Wednesday, August 15 @ 6:00pm
Activity Room

Story Time with Mother Goose! 
For children age 2 to 6 years old. Siblings welcome!
Drop in; no registration required. 

Family Event, Kindness Rocks!

Thursday, August 16 @ 2:30pm
Activity Room

The mission of Kindness Rocks is to promote the idea that 'one message at just the right time, can change someone's entire life.' Come help library staff paint inspirational messages on rocks, and take some home to put out into our community.
For children age 3 and up, and their families.
No registration required.

 

Turtle Dance Music presents: The Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show

Friday, August 17 @ 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

Turtle Dance Music returns with a show crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum. Each song in the 60-minute show is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Kids will play instruments, try out interactive music technology, and dance along through the whole show! Parents, teachers and caregivers are welcome to join the fun.
For children age 2 and up, with their families. 

Jigsaw Mania

Thursday, August 23, 10:30am
Activity Room,

Do you love doing jigsaw puzzles? Then come and make your own simple jigsaw puzzle. 
For children entering pre-k - 4th grade (ages 3-10).
Drop in; no registration required.

Bingo

Friday, August 24, 3:30pm
Activity Room

Join the Youth and Family Learning Department for the fun filled game of Bingo.
For children entering grades k - 6 (ages 5 - 12).
Drop in; no registration.


Ongoing Programs

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Thursdays, July 26; August 9 @10:30am
The 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 in this fun, interactive program.

Wonderful Ones and Twos Playtime Twos Playtime

Mondays, July 23 and 30; August 6, 13 @ 10:00am
Activity Room

One and two year old playgroup.
For one and two year olds and their caregivers. Siblings welcome!
Drop in; no registration required.

Summer Stories imageSummer Stories

Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14 @ 10:30am
Hubbard Room,

Come hear stories old and new, and move a little.
For children ages 3 - 6. Siblings welcome.
Drop in; no registration required.

 

Summer Meal Service at the Russell Library

Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Activity Room

For children from birth - 18 years old. (Please note, these meals are 'one size fits all' and are best suited for children 3 and older. We are unable to supply formula. If you require alternate meals for those with dietary restrictions, please contact library staff at 860-347-2528) 
Drop in, no registration. Meals are first come, first served!

Middletown Bookmobile

Wednesdays, July 18, 25 and August 1, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Near the Broad Street entrance

Children of all ages are welcome to visit the Middletown Bookmobile to choose free books they can take home to keep. In case of rain, a selection of free books will be available in the Activity Room.

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