Waterford Public Library
49 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, Connecticut 06385
Tel. 860-444-5805
Children's Programs

 

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aaaPre-kindergarten through grade 6

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Book Lists

The following are in PDF format:

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Playaway Audiobooks

playaway logoPLAYAWAY Audiobooks for children are now available in the Children's Room! For more information about Playaways, click here.

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Playaway Views

Playaway Views are pre-loaded video players for children. Each player contains multiple videos; they are portable and easy to use. Each View comes with a charger which provides up to 8 hours of continuous play. Playaway Views circulate for 7 days, and only one can be checked out at a time; please return Playaway Views directly to the Waterford Public Library. Take a look at the demo Playaway View in the Children's Room or ask a librarian for more details.

 

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Special Programs

July

Saturday, July 5, 10-12:00 noon
Game Day:  Games, games, games; play ours or bring your own.  Play against your family or friends and enjoy the competition!

Monday, July 7, 6:00 pm
Hovercraft:  Learn about surface tension and create your own hovercraft to bring home.  Space is limited.  Registration required.  Registration begins on Monday, June 23.  For ages 7-12.  This is a New London 4-H Science Program.

Tuesday, July 8, 6-7:00 pm
Sparky’s Puppets will perform “The Time Machine”.  With help from the audience, a scientist builds a time machine to look for stories from the past and then the future.  All ages with an adult.

Thursday, July 10, 10:00 am
Family Storytime:  A special storytime featuring a construction vehicle.  Most appropriate for preschoolers but open to all ages with an adult.

Saturday, July 12, 10-12:00 noon
Crafty Kids:  Make and take craft program for all ages with an adult.  All materials provided free. 

Monday, July 14, 2:00 pm
Chalk It Up!  Chalk-drawing at its best in the front parking area of the library.  We provide the chalk, you provide the creativity.  Prizes will be awarded.  All ages with an adult.  (There is no rain date).

Monday, July 14, 6:00 pm
Flubber:  Learn about basic chemistry, get messy and take home your fun creation.  Space is limited.  Registration required.  Registration begins on Monday, June 23.  Ages 7-12.  This is a New London 4-H Science Program.

Thursday, July 17, 10:00 am
Crazy Chemistry:  Join Cosmic Chris for this spectacular Science Show.   We will explore the wonderful world of chemical reactions. Investigate the states of Matter, play with amazing polymers, and show you crazy concoctions you can do at home with your Mom and Dad.  For ages 3 and up with an adult.

Saturday, July 19, 10-12:00 noon
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LEGO®s:  Dive into plastic containers filled with colorful building bricks and create a work of art.  For children in kindergarten and up with an adult.

Monday, July 21, 6:00 pm
What’s Hidden in the Bag?  Answer the question – Why do robots travel to places before humans?  Use your senses to answer the question.  Space is limited.  Registration required.  Registrations begins on Monday, June 30.  Ages 7-12.  This is a New London 4-H Science Program.  

Tuesday, July 22, 6-7:00 pm
Owl Prowl:  Meet a live owl and learn all about their amazing adaptations from a Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center staff member.  Investigate the role owls play in the ecosystem as a predator by dissecting owl pellets.  All ages with an adult.

Thursday, July 24, 10:00 am
Family Storytime:  A special storytime featuring a fire engine.  Most appropriate for preschoolers but open to all ages with an adult.

Saturday, July 26, 10:00 am
9th Annual Pet Show:  Show off your family pet(s) and get to meet others.  Always a hit, open to all!  Animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier and have all required vaccinations. 

Monday, July 28, 6:00 pm
The Science of Yoga:  Learn about gravitational force and equilibrium while moving your body in fun yoga poses.  Space is limited.  Registration required.  Registration begins on Monday, July 7.  Ages 7-12.  This is a New London 4-H Science Program.  

   

Tuesday, July 29, 6-8:00 pm
Henna Hands:  A presentation on the history of Henna and a design to wear home.  Ages 8-18.  Space is limited. Registration is required. You may register in person or by calling the Waterford Public Library at 860-444-5805.

Thursday, July 31, 10:00 am
Family Storytime:  A special storytime about the ocean with a craft.  Most appropriate for preschoolers but open to all ages with an adult.

 

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Storytime Programs

Come enjoy stories, music and more at the library!

The purpose of storytime is to encourage in our children the love of language and literature in all forms. Kids listen to, observe and imitate the books and activities we share, building reading readiness as they grow. Our goal is to create positive interactions with books for the parents, caregivers and children to experience together. This can be best done in an intimate setting without interruptions and distractions.

Please note:
• To provide the best storytime experience for you and your child, weekly programs will be held in the children’s Activity Room.
• Each session of ‘Little Listeners’ will be limited to 15 children and their caregivers.
• Each session of ‘Fantastic Friends’ will be limited to 20 children.
• Pre-registration is not required but space is limited.
• Admission to storytime will be by nametag.
• Nametags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

• Please discuss storytime with your child before you come. It helps young children to be prepared when they know what is expected of them.
• Continue the storytime experience by checking out books to take home for your child.
• For ‘Fantastic Friends,’ please stay in the Children’s Room while your child is attending the storytime. Be prepared to promptly join your child when the door opens.
• Just like you, other parents will appreciate a sick child skipping a week.
• If you have any questions, please ask the children’s librarians for assistance.

 

Little Listeners and Fantastic Friends

Monday, September 15 through Thursday, December 11

Little Listeners
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BIRTH TO 3 YEARS
• 4 sessions weekly
• 15 children per session with a caregiver
• 20-25 minutes of books, lapjogs, fingerplays, flannel board, music and movement

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am and 11am

       
Fantastic Friends

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3 TO 5 YEARS
• 1 session weekly
• 20 children per session, independent listeners
• 30-45 minutes of books, fingerplays, flannel board, music, movement and craft.

Thursdays, 10am



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TumbleBook Library

Welcome to the TumbleBook Library!

The TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginning readers and older independent readers. You can read along and listen or read on your own.

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Funded by a donation from the Waterford Rotary

www.waterfordctrotary.org

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For monthly programs, see our calendar of events.

 

For new arrivals to our Children's Room collections, see our Children's New Arrivals

(in PDF format).