Programs & Events

READING PROGRAMS
A fun way for kids to earn prizes while reading!
Summer is coming! Click below for a sneak peak at our summer learning challenge!

 

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 | Ives Main in March  | Mitchell in April | Stetson in May | Fair Haven in June | Wilson in July

Join us for this amazing chance to learn how to build and program your own LEGO robots! Each week features a new project. There will be a month of programs at each branch, currently we are at Mitchell for the month of April. Space is limited to 16 kids, registration details vary branch to branch. One Saturday a month at each location families and friends are welcome to come to a Robot Rodeo for everyone to show off their skills. Ages 7-12. Sponsored by Alexion.
Music Haven Recital | Thurs. June 1 | Fair Haven | 4:00
In collaboration with IRIS, Music Haven has been providing music lessons to refugee children. Please join us for their first violin recital!
LEGO Robot Rodeo | Sat. June 3 | Stetson | 2:00-4:00
Come see what kids have been busy making in our weekly Build a Bot LEGO robotics classes and give it a try yourself. Families welcome! Made possible by a generous grant from Alexion.
Super You | Sat. June 3 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
Celebrate Wonder Woman Day by becoming a super hero yourself! Design your own symbol and gauntlets, play games and take super pictures!
Ladybug Release Party | Mon. June 5 | Mitchell | 6:00-7:30PM
Help us release ladybugs in our garden and explore reptiles with Park Ranger Harry. There will also be crafts, popsicles, and summer reading signups! Fun for the whole family!
Family Movie An American Tale | Sat. June 10 | Fair Haven | 12:00-2:00 ENGLISH, 2:30-4:30 ESPAÑOL
See this classic film about a mouse who emigrates from Russia to the US and his struggles to adjust and find his family. Shown first in English, then in Spanish.
Purple Crayon Day | Sat. June 10 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
An anonymous donor has given 18,000 copies of Harold and the Purple Crayon to be given to the children of Connecticut through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Come listen to the book, get your own copy, and pick up a purple crayon to help us create our own giant drawing world like Harold! All ages welcome.
Summer Learning Challenge Kick Off! | Sat. June 17 | Ives Main | 11:00-1:00
Register for summer reading, try for some great raffle prizes, and meet some very interesting animals from Animal Embassy. Snakes, lizards, and even a Mexican Salamander called an axolotl!

A Purple Party! | Sat. June 17 | Mitchell | 3:00
Join us in reading and celebrating the 1955 classic children’s book, Harold and the Purple Crayon with a PURPLE PARTY! Wear a purple outfit, make a purple art project, decorate cookies with purple frosting. Each family will go home with a special edition of the book by Crockett Johnson, sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. All ages welcome!
Monarch Butterfly Migration | Tues. June 20 | Wilson | 4:00
Kids in grades k through 5 are invited to learn about the fantastic journey of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly. We will follow it up by making beautiful butterflies fro you to take home
Hour of Code | Wed. June 21 | Stetson | 6:00-7:00
Learn to code in code.org with Ms. Rory and Mr. Phill.
The Big Read | Sat. June 24 | Stetson | 2:00-3:30
Immigrant families from the community come to share their stories. Families welcome!
LEGO Robot Rodeo | Sat. June 24 | Fair Haven | 2:00-4:00
Come see what kids have been busy making in our weekly Build a Bot LEGO robotics classes and give it a try yourself. Families welcome! Made possible by a generous grant from Alexion.
Creating Musical Readers
A violist from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will read Mole Music and bring the songs in the book to life. Children will have a chance to try a violin. Ages 4 to 10, no registration required.
Ives Main | Mon. June 26, 10:30am
Fair Haven | Mon. June 26, 2pm
Mitchell | Tues. June 27, 3pm
Wilson | Wed. June 28, 10:30am
Stetson | Wed. June 28, 3pm

Make & Take Independence Day Crafts | July 1 | Mitchell | 10:00-4:00PM
Come in all day for a patriotic craft you can make to keep!

ONGOING EVENTS

Please check our calendar for dates, times and locations.

STAY AND PLAY STORYTIME

Stories, songs and playtime for children ages zero-four with parent/caregiver.

BABY LAP-SIT STORYTIME

babypansDesigned specifically for children 0-18 months and their caregivers. Enjoy books, music, puppets and more!

LEGO CLUB

Meet with other creative dreamers who use LEGOs to build their inspirations!
Ages five and up.

CHESS CLUB

Children ages six to sixteen years old, beginners through more advanced instruction, practice and play.

HOMEWORK ZONE

Help for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in math, reading and science..

BOOK CLUBS

gilrs_hwDiscuss your favorite chapter books and do fun activities.

CRAFTY FUN

A different make and take craft featured every week.

MAKER PROGRAMS

mini3-D printing and more.

KIDZ KOOK

kidcookNutrition and Cooking Class for youth ages 6-14.