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!

 

 

Click here for all of our June events

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 Fair Haven for the month of June. 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.
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 | Sat. July 1 | Mitchell | 10:00-4:00PM
Come in all day for a patriotic craft you can make to keep!
Build a Magical World! | Thurs. July 6 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Come make a home for the gnome or fairy that lives at your house!
Read to Angus | Mon. July 10 | Ives Main | 4:00-5:00
Meet cuddly golden retriever Angus, the library’s therapy dog. Practice reading aloud to him, he loves to listen to stories!
Build an Imaginary World! | Thurs. July 13 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
You have so many worlds in your mind, come make a special sketchbook or journal to bring them to life!
Fun with Fine Art | Sat. July 15 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
Explore the world of art and make your own masterpiece to take home. Ages 5-9.
Dream a Better World! | Thurs. July 20 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Come see the students of Imaginary Theater Company perform their play Dream Train!Hula Hoop Wednesday! | Wed. July 26 | Mitchell | 4:00
Judi Jones aka ENERGIZER is bringing hula hooping fun to the library! Come give it a try!
Build a Reused World! | Thurs. July 27 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Make awesome crafts from recyclables!
Magician Matias at Fair Haven | Sat. July 29 | Fair Haven | 1:00-2:00
The Founder of Expert Children’s Magicians will do a BILINGUAL magic show including live animals! All ages welcome, no registration needed.
LEGO Robot Rodeo | Sat. July 29 | Wilson | 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.
Magician Matias at Ives Main | Sat. July 29 | Ives Main | 3:30-4:30
Comedy, tricks, and astounding feats! Come see the magic show voted the best in New York and you just might end up a part of the act! All ages welcome!
Build a Bigger World! | Thurs. Aug 3 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Listen to a story in Korean and English then learn about Korean culture!
Build a Yummy World! | Thurs. Aug 10 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Join us for making and decorating a tasty village!
Build Your Own Little Green World! | Tues. Aug. 8 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Did you know you can make a whole garden small enough to hold in your hand?Make a mini terrarium to take home! All supplies provided. Ages 8 to 18, space is limited, first come first served.
Critter Caravan | Sat. Aug 12 | Fair Haven | 1:00-2:00
Come see this traveling mammal and reptile show, you could meet a chinchilla, hedgehog, angora rabbit, lizard, tortoise, snake, or a guinea pig! You can even see a hissing Madagascar cockroach race! All Ages welcome. No registration needed.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party | Mon. Aug 14 | Mitchell | 3:00
Come celebrate every kids favorite funny series!
Read to Angus | Mon. Aug 14 | Ives Main | 4:00-5:00
Meet cuddly golden retriever Angus, the library’s therapy dog. Practice reading aloud to him, he loves to listen to stories!
Summer Learning Challenge Closing Party | Sat. Aug 16 | Mitchell | 2:00-4:00
Celebrate the end of summer with an ice cream social, face painting, and more!
Summer Learning Challenge Winding-Down Party | Sat. Aug 19 | Ives Main | 2:00-3:00
Summer is almost over! Come celebrate with us! We’ll have exciting storytelling with balloons, raffle prizes, and you can pickup your summer learning challenge books and t-shirts if you’ve earned them. All ages welcome!

RECURRING SUMMER PROGRAMS

STETSON
Push to Start | Every Saturday! | 12:00-1:30

Learn to skate with Skateboard Steve Roberts of social media’s Black Kids Don’t Skate. Pick up your permission slip at Stetson!
Chess | Sat. July 1, 15, & 29 | 10:00-12:00
The S.P.O.R.T. Academy mentors children and teens in the art of chess.
Stay & Play | Every Monday! | 10:00-11:30
Join us for stories, songs, and playtime! Ages 0-4 with parent/caregiver.
Movie Madness Mondays! | Every Mon. in July | 3:00-5:00
Beat the heat and cool off with a fun summer flick!
Building a Better Summer | Wed. July 5, 12, 19, & 26 | 4:00-5:00
Create, explore, tye-dye, and more. There’s something different every week!
ScienceFlix Tuesdays | Tues. July 11, 18, 25 | 4:00-5:30
Explore experiments on ScienceFlix and test them out at the Stetson Experimentation Station!
Wii U Gaming Night | Every Tues. in Aug | 4:00-5:300
Compete or team up with your friends for an afternoon of Nintendo Wii gaming! Bring your controllers and favorite multiplayer games! Make your own game on sploder.com. Tabletop games available too! Families, children and teens are welcome.
MITCHELL
LEGO Club | Wed. July 5, 12, & 29 | 4:00

We’ve got the LEGO’s– you bring the creativity! All ages welcome!
Stay ‘n’ Play Storytime | Every Thursday (except Aug. 3) | 10:00, 11:00, & 4:00
Stories, songs and playtime for children ages 0 to 5 with parent/caregiver. Please call (203) 946-8117 to register.
Kids Crafternoon | Every Thurs. in July | 4:00
Join us for a different craft every week! Ages 5 & up.
Movie Matinee | Wed. Aug 2, 9, & 23 | 3:00
Join us where it’s nice and cool for movies on the big screen!
FAIR HAVEN
Chess Club | Every Monday | 3:00

Definitely the coolest game in the history of the world! For beginners to advanced players. Families welcome!
Stay ‘n’ Play | Every Tues. (except July 17) | 10:30
Stories, songs, and playtime for children up to 4 with a caregiver. A half hour of librarian-led stories, finger plays, puppets, singing, and movement activities followed by play time! No registration necessary. Space is limited, first come, first served. Please arrive on time.
WILSON
Stay ‘n’ Play | Every Wed. | 10:30-11:30

Stories, songs, and playtime for children up to 4 with a caregiver. A half hour of librarian-led stories, finger plays, puppets, singing, and movement activities followed by play time!
Chess Club | Every Wed. | 4:00-5:00
Play the game of kings!
Beginners welcome! Ages 5 & up.
LEGO Club | Every Thurs. | 4:00-5:00
We’ve got the LEGO’s, you’ve got the ideas!
IVES MAIN
Chess Club | Every Mon. | 4:00-5:00

Chess instruction and play for kids 5 to 12. New players are welcome, beginner to advanced.
Stay ‘n’ Play | Every Tues. 11:30, Wed. 10:30, & Thurs. 11:00
Stories, songs, and playtime for children 0 to 5 with caregiver. A half hour of librarian led stories, puppets, and singing followed by play time!
LEGO Club | Every Wed. | 4:00-5:00
Come play with everyone’s favorite building bricks. We have the LEGOs, you have the ideas! There will also be K’NEX out too! Ages 5+
Build Your Own Craft | Saturdays July 1 to Aug 12 | 10:00-4:00
Drop in and experiment with different art materials each week!

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.

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.