Programs & Events

READING PROGRAMS
We currently have two ways for kids to earn prizes while reading:
Click here for details on Stetson’s Winter Family Read Program

Click here for details on the Nutmeg Book Award Club

Click here for all of our March 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, starting with IVES MAIN in March. Space is limited to 16 kids, first come first served, no registration. 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.

Nail Art | Wed. March 22 | Stetson | 4:00-5:00
Show your style on your fingertips! For families, children and teens.
Celebrate New Haven: A Collaborative City-Wide Photo Collage | Wed. March 22 | Mitchell | 4:00-5:00
The library and local artist Rashmi are teaming up for a community art project. Come for a hands-on workshop to assemble a collage to celebrate New Haven neighborhoods! All ages welcome!
Kids’ Coding Club | Thurs. March 23 | Fair Haven | 3:30-4:30
More Scratch this month. Make your own movie with at least two characters and several scenes. Lights, camera, action! Program is limited to 9 kids, ages 8 to 12, stop in or call 203.946.8115 to register.
Read to Rabbits | Sat. March 25 | Wilson | 2:00-4:00
Practice your reading skills while cuddling with one of our adorable rabbits!
Celebrate Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? | Sat. March 25 | Ives Main | 11:00-12:00
Eric Carle’s classic turns 50 this year! We’ll read it and other Carle books, play games, make a craft and have snacks. All ages.
Africa is Me! | Sat. March 25 | Stetson | 1:00-4:00
Join the Village in African dance, drumming, arts and crafts, and education. Led by Hanan Hameen of the Artsucation Academy.
LEGO Robot Rodeo | Sat. March 25 | Ives Main | 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.
Bookworms: Book Club for Grades K-2 | Mon. March 27 | Ives Main | 6:00
Read aloud and discuss Candace Fleming’s Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Make a Spring craft!
Celebrate New Haven: A Collaborative City-Wide Photo Collage | Wed. March 29 | Mitchell | 4:00-5:00
The library and local artist Rashmi are teaming up for a community art project. Come for a hands-on workshop to assemble a collage to celebrate New Haven neighborhoods! All ages welcome!
Fun with Fine Art | Sat. April 1 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
Join us for this new monthly program exploring art! Learn about Mexican folk art and make beautiful pictures to celebrate spring! Ages 5-9.
Music Together Demo | Wed. April 5 | Ives Main | 10:15 & 11:00
Try out this great class that lets preschool children explore music. Please call 203.946.8129 to register for one class.
Music Together Demo | Thurs. April 6 | Mitchell | 10:15 & 11:00
Try out this great class that lets preschool children explore music. Please call 203.946.8117 to register for one class.
Brave Bomberos! | Sat. April 8 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
Listen to the book Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos! and celebrate firefighters while decorating our new firetruck playscape!
SPRING BREAK WEEK
Movie Matinee: Moana | Mon. April 17 | Wilson | 2:00-3:00
Come see it on the big screen!
Board Game Extravaganza | Mon. April 17 | Ives Main | 3:00-5:00
Join us for chess, connect four, and other fun games!
Frida Kahlo | Tues. April 18 | Wilson | 4:00-5:00
Learn about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo through stories, her artwork, and a few Frida-friendly crafts.
Read to Angus | Tues. April 18 | Ives Main | 4:00-5:00
Meet a cuddly golden retriever therapy dog named Angus and practice your reading with him.
Extended LEGO Club | Wed. April 19 | Ives Main | 3:00-5:00
We’ll have LEGOs, k’nex, yummy geodesic building, marble mazes and more!
Makerspace | Wed. April 19 | Stetson | 4:00-5:00
Create, make, and explore at Stetson’s Makerspace in The Village. Jewelry making, wire wrapping, 3D printing, wearables, fuse beads, arts and crafts, knitting, crocheting and more! Let your creativity run wild! For families, children and teens.
Earth Double Feature | Thurs. April 20 | Ives Main | 12:00-3:00
Celebrate the earth with A Bug’s Life followed by Wall-E. Snacks provided.
Eating Insects: Good for you, Good for the Earth! | Sat. April 22 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
Spend Earth Day learning about how you can help the earth by eating insects! Expert David Gracer will teach us about the cultures that have been eating insects for a long time and have some dishes to try. Teens welcome! NOTE: people with shellfish allergies should not try eating insects.
Africa is Me! | Sat. April 22 | Stetson | 1:00-4:00
Join the Village in African dance, drumming, arts and crafts, and education. Led by Hanan Hameen of the Artsucation Academy.
LEGO Robot Rodeo | Sat. April 22 | Mitchell | 2:30-4:30
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.
Nutmeg Book Award Club Voting Party! | Sat. April 29 | Ives Main | 1:00-2:00
If you read 7 books nominated for the Elementary Award or 5 books for the Intermediate Award you can come eat, play games, win prizes and let your voice be heard in this kid’s choice award. Click here for more details.
The Big Read | Sat. April 29 | Stetson | 2:00-3:00
Immigrant families from the community come to share their stories.
Poetry Workshop | Sat. April 29 | Ives Main | 3:00-4:00
Come hear about Mexican-American poets and write some of your own poetry. Ages 5+
Edible Book & Tea Party | Sat. April 29 | Mitchell | 2:00-4:00
Make a snack to share based on a book. Drop off your edible book at 2 and join us for activities for the whole family. To sign up or for more information call 203.946.8117. All ages.

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.