For Information about the Teen Summer Challenge, click HERE.
For kids 12 and under see the details below.
Are you ready to read lots of great books this summer? With NHFPL’s Summer Learning Challenge you can keep track of what you read and earn great prizes! You can sign up online for the challenge starting June 1st but only minutes logged after June 17th will count for the challenge.
This year, if you’re under 12 years old, you can Build Your Own Summer Learning Challenge! Pick the goal that’s right for you: 200 minutes (children 5 and under only), 400 minutes (children 5 and under only), 500 minutes, 600 minutes, 800 minutes, 1000 minutes, 1,500 minutes or 2,000 minutes. Our challenge goes from June 17th through August 31st. If you sign up by July you can think about your goal as the number of minutes you want to read a week plus a zero on the end, for example if you want to try to read 40 minutes a week, pick 400 minutes.
When you reach the halfway point to your goal you can come into your local library and choose a free book! If you’ve reached your goal by the end of the summer you can come in and get a free t-shirt!
For all of our Summer Learning Challenge you can sign up online and track your reading using any computer, smartphone or tablet by visiting https://wandooreader.com/nhfpl/kids2017
If you used Wandoo last summer or for our Nutmeg reading challenge you can use the same username and password. If you can’t remember yours ask at your local library and they can look you up!
Or come in to your local branch to sign up!
FIND FREE SUMMER MEALS
Click below to find free summer meals once school is over!
SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS
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!
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!
Solar Eclipse! | Thurs. Aug 17 | Ives Main | 3:00
Professor Michael Weinstein from Connecticut College will tell us about eclipses. Everybody who comes will receive a free pair of Eclipse Glasses, the only safe way to look at an eclipse without hurting your eyes. Ages 5 and up.
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
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. August 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.
Hour of Code | Wed. August 16 | 4:00-5:00
Learn to code as a family with Code.org and join us for unplugged activities! No experience needed. Families and children/teens 9+ are welcome!
Celebrate the Solar Eclipse at Stetson | Mon. August 21 | 2:15-3:00
Join us at Stetson as we chart the progress of the eclipse with oreos, do a simple craft, and view the eclipse with our cool solar viewing glasses (provided while supplies last)!
Take It Apart and Make Art | Wed. August 30 | 4:00-5:00
Tear down tech and let your imagination run wild! Families and children/teens 9+ are welcome!
Wii U Gaming Night | Every Tues. in Aug | 4:00-5:30
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.
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.
Solar Eclipse! | Mon. August 21 | 2:00-3:00
On Monday August 21 there will be a solar eclipse visible from all 50 states and several other countries, too! Families are invited to join us for wonderful programs relating to the eclipse. We’ll have stories, snacks and/or crafts at all branches. Everyone will get a pair of special glasses to view the eclipse, while supplies last. Ages 5 and up.
Movie Matinee | Wed. Aug 2, 9, & 23 | 3:00
Join us where it’s nice and cool for movies on the big screen!
Solar Eclipse! | Mon. August 21 | 1:00-3:00
We’re over the moon about the eclipse! Join us for a viewing party, crafts, and displays!
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. | 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.
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!
LEGO Club | Every Thurs. | 4:00-5:00
We’ve got the LEGO’s, you’ve got the ideas!
Solar Eclipse! | Mon. August 21 | 2:15
Families are invited to join us for wonderful programs relating to the eclipse. We’ll have stories, snacks and/or crafts at all branches. Everyone will get a pair of special glasses to view the eclipse, while supplies last.
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!
Suggested Reading Lists
Check out the New Haven Public School’s 2017 Suggested Reading List!
The Connecticut State Department of Ed has some great lists too with the Governor’s Challenge.