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Visit our Youtube Channel for all Take & Make Kit Videos: 
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1,000 Books Bonanza
Stop by the Children’s Room to sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and get a free canvas bag to kickstart your 1,000 book journey.  Any child who has not yet started Kindergarten can participate. Reading together helps children develop a love of reading, introduces them to new vocabulary, and teaches them important early literacy skills that will help them when they enter school.

Interactive Movie Experiences
We are thrilled to present our brand new Movie Kits! Interactive movie kits include a list of prompts for your family to do throughout the movie. Our kits include all the prompts, props, and crafts for 4 people. DVD’s are available first come first serve, but kits can be taken if you have a streaming service!

Book Club Interest
Is your child interested in joining a book club? We need your help! Please fill out this form with your kids and let us know what you’d like to read and how you’d like to participate.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ8-26GRlD6qXTT7IZ3lrac35VjDYmO_BideIxns8MiE_4HQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Music City String 2022
New London Community Orchestra is offering a new session of free violin lessons for children in grades 4-9 starting February 22, 2022. Instruments will be provided at no charge, and children may take their violin home to practice. Lessons are in small groups with professional teachers. Masks are required. Violin lessons are an excellent experiential enrichments activity that’s been shown to increase educational attainment. Fill out the form below to register:
https://form.jotform.com/61886278899180


 

January 2023

 

Take Home Craft Kits
Available All Month – First Come First Serve

Moon Phases: Learn about different phases of the moon with a yummy snack! An easy craft for all ages.

S.T.E.A.M. – Paper Circuits: Use simple electronics to bring your paper creation to life. A S.T.E.A.M. experiment for older kids.

Polar Bear Plates: A cute winter polar bear craft. An easy craft for all ages.

Read It, Make It – Baby Code: Play: A yoga game inspired by the free copy of “Baby Code: Play” included in your kit. A craft perfect for babies and toddlers.

Interactive Movie Experiences
Interactive Movie Kits are fun for the whole family! Kits include a list of prompts for your family to do throughout the movie plus props and crafts! Each kit comes with enough supplies for 4 people. DVD’s are available to check out on a first come first serve basis, but kits can be taken with or without the movie if you use a streaming service or have the movie at home. 

Available in January:
Frozen: Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey-teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

Robots: In a world of sentient robots, striving young inventor Rodney Copperbottom wants to work for the avuncular Bigweld, whose Bigweld Industries makes spare robot parts. 

Make it Mondays: Duct Tape
Mondays 3pm-7pm
 Wallets, flowers, keychains, and more! Create a variety of creations with duct tape! Each week will be a new project. Wallets, flowers, keychains, and more!

All-Ages Story Time
Wednesdays 10am
All ages story time and playgroup! Enjoy stories, songs, and a chance to play! Best for children ages 4 and under. No registration required!

Baby + Me
Fridays 10am
Join us for a story time and play group! Baby + Me is designed for babies to socialize and for caregivers to meet each other! We will do a short lap story and then turn on the music and take out the toys for time to socialize. A great opportunity for new parents to meet and babies to play! The 1st and 3rd Fridays are Baby Café days, in partnership with TVCCA.

Children’s Book Club: How To Train Your Dragon
January 26th 4pm-5pm
Start off the new year with the Children’s Book Club! This month we are reading How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. You can pick up a copy from the Circulation Desk to check out!

MLK Jr. Day Dream Wall
January 9th – January 16th
Stop into the Children’s Room anytime this week and help us construct a community art project for MLK Jr. Day! This is open to all ages.

StickTogether: Snowman
January 23rd – January 31st
Stop into the Children’s Room anytime this week to participate in the StickTogether community art collaboration! We’ll be assembling 3,996 stickers to create a masterpiece. 

Snowflake Lacing
January 10th 10am-5pm
Feeling frosty? Stop by the Children’s Room to design and weave a snowflake design to take home! This is an easy craft for all ages. 

Read with a Cadet
January 14th 9:30am-11am 
Read with a Cadet from the Coast Guard Academy! Cadets will be at the library on Saturday morning to read stories and lead a craft for kids. 

Snowy Owls
January 18th 10am-5pm
Stop by the Children’s Room and make a fuzzy little owl friend! Feel free to bring your own pinecones, or we’ll have some available as well. 

Perler Bead Workshop
January 31st 4pm-6pm
Stop into the Children’s Room and create endless possibilities with Perler Beads! We’ll have templates available, but the only limit is your imagination. 

 


 

February 2023

 

Take Home Craft Kits
Available All Month – First Come First Serve

Geometric Art: Learn a different way to make art, from a math perspective! An easy craft for all ages.

S.T.E.A.M. – Bristle Bots: Make your own walking robot! A S.T.E.A.M. experiment for older kids.

Black History Month Coloring Pages: A collection of coloring pages of prominent figures in Black History. An easy craft for all ages.

Read It, Make It – Hippopposites: A matching game of opposites inspired by the free copy of “Hippopposites” included in your kit. A craft perfect for babies and toddlers.

Interactive Movie Experiences
Interactive Movie Kits are fun for the whole family! Kits include a list of prompts for your family to do throughout the movie plus props and crafts! Each kit comes with enough supplies for 4 people. DVD’s are available to check out on a first come first serve basis, but kits can be taken with or without the movie if you use a streaming service or have the movie at home. 

Available in February:
The Princess and the Frog: Hardworking and ambitious, Tiana dreams of one day opening the finest restaurant in New Orleans. Her dream takes a slight detour when she meets Prince Naveen, who has been turned into an amphibian by evil Dr. Facilier. Mistaking her for a princess and hoping to break the spell, Naveen plants a kiss on poor Tiana — thereby turning her into a frog as well. 

Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse: Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents.

Make it Mondays: Duct Tape
Mondays 3pm-7pm
 Wallets, flowers, keychains, and more! Create a variety of creations with duct tape! Each week will be a new project. Wallets, flowers, keychains, and more!

All-Ages Story Time
Wednesdays 10am
All ages story time and playgroup! Enjoy stories, songs, and a chance to play! Best for children ages 4 and under. No registration required!

Baby + Me
Fridays 10am
Join us for a story time and play group! Baby + Me is designed for babies to socialize and for caregivers to meet each other! We will do a short lap story and then turn on the music and take out the toys for time to socialize. A great opportunity for new parents to meet and babies to play! The 1st Friday is Baby Café day, in partnership with TVCCA.

Children’s Book Club: The Tale of Despereaux
February 23rd 4pm-5pm
This month we are reading The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. You can pick up a copy from the Circulation Desk to check out!

Take Your Child to the Library Day
February 4th 10am – 5pm
Swing by the Children’s Room for Take Your Child to the Library Day! There will be a craft all day, and a storytime at noon!

Alma Thomas Art Project
February 8th 10am – 5pm
A collage art project inspired by the artist Alma Thomas.

Blind Date with a Book
February 10th-14th
Pick up a free children’s book to keep! What’s inside? Who knows! There are may be some hints on the outside, but you’ll be taking home a mystery!

Valentine’s Day Shrinky Dinks
February 14th 3pm – 5pm
Stop by and make some Valentine’s Day themed Shrinky Dinks!

Read with a Cadet
February 18th 9:30am – 11am
Read with a Cadet from the Coast Guard Academy! Cadets will be at the library on Saturday morning to read stories and lead a craft for kids. 

Typing Class
February 21st 4pm – 6pm
Stop in for a children’s typing class with our Digital Navigator!

Pipe Cleaner Animals
February 28th 10am – 5pm
Create your own fuzzy friend with pipe cleaners! The possibilities are endless!

 


 

Children’s Room
860-447-1411 ext. 103

Children’s Librarian
Francesca Tabel
fsouza@plnl.org
860-447-1411 ext. 104

Children’s Library Assistant
Zoe Hayn
zhayn@plnl.org

Children’s Library Assistant
Anna Miller
amiller@plnl.org