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ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS ARE ALWAYS FREE!

Visit our Youtube Channel for all Take & Make Kit Videos: 
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLND9RFFs1dFF7LtO8D8qdCPL80v5nkUyl

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, crafts for 4 people, and of course a bag of popcorn. 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

 


 

September 2022

 

Take Home Craft Kits
Available All Month- First Come First Serve
Abacus: Make your own abacus for counting with popsicle sticks and pony beads!
Spirographs: Create awesome geometric designs using spirographs!
Animal Symmetry: Learn about symmetry and practice your drawing skills by filling in the other half of your animals and bugs!

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. 

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th – October 15th we will be offering kits for Coco and Encanto!

Coco: In Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickers Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. 
Encanto: This Disney tale tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

Banned Books Showdown 
Participate the whole month of September
September 18th-24th is Banned Books Week! This year’s theme is: Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Stop by the Children’s Room to check out our display of banned books, and vote each week for your favorite banned books!

Make it Mondays: LEGOS
Mondays 3-5pm: September 12, 19, 26
LEGO free play OR help us build a new LEGO challenge each week! All ages are welcome!

Back to School DIY Pencil Bags 
September 1st 10-5pm
Decorate a canvas pencil bag for a new year of school. Choose from a variety of iron on decorations and personalize it with fabric markers. 40 bags available, first come first serve!

Sunflower Crafts
September 8th 12-7pm
Celebrate the transition from summer to fall with us by making sunflower crafts! This fun painting craft

Make Your Own Crayons
September 13th 3-6pm
Make your own crayons with us in all different shapes and colors. Help us crush up our old crayons and turn them into new ones. Pick your colors, fill your mold, and watch them melt. A little patience is required to wait for your new crayons to cool down! 

Introductory Workshop in Indian Classical Dance
September 16th 4-5pm
Children learn will learn a brief history and origin of Indian classical dance and how ancient cultures honor nature. They will also learn a compilation using mudras or hand gestures to embody the elements of nature and a discussion on how climate change impacts nature. A short performance will conclude the workshop where they will perform the elements of nature in Kuchipudi. 
This workshop is held in partnership with Layavinyasa Company, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization out of Glastonbury, CT. Please visit https://www.layavinyasa.com/ for more information. 

Apple Stamping
September 23rd 10-5pm
Fall is here! Make an apple basket craft using real apples!

Animal Identification with The Last Green Valley
September 27th 4-5pm
Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid from The Last Green Valley to explore and learn about wild animals from the region. Kids will have the opportunity to closely examine reproduction skulls of several mammals and help identify their individual characteristics and habits. 
Register HERE

 


 

October 2022

 

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

Unicorn Paper Plates: Decorate your own magical unicorn friend. Be sure to check out our list of recommended unicorn books to go with your craft! 
Spooky Slime: We give you all the materials you need for our easy slime recipe! 
Halloween Agamograph: What is an agamograph? It’s art that uses optical illusion and paper folding to create a change in the image when you look at it from different angles. Color in our Halloween themed templates to create your own! 

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. 

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th – October 15th we will be offering kits for Coco and Encanto!

Coco: In Disney/Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician named Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickers Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. 
Encanto: This Disney tale tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
Available October 5th – October 31st
Hocus Pocus: You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters. It’s a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300 year old trio set out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth… but first they must get their act together and outwit three kits and a talking cat!

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! 

Make it Mondays: LEGOS
Mondays 3-5pm
LEGO free play OR help us build a new LEGO challenge each week! All ages are welcome!

Family Board Game Nights
Fridays 3-5pm
Visit the Children’s Room Friday afternoons for Board Game Nights. Come in with the whole family or play with other patrons. Enjoy music and a wide selection of board games and card games to choose from!

Digital Inclusion Week: Coding for Kids with KUBO 
October 4th 4-6pm
Learn the basics of coding with our super fun KUBO robot. KUBO caters to all abilities and elementary age groups, regardless of your starting point. Kids will be introduced to the basic coding concepts: Routes, Functions, Loops, and Subroutines. Decorate an outfit for KUBO and teach him to move around our storyboard!

Candy Sushi
October 13th 3-5pm
Ever wanted to make Candy Sushi? Now is your chance! Stop by the Children’s Room to make sweet sushi with rice krispies treats, fruit roll ups, and a variety of candy toppings. 

Pipe Cleaner Crowns
October 19th 3-6pm
Make a crown fit for a Queen.. or King! Design, build, and decorate your own crown with pipe cleaners and beads. Choose from a variety of our templates or build your own! 

Halloweek!
October 24th – 29th from 3-5pm
Visit the Children’s Room for a week of crafts leading up to Halloween! 

Monday: Popsicle Stick Spider Webs! A spooky weaving project.
Tuesday: Paper Plate Spiders! An easy and fun craft for all ages.
Wednesday: Pony Bead Pumpkins! Turn it into a keychain!
Thursday: Popsicle Stick Witch Hat!
Friday: Monster Stones! Decorate rocks and stones to look like spooky, silly, weird monsters. 
Saturday: Peppa’s Halloween Party Storywalk! Visit the library and walk around the building to read the whole story, finish inside to grab a Halloween bag and some candy! 

Storywalk: Peppa’s Halloween Party!
October 29th 11-4pm
 Peppa’s Halloween Party Storywalk! Visit the library and talk a walk around the building to read the whole story. Finish inside to grab a Halloween bag and some candy! 

 


 

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