Events

 

You can now view all of our upcoming in-person and virtual programs and register on our Calendar.

Videos will be posted on our Facebook and YouTube Channel (Facebook Live Videos can only be accessed on Facebook)

Upcoming Programs

Crafts-to-go

Mondays-Saturdays (when library is open)

For Children and Teens

Grab a craft-to-go bag at the entrance to the children’s room.  Each craft is labeled on the outside with the name and has directions if more than a simple coloring craft.  For all ages. Different crafts each day we are opened Monday-Saturday.

Information Regarding Outdoor In-Person Programs (Registration Required):

Outdoor In-person Programs Important Information:

  • All outdoor in-person programs have limited space and registration is required.
  • In case of rain, these programs will be cancelled and not rescheduled unless otherwise noted.
  • As per DPH guidelines, all attendees of outdoor programs over the age of 2, must wear a mask.
  • We will set social distancing guidelines to follow for each program.
  • Parents of anyone under the age of 12, must be outside with their child during the program.

Outdoor Programs

Outdoor Storytime

Thursdays @ 10:30 AM, Ages birth-5 

Outdoor In-person, Weather Permitting, 

*This is an outdoor program, in cases of rain, the program will be cancelled.

Registration Required Online Separately for Each Date. 

Join us for themed storytimes with books, songs and movement.  We may also include easy crafts and take-home activities.

  • September 9: Summer and Sundaes
  • September 16: Love Your Library
  • September 23: Autumn Arrival
  • September 30: Apples, Apples, Apples

Please note: As per DPH, all attendees will be required to wear a mask at this outdoor program, we will set social distance guidelines to follow.  See Department of Public Health Covid Rules.

Pokemon Club Outdoor

Thursday, September 23rd @ 4:00 PM. Ages 5+.

Outdoor In-person, Weather Permitting, 

*This is an outdoor program, in cases of rain, the program will be cancelled.

Registration Required Online

Join us for our Pokemon club. Bring your cards to trade or battle others or bring your phone, tablet or device with Pokemon GO! and catch Pokemon around the library, trade/battle with friends. Each participant will be able to leave with a mystery card at the end of the program. Please note: As per DPH, all attendees will be required to wear a mask at this outdoor program, we will set social distance guidelines to follow.  See Department of Public Health Covid Rules.

Outdoor Movie

Friday, September 24th at 7:00 PM

Join us for an outdoor movie as we use our blow-up screen. We will have small snacks available. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the fresh air with a fun family movie. Movie: Over the Hedge Please note: As per DPH, all attendees will be required to wear a mask at this outdoor program, we will set social distance guidelines to follow.  See Department of Public Health Covid Rules.

Virtual LIVE and Recorded Programs

Craft Time @ Home Videos

Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.

3:30 PM Posted Recording. For Ages 3+

Follow Miss Laura as she guides you through making a craft using household items. Please note: we do not provide the materials for these crafts.

  • 9/1: Popsicle Stick Apple Core – Materials: 3 popsicle sticks per apple; 2 mini popsicle sticks or regular sized ones cut in half; glue; green, red and brown construction paper or cardstock; black marker; optional decorations (glitter rhinestones, googly eyes)
  • 9/8: Animal Pencil Holder – Materials: clean tin can; white and colored construction paper; scissors; tacky glue or double sided tape; markers; optional decorations (stickers, glitter, googly eyes)
  • 9/15: Plastic Spoon Bugs – Materials: plastic spoons; green felt or construction paper; brown, black, white, and other colors of paint; paintbrushes; toothpick; scissors; glue; green marker; sandpaper; optional (googly eyes)
  • 9/22: Tape Resist Paintings – Materials: watercolor, acrylic, or tempera paint; cardstock, watercolor paper, or canvas; painters tape; paintbrushes
  • 9/29: Paper Weaving – Materials: 2 pieces of paper in contrasting colors; scissors; adhesive tape

Cartooning with Rick Stromoski: Let’s Draw Dinosaurs

Wednesday, September 8th @ 4:00 PM via ZOOM. Ages 5+.

Join cartoonist, Rick Stromoski as he teaches the basics of drawing dinosaurs! Registration required.

COLLEGE ESSAYS MADE EASY: It’s my job to tell stories. Let me help you tell yours!

Monday, September 13th from 4:30-5:30 PM via ZOOM.

Teens looking for help with their college essays are invited to join Cheryl Weinstock, acclaimed independent journalist with over 40 years of experience in the publishing world who will be offering college essay support from brainstorming ideas to editing final essays because you can’t get into a top college based on grades alone! Let her help you write a college essay that won’t be easily dismissed! For high school students grades 9-12, Registration Required.

Food Explorers: Learn to Make Apple Pie Pop-Tarts

Monday, September 13th, 6:00-7:00 PM via ZOOM. All ages with parent assistance. Registration required to get ZOOM link.

Join Food Explorers to make Apple Pie Pop-Tarts! You’ll learn how to make your own pastry from scratch, a delicious apple filling and a maple glaze. You’ll need a rolling pin and the following ingredients: flour, butter (1.5 sticks), 3 Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, lemon juice, sugar, powdered sugar and optional maple syrup (glaze can be made with milk or water). Ingredients for this recipe are NOT provided by the library.

The 35 Kid Club: WPL Book Chat Grades 3-5.

Tuesday, September 21st @ 4:30 PM via Zoom.

This book chat is comprised of children in grades 3-5. Each month we select one or two titles that we read and then meet to discuss. This is our first meeting of the new school year and we invite new members to join all year round! September Discussion: Share a book you loved that you read this summer. We will also announce the book for the October Discussion and you will be able to pick up a copy at the library.

Genius Bookworms: WPL Book Chat Grades 4-6.

Wednesday, September 29th @ 4:30 PM via Zoom.

This book chat is comprised of children in grades 4-6. Each month we select one or two titles that we read and then meet to discuss. This is our first meeting of the new school year and we invite new members to join all year round! September Discussion: Share a book you loved that you read this summer. We will also announce the book for the October Discussion and you will be able to pick up a copy at the library.

SAVE THE DATE!

The Spooky Halloween Show!

October 20th @ 4:00 PM via Zoom. All Ages!

Sensory/Autism-Friendly Show

Registration Required Online. Registration Opens September 15th.

The Spooky Halloween Show! engages children with comedy, singing, the itsy-bitsy spider, bats, goblins, ghouls, bubbles, music technology and a monster mash dance party for the kids! The show is crafted to be inclusive for children of all abilities and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song in the 40-minute show is accompanied by hands-on, visual and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Kids will cackle, hoot, and do the mummy throughout the whole show!

About: Turtle Dance Music is a children’s music company dedicated to furthering child development through arts-integration, music, and educational entertainment. We spark children’s curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, comedy and music technology. Our sensory-friendly performances are geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and students on the Autism Spectrum. Our performances are also accessible to parents, teachers and librarians who want to have a great time with their kids and laugh a lot! Turtle Dance Music believes that your kids are capable of doing extraordinary things. ​We Help Kids Come Out Of Their Shells! Our Mission: To further early childhood development and autism intervention through incredible, affordable and fun sensory-friendly shows and assemblies. Our goal is to engage children with important social, emotional and educational topics. We believe that education happens both in and out of the classroom. Every child, regardless of developmental ability or socioeconomic status, should have a right to learn and grow to their fullest potential. Arts-integration in education is a vital tool for expanding young minds and building new, exciting connections between children and the world around them. At Turtle Dance Music, we strive to create a joyful musical experience that supports the teachers, librarians, principals and parents who teach and engage children every day. Our focus is to help the children, as well as the adults, come out of their shells.

Ongoing Virtual Programming

2021 Nutmeg Book Award Information

May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022 we invite CT Youth to read the Nutmeg Book Award Nominees which will then be voted on in April of 2022. Find more information about the Nutmeg Book Award on our NUTMEG BOOK AWARD PAGE. We will announce the winners of the 2021 award on May 15th.

1000  Books Before Kindergarten

We want to help children grow a love of lifelong learning and reading. That starts at birth. Join our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and read with your child each night to reach that goal. Children will get small incentives at benchmarks to keep them wanting to read more. More information on the program can be found HERE.