Kids' Events & Programs

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All Children's Programs are Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library

Book Voyagers – Choose Kind

Tuesdays, May 22 and 29, 6:30pm
Activity Room

Join us for a discussion series designed to encourage participants to think of the many ways people choose to be kind –whether the kindness is between one student and another, between an adult and a child, or between a child and an adult. Each book in the series is about a young person facing challenges – physical, social or developmental – that set them apart from their classmates. How their classmates treat them is as important as how they view themselves. 

The discussion books include: 
5/1: El Deafo by CeCe Bell
5/8: One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
5/15: Cancelled
5/22: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
5/29: Rules by Cynthia Lord 

For students in grades 3 - 6 (ages 9 - 13).  
Registration required to receive free copies of the books.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library and CT Humanities.


Origami planeTuesday, May 22; June 26 @6:15pm
Youth Area
For grades 2 and up (age 7 +)

Drop in; no registration

Explore the Japanese art of paper folding.
For grades 2 and up (age 7 +).
Drop in; no registration.

We Read. We Play. An Inclusive Social Group for 2 Year Olds

Friday, May 25, 10:30am
Activity Room

Join us for a brand new pilot program for kids of all abilities. Two year olds and their parents or caregivers will have an opportunity to meet new friends and learn together in this inclusive playgroup.  
Drop-in; no registration.
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library, Creative Interventions, LLC, Parks and Recreation of Middletown and local, Board certified Music Therapist.

Art PartyArt Party!

Friday, June 1 @4:30pm
Summer Art Party! 
Friday, June 29
Activity Room
For grades K - 3 (ages 5 - 9)
Drop in; no registration

Come celebrate your artistic side by creating something beautiful. Art Party! will celebrate each month with a new creative project. Bring your imagination and a willingness to get messy.
For grades K - 3 (ages 5 - 9).
Drop in; no registration.

Drag Queen Story Hour—Pride Celebration with Mia!

Saturday, June 2, @11:00am
Activity Room

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces such as these, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real. Join us for Russell Library's first ever DQSH featuring one of our local stars, Mia! DQSH was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. DQSH events occur regularly in SF, NY, and LA. For more information on DQSH, visit
For children in Pre-K – grade 3 (ages 3 – 8). Siblings and families welcome!
Drop in; no registration.

Snap Circuit Mania 

Wednesday, June 13, @5:30pm
Activity Room

We will have a variety of Snap Circuits on hand. 
For students in grades 3 - 6 (ages 8 - 12) and their families. 
Drop-in; no registration. 

On the River: A Community Art Project

Saturday, June 16, @10:30am
Hubbard Room

In this hands-on art class, participants will work together to create a mural based on a well-known piece of art. Each person or small group will get one to three 12'' x 12'' paper squares with a section of the painting. They will be asked to replicate the lines, shapes, and general composition of the sample square using any materials, colors, or style that they wish. Materials will be provided. Artists are encouraged to bring in their favorite supplies if they’d like. As they finish, they will place their square on the wall based on the number on the back. The combined squares will reveal the piece of art chosen for the class.
This project is ideal for individuals interested in making art, and families with children in grades 1 and up (ages 6 +). Siblings welcome! 
Registration suggested; drop-ins accepted if there’s room. Please sign up on line or call the Information Desk at 860-347-2520.

Families Playing Music Together

Thursday, June 21, @11:00am.
The Courtyard, (In case of rain, the event will be held in Meeting Room 3)

Barbara Arafeh will lead families with young children (ages 2 - 5) in fun and educational musical activities. This event is part of the 'Make Music Day' events throughout Middletown. For more information, go to:
For families with children ages 2 - 5; siblings welcome.
Drop-in; no registration.

Builders ClubBuilder's Club

Friday, June 22 @ 4:00pm
Ages: 5-12, grades K - 7
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

Due very small parts we ask that children be
5 – 12 years old!

Come play and build amazing creations with the bricks you know and love!  Bring your friends!
Drop in; no registration

Mystic Aquarium: Traveling Touch Tank

Monday, June 25, @10:00am
Activity Room

Mystic Aquarium’s Traveling Touch Tank is coming to the Russell Library for two hours, during which time children and their families will learn about sea animals and take turns touching lobsters, horseshoe crabs and shellfish.
For children ages birth to 18 and their families. 
Drop in; no registration required. 

Civic Ballet of Connecticut presents: Around the World with Ballet!

Tuesday, June 26, 2:00pm
Hubbard Room

Learn about the origins of ballet, including the invention of the tutu!  Professional dancers will perform selections from the Nutcracker, and offer a pointe shoe demonstration.
For children in grades k – 8 (ages 5 – 12).
Drop in; no registration required.

Wonder the movie

Wednesday, June 27, 2:30pm
Hubbard Room,

Join the Youth and Family Learning Department for the movie Wonder, based on the book by R.J. Palacio. This film is rated PG.
For ages 5 - 12.
Drop in; no registration.

Young Scientists

Thursday, June 28, @4:30pm
Activity Room

Come test, create, and experiment with a variety of materials.  Bring your inquiring mind and a willingness to try things out. 
For students in grades 2 - 4 (ages 7-10).
Drop in; no registration.

Repeating Programs

Baby Rhyme TimeBaby Rhyme time image

Thursdays, May 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28,@10:30am
The Activity Room
Ages: Birth-12 months and their grown-ups
Drop-in, No Registration

Looking for something to do with your infant or toddler?  Come join us for Baby Rhyme Time, a program for babies one year and under and their caregivers.  We’ll sing songs, learn rhymes, finger plays and more in in this fun, interactive program.
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Twos are terrificTwos are Terrific

Tuesdays, May 22
@ 10:30 AM

Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 2 year olds and caregivers
*The May 8th
session will meet in the Hubbard Room. No session May 29.

 This librarian-led program is designed to increase two year olds’ literacy and social skills as they enjoy story time, movement, music and play time with other toddlers and their families. For two year olds (24-35 months) and their caregivers. Siblings welcome!!
Drop-in, no registration.

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Preschool Power Story HourPreschool power

Thursdays, May 24, 31, @ 1:30 PM
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 3 – 5 years of age
No registration required, siblings are welcome.

This literacy-based, librarian-led program provides the perfect opportunity for preschoolers to practice their listening skills and increase their social confidence while enjoying stories, music, movement and a craft with their caregivers. For ages 3 - 5 (Pre-k through kindergarten)

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