Kids' Events & Programs

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One Time Programs

Reading Buddies

Monday, October 25; November 28, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Activity Room
For students ages 6 to 8

Registration is required

Do you love reading? Or are you a struggling reader? Members of the Teen Advisory Council will help you learn to love reading or continue love reading by being YOUR reading Buddy! Bring your own favorite books or come find one in the library. Your reading buddy with give you a book to go home with!
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Twos Rock!

Twos RockTuesday, November 8
10:30 - 11:30am
Hubbard Room
Ages: 2 year olds and their caregivers

Drop-in, no registration required

Wear comfy clothing and be ready to move and groove!

We will be combining music, dance and story together in this energetic program for two year olds and their caregivers. 


Tellabration! With Storyteller and Master Puppeteer Marilyn O’Connor Miller

Sunday, November 13
The Hubbard Room
Marilyn O'Connor Miller

Storyteller and Master Puppeteer Marilyn O'Connor Miller will be the featured performer for this Tellabration! event. Marilyn O’Connor Miller is a seasoned performer, with television and stage credits to her name. For the last twenty years, she has performed in Connecticut’s theaters, schools and libraries with her expansive selection of stories and puppets. One of her signature puppets, ‘Piccolo’, is an Italian baby boy deeply seated in Marilyn’s ethnicity. Since her maternal Italian grandmother came to America at the turn of the century and refused to speak any English the entire time she lived in Hartford, so ‘Piccolo’ does the same. Now a grandmother herself, Marilyn has the stage presence of a true Italian matriarch. In this program, Marilyn will blend folk tales such as the Italian 'Il Lupo” and the Japanese 'The Tongue Cut Sparrow” with puppets and masks in a performance that will delight and thrill young and old alike. Tellabration! is produced by The Connecticut Storytelling Center each November by partnering with other individuals and organizations to bring storytelling to sites all over the State of Connecticut for adult, as well as family audiences.  School-aged children are welcome to come with their families.
This program has been funded by The Friends of the Russell Library.

Little Bits and Makey Makey

Monday, November 14
4:30 to 5:30
Activity Room

For Grades 2 to 5

Members of the Teen Advisory Council will be in the Activity Room to help you learn about electricity and connectivity by using Little Bits and Makey Makey kits. Come for an hour of hands-on problem solving, creativity, and fun. Use the Makey Makey to turn yourself, a friend, or a banana into a keyboard and play video games!
For students entering grades 2 to 5.
Registration is required, in person or by phone, 860-347-2520.

Repeating Programs

Baby Rhyme TimeBaby Rhyme time image

Wednesdays, October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 @1:30pm
Thursdays, November 3, 10, & 17 - 10:30am
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,
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Wonderful OnesBadger adn Mouse

Mondays, October 26; November 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12, & 19  @10:30am,
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 1 year olds and caregivers
No registration required, siblings welcome

Wonderful Ones is a drop-in program for one - year olds and their caregivers. We will have open play, open craft time, story and music “circle time” at the end.  It’s the perfect way to start your week.
No registration required, siblings welcome.

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Twos are terrificTwos Are Terrific

Tuesdays, October 25; November 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6 & 13 @ 10:30am
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 2 year olds and caregivers
Registration is required. 

Two year olds and their caregivers will enjoy story time with great books, fun puppets and more!  We’ll have a great open-ended craft time, open play with play dough, musical instruments and more!  We’ll finish with a little music and movement
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Preschool PowerPreschool power

Thursdays, November 3, 10, & 17 @1:30pm
Children’s Activity Room
Ages: 3 – 5 years of age
No registration required, siblings are welcome.

This energetic program for the preschool ages starts with sharing some of the best new books and some classic old favorites!  We’ll provide an open-ended art project, playtime and some music and movement!  No registration required, siblings are welcome.

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Art Party

Fridays, November 4 @ 4:00PMArt Party!
Children's Activity Room
Ages: K- 3
Drop-in, no registration required

Come and celebrate your artistic side by creating something beautiful.  Art Party! will be celebrated each month with a new creative project.  Bring your imagination and a wiliness to get messy!  Drop-in, no registration required.


Crane in origamiTuesdays, November 22, December 20 @ 6:30PM
Children's Activity Room
Ages: 7 and up
Drop-in, no registration required

Are you an experrt or do you want to learn simple origami? Join us on the tird Tuesday of each month to explore the Japanese are of paper folding - Origami. Let your fingers guide your imagination.

Builder's Club

Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm Builder's club graphic
October 21
Ages: 5-12
Activity Room
Drop-in, no registration

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

Children ages 5 - 12 are invited to join the Builders’ Club 4-5:30pm on Fridays (see dates above), in the Activity Room.  Join us for afternoons of building with the bricks we all know and love.  Come build with your favorite interlocking blocks!  Each week we will have a challenge, and if you’re lucky, your creation will be chosen to be displayed in our glass case.  Due to the small pieces utilized, we ask that only those children 5 – 12 years of age be actively involved in the program and that they stay and help put pieces away.  Perhaps your “littles” would enjoy our newly reopened Parenting Room.
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