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Welles-Turner
Memorial Library

2407 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

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Wed 12pm-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm | Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm
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Children

Welcome! We are proud to be a part of your child’s literacy and learning experiences. We offer a variety of materials, programs and services for children from birth through grade 6. We strive to encourage and enhance a life-long love of reading and learning. We hope you’ll spend some time browsing our links and reading about all that we have to offer. Most importantly, we hope you will visit us often.

Upcoming Events

Tinkerlab Light BulbTinkerlab

Who: For children and their adults
When: Fridays, September 15 through December 15, 2017
Time: 10:30am-12noon
Place: Children's Story Room

Friday mornings in the Children’s Department are set aside as a time for toddlers and preschoolers to explore literacy, art, science and math with their caregivers. Stations are set up for little ones to learn at their own pace as they play. Adults must stay and participate with their children. This is a drop-in program ~ no registration is needed.

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Count Me In - Weights & Measures

Who: Children ages 4 & 5
When: Thursdays, November 9 and November 16, 2017
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Place: Friends Room

In this fun, interactive, age-appropriate introduction to early math concepts, we will use children's literature to learn about weights and measures. This is a two-part program; plan to attend both dates. Registration begins October 26 for residents; November 6 for nonresidents, online or in the Children's Department.

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Together Time Tales Logo-copyright Karen's KidsTogether Time Tales

Who: Families with children ages 6 & under
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10-10:30am
Place: Children's Story Room

Everyone is invited to put down the technology and fully participate in this family-oriented storytime that is fun for young and old. A simple craft will follow each themed storytime. Together Time Tales is offered the third Saturday of the month through May 2018. No registration is needed.

Snowman with Hat and Scarf-copyrighted image/Fotolia.comHoliday Story Breaks

Who: Children ages 2-5 and their families
When: Monday, November 20 through Monday, December 18, 2017
Time: Various
Place: Children's Story Room

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations with seasonal stories appropriate for children ages 2-5 and their families, but all are welcome. Each Story Break is different and runs approximately 30 minutes. For a listing of dates and times, click here and change "All Events" to "Holiday Story Break" on the drop-down menu. No registration needed ~ drop in!

Turkey and Chick-copyright fotomaster/Fotolia.comGobble! Gobble! Thanksgiving Storytime &

Holiday Story Break

Who: Families with children ages 5 and under
When: Monday, November 20, 2017
Time: 10am
Place: Children's Story Room

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations with seasonal stories appropriate for children ages 2-5 and their families, but all are welcome. Each Story Break is different and runs approximately 30 minutes. This Thanksgiving-themed storytime will be a feast of stories, rhymes, songs and a craft. For a listing of Holiday Story Break dates and times, click here and change "All Events" to "Holiday Story Break" on the drop-down menu. No registration needed ~ drop in!

Jingle Baby-copyright Claudia Paulussen/Fotolia.comJingle Babies

Who: Babies ages birth through 15 months
When: Thursday, November 30 and Monday, December 11, 2017
Time: 11am-12noon
Place: Friends Room

A special holiday version of Mother Goose featuring rhymes, songs and bounces to introduce babies to the wonders of language. Baby playtime with soft toys follows the 30-minute program. No registration needed ~ drop in!

Nutmeg LogoNutmeg Book Discussion

Who: Children in grades 4-6
When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Friends Room

"Book Scavenger" Book CoverShare your thoughts on 2018 Nutmeg Children's Book Award Nominee Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Parents who have read the book are also welcome to participate. Books available upon registration in person beginning November 8.

Cutting Paper with ScissorsKids’ Craft: Holiday Cards

Who: Children in grades 1-6
When: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 4:15-5pm
Place: Friends Room

Spend the afternoon creating one-of-a-kind Hanukkah and Christmas cards to send your warm holiday wishes to family and friends. Registration begins November 25 for residents; December 5 for nonresidents.

Steam Train-copyright Janni/Fotolia.comClimb Aboard the Polar Express!

Who: Children ages 4-10
When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Place: Friends Room

Imaginations will power this ride to the North Pole, where children will enjoy a reading of the classic holiday story, games and cup of cocoa. Wear your warmest pajamas, and don’t forget your ticket! Each family must pick up “Train Tickets” in the Children’s Department beginning December 4. Due to high demand, this program is available to Glastonbury residents only. Children are encouraged to share the holiday spirit and bring a new children’s book to be distributed by Glastonbury Social Services.

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Who: Children in grades 4-6
When: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 4:15-5:15pm
Place: Friends Room

Rudolph visited the Island of Misfit Toys and found imperfect, yet lovable toys. Kids will make their own misfit toys by putting together pieces of several toys in new and different ways. Toys will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as you clean your room for the holidays. Registration begins December 1 for residents; December 13 for nonresidents.

Cardboard City-copyright zsooofija/Fotolia.comCardboard City

Who: Families with children of all ages
When: Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Time: 1-7pm
Place: Friends Room

Come anytime to help construct a cardboard city. You provide your imagination, and the library will provide the tape, markers and tools needed to construct a city of cardboard boxes. Although we will have lots of boxes, you are also encouraged to bring additional boxes from holiday gifts. School-age children may participate on their own if an adult checks them in with the librarian. No registration is needed.

Star Wars-background image copyright elipsefx/Fotolia.comStar Wars

Who: Children in grades 2-4
When: Thursday, December 28, 2017
Time: 3-4pm
Place: Friends Room

Join the force as we celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Enjoy Star Wars-themed activities, plus crafts and snacks that are out of this world! Registration for residents begins December 14; nonresidents December 26.

For all library events, see the CALENDAR.

 

 

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