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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

Once Upon a Storytime

Who: Families with with children ages 6 & under
When: Tuesday mornings from June 15 - August 3 ~ see calendar
Time: 9:30-10am
Place: Riverfront Community Center

This storytime featuring classic fairy tales and other fun stories will also include finger rhymes, songs and FUN!

Bring a blanket and meet the librarian on the patio behind the Riverfront Community Center. Masks are required until further notice.

In inclement weather, the storytime will move to Zoom. Please register as a Zoom code will be sent via email at 9:00AM if needed. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Please register for each session individually. Registration begins June 10. Click the dates below to register.

June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3

Let’s Build: Beautiful Garden

Who: Kids entering grades 1-6
When: Monday, June 21, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

How does your garden grow? Put your creativity and building skills to the test as we construct great gardens out of Lego® bricks. Green thumb gardeners may participate in person or virtually via Zoom. If you are participating in this challenge from home and do not have Lego® bricks, you may use any building system that you have. Masks will be required until further notice.

The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Registration begins June 14. Click here to register.

Exploring the Elementary Nutmegs: Seeds Move!

Who: Kids entering grades 2-3
When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:15pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

All seeds need sunlight, water, and a place to put down roots. But how do they get to their perfect growing spot? Discover the many surprising and fascinating ways that seeds move. Meet Mrs. Branson, in person or on Zoom, for a read aloud of the Elementary Nutmeg Nominee Seeds Move! by Robin Page. We will also plant some beans to take home. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration opens June 16. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Fairy Tale STEAM: Cinderella's Journey

Who: Kids entering grades 1-4
When: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library

Help Cinderella plan her escape from the ball before her carriage turns back into a pumpkin. We will use the Bee Bots and basic programming to try different routes. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration opens June 17. Click here to register.

Passport Adventures: Snow White’s Woods

Who: Kids entering grades 1-3
When: Friday, June 25, 2021
Time: 3:45-4:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library

Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho! Exploring we shall go. From the evil queen’s castle to the tiny cottage to the gold mine, we will follow the story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration begins June 18. Click here to register.

Food Explorers: Chocolate Ganache Tart ~ Virtual Children's Program

Who: Kids entering grades K-6
When: Monday, June 28, 2021
Time: 3-4pm OR 4:30-5:30pm
Place: Virtual Session

This is a dessert fit for royalty! Join Food Explorers to make a no-bake, Chocolate Ganache Tart with homemade Whipped Cream.

You’ll need the following ingredients: Oreos or chocolate graham crackers; butter; 1.5 cups of heavy cream; 2 cups of either dark or milk chocolate (or a mixture of both). Chocolate chips or bars of chocolate are both fine. This recipe works best in a pie dish or tart tin.

Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Registration begins June 21.

3:00pm session: Click here to register.
4:30pm session: Click here to register.

Firehouse Storytime

Who: Families with children ages 6 & under
When: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Time: 10-10:45am
Place: Fire Department Company #3

Join the librarians on the lawn at Fire Department Company #3 (1089 Chestnut Hill Road) for stories and rhymes about our town heroes. Afterwards, curious kids can explore the trucks and equipment. Bring a blanket. Rain will move the storytime inside. Adults must stay with the children. Masks will be required until further notice. No registration is needed.

Narwhal & Jelly Jam

Who: Kids entering grades 1-4
When: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:15pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library

Join us for a story, crafts and activities celebrating the o-fish-ally amazing friendship of Narwhal and Jelly from Ben Clanton’s hilarious early graphic novel series. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration begins June 30. Click here to register.

Nutmeg Nibbles: COG

Who: Kids entering grades 4-6
When: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

COG by Greg van Eekhout is a wild adventure of five robots on the loose. Bring a snack and meet Mrs. Pease, in person or on Zoom, for a discussion of this 2022 Nutmeg Nominee. Need a copy of the book? Check YES upon registration. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration begins June 18. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Lunch Bunch: Teddy Bear Picnic

Who: Families with children ages 3-5 and entering grades K-2
When: Friday, July 9, 2021
Time: 11:30am-12:15pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library

Pack a picnic lunch, your favorite bear or stuffy, and bring a blanket to enjoy bear stories, rhymes, and songs under the Copper Beech tree on the front lawn. Adults must stay with the children. Masks will be required until further notice.

In inclement weather, the storytime will move to Zoom. A Zoom code will be sent via email at 10:30AM if needed. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Registration begins July 2. Click here to register.

Fairy Tale STEAM: Frozen

Who: Kids entering grades 1-3
When: Monday, July 12, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

Cool off with winter experiments! We will use ice cubes to make frozen arches, learn about snowflakes, and test melting temperatures. You may participate in person or virtually via Zoom. A list of materials will be sent to those participating from home. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration begins July 6. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Firehouse Storytime

Who: Families with children ages 6 & under
When: Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Time: 10-10:45am
Place: Fire Department Company #4

Join the librarians on the lawn at Fire Department Company #4 (corner Manchester Rd & Hebron Ave) for stories and rhymes about our town heroes. Afterwards, curious kids can explore the trucks and equipment. Bring a blanket. Rain will move the storytime inside. Adults must stay with the children. Masks will be required until further notice. No registration is needed.

Food Explorers: No Churn Ice Cream & Hot Fudge Sauce ~ Virtual Children's Program

Who: Kids entering grades K-6
When: Monday, July 19, 2021
Time: 3-4pm OR 4:30-5:30pm
Place: Virtual Session

We all scream for ice cream for dessert! Join Food Explorers to make No Churn Ice-Cream & Hot Fudge Sauce! You don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe, which comes together in a flash.

You’ll need the following ingredients: 2 cans sweetened condensed milk; 2 cups heavy cream; chocolate chips; butter; and optional vanilla. You will need an electric hand-held or stand mixer.

Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Registration begins July 12.

3:00pm session:Click here to register.
4:30pm session: Click here to register.

Let’s Build: Mini Challenges

Who: Kids entering grades 1-6
When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

Creative kids can choose to compete in timed challenges either in person or virtually via Zoom. If you are participating in this challenge from home and do not have Lego® bricks, you may use any building system that you have. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration opens July 14. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Exploring the Elementary Nutmegs: Dinosaur Lady

Who: Kids entering grades 2-3
When: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Time: 10-10:45am
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

Can you imagine discovering dinosaur bones while searching the beach for shells? That's just what happened to Mary Anning, the first paleontologist. Join Mrs. Branson, in person or on Zoom, to read Elementary Nutmeg nominee Dinosaur Lady by Linda Skeers, followed by some dino-mite activities.

Registration opens July 15. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Fairy Tale STEAM: Billy Goat Bridges

Who: Kids entering grades 1-6
When: Friday, July 23, 2021
Time: 10-11am
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

The Billy Goats Gruff must cross the bridge. Will it hold their weight? Build bridges with different types of materials to see which is the strongest. You may participate in person or virtually via Zoom. A list of materials will be sent to those participating from home. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration begins July 16. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Nutmeg Nibbles: Clean Getaway

Who: Kids entering grades 4-6
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

Do you have plans for the summer? How about a road trip with your grandma in a RV? Follow Scoob’s adventures in Clean Getaway by Nic Stone. Bring a snack and meet Mrs. Pease, in person or on Zoom, for a discussion of this 2022 Nutmeg Nominee. Need a copy of the book? Check YES upon registration. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration begins July 6. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Passport Adventures: World of Harry Potter
~ Virtual Program

Who: Kids entering grades 3-6
When: Friday, July 30, 2021
Time: 3:45-4:45pm
Place: Virtual session

Attention Muggles: You have been chosen…to accompany Miss Lisa on a fantastic flight around the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Climb aboard the actual Hogwarts Express and get ready to visit (virtually) some of the real locations that brought Harry Potter’s story to life in the books and films. Be sure to pack your wand for this trip and expecto see lots of magic and mischief along the way. This is one trip that is guaranteed to be “Riddikulus!”

Registration begins July 23. The Zoom login will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Let’s Build: More Mini Challenges

Who: Kids entering grades 1-6
When: Monday, August 2, 2021
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Place: Outdoors at the Library or on Zoom

Creative kids can choose to compete in timed challenges either in person or virtually via Zoom and put their building skills to the ultimate test. If you are participating in this challenge from home and do not have Lego® bricks, you may use any building system that you have. Masks will be required until further notice.

Registration opens July 26. The Zoom login for those who choose to join from home will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

Trivia Tuesday: Guess Who Was… ~ Virtual Program

Who: Kids entering grades 1-6
When: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Time: 3:45-4:30pm
Place: Virtual Session

If your goal is to read all of the big-headed biographies in the Who Was…? series, this is the game for you. Join your fellow historians live on Zoom and see if you can guess who from clues provided by Miss Lisa. Will you go down in history as being one of the greatest champions that ever existed at Who HQ?

Registration begins July 27. The Zoom login will be sent via email one hour before the start. Registration with a valid email address is required in order to receive login information. Click here for a tutorial on setting up a Zoom account.

Click here to register.

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For all library events, see the CALENDAR.

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