Registered TEA Room Classes

Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room
Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room

Calling all makers! Join us in the TEA Room for a variety of classes this February, March and April. Registration is open now!

A selection of upcoming class topics include: 

Light Painting

Gelatin Art Prints


Model Magic Solar System

Interactive Drawing

To register and learn about these classes and more, visit the TEA Room's Classes page


Register your makers today for our T|E|A Room Tuesdays!

Our science, technology, engineering, arts, and math classes in the T|E|A room are now open for registration.  Classes include Brushbots, Duct Tape Lunchboxes, Feltmaking, Model Magic Solar Systems, Balloon Rockets, and many many more. 

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are registered programs held Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., for children in Grades 3 to 6.

Brochures are available in the Children's Library.

Register, call us at (203) 669-5235, or come visit us in the library!

Family Film Festival: Black History Month

A selection of the films we will show during Black History Month
A selection of the films we will show during Black History Month

This February, join us for five film showings in honor of Black History Month. Come celebrate firsts, struggles, and the magic of fairy godmothers with special films selected by the Children's Library.

Every film will be shown at 2pm in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room unless noted.

Monday, February 16th: The Princess and the Frog (Rated G, 97 minutes, Ages K+)

Tuesday, February 17th: Selma Lord, Selma (NR, 94 minutes, Grades 3+)

Wednesday, February 18th: Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Rated G, 88 minutes. Will be shown in the Mezzanine Conference Room, Ages K+)

Thursday, February 19th: The Color of Friendship (NR, 87 minutes. Recommended for ages 10 and up. It contains racial epithets)

Friday, February 20th: The Watsons Go to Birmingham (Rated PG, 86 minutes, Grades 3+)

Each film has a corresponding booklist as well as study guides and discussion starters. 

Booklist for The Princess and the Frog

Booklist for Selma, Lord Selma

Booklist for Cinderella

Booklist for The Color of Friendship

Booklist for The Watsons Go To Birmingham


Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Image courtesy of flickr user dh23photo
Image courtesy of flickr user dh23photo

Friday, January 16th at 6 p.m.

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices. The winning team will receive an exciting prize destined to bring the family together in learning and fun!


Turtle Dance Music Concert

Image courtesy of Turtle Dance Music
Image courtesy of Turtle Dance Music

Marting Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 19th at 11 a.m.

Join us for the Inclusive Music and Movement Concert for Kids, a humorous and animated performance that appeals to kids and parents. Turtle Dance Music’s shows are designed to be accessible to children with special needs and neurotypically developing children. Ages 3+. Drop-in.

*In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the event begins.

Nutmeg Book Group: Spy School

Thursday, January 22nd at 4 p.m. - Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Enjoy a discussion of a Nutmeg Nominated book over pizza, followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 3 and up. Drop-in.

Open TEA Rooms in January

Recycled paper notebook made in the TEA Room
Recycled paper notebook made in the TEA Room

Tuesdays, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, & the Arts) is open for exploration, creation and discovery. Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

January 6 – Simple Machines

January 13 – Chroma Candy

January 20 – Art Straw Architecture

January 27 – Book Collage

Registration for Spring 2015 Storytimes: Open Now!


Registration for the Spring 2015 storytime lottery opens Monday, March 2nd, 2015 and runs through Monday, March 16th. Registration is a lottery, and notification will be Saturday, March 21st. Storytimes will begin the week of Monday, March 23rd, 2015.

Brochures are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!

Register for storytimes.

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Tuesday, January 20th at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 2nd at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

Every Child Ready to Read: A Workshop for Parents of Pre-Readers

Read together to develop reading skills.
Read together to develop reading skills.

Do you have a child 5 or under? Through hands-on activities, the Children's Librarians will provide parents with practical tips for growing your child into a lifelong reader. Our Every Child Ready to Read Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 8th at 10 a.m. All parents are welcome.

Parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to learn about:

- early literacy development

- the fundamentals of learning to read

- tips, advice, and practical takeaways on how parents and caregivers can support early literacy skill-building

Developed by the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, the Every Child Ready to Read workshops have been developed after years of research on early brain development and the correlation between early experiences and future academic success.

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