Summer Book Clubs

Jr. Book Club 

Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story. Drop-in. Grades 2 to 3.

Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

August 5th: Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never be the Same by Veera Hiranandani and Joelle Dreidemy

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss) 

Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Drop-in. Ages 9 to 12

Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

August 20th: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and Donna Diamond. Rated PG. (Running time 96 minutes.)

Zoo Station: Rainforest

Courtesy of the Children's Museum of West Hartford
Courtesy of the Children's Museum of West Hartford

Tuesday, August 11th from 3 to 4pm

The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will present several animals from nature’s most diverse ecosystem. 

Grades K and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Great Read-Alouds for Preschoolers

Reading aloud with your preschoolers!
Reading aloud with your preschoolers!

Now that preschools are coming to a close for the year, are you preparing for a summer chockful of fun activities?

If you need to fill in some of the quieter downtime with great books for your preschoolers, try one of these read-aloud chapter books that will keep both you and your little ones entertained. They'll help build vocabulary while keeping your young ones enticed and engaged!

Exciting Fall Releases in the Children's Library

Read Greg's latest adventure on November 3rd!
Read Greg's latest adventure on November 3rd!

Did you know there are some exciting new books coming out this fall that you can put on hold right now?

On August 18th, be the first of your friends to read Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories! Previously available as ebooks, this is their first time in print.

October 6th is another big day: the fourth Timmy Failure book comes out, and so does Rick Riordan's new series about Norse Gods, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

And finally, on November 3rd, Greg Heffley's journey continues with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School!

If you place your holds today, you'll get a copy of the book the day it comes out! 

Happy reading!

Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

Want to know what fun and fabulous programs we will be doing in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room this summer? Take a look at our fantastic list of drop-in programs we're offering to kids of all ages! Find the full list here. 

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Registration Begins June 8

artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins June 8! Make sure to pick up your book prize in the Children's Library when you sign up.

Summer Reading Club - for kids who are reading on their own

Log your reading hours on our online log by logging in and updating your Star Log every time you read! The Summer Reading Club automatically enters you into the grand prize lottery for every 5 hours you read. The lottery winners will be announced at our Finale Party on Monday, August 17.


Read to Me Club - for kids who are being read to

Come and pick up your log at the Library and write down every book you read. For every ten books, come into the Library to get a stamp and a free book (up to 3 free books total).


For classes and events, click here.

Summer Reading Booktalking Lists 2015

We loved visiting you!
We loved visiting you!

Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school.

If you don't see the book you're looking for, just ask a friendly librarian we can help you find it or put a hold on it for you.

Click on the grade of the class to choose the next great book you're going to read.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Booktalking List

2nd and 3rd Grade Booktalking List

4th and 5th Grade Booktalking List

MMS Booktalking List

eBooks and eAudiobooks K-5

Looking for Parking?

Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.
Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.

Ever found yourself circling the parking lot searching endlessly for an open spot? Well - look no further!

Extra parking for the Library can be found at the end of Thorndal Circle, which is the road beside Nielsen's Florist. Simply exit our parking lot and return to the Post Road, turn left onto Thorndal Circle, and you're there!

When driving down Thorndal Circle, a large parking lot will be on the left side of the road. There is a walkway that leads to the back corner of the Library's parking lot. 

We'll see you in the stacks!

Register for the Summer Reading Finale Party

Join us on the red carpet!
Join us on the red carpet!

Monday, August 17th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Get ready for your close-up! Participants in the Summer Reading Club are invited to our star studded affair on the red carpet. There will be live music, raffles, food, and photo-ops. The winner of the Summer Reading Challenge will also be announced,

Register now. Ages 7+.