Programs

Winter Programs for Children

 Drop-In Story Programs — No Registration Required

Storytime books and activities are designed for the age group stated, but siblings are always welcome!

Bouncing Babies! (birth to crawlers). Mondays, January 5 to April 13 at 11:00 a.m. Babies and caregivers enjoy nursery rhymes, songs, and movement activities together.

Mother Goose Storytime (walkers to 30 months). Mondays, January 5 to April 13 at 10:15 a.m. This program features simple stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and activities for toddlers and their parents or caregivers.

Time for Tots (2 ½ to 3 ½ years). Wednesdays, January 7 to April 8 at 10:15 a.m. Stories, songs and fingerplays to encourage a love of books and early language development. Program will include a simple craft activity.

Preschool Storytime (3 ½ to 5 years). Tuesdays, January 6 to April 7 at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Stories, songs and craft program designed for preschool-aged children. Children will make their own craft to take home.

Special Programs — February 2015

Paws to Read (6 — 9 years). 3-week session, Saturdays, Feb. 14, 21, & 28. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Juno, a cocker spaniel, is a registered member of Pet Partners, a therapy dog training organization. Why read to a dog? Dogs are completely nonjudgmental listeners, which allows struggling readers to gain confidence and fluency in a supportive and fun environment. To register, please call (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

Kids in the Kitchen — Cookie Extravaganza! (8 — 11 years). Wednesdays, Feb. 18 or Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Learn new skills in the kitchen while making some sweet treats. Registration required — please register for only one session.

LEGO Club (6 — 12 years). Thursday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. LEGOs provided; just bring your creativity! Drop in — no registration required.

Lunch Bunch Book Discussion (Grades 4 — 6). Saturday Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch; dessert provided.  We will be discussing The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. Books are available at the circulation desk. To register, please call (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

Experiment with Electromagnets with the Eli Whitney Museum (8 — 12 years). Saturday, February 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Understand electricity through the same experiments that early scientists used. Wind a coil of wire. Suspend a bar magnet in it. Charge the coil with a battery to spin the magnet. Test polarity. Discover the origins of motors and Morse Code.This program is sponsored by the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF). To register, please call (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

Special Programs — March 2015
(Registration for March Programs Opens February 23)

Leslie Bulion Book Birthday Party (all ages) Monday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. Come celebrate launch of Leslie’s newest, humerus* science poetry book, Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse! Fun snacks, crafts and activities for all ages. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. (*pun intended!) Drop in — no registration required.

Llama Llama Stories and Craft (2 1/2 – 5 years). Monday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Stories, games, and crafts that celebrate the stories of Anna Dewdney, featuring Llama Llama. Drop in — no registration required.

Nutmeg at Night (grades 4 and up). Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. Form a team and test your knowledge of this year’s Nutmeg Award nominees! Registration required –  registration forms are available at the Durham Public Library or at the Regional District 13 school libraries.

Paws to Read (6 — 9 years). 3-week session, Saturdays, March 14, 21, & 28. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Juno, a cocker spaniel, is a registered member of Pet Partners, a therapy dog training organization. Why read to a dog? Dogs are completely nonjudgmental listeners, which allows struggling readers to gain confidence and fluency in a supportive and fun environment. To register, please call (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

LEGO Club (6 — 12 years). Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. LEGOs provided; just bring your creativity! Drop in — no registration required.

Lunch Bunch Book Discussion (Grades 4 — 6). Saturday March 21 at 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch; dessert provided.  We will be discussing The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Books are available at the circulation desk. To register, please call (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

Make a Robot Drum with the Eli Whitney Museum (8 — 12 years). Saturday, March 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Construct a music machine. Hear the logic of Leonardo’s mind at work as he invents the first modern robot, an automatic drummer whose rhythms can be reprogrammed flexibly and whose tempos adjust automatically. Invent your own cadences.This program is sponsored by the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF). To register, please call (860) 349-9544 ext. 1.

 Programs sponsored by PALS — The Public Association of Library Supporters