Program Descriptions

The Children’s Room has programs for children of all ages. With early literacy classes, family story times, book clubs, afterschool programs, special events, and more, Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library is where you belong!

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Classes for Children begin January 19, 2015. Drop-in classes run every week until May 22. Registration for Winter begins Monday, January 13.  Register online, in-person or by telephone starting at 9:00 am.     Drop-in Programs: Drop-in program means that the class does not require advance registration. However, participants must pick up a ticket from the Children’s Information Desk the day of the program. Due to limited space, tickets will be handed out to the first 20 children. We begin to give tickets out 30 minutes prior to the program start. Registration-Only Programs: These programs require advance registration online, in-person, or by phone. Registration is for an entire eight or ten week session. Due to the small class sizes for registration-only programs, we ask all participants to commit to weekly attendance. If absent from the program for two weeks without prior notification, the valued spot will be given to a person on the waiting list. Registration dates for sessions vary.

Special Events

We always have something new and exciting going on in the Children’s Room. Check out the Events Calendar for a full listing of all Program dates and times and to register for any program requiring registration.

  • Why Picturebooks Matter. A Children’s Literature Series: Talking About Picturebooks (for adults), Thursday, January 22, 7:00pm, Rotary Room, Main Library 2014 Mock Caldecott Committee (for adults), Thursday, January 29, 7:00pm Children’s Picturebook Favorites (grades 4-8), Wednesday, January 28, 4:15-5:00pm
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day at MainFebruary 7 Drop-in program. ! LOCATION: Main Library, Children’s Room.
  • A “Frozen” February Party: Join us for all things “Frozen” from songs to treats and activities! Saturday, February 21, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Fun Flix for Kids @The BranchFriday, February 13, 2:00pm Drop-in program. Enjoy a no-school day with a side of popcorn and a screening of the newly-released-to-DVD feature film, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG). Drop-in; tickets will be given out 1/2 hour before the movie begins.
  • Monday Morning Movies @ The Branch Mondays, January 26-March 9, 10:00 am. We’ll bring outstanding picture books to life with the screening of short film adaptations, just right for ages 2-5 with parent or caregiver.
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day @ The Branch: Saturday, February 7, 10 am-4 pm. Drop-in program. We’ll have a family story time at 11 am and a craft table open all day, while supplies last. Bring your library card for a chance to win a special prize pack. If you don’t have a library card, get one that day and enter the contest.
  • Family Bingo @ The Branch:  Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 pm. Registration required. For children of all ages with their parent or caregiver.
  • Meet a Firefighter @ The Branch: Monday, April 27, 10:00 am. Registration required. For children ages birth-5 years with their parent or caregiver.  

Main Library – Early Childhood Development Classes/Story Time Sessions & Afterschool Classes

Our regular story time sessions run from September – May. Preschool Age Programs: (ages 0 – 5 years old)

  • Book BabiesTuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. A storytime for babies, ages 0 – 18 months, and their parent or caregiver. The storytime includes nursery rhymes, songs, lapsits, a book, and social play. Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Toddler Time: Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00 am | Thursdays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. A storytime for toddlers, ages 18 months – 36 months, and their parent or caregiver. An action packed program including songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and books. Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Terrific Twos: Wednesdays, 9:30 am. Registration-only program. A storytime dedicated to our two-year-old’s and their parent or caregiver. Stories, rhymes, songs, and fun in a smaller class size. Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Stories and More for 3s & 4s: Wednesdays, 11:00 am. Registration-only program. A storytime filled with books, rhymes, and activities. Children attend independently, but caregiver is required to remain in Children’s Room. Program length: approx. 40 minutes.
  • Stories Alive for 3s, 4s & 5s: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:45 pm. Drop-in program. A storytime for children, ages 3 – 5 years old. Books, songs, rhymes, and activities. Children attend independently, but caregiver is required to remain in Children’s Room. Program length: approx. 45 minutes.
  • Countdown to KindergartenWednesdays, 2:00 pm. Registration-only program. This class is designed for children who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015. With stories, music, crafts, and more this class helps to develop both the motor and social skills necessary for Kindergarten readiness. Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in Children’s Room. Registration is for all classes and limited to 15 children. Program length: approx. 45 min.
  • PJ Storytimes: Winter 2015 Tuesdays, January 27, February 24, March 24 and April 28 at 6:30pm. Drop-in program. Join Cindyb for bedtime stories and songs! For families with children ages 2–6. Don’t forget your PJ’s and teddy bear!
  • Side by Side: Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Drop-in program. Join us every Saturday morning for a family story time and then stay to play, socialize and make new friends! Families with children, ages 0-5 years old are welcome to attend.

Afterschool Classes: (grades K-5)

  • Kindergarten Capers: Wednesdays, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Stories, music and relaxing fun for children in Kindergarten. Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in Children’s Room. Registration is for all classes in each session and limited to 15 children. Program length: approx. 45 min. (Fall Session 1: Sept. 10-Oct. 15; Fall Session 2: Nov. 5-Dec. 10)
  • Wacky Words: Thursdays, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. A weekly class for children in Grades 1 & 2 that  uses performing arts,games, word play and other activities to emphasize the imagination behind our favorite stories. Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in Children’s Room. Registration is for all classes and limited to 15 children. Program length: approx. 45 min.
  • LibLab: A laboratory in the Library for children in grades 1 and 2! This afterschool class explores Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts using games,crafts, experiments and other activities! Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in the Children’s Room. Class size limited to 15 children.Registration begins Tuesday, April 7.
  • BookWorms:The 1st Tuesday of every month, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Be the first to review our new arrivals at the Library! Members share a favorite book and then choose one new book to review at the next meeting. Activities and snacks for children in grades 3–5. New members are always welcome. Registration is for all classes.
  • Mysterious Society of FPL: The 2nd Tuesday of every month, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Looking for curious, imaginative, and energetic members who are ready for excitement. Join us for fun and adventures each week to help us get closer to solving a mystery. Must be in grades 3–5 to join. Registration is for all classes.
  • StemBOTSThe 3rd Tuesday of every month, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. A new class that allows children to discover and explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using activities, experiments and hands-on fun. Must be in Grades 3-5 to attend. Registration is for all classes.
  • Master MakersThe 4th Tuesday of every month, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Did you know that understanding art concepts can help you think outside the box and perform better in all subjects? This class uses fine arts to explore the world around us. Must be in Grades 3-5 to attend. Registration is for all classes.
  • Scratch ClubFridays, 4:15-5:00pm. Join us for this weekly club dedicated to the online coding tool designed by MIT students specifically to teach children how to learn coding logic. This social atmosphere encourages conversation and collaborative learning for children in grades 3 and up. All skill levels are welcome! Because Library equipment is limited, we strongly encourage participants to bring their own laptop or iPad.
  • Minecraft MeetUp:  Saturdays, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, and May 30: 2:00–3:00 pm. Do you love Minecraft? Want to meet others who love it just as much as you? Join us at this monthly club where we use the Fairfield County Minecraft server to create a safe and controlled environment for Minecraft enthusiasts. Recommended for children in Grades 3 and up. Because Library equipment is limited, we strongly encourage participants to bring their own laptop

Fairfield Woods Branch Library – Early Literacy Classes/Story Time Sessions & Afterschool Classes

Our regular story time sessions and after school classes run from January -May 2015.

Preschool Age Programs: (ages 0 – 5 years old)

  • Baby Rhyme TimeTuesdays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. Songs, music, books, and social play for babies under 24 months, and their parent or caregiver. This is a lapsit program for pre-walkers.
  • Walking RhymersTuesdays, 10:30 am. Drop-in program. Songs, nursery rhymes, books, and activities for children under 24 months, and their parent or caregiver. Must be walking. Siblings welcome.
  • Stay & Play: Tuesdays & Fridays, 10 am-noon. Stop in after a scheduled drop-in story time for babies or toddlers and then stay, play, meet and socialize with other parents/caregivers and children.
  • Whoo’s Twos: Fridays, 10:00 am. Drop-in programJoin Whoo the Owl and Miss Judy for some jumping, jiggling, rhyming, stories and felt board fun! For children age 2, and their parent or caregiver.
  • Calling All Woodsies: Thursdays, 10:00 am. Drop-in program. Stories, songs, and activities for children ages 3–5. Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in Children’s Room during the program.
  • Countdown to KindergartenWednesdays, 10:00 am. Registration-only program. This class is designed for children, ages 4 or 5, who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015. With stories, music, crafts, and more this class helps to develop both the motor and social skills necessary for Kindergarten readiness. Children attend independently, but parent or caregiver must remain in Children’s Room. Registration is for all 6 classes and limited to 15 children. Program length: approx. 45 min.
  • PJ Story Time @ the Branch:  Thursdays, January 15, February 12, March 12 and April 9, 6:30 pmDrop-in program. Join Miss Stefanie for bedtime stories and songs! For families with children ages 2–6. Don’t forget your PJs and teddy bear!
  • Sing-Along Story Time in the Park : Monday, May 18, 10 am. Drop-in program. Join Miss Judy at Owen Fish Park for music-based story time fun! For families with children ages 2 and up, with parent or caregiver. Weather permitting, no ticket required. Location: Owen Fish Park, 1443 Stratfield Road, Fairfield.

Afterschool Classes: (grades K-5)

  • STEM STARS:  Winter Session: Thursdays, January 29, February 12, February 26, and March 12; Spring Session: April 9, April 23, May 7 and May 21, 4:00-4:45 pm. Registration-only program. Learn about our world through hands-on activities as we explore simple yet starling science and technology phenomena, build with engineering concepts, and play with numbers!   For children in grades 1–2.
  • Lego Architects Club: Fridays, 4:00–4:45 pm. Drop-in program. Do you love designing with LEGOs, are you inspired by tall buildings, fancy cars or animals? Put your imagination to work and join us for a fun filled afternoon. Adults must remain in the library during the program. Limited to the first 20; tickets handed out starting at 3:30 pm.
  • Craft Studio: Thursdays, January 22, February 19, March 19 and April 30, 4:00 pmRegistration-only program. Explore your creative side in this afterschool craft club for children in grades 3-5. Register for each class separately.

Summer Reading

Last year’s theme was READ GAME WIN! Stay tuned for what we have in store for 2015!