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!

Special Events | Main Library Programs | Fairfield Woods Branch Library Programs | Summer Reading

 

 

Fall Classes for Children, ages 0-5, begin September 9. Drop-in classes run every week until December 12. Fall Session 1 runs from September 10-October 15; Fall Session 2 runs from November 5-December 10.

Fall Classes for Children, Grades K-5, begins September 2 and continues through December 16.

Registration for Fall Session 1 begins Monday, August 25. Registration for Fall Session 2 begins Monday, October 20. Register online, in-person or by telephone starting at 9:00 am. Unless otherwise noted, registration for all Afterschool Classes begins Monday, August 25.

 

 

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.

  • Children’s Author Event: Rosemary Wells: Tuesday, September 2, 4:30 pm. Registration-only program. Meet beloved children’s author and illustrator! She will read from her new book, Max & Ruby at the Warthog’s Wedding. Wells has been writing and illustrating books for children for over 40 years. She has written over 120 books for newborn to middle grade readers. Main Library, Rotary Room.
  • 3rd Annual Halloween Extravaganza!: Friday, October 24. Drop-in program. Our annual Halloween celebration is back for its third year! This Halloween the Children’s Department proves that you never have to grow up as we take off for the second star on the right and fly on ’til morning. So be a Darling, dress up and join in on the fun! LOCATION: Main Library, Children’s Room.
  • Fairfield Woods Branch Library’s 45th Birthday Celebration: Saturday, September 27, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Drop-in program. Drop-in for this all-day celebration, open to all ages! Activities include old-fashioned games, a story time, a visit from Pete the Cat, face painting, Touch-a-Truck and fire safety with Fairfield Fire Department, musical entertainment from Edward Leonard, craft vendors, food, and of course, CAKE! Exact times of activities to be released closer to Event. LOCATION: Branch Library
  • Children’s Author Event: Stuart Gibbs: Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 pm. Registration-only program. Come meet the author of the 2015 Nutmeg-nominated title, Spy School! Stuart Gibbs is the author of other children’s novels such as: Belly Up, Poached, Spy Camp, Evil Spy School and Space Case. He has also written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole buch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABS and Fox, and researched capybaras (the world’s largest rodent). 
    Book signing  to follow author presentation. LOCATION: Main Library, Memorial Room.

Main Library – Story Time Sessions & Afterschool Classes

Our regular story time sessions run from September – May. Check out Summer Reading Events for a mini summer story time schedule and complete calendar of special events!

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 2s: 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 & More! for 3s and 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 2014. 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 Storytime: Fall 2014 Sessions TBD. 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: 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.
  • Giggles & Games: 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.
  • 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.
  • STEM[bots]The 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.

Fairfield Woods Branch Library – Story Time Sessions & Afterschool Classes

Our regular story time sessions and after school classes run from September – May. Check out Summer Reading Events for a mini summer story time schedule and complete calendar of special events!

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

  • Nursery 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 and Play: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 am-noon. Come for a drop-in story time and then stay, play, meet and socialize with other parents/caregivers and children. This program is part of the Pathways to Parenting series.
  • Whoo’s TwosThursdays, 9:30 & 10:30 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 WoodsiesMondays, 2:00 pm. 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 who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2014. 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 Storytime:  Fall Session TBDDrop-in program. Join Mrs. Stetson for bedtime stories and songs! For families with children ages 2–6. Don’t forget your PJs and teddy bear!
  • Saturday Storytime: Fall Session TBDDrop-in program. Family time! Music, movement, songs, stories and finger plays for children ages 2–6 with parent or caregiver.

Afterschool Classes: (grades K-5)

  • Science STARs (Science-Technology Actions and Reactions)Fall 2014 Session TBD. Registration-only program. Learn about our world by diving into science and technology hands on to explore simple yet startling science and tech phenomena. For children entering grades 1–3.
  • Lego Architects’ ClubFridays, 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.
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Summer Reading

This year’s theme is READ GAME WIN! Using our Family Reads title, Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library as our inspiration, we’ve created a summer reading game that is full of twists, turns and reading fun.  Sign up starts June 2.  Summer Programs begin June 30th. We are also offering READ GAME WIN! Jr. for children ages 0-5.