Program Descriptions

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

Drop-In Weekly Storytime Calendar

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

Registration for Winter Progams begins on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 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. 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. 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.

Main Library – Early Childhood Development Classes/Storytime Sessions

Winter Session Drop-in early childhood and after school classes run January 8 through March 2, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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

  • Book Babies: Thursdays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. A story time for babies, ages 0–18 months, and their parent or caregiver. The story time includes nursery rhymes, songs, lapsits, a book, and social play. Program length: approx. 20 minutes.
  • Toddler Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. A story time for toddlers, ages 18–36 months, and their parent or caregiver. An action packed program including songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and books. Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Stories Alive for 4s & 5s: Mondays, 2:00 pm. Registration program. Stories, songs, and activities for children, ages 4 and 5 years old. *No class January 15 or February 19, 2018.
  • Sing & Stomp: Fridays, 10:00 am. Drop-in program. An active story time for families with children ages 0-5 years old. Hop, sing and dance with your child through stories and rhymes. Program length: approx. 40 minutes.
  • Mini Masters: Art @ The Unquowa School: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31 | 1:30-2:15 pm. Registration program. Children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. The Unquowa School, 981 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, Connecticut 06825. Register for each class separately.

School Age Programs: (grades K-6)

  • Nutmeg Book Buzz:  First Thursdays of the Month through April | 6:00 pm. Registration program. Join our year-round book club! Discuss one 2018 Nutmeg Nominee (Intermediate Level) per month, from July-April. Participants should borrow a copy of the book after registering for a session. For children in grades 4-6. Register for each class separately. Main Library.
    • January 4: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
      February 1: A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
      March 1: Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
      April 5: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Writing Club: First Tuesdays of the Month through May | 4:00 pm. Registration program. Join our writing club! We welcome any aspiring author in 4th-6th grade who is passionate about writing to come explore different aspects of writing, engage in fun activities, and share your own work! For children in grades 4-6. Main Library.
  • Survive It!: Thursdays, January 11, 18 and 25 | 4:00 pm. Registration program. Could you survive a tsunami capsizing your boat? A plane crash in the wintery mountains? Killer bees? Test your knowledge and your skills in this class for 4th & 5th graders. Inspired by book series like “I Survived” and “Survivor” we will explore stories of adventure and endurance and work through puzzles to see who has the stuff to pull through! Children grades 4-5. Main Library.
  • Fly Guy & Friends Forum: Thursdays, February 1, 8 and 15 | 4:00 pm. Registration program. Get into an Easy Reader series! Join us for this series of 3 classes based on some of our favorite books for emerging readers: Fly Guy, Star Wars and Nate the Great. We’ll share a story then dive into some hands-on games and activities to bring the books to life! Children in grades K-1. Main Library.
  • Make & Take Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27, February 10, 17, 24 and March 3. Drop-in program. Drop in every Saturday to create, make & take, take & make, or craft a special holiday project! For children ages 4-8. Main Library.

Fairfield Woods Branch Library – Early Literacy Classes/Story Time Sessions and Special Events

 Registration for all Winter programs begins on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 9:00 am. Winter Session Drop-in early childhood and after school classes run January 8 through March 2, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

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

  • Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. Songs, music, books, and movement for babies and toddlers, 0-24 months, and their parent or caregiver.
  • Walking Rhymers: Tuesdays, 10:30 am. Drop-in program. Songs, nursery rhymes books and activities for babies ages 12-24 months with their parent or caregiver. Child must be walking.
  • Stay & Play: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 am. Drop-in program. Stop in after our scheduled drop-in story time for babies or toddlers to stay, play, meet and socialize with other parents/caregivers and children.
  • Terrific Twos: Thursdays, 10:00 am. Drop-in program. Join Ms. Stefanie for some jumping, jiggling, rhyming, singing, stories and felt board fun! For children ages 24-36 months with parent or caregiver.

Branch School Age Programs: (grades K-5)

  • Once Upon A Lab Coat: Tuesdays, January 9, 16, and 23 | 4:00 pm. Registration program. Join Ms. Stefanie for this hands-on discovery storytime! Together you will create, experiment, or explore with a hands-on activity related to our story. For children in grades K-1. Woods Branch Library.
  • Lego Architects Club: Fridays, January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2 | 4:00 pm. Drop-in program. Do you love designing with LEGO bricks? Do tall buildings, fancy cars, or animals inspire you? Put your imagination to work and join us for a fun-filled afternoon where a new story each week sets the theme for our creativity to bloom. Children in grades 2-5. Woods Branch Library.
  • Craft Studio: Wednesday, January 24, February 21, March 21 and April 25  | 4:00 pm. Registration program. Explore your creative side in this after school craft club for children in grades 3-5. Register for each class separately.Woods Branch Library.
  • iPlay: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, and 20 | 4:00 pm. Registration program. Explore your digital side in our hands-on iPad discovery class! Each week will focus on a different app with creative opportunities including storytelling with Play-Doh and sock puppets. For children in grades 2-3.
  • Make & Take Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27, February 10, 17, 24 and March 3. Drop-in program. Drop in every Saturday to create, make & take, take & make, or craft a special holiday project! For children ages 4-8. Woods Branch Library.