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!

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Registration for Winter sessions begins on Monday, January 9, 2016. 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. 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.

  • Fun Flix for Kids: February 16 & 17, March 30 and April 5 & 12, 2017 | 2:30 pm. Drop-in program. All Ages. Main Library.
  • Computer Coding with Brain Boost: Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 9:30 OR 10:45 am. Registration program. Ages 6-12. Main Library.
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day: Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 9:30 am-4:00 pm. Drop-in program. All Ages. Main Library.
  • Performance & Petting Zoo with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 9:30 or 10:30 am. Registration program. Grades K-5. Main Library.
  • Preschool Cars Drive-In: Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 11:00 am. Registration program. Ages 3-5. Main Library.
  • Learn to Jig with Lenihan School of Irish Dance: Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 2:00 pm. Registration program. Ages 3-10. Main Library.
  • 1000 Books before Kindergarten First Look: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm. Registration program. Adult. Main Library.
  • Be Our Guest!: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 2:00 pm. Registration program. Ages 4-8. Main Library.
  • Family Bingo: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 6:00 pm. Registration program. All Ages. Main Library.
  • Teddy Bear PJ Storytime & Sleepover: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 6:30 pm. Registration program. Ages 4-8. Main Library.
  • Family Camp-In: Friday, May 19, 2017 | 6:30 pm. Registration program. Ages 3-7. Main Library.
  • Stepping Stones Children’s Museum Healthyville Exhibit: May 23-June 6, 2017 | Exhibit time TBA. Grades K-5. Main Library.

 

Main Library – Early Childhood Development Classes/Storytime Sessions

Winter Session Drop-in early childhood and after school classes run January 17 through March 3, 2017; Registration for Winter sessions begins on Monday, January 9, 2016. Registration for specific events may vary.

Spring Session Drop-in early childhood and after school classes run March 23 through May 19, 2017; Registration for Spring sessions begins on Monday, March 6, 2016. Registration for specific events may vary. Register online, in-person or by telephone starting at 9:00 am. 

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

  • Book BabiesTuesdays & Wednesdays, 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. 20 minutes.
  • Toddler Time: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Drop-in program. A storytime 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 & 5sTuesdays OR Wednesdays, 2:00 pm. Drop-in only program. A storytime for children, ages 4 & 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.
  • Sing & Stomp: Thursdays, 10:00 am. Drop-in program. Join us for an active story time geared towards families with children 18-36 months, but open to all ages!! Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • ‘Appy Hour: Thursdays, January 19-March 2, 2017, 2:00 pm. Drop-in program. Songs and stories for children ages 3-5 years, and their parent or caregiver. We will explore the growing digital world of storytime, early learning and literacy apps. Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Squishy Stories, a Sensory Storytime: Thursdays, March 23-May 18, 2017; no class March 29 & April 13, 2:00 pm. Drop-in program. A sensory storytime for babies ages 12-36 months, and their parent or caregiver. Touch and explore with hands-on, interactive stories and play designed to enhance your child’s fine motor skills. Parent or caregiver must be an active participant. No class March 29 & April 13. Program length: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Getting Ready to Read: Fridays, 10:30 am. Drop-in program. Stories, songs, fingerplays and activities that promote early literacy (based on the Every Child Ready to Read initiative). For children ages 2-4 years old , and their parent or caregiver.
  • Family Storytime: Saturdays, January 28, February 25, March 25 and April 29, 2017 | 10:00 am. Drop-in program. Join us on the 4th Saturday of each month for a family story time and then stay to play, socialize, and make new friends! Program length: approx. 30 minutes.

After School and Weekend Classes: (Grades K-5)

  • Minecraft Meet-Up: Mondays, January 23, February 13 & 27, March 27, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, 2017 | 6:30 pm. Drop-in program. Grades 3-5.
  • Make & Take: Saturdays, February 11, March 11, April 15 and May 13, 2017 | 10:00-4:00 pm, or while supplies last. Drop-in program. Grades K-5.
  • Family Game Days: Saturdays, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20, 2017 | 10:00-4:00 pm. Drop-in program. All Ages.
  • Curtain Up! with The Unquowa School: Wednesdays, February 8, 15 & 22, 2017 | 12:30 pm, or while supplies last. Drop-in program. Ages 3-5.
  • Books & Bites: Mondays, January 30, February 27, March 27, & April 24, 2017 | 6:00 pm. Registration program. Grades 4 & 5.
  • Once Upon a Lab Coat: Wednesdays, January 18 & 25 and February 1 & 8, 2017 | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades K & 1.
  • Solve It!: Tuesdays, January 17, 24 & 31, 2017 | 4:15 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 2 & 3.
  • Survive It!: Thursdays, January 19, 26 and February 2, 2017 | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 4 & 5.
  • How to Tell a Story: Wednesdays, February 15 & 22 and March 1, 2017 | 4:15 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades K & 1.
  • Master Makers: Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2017 | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 4 & 5.
  • LEGO Lights, Camera, Action!: Thursdays, March 23, 30 and April 6 & 20, 2017 | 4:15-5:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 4 & 5.
  • StoryKids: Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 2017 | 4:15-5:00 pmRegistration-Only program. Grades 2 & 3.
  • Clever Comics: Tuesdays, March 21 & 28 and April 4, 2017 | 4:15-5:00 pmRegistration-Only program. Grades 2 & 3.
  • LEGO Jr. Story & Build: Thursdays, April 27 and May 4, 11 & 18, 2017 | 4:15-5:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades K & 1.
  • Math Makers: Tuesdays, April 25 and May 2, 9 &16, 2017 | 4:15-5:00 pmRegistration-Only program. Grades 2 & 3.
  • Artists in Training, Sr.: Wednesdays, April 26 and May 3, 10 & 17, 2017 | 4:15-5:00 pmRegistration-Only program. Grades 4 & 5.

Fairfield Woods Branch Library – Early Literacy Classes/Storytime Sessions & After School Classes

Classes for children begin January 17, 2017. Winter Session Drop-in early childhood and after school classes run January 17 through March 3, 2017; Registration for Winter sessions begins on Monday, January 9, 2017. Register online, in-person or by telephone starting at 9:00 am. Spring session classes run March 20, 2017 through May 19, 2017. Registration for Spring sessions begins on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am. Registration for Special events may vary. Classes will NOT be held during April School Vacation week, April 10-14, 2017.

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

  • Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 am. Drop-in program. Songs, music, books, and social play for babies, 0-18 months, and their parent or caregiver. This is a lapsit program for pre-walkers.
  • Walking Rhymers: Tuesdays, 10:30 am. Drop-in program. Songs, music, books, and social play for walking babies/toddlers, ages 12-24 months,, and their parent or caregiver. This program is designed for walkers!
  • Stay & Play: Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:30 am-noon.  Drop-in program. Stop in before or after a scheduled drop-in story time for babies or toddlers and stay, play, meet and socialize with other parents/caregivers and children.
  • Preschool Story Time: 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.
  • Whoo’s Twos: Fridays, 10:00 am. Drop-in program. Join Whoo the Owl and Miss Judy for some jumping, jiggling, rhyming, stories and felt board fun! For children ages 24-35 months and their parent or caregiver.
  • PJ Story Time: Tuesdays, January 31, February 28, March 28 and April 25, 2017 | 6:30 pm. Drop-in program. Join Miss Barbara for bedtime stories and songs! For families with children ages 2–6. Don’t forget your PJs and teddy bear!

After School Classes: (Grades K-5)

  • Lego ArchitectsThursdays, January 19 – March 2, 2017 and March 23 – May 18, 2017 | 4:00–4:45 pm. Drop-in program.
  • S.T.E.M. Stars: Mondays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13,  and 27 , 2017 | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 3-5
  • Junior S.T.E.M. Stars: Mondays, March 20, 27, April 3, and 17, 2017 | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades K-2.
  • Artists in Training Jr.: Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 2017  | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades K-2.
  • Artists in Training, Sr.: Mondays, April 24, May 1, 8 and 15, 2017  | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 3-5.
  • Good Reads, Good Eats: Tuesdays, April 18, 25, May 2 and 9, 2017 | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades K-2..
  • Craft Studio: Wednesdays, January 18, February 15, March 22, and April 19, 2017 | 4:15 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 3-5.
  • Next Chapter Book Club: Wednesdays, January 25, February 22, March 29, and April 26, 2017  | 4:00 pm. Registration-Only program. Grades 4 & 5.  

Branch Special Events

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day!:  Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Drop-in program. All ages.
  • Fun Flix for Kids @ the Branch: Friday, February 17, 2017 | 3:00 pm. Drop-in program. All ages.
  • Family Bingo: Tuesday, March 7, 2017  | 6:30 pm. Registration-Only program. All ages.  
  • Family Lego Challenge: Saturday, March 25, 2017  | 11:00 am. Registration-Only program.  
  • Firefighter Story Time: Monday, April 24, 2017 | 10:00 am. Registration-only program. Ages 1-5 years.
  • Sing-Along Story Time in the Park: Monday, May 15, 2017 | 10:00 am. Drop-in program.  Location: Owen Fish Park, 1443 Stratfield Road.