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

Winter session Drop-in early childhood classes run January 19 through March 11, 2016; Spring session Drop-in early childhood classes run March 28-May 20, 2016. Registration for Winter sessions begins on Tuesday, January 12, 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 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.

 2016 Summer Reading Program

Check back in Spring 2016 for detailed information regarding this year’s Summer Reading Program!

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.

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day @ Fairfield Woods: Saturday, February 6, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Drop-in program. This annual event celebrates the young child’s visit to their Library! We will have a family story time at 11:00 am and craft tables open 10 am-4 pm, or while supplies last. Bring your library card for a chance to win a special prize pack. Don’t have a library card? Get one that day and enter the contest!
  • Friday Fun Flix: Friday, February 12 and Friday, April 15, 2016 @2:00 pm. Fairfield Woods Branch. Drop-in program. No school? Join us for a great movie! We provide the popcorn and the big screen. Titles TBA, and may be rated either G or PG.
  • Family Bingo! Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @6:30 pm. Fairfield Woods Branch. Registration required. Match the numbers announced to the ones on your card and maybe you’ll be shouting BINGO! Appropriate for children of all ages with their parent or caregiver. Registration is required. Please register all family members.
  • Lego Challenge!:  Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Fairfield Woods Branch. Registration required. Lego master builders, are you ready to be challenged? Join us for this special Saturday Lego event where you and your parent/caregiver teammate will be given four different building challenges, each with a surprise twist and a 15 minute time limit! We supply the Lego bricks, and space is limited to 20 parent/child teams. For children in grades K-5.
  • Christine’s Critters!: Monday, April 11, 2016, 11:00am. Rotary Room, Main Library
    Join us during April vacation for a visit from General Class Falconer Christine Peyreigne and her exotic critters! Christine will introduce young library patrons to raptors and a variety of live reptiles and amphibians. Recommended for children in grades K-2. Registration is required.
  • Meet a Firefighter: Monday, April 25, 2016 @11:00 am. Fairfield Woods Branch. Registration required. Fairfield’s Bravest will visit the Branch Library to read firefighter stories, talk about fire safety and most importantly, show off their fire truck! This special story time is for children ages 0-5 and their parent or caregiver.
  • Sing-Along Story Time in the Park: Monday, May 2 & 16, and June 6, 2016, 10:00 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.
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day @Main LibrarySaturday, February 6, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Drop-in program. This annual event celebrates the young child’s visit to their Library! Join us in the morning at our Side by Side Family story time. We will also have a craft table open all day. Bring your library card for a chance to win a special prize pack. Don’t have a library card? We can make you one! For all ages.
    Side by Side Saturday Story Time: 10:30 am
    Children’s Library Scavenger Hunt: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
    Minecraft Meet-up: 2:00-3:00 pm
    Craft Table: 10:00 am-4:00 pm, or while supplies last
  • Movie MadnessFriday, February 12, 2016 and Monday, April 11, 2016 @2:00 pm. Main Library. Drop-in program. No school? Join us for a great movie! We provide the popcorn and the big screen. Titles to be announced, and may be rated G or PG. Parent/caregiver must attend with child. Movie titles to be announced.
  • Kitchen ChemistryTuesday, April 12, 1:00-2:15 pm. Main Library. Registration-only program. Can you think of a better way to learn about the properties of matter, or to practice measurement skills, than to mix up a batch of slime? Join an expert from the Discovery Museum as we explore solids, liquids and gases. Students will love this and other fun chemical messes as they learn chemistry FUNdamentals. For children in grades 3-5. Registration is required as space is limited to 20 children. 
  • Anne and Lizzy Rockwell Author Event: Friday, March 18th at 4:00 pmMain Library. Registration-only program.Join us at the Fairfield Public Library, in partnership with the Fairfield University Bookstore, for a special author event and signing. Mother and daughter duo, Lizzy and Anne Rockwell, will present and discuss their new book Library Day, published January 2016 by Simon & Schuster. Their presentation will be followed by a signing. Books will be available to purchase on-site from the Fairfield University Bookstore. .

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

Winter sessions run January 19 through March 11; Spring sessions run March 28-May 20, 2016.
Registration for Winter sessions begins on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Registration for Spring Sessions begins on Tuesday, March 11, 2016.
Register online, in-person or by telephonestarting at 9:00 am.

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 TimeTuesdays 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.
  • Stories & More!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.
  • Side by Side Story Time: Select Saturdays, January 23, February 6 &13 @10:30 am. Drop-in program. Join us for a family story time geared towards families with children 0-5 years old, and then stay to play and make new friends! Songs, stories, and fun! Program length: approx. 35 minutes.
  • Countdown to Kindergarten: Wednesdays, 2:00 pm. Registration-only program. This class is designed for children who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2016. 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.

Afterschool Classes: (grades K-5)–Programs Begin January 2016

  • Kindergarten Capers: Tuesdays, 4:00 pm. Registration-only program. Stories, music and relaxing fun for children in Kindergarten. Children attend independently but caregiver must remain in the Children’s Room. Registration is for all classes and limited to 15 children. Program length approx. 45 min.
  • Make & Take Monday: Mondays, February 1, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Drop-in program, while supplies last. Drop in on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month to tinker, make & take, take & make, or craft! Try your hand at different projects every session. For children K and up.
  • LEGO StoryKids: Thursdays, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Write with LEGOs! Using the LEGO StoryStarters kits the Library received from a generous grant from ALSC, you can tap into their creative potential. Over the course of four meetings, you’ll create a scene out of LEGOs, upload it and create your own comic book-style story! For children in grades 1 and 2. Class size limited to 12 children. Registration is for all classes within each session. Program length approx. 45 min.
  • Tech Skills for Kids Series:
    • Typing & Microsoft WordWednesday, February 10, 2016 @4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Children will learn typing technique and posture through games and then use those skills to learn how to format, insert images, save and print documents in Microsoft Word. For children in Grades 3-5.
    • Presentation Skills: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @4:15 pm. Registration-only program. Learn how to insert images, text and change backgrounds in order to create effective presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. For children in Grades 4 & 5.
    • Computer Basics: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @4:15 pm. Registration-only program. This course will answer the basic questions about using a mouse, a keyboard and basic navigation on a PC. For children in Grades 1-3.
  • Master Makers: Tuesdays, January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19 and May 17 @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.
  • Minecraft Meetup @Main Library: Saturdays, February 6, March 5, April 2 and May 7 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Drop-in Program. 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

Classes for children begin January 2016. Winter Session Drop-in early childhood and afterschool classes run January 19 through March 11, 2016; Spring Session Drop-in early childhood and afterschool classes run March 28-May 20, 2016. Registration for Winter sessions begins on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.  Spring Session registration begins on Tuesday, March 15. Register online, in-person or by telephone starting at 9:00 am. 

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

  • Family Fun Story Time: Mondays in February: February 1, 8, 22, and 29 @ 1:45 pm. Drop-in program. Join us every Monday afternoon in February for a family story time and craft! For children ages 0-5 years old with parent/caregiver.
  • Baby Rhyme TimeTuesdays, 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, 10:00 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.
  • Countdown to Kindergarten:  Wednesdays, 10:00 am. Registration required. This class is designed for children, ages 4 or 5, who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2016. 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. Program length: approx. 45 min.
  • 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.
  • 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 ages 24-35 months and their parent or caregiver.
  • PJ Story Time @ the Branch: Tuesdays, January 26, February 23, March 22, and April 19, 2016 @ 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!

Afterschool Classes: (grades K-5)–Programs Begin January 2016

  • Good Reads/Good Eats!:  Winter Session : Mondays, February 1, 8, 22, and 29, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm. Spring Session: Mondays March 28, April 4, 18, and 25, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm. Registration required.  Savor a food-based story and create a healthy, tasty treat! Children will learn basic food prep skills with an emphasis on fresh and nutritious. For children in grades K-2. Ingredient lists will be provided ahead of time; parents are responsible for monitoring possible allergies.
  • Code Studio: Winter Session : Wednesdays, January 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2016, 4:00-4:45 pm | Spring Session: Wednesdays, March 30, April 6, 20 and 27, 2016, 4:00-4:45 pm. Registration required. Learn the basics of computer science through fun beginner classes that blend online, self-guided and self-paced game tutorials with traditional classroom activities. Basic keyboard and mouse skills are required. Class size is limited to 6 girls and 6 boys in Grades 3-5.  Register by calling 203-255-7327. No online registration for this program. Registration for Winter sessions begins on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
  • Minecraft Meet-up @the Branch: Saturdays, January 16, February 20, March 19 and April 16, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm.  Drop-in Program. 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. Must be a Fairfield resident with a Fairfield Public Library card to access the Minecraft Server.
  • 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. Limited to the first 20; tickets handed out starting at 3:30 pm.
  • Craft Studio: Thursday, January 21, February 18, March 17, and April 28, 2016 @ 4:00 pm. Registration required. Explore your creative side in this afterschool craft club for children in grades 3-5. Register for each class separately.