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

Classes for children begin September 2015. Drop-in early childhood classes run every week until December 11; Registration-only early childhood classes run every week until November 21. Registration for Fall begins Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  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.

 2015 Summer Reading Program

For detailed information regarding this year’s Summer Reading Program, visit: Every Hero has a Story!

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.

  • Crime Lab: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 4:15 pm. Main Library. Registration required. Become a detective and solve a crime with The New Children’s Museum! For children in Grades 3-5.
  • Preschool & Daycare Fair: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00 pm. Main Library. Drop-in Program. Looking for a Fairfield-based preschool or daycare for your child? This open house will offer the opportunity to meet and explore state-licensed providers and their programs.
  • KidLit Club: Thursdays, September 17, October 15, November 19, & December 17, 7:00-8:00 pm. Main Library. Drop-in program. This club offers adults the opportunity to learn and discuss what picturebooks have to offer both children and adults alike. Each meeting will showcase a selection of new picturebook titles, feature thematic discussion and author studies, and delve into critical analysis of the Picturebook. As a group will be compile a “best of” list to examine during the special Mock Caldecott Meeting held in January. This is perfect for parents, college students, teachers and educators, professionals and anyone else interested in children’s literature!
  • Halloween Extravaganza: Friday, October 30, 2015, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Main Library. Drop-in Program. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Adventures in Wonderland. Follow us down the rabbit hole as we celebrate a rather curious 4th Annual Halloween Extravaganza, Wonderland-style! Not-So-Scary Halloween Story Time (for ages, 0-5 years old),@ 2:00 pm | Mad Hatter’s Tea (& Halloween) Party! (for Grades K-5) @ 4:00 pm
  • Polymer Power: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 4:15 pm. Main Library. Registration required. The New Children’s Museum will help us conduct slimy experiments to learn more about solids and liquids and the strange chains called polymers. For children in Grades K-2.
  • Hour of CodeSaturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00-11:00 am. Main Library. Drop-in program. Everyone (ages 6-106!) is invited to participate in this fun national initiative to promote computer education!
  • Star Wars DaySaturday, December 12, 2015, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Main Library. Drop-in program. Get excited for the new Star Wars movie release! Star Wars activities for all ages: children, teens & adults!
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Friday, December 18, 2015, 4:30 pm. Main Library. Registration required. Join our very own talented actress, Cindyb, for a telling of the holiday favorite, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend.
  • Sing Along Story Time in the Park: Monday, September 28, 2015, 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.
  • Fun Flix for Kids:  Tuesday, November 3 & Monday, December 28, 2015, 3:00pm. 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.
  • Build a Gingerbread House:  Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:30 pm. Fairfield Woods Branch.  Registration requiredBring the family to celebrate the holidays by making a candy-covered gingerbread house. For children of all ages.

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

Fall drop-in story times run from September 14-December 11. Fall registration-only story times run from September 14-November 21.

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

  • Book Babies: Tuesdays 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.
  • 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.
  • Side by Side Saturday Story Time: Saturdays, September 19-November 21, 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.
  • PJ Story Time: Tuesdays, September 29, October 27, & November 24, 2015, 6:30 pm. 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! 
  • 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 & More for 3s & 4s: Wednesdays, 11:00 am. Registration-only program. A storytime filled with books, rhymes, and activities for children, ages 3-4 years old. Children attend independently, but caregiver is required to remain in Children’s Room. Program length: approx. 40 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 September 2015

  • Acting Out!: Thursdays, September 17, 24 & October 1, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. NEW! Using improve games, skits, costumes, tons of creativity and of course, books, this is a dramatic series that teaches different aspects of theater and performing arts. For children in Grades 2 & 3. 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.
  • Wacky Words: Thursdays, October 8, 15 & 22, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. A weekly class for children in Grades K & ! that  uses games, crafts, and some wacky word play  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: Tuesdays, September 8, October 6, November 3 & December 1, 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. 
  • Tech Skills for Kids: Typing & Microsoft WordWednesdays, September 16, 23 & 30, 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.
  • Tech Skills for Kids: Presentation Skills: Wednesdays, October 7, 14 & 21, 2015, 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.
  • Tech Skills for Kids: Computer Basics: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 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 MakersSeptember 22, October 20, November 17 & December 15, 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 Meet Up @ Main Library: Saturdays, September 26, October 24 & November 21: 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

Fall drop-in story times run from September 14-December 11. Fall registration-only story times run from September 14-November 21.

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, 10:00 am-noon.  Drop-in program. 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 Kindergarten: Wednesdays, 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 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.
  • PJ Story Time @ the Branch: Thursdays, September 17, October 8 & November 12, 6:30 pm. Drop-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!

Afterschool Classes: (grades K-5)–Programs Begin September 2015

  • Code Studio: Session I: Thrusdays, September 17, September 24, October 1 & October 8 | Session II: Wednesdays, October 21, October 28, November 4 & November 18, 4:15 pm. Registration-only program. 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. Space is limited and for children in Grads 3-5. Please register for only one session. Register by calling 203-255-7327. No online registration for this program.
  • Minecraft Meet-up @ the Branch: Saturdays, October 10 & November 7: 11:00 am–12:00 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.
  • 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: Wednesdays, September 16, October 14, & November 12, 4:00 pm. Registration-only program. Explore your creative side in this afterschool craft club for children in grades 3-5. Register for each class separately. Program length: approx. 45 minutes.