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Friday January 17, 2020
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Introduction to Cricut Maker
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Have you heard about the Cricut Maker, but aren’t sure of exactly what it does? If you do any kind of crafting or making, serious or casual, learning how to use the Cricut machine is a must. In this lecture-style class we will be learning what the Cricut Maker is, what it can do, and how you can use it.

 

 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There is 1 space available.
 
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 13th. Open online registration will begin December 27th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Mini-Makers: Robots and Circuits
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Younger school aged children will explore different science-based topics through engaging hands on activities.

Grades K-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 20th. Open online registration will begin January 3rd.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
The registration period has ended.
Saturday January 18, 2020
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Early Childhood Education and Information Fair
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Choosing the right preschool or childcare facility for your family is a difficult decision.  Make the decision a little easier by joining us at this event highlighting Wallingford's preschools, licensed childcare centers, and town services available for our preschool population.  Meet representatives from local agencies and have all of your questions answered!

No registration required. Snow date: Saturday, January 25th

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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LEGO Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

At this drop-in program, kids and their grown-up will have a chance to show off their building skills with LEGO bricks provided by the library.  Because the LEGO bricks pose a choking hazard, no younger siblings please.

Grades K-5.  No registration is required, but is encouraged for a reminder email.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Bring Your Ideas to Life With Arduino
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

In this activity, you will have a hands-on introduction to Arduino programming. Arduino is a very popular microcontroller which is widely used by engineers, hobbyists, and even artists. Arduino allows you to obtain signals from sensors (such as buttons, knobs, light sensors) and control physical devices (such as LEDs and motors). Arduino projects can be as simple as creating blinking patterns for an LED, and as complex as building your own RC drone from scratch.

Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrating Writers, One Story at a Time

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals!

Monthly meetings are facilitated by award-winning author, Cheryl Bardoe, and creative writing teacher, Kristin Liu. All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction or literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday January 20, 2020
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Martin Luther King Day - Library Closed
Tuesday January 21, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Itty Bitty Babies
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Birth - 12 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Introduction to Libby
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to borrow e-books and digital audiobooks from the library using Overdrive’s new app, Libby. Libby works on most smartphones, tablets, and computers. Please bring your library card, your charged device, and any associated passwords to class.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Assistive Technology Demonstration
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Assistive Technology is any device, software, or equipment that enhances learning, working, and daily living for people with disabilities or the elderly. Would you like to learn more about assistive technology (AT) and how it can help you or someone you love? Do you wish you could test some AT devices before choosing them? Then this demonstration is for you!

Individuals, families, and educators are welcome to this drop-in demo where you will walk through a display of low-, mid-, and high-tech AT devices. Participants will be able to test the devices and learn about the latest research and trends in the field of assistive technology. 

Co-sponsored by the State Education Resource Center (SERC), whose staff will demonstrate the use of the devices and provide information on the accessibility features of personal devices.

This program is for all ages. No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Calling all artists and art enthusiasts!
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Are you involved in the arts in Wallingford? Please join fellow community members for a focused discussion about the future of arts in our community & the possibility of creating an Arts & Culture Alliance to promote arts and cultural events in Wallingford.  (snow date: Thursday, January 23rd) 

What does ART mean to you?
painting & drawing | theater & performance | fiber & textiles | basketry | photography | metals & jewelry | ceramics | glass | print, paper & book | sculpture & mixed media | writing & poetry...

CONTACT:  Jane Fisher    jfisher@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday January 22, 2020
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Puppets, books, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There is 1 space available.
 
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Introduction to 3D Printing
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Come and learn the basics of 3D printing!  In this class students will learn all about our 3D printer – the Ultimaker2+.  After this class you will be able to find objects to print and edit them to your specification, understand how to scale objects and add support to them.  Each student will get to print one object of their choice.  First time participants only, please.  Open to Teens in grades 6-12.  Registration is required. Meet at the teen computers.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Break It-Make It Lab: Take Apart Workshop
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Older school aged children will learn about everything from food science, to rockets, to espionage in this messy, interactive, and fun STEAM program.

Grades 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 26th. Open online registration will begin January 8th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Geometric Painting
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Painting can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Using a few special techniques, we will make beautiful, geometric paintings on canvas. No experience necessary!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, January 23 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday January 23, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Baby "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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The Reluctant Dragon
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for a morning of fun with Shakesperiance Productions!  In the play, a young girl races against time to protect her dragon friend from the other villagers, St. George the knight, and certain distruction?  Will she succeed?  This program has been funded by the Coalition for a Better Wallingford.

Ages 3 & up. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 26th. Open online registration will begin January 9th.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers!  There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore follwed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Geometric Painting
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Painting can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Using a few special techniques, we will make beautiful, geometric paintings on canvas. No experience necessary!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
Friday January 24, 2020
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 13th. Open online registration will begin December 27th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Bookworms
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Do you miss coming to story time at the library?  Then join us for a story time designed just for big kids!  We'll share some longer books, do an activity, and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Grades K-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 27th. Open online registration will begin January 10th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 11 spaces available.
Saturday January 25, 2020
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Saturdays with Sara
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Prepare to get your hands dirty!  Join art teacher, Sara Taussik, for a fun, interactive art workshop designed for younger children.

Grades K-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 28th. Open online registration will begin January 11th.

This program is provided with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, wich also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday January 27, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Musical Mother Goose
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 9th. Open online registration will begin December 23rd.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Forty Winks: Herbal Sleep Pillow Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rescheduled from December 2.

Herbs have powerful healing capabilities, whether you need them to:

  • Relieve stress, anxiety, and nervousness
  • Learn lessons from your dreams
  • Keep away bad dreams
  • Make your nights more snug and cozy

Join us for herbal enlightenment and hands-on (no sewing required) creation of your own customized herbal sleep pillow.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

 

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Seed Dreaming. Seed, Seed Dreaming
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Get together with fellow gardeners and scour seed catalogs for ideas of what to plant in your garden this year. Bring your own catalogs, pictures of your garden and a notebook for jotting thoughts. Get some tips from gardening expert, Jillian Shea of PlantHer Garden Coaching.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday January 28, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Itty Bitty Babies
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Birth - 12 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Little Rockers with Rock House School of Music - Preschool Class
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Join the Rock House School of Music, located in Wallingford, to learn the basics of percussion and experience a range of instruments including the drums, piano, and ukulele.

Ages 3-5. Registration required. Wallingford residents may call 203-284-6436 or stop by the Children's Room to pre-register beginning December 31st. Open online registration begins on January 14th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LIttle Rockers with Rock House School of Music - School Age Class
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Join the Rock House School of Music, located in Wallingford, to learn the basics of percussion and experience a range of instruments including the drums, piano, and ukulele.

Grades 1-5. Registration required. Wallingford residents may call 203-284-6436 or stop by the Children's Room to pre-register beginning December 31st. Open online registration begins on January 14th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Dungeons and Dragons One-Shot
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Dungeon Master Zack for an evening of storytelling and camaraderie with a D&D One-Shot.  A One-Shot is specifically designed to be completed in one session and is a great way to try out a new character.  This event is open only to experienced players ages 12 through adult.  All players must have a level 5 character sheet.  If you would like to learn to play D&D there will be an introduction course for Teens offered on February 25th.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Hidden Message Bracelets Using Morse Code
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Make a secret message bracelet for yourself or a loved one, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Truth Be Told: Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives that include, but also exclude, us? Richard Ford's parents—Edna, a feisty, pretty Catholic-school girl with a difficult past; and Parker, a sweet-natured, soft-spoken traveling salesman—were rural Arkansans born at the turn of the 20th century. Married in 1928, they lived "alone together" on the road, traveling throughout the South. Eventually they had one child, born in 1944.

Bringing his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence to this most intimate and mysterious of landscapes—our parents' lives—Richard Ford, an award-winning storyteller, delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter. No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday January 29, 2020
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Puppets, books, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There is 1 space available.
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Family Fort Night
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bring your blankets, flashlights, and favorite books to an indoor campout!  We'll make a craft, have a snack, and share some stories too.

Ages 3 & up. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 2nd. Open online registration will begin January 15th.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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DIY Handwarmers
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Keep your hands warm this winter by sewing and filling your own reusable handwarmers. Basic experience with a sewing machine required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, January 30 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday January 30, 2020
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Introduction to hoopla
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hoopla is the Library’s service for borrowing digital movies, music, and audiobooks. Hoopla can be used on a computer, as well as most Android and iOS devices. In this class you will set up your hoopla account and learn how to search their catalog and borrow materials. Please bring your library card, your charged device, and any associated passwords to class. Note: hoopla is only available to Wallingford cardholders.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Baby "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers!  There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore follwed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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DIY Handwarmers
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Keep your hands warm this winter by sewing and filling your own reusable handwarmers. Basic experience with a sewing machine required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Learn Cursive Handwriting
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Come learn cursive handwriting! Cursive is an elegant, beautiful way to write. Calligrapher Debby Reelitz will demonstrate how cursive is the foundation of her copperplate calligraphy and teach how to write it. We will also create a project that will inspire students to keep practicing!  Open to all in grades 4-8.  Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Rhythms of Life: Drumming for Wellness
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The documentary Rhythms of Life explores the questions: How does community drumming make you feel? How does rhythm affect us? The film features inspirational stories from internationally recognized drum circle leaders, music therapists, professional musicians, and lots of people who love to drum. With an emphasis on the wellness aspects of music, drummers talk about their healing journey -- playing with cancer, Parkinson's disease, depression, and other challenges. This is a music-fueled documentary with lots of high-energy drumming and inspiration from those who practice in a variety of ways. 

After the screening, join us for a Q&A with the film's director and Connecticut resident Craig Norton, and then a community drum circle.

Registration appreciated.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Wallingford Reads YA Book Club: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss Young Adult Literature. Lauren Rumi.  In January we will be discussing Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

 

"STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD."
 
Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away- by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. 
 
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother's cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with her classmate and fairy-tale superfan Ellery Finch, who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To find her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood and then into the world where her grandmother's tales began- and where she might discover why her own story went so wrong.
 
CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
Friday January 31, 2020
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 13th. Open online registration will begin December 27th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Judy. Rated PG-13.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday February 1, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Chess Club
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All are welcome at this drop-in program: whether you are just learning, want to improve your game, or just want to have fun!  All questions about the program should be directed to Wayne Aguiar: waguiar@bridgeport.edu.

Grades K-5.  Registration for a reminder email is encouraged.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Edward Leonard's Saturday Sing Along
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Please join us in the Children's Room for this special "Take Your Child to the Library Day" edition of our Saturday Sing Along!

Put on your dancing shoes and join Edward Leonard for a fun family program that combines songs, dance, instruments, and of course, acting silly!

Birth - Age 8 | No registration required, but is encouraged for a reminder email.

Location: Children's Room

 
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Introduction to Babysitting
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Babysitters have the responsibility of caring for children and making important decisions while they are in charge. Parents entrust their child with the babysitter, therefore, it is crucial he or she knows the basics of child care. In this Introduction to Babysitting Course, participants will learn interviewing tips, communication skills, ages and stages of young babies and toddlers, safety and first aid tips, and feeding and caring for children, including diaper changing. A simple test will be administered at the completion of the course and certificates of completion will be distributed.  Instructor, Amanda Lisk, has taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade and is currently a 1st grade teacher.  She holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy. Open to all in grades 5-12.  Registration is required.  You may bring a bag lunch and snacks will be provided.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Permanent Succulent Mini Garden
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn to make a variety of realistic succulent plants using polymer clay. Each participant will learn to make at least 3 types of plants and mulch.

This program is made possible by a generous donation from Jean Anderson.

Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Monday February 3, 2020
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STEAM Story Time: Music
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Enjoy a preschool story time with a STEAM twist!  We will read stories, sing songs, say rhymes, and do STEAM inspired activities.  

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 6th. Open online registration will begin January 20th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Musical Mother Goose
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 9th. Open online registration will begin December 23rd.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Classics Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Published in 1920 and set in the 1870s, The Age of Innocence centers on the impending marriage of upper-class New Yorker Newland Archer to the sheltered and beautiful May Welland. When May's exotic and glamorous cousin Ellen returns to New York after a disastrous marriage to a Polish count, Newland finds himself growing attracted to Ellen and disenchanted with the rigidity of New York society. Edith Wharton's 12th novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

Discussion moderated by Readers Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Tuesday February 4, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Itty Bitty Babies
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Birth - 12 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Tunnel Book Workshop
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Create a beautiful 3D work of art from an old book.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Planetary: Documentary Screening & Discussion
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This program is part of the Gray-Wulff Environmental Series.

Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. In a stunning visual exploration, renowned experts, including astronauts, environmentalists, anthropologists, and authors shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet. Planetary is a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective.

Filmmaker Guy Reid will join us via video chat for the post-screening discussion!

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant. No registration required.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday February 5, 2020
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Puppets, books, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Reading to Rover
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Sign up for a specific 15-minute time slot to practice your reading skills with a trained therapy dog.  You don't have to be a proficient reader, just be able to turn the pages of a book.  Feel free to bring a book from home, but we will have lots on hand to choose from.

Ages 3 & up. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on Janurary 8th. Open registration will begin January 22nd.  Online registration is not available for this program.

 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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All About Autopsies
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

The autopsy is a tool involving multiple disciplines of medicine. But what exactly is an autopsy? What is it used for and what does it help to determine? What exactly takes place before, during, and after an autopsy? What are the differences between hospital and medicolegal autopsy; what areas overlap; and what is used to determine foul play?

Presented by Amanda Masters and Emily Barkley from the Autopsy and Morgue Service at the Yale School of Medicine, which performs an average of 300 autopsies per year.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Permaculture Open House
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Never heard of permaculture ("permanent agriculture")? It is a holistic approach to gardening that uses natural forces--the wind, the sun, and rain--to provide food, shelter, water, and everything else your garden needs besides plants and seeds. Permaculture goes beyond organic gardening to restore entire ecosystems and change the human effect on the planet from a net negative to a net positive.

Drop in to this open house and learn more!

Information will be available from the CT Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT-NOFA), as well as free seed catalogs & garden supply catalogs!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Valentine's Day Pop-Up Cards
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

There’s nothing like getting a gift that has that “special something,” something that really makes it pop. Now you can learn how to make your cards “pop” with pop-ups!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 6 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday February 6, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Baby "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers!  There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore follwed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Valentine's Day Pop-Up Cards
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

There’s nothing like getting a gift that has that “special something,” something that really makes it pop. Now you can learn how to make your cards “pop” with pop-ups!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Valentine Love Note Pillows
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn how to use a sewing machine to make a fleece pillow with a personalized heart-shaped love note insert.  Perfect gift for you or your valentine! All materials provided.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM     
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
Friday February 7, 2020
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 13th. Open online registration will begin December 27th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Mini-Makers: Build it up! Architecture
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Younger school aged children will explore different science-based topics through engaging hands on activities.

Grades K-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 10th. Open online registration will begin January 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
Saturday February 8, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop-in for a fun story time for the whole family! We will meet once a month for an interactive story time suitable for all ages and stages. 

For Birth-5 years old. No Registration Required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Monday February 10, 2020
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STEAM Story Time: Things That Go Vroom!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Enjoy a preschool story time with a STEAM twist!  We will read stories, sing songs, say rhymes, and do STEAM inspired activities.  

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 13th. Open online registration will begin January 27th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Creative Writing for Teens
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Unleash your creativity as a writer, while learning the tricks of the trade in a fun, supportive space.  Young adult author Shari Arnold and MFA candidate Amy Bowers will help you discover and develop your unique voice in a series of writing sessions.  Bring your works for critique.  Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels you will learn to love writing more than you already do.  Open to in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. Meeting dates for this session are February 10th, February 24th, and March 9th.    

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Musical Mother Goose
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 9th. Open online registration will begin December 23rd.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Create a Plantable Love Letter
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Create your own recycled paper embedded with plantable seeds! This workshop will require you to let your homemade, recycled paper dry, but pre-made plantable seed paper will be provided for decorating with stamps, markers and whatever other creative touches you decide to add, as well. Once your paper is complete, it can be gifted (or kept!) to plant in early spring.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday February 11, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Itty Bitty Babies
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Birth - 12 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Kindness Club
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Let's spread kindness to the world around us!  In Kindness Club, we will make items that will benefit people, animals, or the earth.  This month, we will be making birdfeeders.

Grades K-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 14th. Open online registration will begin January 28th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Chocolate Make & Take
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Do you love chocolate?  Learn where chocolate comes from and how it is made.  Play fun chocolate trivia and make chocolate creations using techniques of dipping, decorating, and combing. Use a commercial tempering machine and make your creations unique with a toppings bar! Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

**Allergy Warning: Chocolate used in program is produced in a facility that uses tree nuts, cookies with gluten and coconut.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash/Kim Larkin  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM     
Wednesday February 12, 2020
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Story Walk @ Choate
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Join retired kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Stowe, to find hidden pages from a book along a train through the wooes and learn about nature along the way!  Pleas meet us at the Kohler Environmental Center (211 East Main Street) and follow the signs to the footbridge.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 15th. Open online registration will begin January 29th.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Puppets, books, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Story Walk @ Choate
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join retired kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Stowe, to find hidden pages from a book along a train through the wooes and learn about nature along the way!  Pleas meet us at the Kohler Environmental Center (211 East Main Street) and follow the signs to the footbridge.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 15th. Open online registration will begin January 29th.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Passport Pals: Morocco
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Travel to a new country without ever leaving the library!  We'll read a story based in the country, make a craft, and sample some local foods.

Grades 1-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on Janurary 15th. Open online registration will begin January 29th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Stained Glass Mason Jar Luminaries
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Transform a plain mason jar into a beautiful, colorful luminary using stained glass paints.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 13 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday February 13, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, this program is full.  Please check our calendar for other fun events!

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Baby "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers!  There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore follwed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Stained Glass Mason Jar Luminaries
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Transform a plain mason jar into a beautiful, colorful luminary using stained glass paints.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 13 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Anime Night:Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Calling all otaku!  If you love anime and manga, this is where you need to be… 

Meet new friends, discuss your favorite mangas and animes, or draw while enjoying the show.  Japanese snacks served.  Cosplay always welcome. 

In February we will be watching the anime film “Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? –Arrow of the Orion-“ Living above the legendary dungeons of Orario ought to be enough danger for anyone, and in his short time as a member of the goddess Hestia's familia, Bell Cranel has experienced more perils and pitfalls than most. So, when Bell unexpectedly wins a free trip, is it too much to hope that he might have actually won a real vacation? Of course it is! Inexplicably chosen as the champion of Hestia's friend, the goddess Artemis, Bell quickly finds himself up to his neck in ruins and monsters as yet another epic quest begins. And where Bell goes, can the ever-jealous Hestia be far behind? Explore the world of DanMachi like never before as all of your favorite characters return in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion!

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 12th. Open online registration will begin December 26th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In February, we will watch and discuss Brené Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability."

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Friday February 14, 2020
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on December 13th. Open online registration will begin December 27th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Saturday February 15, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Sensory Story Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Does your child have difficulty sitting through story time? If so, this inclusive, interactive program of stories, songs, movement, and sensory play may be just what you are looking for! Sensory Story Time is especially welcoming for children on the spectrum, those with a variety of learning styles or sensory integration challenges, and their families.

Ages 0-10. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 18th. Open online registration will begin February 1st.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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LEGO Club
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

At this drop-in program, kids and their grown-up will have a chance to show off their building skills with LEGO bricks provided by the library.  Because the LEGO bricks pose a choking hazard, no younger siblings please.

Grades K-5.  No registration is required, but is encouraged for a reminder email.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrating Writers, One Story at a Time

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals!

Monthly meetings are facilitated by award-winning author, Cheryl Bardoe, and creative writing teacher, Kristin Liu. All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction or literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

LOCATION: Board Room
Sunday February 16, 2020
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Presidents' Day - Library Closed
Monday February 17, 2020
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Presidents' Day - Library Closed
Tuesday February 18, 2020
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Winter Scene Wine Bottle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint using one stroke technique on a frosted wine bottle.  The winter scene consists of a pine tree, fence, cardinals and snow. 

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday February 19, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Open Sew
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Do you like to sew? Join people who enjoy quilting and sewing at a casual “drop in” program anytime from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. Meet people to share ideas with and get inspired for your next project! Bring your unfinished projects, either hand sewing or machine. There are portable sewing machines (or bring your own) and lots of sewing supplies and tools provided by the library for your use including rotary blades, thread, needles, pins, cutting mats, cutting table, scissors, rulers and more! While you are here you can view the Baby Lock Crown Jewel III long arm quilting machine, and the Brother DreamMaker XE embroidery machine (these machines require a training appointment with a staff member and will also need to be reserved when you want to use them). Stop by for 10 minutes or for the full 4 hours for a fun evening of sharing and learning!

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Break It-Make It Lab: Family STEM Night
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Older school aged children will learn about everything from food science, to rockets, to espionage in this messy, interactive, and fun STEAM program.

Grades 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on January 22nd. Open online registration will begin February 5th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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The Saints in the Mirror: The Vodou Religion of Haiti
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

It’s been said that one must be Catholic to serve the Vodou spirits. This adage is true because Vodouists are devout Roman Catholics who pay homage to the Vodou spirits. In this presentation, we will explore the current Vodou beliefs and practices, and the historical processes by which these spirits brought to Haiti from West Africa during the colonial period (1492-1804) were reinterpreted in terms of Roman Catholic traditions.

Presented by Dr. Leslie Desmangles, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday February 20, 2020
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Tech Takeover: Q-BA-MAZE 2.0
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This drop-in program will showcase all of the wonderful gizmos and gadgets we have available in our new space: The Wonder Room!  Due to the technology we will be using in this program, a parent must accompany each child.  No younger siblings please.

Grades K-5.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Winter Scene Wine Bottle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint using one stroke technique on a frosted wine bottle.  The winter scene consists of a pine tree, fence, cardinals and snow. 

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

In 1940s Brooklyn, a strong and unlikely friendship forms between Reuven Malther, a Modern Orthodox Jew with a Zionist father, and Danny Saunders, the son of a Hasidic rabbi. Together they navigate adolescence, family conflicts, a crisis of faith, loss, love and the journey to adulthood. The clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide the context for this classic exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty and the power of love.

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Friday February 21, 2020
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Mini Golf at the Library!
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Friday, February 21st | 5-8pm
Saturday, February 22nd | 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 23rd | 1-4pm

Warm up with us on a winter weekend as we transform the library into a mini-golf course, complete with refreshments and live entertainment!

$15 family admission (2 adults and 3 children) or $5 per adult and $3 per child
Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

This year’s Mini Golf proceeds support the library’s Summer Reading Programs. Summer reading is critical for children and teens to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year so they don’t fall behind their classmates. The Library also encourages summer reading for adults because reading improves health and happiness, and why should the kids have all the fun?! The Library’s Summer Reading Program provides quality activities that are fun and promote lifelong learning for all ages!

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Jane Fisher    
LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday February 22, 2020
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Mini Golf at the Library!
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday, February 21st | 5-8pm
Saturday, February 22nd | 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 23rd | 1-4pm

Warm up with us on a winter weekend as we transform the library into a mini-golf course, complete with refreshments and live entertainment!

$15 family admission (2 adults and 3 children) or $5 per adult and $3 per child
Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

This year’s Mini Golf proceeds support the library’s Summer Reading Programs. Summer reading is critical for children and teens to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year so they don’t fall behind their classmates. The Library also encourages summer reading for adults because reading improves health and happiness, and why should the kids have all the fun?! The Library’s Summer Reading Program provides quality activities that are fun and promote lifelong learning for all ages!

LOCATION: Community Room
Sunday February 23, 2020
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Mini Golf at the Library!
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, February 21st | 5-8pm
Saturday, February 22nd | 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 23rd | 1-4pm

Warm up with us on a winter weekend as we transform the library into a mini-golf course, complete with refreshments and live entertainment!

$15 family admission (2 adults and 3 children) or $5 per adult and $3 per child
Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase for a chance to win fabulous prizes!

This year’s Mini Golf proceeds support the library’s Summer Reading Programs. Summer reading is critical for children and teens to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year so they don’t fall behind their classmates. The Library also encourages summer reading for adults because reading improves health and happiness, and why should the kids have all the fun?! The Library’s Summer Reading Program provides quality activities that are fun and promote lifelong learning for all ages!

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Jane Fisher    
LOCATION: Community Room
Monday February 24, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Creative Writing for Teens
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Unleash your creativity as a writer, while learning the tricks of the trade in a fun, supportive space.  Young adult author Shari Arnold and MFA candidate Amy Bowers will help you discover and develop your unique voice in a series of writing sessions.  Bring your works for critique.  Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels you will learn to love writing more than you already do.  Open to in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. Meeting dates for this session are February 10th, February 24th, and March 9th.    

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday February 25, 2020
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Learn to Play Dungeons and Dragons
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome to a world of high fantasy, high stakes, and high adventure- it's Dungeons and Dragons!

Have you always wanted to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons??  Join Dungeon Master Zack to learn the basics of the game so that you and your friends can begin role-playing! We will be using the 5th edition.  

More experienced players are also welcome.  All materials provided.  Advance registration appreciated.

Open to all entering grades 6-12.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday February 26, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  YOu will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Pajama Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Put on your pjs, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and join us for an evening of stories and songs before bedtime!

Ages 3-5. Registration required. Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children's Room to pre-register beginning January 29th. Open online registration begins February 12th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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DIY Clock
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

One of the best things about our laser cutter is how useful it is to make parts for larger projects. In this program, we will be making our own custom clocks. We’ll use the laser cutter to make the face, paints to decorate, and a clock kit for the mechanical parts giving you the chance to create a clock totally unique to you!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 27 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday February 27, 2020
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DIY Clock
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

One of the best things about our laser cutter is how useful it is to make parts for larger projects. In this program, we will be making our own custom clocks. We’ll use the laser cutter to make the face, paints to decorate, and a clock kit for the mechanical parts giving you the chance to create a clock totally unique to you!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Open Discovery
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A volunteer will be available on some weekday afternoons to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, do homework, or hang out!

No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
Friday February 28, 2020
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Reading Buddies
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Need a little extra reading help?  Choate student volunteers will join Kindergarten through 2nd graders for activities such as reading together, playing interactive games, and doing group read-alouds and skits.  

This program is offered in conjunction with Choate Rosemary Hall and the Wallingford Rotary Interact Club.

Grades K-2. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Friday Night Flicks: To Kill A Mockingbird
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

To Kill A Mockingbird [1962]
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. The screenplay is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday February 29, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Saturdays with Sara
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Prepare to get your hands dirty!  Join art teacher, Sara Taussik, for a fun, interactive art workshop designed for younger children.

Grades K-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 1st. Open online registration will begin February 15th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
Monday March 2, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

Tuesday March 3, 2020
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Painted Lavender Aromatherapy Mason Jars
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint lavender on a frosted mason jar using acrylic paints and one stroke techniques. To complete the project, a lavender sachet will be added to the jar.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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WPL Play Readers
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Wallingford Public Library Play Readers perform dramatic readings of comedies and dramas, monologues, scenes from William Shakespeare’s plays, and short plays of Thornton Wilder and Eugene O’Neill. Members of the group select plays and cast roles for members.
 
You may join the WPL Play Readers as a spectator or participant. No registration required.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday March 4, 2020
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Mystery Book Group: The City by the Bay
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The state of California looms large in the history of mysteries. Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, set in San Francisco, and Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, set in Los Angeles, essentially began the "hard-boiled" tradition of American mysteries. A few years ago, we read books set in The City of Angels; now it's time for mysteries set in The City by the Bay. 

The Art of Detection [2006] by Laurie King
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli receives a lesson in detection from the master sleuth himself when she investigates the murder of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, who may have been killed for a century-old manuscript purportedly penned by Holmes.

Copies of the book are available at the Info Desk. Discussion moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of the Susan Lombardi Mysteries.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Reading to Rover
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Laser Etched Cork Coasters
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Take a plain sheet of cork board and transform it into a set of custom coasters! Create your own custom design to be laser etched onto the cork and then cut out with our laser cutter. Computer skills required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 5 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 5, 2020
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(SNOW DATE) Mystery Book Group: The City by the Bay
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The state of California looms large in the history of mysteries. Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, set in San Francisco, and Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, set in Los Angeles, essentially began the "hard-boiled" tradition of American mysteries. A few years ago, we read books set in The City of Angels; now it's time for mysteries set in The City by the Bay. 

The Art of Detection [2006] by Laurie King
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli receives a lesson in detection from the master sleuth himself when she investigates the murder of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, who may have been killed for a century-old manuscript purportedly penned by Holmes.

Copies of the book are available at the Info Desk. Discussion moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of the Susan Lombardi Mysteries.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Laser Etched Cork Coasters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Take a plain sheet of cork board and transform it into a set of custom coasters! Create your own custom design to be laser etched onto the cork and then cut out with our laser cutter. Computer skills required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Painted Lavender Aromatherapy Mason Jars
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint lavender on a frosted mason jar using acrylic paints and one stroke techniques. To complete the project, a lavender sachet will be added to the jar.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Is To Kill a Mockingbird relevant and meaningful in 21st Century America?
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

You may have read the book in high school or seen the unforgettable film, but like the gifts Boo Radley gives to Jem and Scout, the memories of the novel may be hidden away, unexamined over the years.

We’ll start with a basic refresher. Next, we’ll take a closer look at Lee’s themes and literary style. Then we’ll place Mockingbird in historical, social, and critical context, and engage in conversation about its place in the 21st century.

Join Susan Gomes, former Lyman Hall English teacher, for a workshop designed to dust off the memories and reexamine what PBS proclaims is “America’s Best-Loved Book.”

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday March 7, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Chess Club
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All are welcome at this drop-in program: whether you are just learning, want to improve your game, or just want to have fun!  All questions about the program should be directed to Wayne Aguiar: waguiar@bridgeport.edu.

Grades K-5.  Registration for a reminder email is encouraged.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Drop-in for a fun story time for the whole family! We will meet once a month for an interactive story time suitable for all ages and stages. 

For Birth-5 years old. No Registration Required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Monday March 9, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Graphic Novel Book Group
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Creative Writing for Teens
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Unleash your creativity as a writer, while learning the tricks of the trade in a fun, supportive space.  Young adult author Shari Arnold and MFA candidate Amy Bowers will help you discover and develop your unique voice in a series of writing sessions.  Bring your works for critique.  Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels you will learn to love writing more than you already do.  Open to in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. Meeting dates for this session are February 10th, February 24th, and March 9th.    

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Vegetable Seed Starting Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn the essentials of seed starting and plant your own tray of vegetable seeds! Get to know your growing conditions and planting timeline with tips and tricks for having a successful veggie garden this season!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday March 10, 2020
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Faith and Furious Hours
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

Join a diverse panel of local clergy to discuss the intersection of faith and morality in Casey Cep's Furious Hours. What does it mean that a Reverend was accused of murder? What does it suggest that people believed he practiced voodoo? Is vigilante justice ever acceptable? No question or observation is off limits as we discuss how these issues are woven through the story.

LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday March 11, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Tech Takeover: Perler Beads
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This drop-in program will showcase all of the wonderful gizmos and gadgets we have available in our new space: The Wonder Room!  Due to the technology we will be using in this program, a parent must accompany each child.  No younger siblings please.

Grades K-5.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Thursday March 12, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In March, we will watch and discuss J.J. Abrams's "The Mystery Box."

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Saturday March 14, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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First Time Homebuyer Workshop
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Pie for Pi Day!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate Pi day by making and eating mini pies!

Grades 1-5. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children's Room to pre-register beginning February 15th. Open online registration for non-residents begins on February 29th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
Monday March 16, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Musical Mother Goose
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2.  Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 17th. Open online registration will begin March 2nd.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday March 17, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 18th. Open online registration will begin March 3rd.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Itty Bitty Babies
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Birth - 12 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 18th. Open online registration will begin March 3rd.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Passport Pals: Ireland
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Knit @ WPL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Knit @ WPL is a place where knitters and crocheters can practice their work in the company of others. Newcomers are welcome to join, but knitting experience is required.

Why knit? Research shows that knitting supports a healthy brain and helps elevate mood. What are you waiting for? Grab your needles and yarn (we will provide materials if you are without) and come to a fun-filled evening. 

This group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Paint Like the Masters
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Art instructor Greg Maichack teaches participants by lecture, revealing anecdotes, historical context and demo of techniques applicable to many styles of pastel painting, covering all essential pastel techniques.Using van Gogh’s, Georgia O’Keeffe’s and Monet’s famous “Sunflowers” artwork, and also Maichack’s reference photos, participants will create their own unique sunflower pastel painting.

Adults only. Registration required. All materials provided.

 

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday March 18, 2020
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 19th. Open online registration will begin March 4th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 19th. Open online registration will begin March 4th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Open Sew
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Do you like to sew? Join people who enjoy quilting and sewing at a casual “drop in” program anytime from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. Meet people to share ideas with and get inspired for your next project! Bring your unfinished projects, either hand sewing or machine. There are portable sewing machines (or bring your own) and lots of sewing supplies and tools provided by the library for your use including rotary blades, thread, needles, pins, cutting mats, cutting table, scissors, rulers and more! While you are here you can view the Baby Lock Crown Jewel III long arm quilting machine, and the Brother DreamMaker XE embroidery machine (these machines require a training appointment with a staff member and will also need to be reserved when you want to use them). Stop by for 10 minutes or for the full 4 hours for a fun evening of sharing and learning!

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Serial Murder: Up Close and Personal
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

Based on his personal experiences and research, Dr. Jack Levin explores several myths and realities concerning characteristics of serial killers, as well as their popular appeal in the mass media. Among the misconceptions he will address and correct: 1. That the allure of serial murder is explained mainly by morbid curiosity, 2. That serial killers are motivated solely by perverted sexual desire, 3. That behavioral profiling is a panacea in the repertoire of crime fighting, 4. That most serial killers are apprehended because of the effective tactics and strategies of law enforcement, and 5. That we are experiencing an epidemic of serial murder.

Dr. Jack Levin, Professor Emeritus and Co-Director of Northeastern University’s Center on Violence and Conflict, specializes in research on murder, prejudice, and hate. He has authored more than 30 books; published more than 250 articles in professional journals, books, and newspapers; and appeared frequently on national television programs.

No registration required

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Key Bowls
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

We will be making and decorating wooden key bowls, perfect for holding those small things you want to keep track of. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 19 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 19, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Babies "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 20th. Open online registration will begin March 5th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers! There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore followed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Key Bowls
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

We will be making and decorating wooden key bowls, perfect for holding those small things you want to keep track of. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 20th. Open online registration will begin March 5th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

The Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher and rumored voodoo priest living in Alabama. During the 1970s, five of his relatives died under mysterious circumstances. The Reverend had taken out several life insurance policies on each of them and was the prime suspect in their deaths. A savvy laywer helped keep the Reverend out of jail, but he was murdered at the funeral of his 5th victim. At his trial, the vigilante murderer was represented by the same canny lawyer who had helped the Reverend. Harper Lee, the revered author of To Kill a Mockingbird, sat in the courtroom during the trial, hoping the write a true crime book about the Reverend and his murder. Journalist Casey Cep has written a page-turning mash up of true crime, biography and literary history that reminds us that truth is stranger than fiction.

Copies of the book are available at the Info Desk. Discussion led by Readers Advisory Librarian Cindy Haiken. Refreshments will be served. No registration required.

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Friday March 20, 2020
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Fuzzy Friend Sleepover
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
 
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 21st. Open online registration will begin March 6th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Kindness Club
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Wonder Room
Saturday March 21, 2020
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Fuzzy Friend Sleepover
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Silly Sing-Along
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Sensory Story Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrating Writers, One Story at a Time

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals!

Monthly meetings are facilitated by award-winning author, Cheryl Bardoe, and creative writing teacher, Kristin Liu. All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction or literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

LOCATION: Board Room
Monday March 23, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Musical Mother Goose
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2.  Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 17th. Open online registration will begin March 2nd.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Monarch Butterfly Rock
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Paint a monarch butterfly on a rock using decorative painting techniques.

Note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

6 participants max

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday March 24, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 18th. Open online registration will begin March 3rd.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Itty Bitty Babies
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Birth - 12 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 18th. Open online registration will begin March 3rd.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Ask Attorney Allinson: Wills, Trusts, and Probate
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please bring your questions for this hour-long program. Attorney Steven Allinsonan attorney in Wallingford with vast knowledge and experience in Wills, Trusts, and Probate, will speak and answer questions. At this forum, the Attorney cannot give specific legal advice; all his responses will be procedural in nature and contain a general overview of the law. Anyone is welcome to attend and the forum is free. 

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday March 25, 2020
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 19th. Open online registration will begin March 4th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 19th. Open online registration will begin March 4th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Break It-Make It Lab: Food Science
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Metal Photo Transfers
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Transfer the ink from a photograph to a metal sheet to create a unique, distressed image for display. Please bring a digital copy of the photograph you want to use. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 26 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 26, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Babies "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 20th. Open online registration will begin March 5th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers! There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore followed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Metal Photo Transfers
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Transfer the ink from a photograph to a metal sheet to create a unique, distressed image for display. Please bring a digital copy of the photograph you want to use. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 20th. Open online registration will begin March 5th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are 2 spaces available.
Friday March 27, 2020
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 21st. Open online registration will begin March 6th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Reading Buddies
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Need a little extra reading help?  Choate student volunteers will join Kindergarten through 2nd graders for activities such as reading together, playing interactive games, and doing group read-alouds and skits.  

This program is offered in conjunction with Choate Rosemary Hall and the Wallingford Rotary Interact Club.

Grades K-2. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Saturday March 28, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Saturday Mornings with Poetry (SMwP)
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A meeting of people who love reading and writing poetry. SMwP provides poetic opportunities for anyone to share their poetry, discuss the literary works of poets known and unknown, and expand skills in writing and editing poems in the shared camaraderie of comfortable, supportive members.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Saturdays with Sara
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday March 30, 2020
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Musical Mother Goose
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2.  Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 17th. Open online registration will begin March 2nd.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday March 31, 2020
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Musical Mother Goose
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement.  Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.

Ages 1-2. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 18th. Open online registration will begin March 3rd.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Truth Be Told: Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is part of the One Book, One Wallingford series.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

 

Discussion led by Library Enthusiast Will Minter. No registration required,

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Shoreline Ringers - Educational Program on Handbells
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Learn about the art of handbell ringing with the Shoreline Ringers, a community handbell choir formed in 2006.

Their goals are to support the continued development of the art of handbell ringing and promote the ringing of handbells as a musical art form, while educating and entertaining audiences. The handbell ringers, some of whom direct other handbell choirs, have a breadth of ringing experience and have come together to learn a more advanced repertoire.

This presentation will review the history of bells, a variety of techniques, a few performance pieces, and encourage audience participation. It promises to be fun for all ages!

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Cheryl Harger    hargerfamily@comcast.net
LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday April 1, 2020
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Happy Feet
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.

Ages 2-3. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 19th. Open online registration will begin March 4th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Preschool Story Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 19th. Open online registration will begin March 4th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Mystery Book Group: The City by the Bay
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The state of California looms large in the history of mysteries. Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, set in San Francisco, and Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, set in Los Angeles, essentially began the "hard-boiled" tradition of American mysteries. A few years ago, we read books set in The City of Angels; now it's time for mysteries set in the The City by the Bay. 

The 13th Juror [1994] by John Lescroart
Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims. Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe. As the trial progresses, the complex truth itself begins to change, to bend, to fade in and out of focus as the clock keeps ticking on Jennifer's fate, until there seems only one person left to convince, and she is "the 13th juror"—the judge.

Copies of the book are available at the Info Desk. Discussion moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of the Susan Lombardi Mysteries.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Homework Help
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have questions about your homework?  The Wallingford Public Library offers FREE drop-in homework help!  Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish throughout the school year.  

Location: Children's Room

 
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Computer Tutoring
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments. 

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room
Thursday April 2, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Babies "graduates," Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds.  Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a while lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.

13-24 months. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 20th. Open online registration will begin March 5th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Sensory Play
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers! There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore followed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!

Birth - 24 months.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Preschool Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.  A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.

Ages 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on February 20th. Open online registration will begin March 5th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Computer Tutoring
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

CONTACT:  Deborah Ward  203 284-6458  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Board Room