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Adult Programs | Adult  & Teen Programs | Teen Programs | Children's ProgramsAll Ages

Wednesday October 23, 2019
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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 August 28. Open online registration will begin September 11.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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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 August 28. Open online registration will begin September 11.

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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DIY Halloween Potion Jars
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog" – Macbeth

Create your own potion vile or storage bottle for all your creepy ingredients!  Use paint, glue, glitter, and foraged items.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash, Caitlin Serra  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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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: Ew, Yuck! Learn about the Science of Everything Gross
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. This month we will be learn about the science of everything gross and trying out some disgusting experiments

Grades 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on September 25th. Open online registration begins October 9th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
The registration period has ended.
 
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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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Census 101
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Phyllis Fusco is a Partnership Specialist with The Department of Commerce U.S. Census Bureau, the federal government’s largest statistical agency dedicated to providing current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy. Phyllis will provide information about the upcoming 2020 Census and why it's critical that we realize a complete and accurate count for Connecticut.

Learn why the 2020 Census is safe, easy, and important; how it's at the core of our democracy, mandated by the US Constitution; how the US Census Bureau will invite everyone to respond; and how the decennial Census determines the allocation of federal dollars to the states for our most important programs. Also find out how the 2020 Census will be different than previous ones through the use of technology.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday October 24, 2019
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:30 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 whole 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 August 29. Open online registration will begin September 12.

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 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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Book Bats
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Decorate your house for Halloween by creating bats out of old books.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Open Discovery
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A student from Choate Rosemary will will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, hang out, or do homework!

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 August 29. Open online registration will begin September 12.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Wallingford Reads YA Book Club: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss Young Adult Literature. Lauren Rumi.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
Friday October 25, 2019
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Introduction to Libby
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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 device, library card, and your app store login to class.

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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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 August 30. Open online registration will begin September 13.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Firetruck Storytime
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us for a special firetruck story time, complete with a real fire truck!  Come listen to fire truck stories, meet real Wallingford firefighters, view one of Wallingford's fire trucks, and learn fire safety tips.  

Ages 3 and up.  While this is a drop-in program, registration for a reminder email is encouraged.

Location: Library Parking Lot

 
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Toy Story 4. Rated G.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday October 26, 2019
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Wallingford Health Dept. Flu Clinic
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Call the Wallingford Health Dept at 203-294-2065 for more information. No appointment necessary.

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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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.

Birth - Age 10. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on September 28th. Open online registration begins October 12th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
There are 6 spaces available.
Monday October 28, 2019
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STEAM Story Time: Pumpkins
10:30 AM - 11:30 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 September 30th. Open online registration begins October 14th.

LOCATION: Children's Program 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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Wallingford Public Library Association 139th Annual Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Join us to celebrate our 139th year! After refreshments and a brief business meeting, we will enjoy a presentation by Matt Cadorette: “Life is a Trip: How to Live a Life of Travel.” Matt Cadorette has visited more than 20 countries on 6 continents. In this program he will share strategies he has learned and resources he trusts for creating a positive travel experience. This presentation is geared toward new travelers and the experienced traveler looking to save money.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday October 29, 2019
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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 August 27. Open online registration will begin September 9.

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 - 3:00 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 August 27. Open online registration will begin September 10.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Open Discovery
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A student from Choate Rosemary will will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, hang out, or do homework!

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Upcycle Crafts: Jack-O-Lanterns
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Transform old jars into spooky or cute jack-o-lanterns. The Library will have jars with lids on hand, but participants are welcome to bring their own. 

Grades 1-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 1st. Open online registration will begin October 15th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Frost Season
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

State historian Walt Woodward and the musical group Band of Steady Habits present a unique opportunity to enjoy the works of American poet Robert Frost paired with songs that reflect and amplify the power of New England’s most beloved poet’s words.

Robert Frost was a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner for volumes of his poetry. Walter Woodward was once a hit songwriter and is now an award-winning author of books about New England history and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. A long-time admirer of Frost, Woodward and his musical partners Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, and Duke York present a unique tribute to Frost – a lecture, love story, poetry reading, and song-pairing, all in one.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Walt Woodward    
LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. This autobiography is a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. Jahren takes readers back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours playing in her father's college laboratory. She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant and eccentric lab manager. And she invites all of us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains we can move when love and work come together.

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Laser Cut Jack-O-Lanterns
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Just to be clear, we will not be putting actual pumpkins in our laser cutter (too messy). What we will be doing is making our own wooden jack-o-lantern, using the computer and the laser to carve out a face, assembling the pumpkins, and then painting them. These pumpkins are great because they will not rot, so you can use them for years. 

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

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, October 31 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Wednesday October 30, 2019
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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 August 28. Open online registration will begin September 11.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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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 August 28. Open online registration will begin September 11.

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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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
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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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
Thursday October 31, 2019
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:30 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 whole 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 August 29. Open online registration will begin September 12.

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 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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Laser Cut Jack-O-Lanterns
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Just to be clear, we will not be putting actual pumpkins in our laser cutter (too messy). What we will be doing is making our own wooden jack-o-lantern, using the computer and the laser to carve out a face, assembling the pumpkins, and then painting them. These pumpkins are great because they will not rot, so you can use them for years. 

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

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Open Discovery
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A student from Choate Rosemary will will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, hang out, or do homework!

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Preschool Story Time: CANCELLED
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 August 29. Open online registration will begin September 12.

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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist and mountaineer who reports on human-caused climate disruption and the environment. His book “The End of Ice” is a deeply reckoned and moving account of how the planet is rapidly changing and how we should find meaning in the midst of it. In this presentation, Dahr will present a firsthand chronicle—including photographs throughout his journey around the world—of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

LOCATION: Community Room
Friday November 1, 2019
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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 August 30. Open online registration will begin September 13.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Coding with GirlTech
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Coding with Girl Tech is an opportunity for students in grades 5-8 to explore computing, coding, engineering, and programming in a positive, empowering way. Choate Rosemary Hall’s Girl Tech Club will serve as mentors and instructors.  No computer programming experience is necessary. Laptops will be provided.  Registration is required for each session.  

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Bookworms
6:30 PM - 7:45 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 Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 4th. Open registration begins October 18th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 15 spaces available.
Saturday November 2, 2019
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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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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.

Ages 3-5. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 5th. Open online registration begins October 19th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday November 4, 2019
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Science Sprouts
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A variety of science-based activity stations will spark your child’s curiosity during this casual STEAM program for younger children.

Ages 2-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 7th. Open online registration begins October 21st.

LOCATION: Children's Program 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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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 exercises.  Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, manga, or graphic novels you will learn to love writing more than you already do.  Socialize and collaborate with other teens interested in writing.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. 

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 August 26. Open online registration will begin September 9.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Primitive Scarecrow Plaque
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Use decorative painting techniques to create a fall scarecrow plaque. The program will emphasize lining, floating, and using a scruffy brush.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Tuesday November 5, 2019
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Upcycle Crafts: No-Sew Bags
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Turn your old t-shirts into useful bags!  Participants are encouraged to bring an old shirt or two that can be cut, but the Library will have some on hand just in case.  Note: There is no school for WPS on this date.

Grades 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 8th. Open online registration will begin October 22nd.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Open Discovery
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A student from Choate Rosemary will will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, hang out, or do homework!

LOCATION: Wonder 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 also have lots on hand to choose from.

Ages 3 & up. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 15th. Open registration begins October 29th.

 
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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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No-Sew Fleece Pillows
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn a new technique for creating throw pillow covers without needing a sewing machine.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, November 7 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday November 6, 2019
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Mystery Book Group: Don't Bury the Lede
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Discussion moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of The Susan Lombardi Mysteries and Professor Emerita at CCSU.

The word "lede" was once an alternative spelling of lead; now it's mainly journalistic jargon for the introductory portion of a news story--the first part of an article that gives the gist of the story and contains the most important points readers need to know. One should never "bury the lede" or begin a news story with nonessential details. This fall, we'll follow some journalists as they solve mysteries and try to avoid being buried themselves.

Truth Be Told [2014] by Hank Phillippi Ryan
In digging up the facts on the heartbreaking story of a middle class family evicted from their suburban home--and on other foreclosures--reporter Jane Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community 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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Graphic Novel Book Club
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Explore the graphic novels of Ben Hatke, including Zita the Space Girl, Robot Boy, and Mighty Jack.  We'll talk about the books, eat a snack, and make a craft!  Stop by the Children's Room to pick up a copy of the book when you sign up.

Grades 2-5. Registration is required.  Wallingford residents may call or stop by to pre-register beginning October 9th. Open registration will begin on October 23rd.

LOCATION: Children's Program 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. 

 
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Primitive Scarecrow Plaque
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Use decorative painting techniques to create a fall scarecrow plaque. The program will emphasize lining, floating, and using a scruffy brush.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Monday, November 4 at 6:30. Please register for only one session. 
 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday November 7, 2019
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American Red Cross Blood Drive
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter Wallingford.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlodd.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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No-Sew Fleece Pillows
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn a new technique for creating throw pillow covers without needing a sewing machine.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Open Discovery
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Curious about what the Wonder Room has to offer?  A student from Choate Rosemary will will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays to show you the ropes.  You will be able to play with different STEM equipment, hang out, or do homework!

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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
Friday November 8, 2019
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Introduction to iPad
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Are you thinking of getting an iPad or have just purchased one?  Join us to learn the fundamentals of the iPad in this lecture-style class.  We will cover how to turn on/off your device, send e-mail, take pictures, use the app store, and search the Internet.  Please bring your fully charged iPad and all applicable passwords.  Even if you don’t have an iPad, you are welcome to sit in on the class.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Coding with GirlTech
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Coding with Girl Tech is an opportunity for students in grades 5-8 to explore computing, coding, engineering, and programming in a positive, empowering way. Choate Rosemary Hall’s Girl Tech Club will serve as mentors and instructors.  No computer programming experience is necessary. Laptops will be provided.  Registration is required for each session.  

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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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
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spider-Man: Far From Home. Rated PG-13.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday November 9, 2019
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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 - 11:30 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
 
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Hair Affair
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Learn how to take care of your child's hair and create a simple hairstile with Jessica from Salon Nathaniel Signature in Wallingford!

Please bring your own brush and comb; all other materials will be provided.

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

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Monday November 11, 2019
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Tuesday November 12, 2019
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Passport Pals: Russia
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 Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 15th. Open online registration begins October 29th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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LED Zodiac Art
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

What’s your zodiac sign?  What does it say about you?  Is it true or not?  What is your horoscope for today?  Come and find out more about your sign and the constellation it corresponds to.  Then make your own 3-D LED wall light of your zodiac sign!  Open to all in grades 6-12. Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Navigating the Job Search @ Age 50+
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This interactive seminar on job searching in the digital age highlights the evolution of the job search, shares online job search resources and tools, and showcases the power of personal branding. Anyone looking for a job or seeking to change careers knows the difficulty of finding fulfilling work. The tips and tools provided will invigorate a job search and help you prioritize where to focus your time and energies. This program is presented by AARP CT.

Registration appreciated. Visit https://aarp.cvent.com/WallingfordJobSeeker or call 877-926-8300 to register.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Handwork Studio
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you do make jewelry, embroidery, bead work, cross stitch, knit, crochet, create in mixed media, or do other handwork? Bring your project and share inspiration, conversation, and ideas with other handcrafters. This is a drop-in group for adults and teens. Bring your own supplies and a portable task light if you need one. Basic tools and some supplies are available at the Library. 

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the Collaboratory. No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Vinyl Decorated Aprons
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Customize an apron with vinyl decals, just in time for Thanksgiving! We will be using our Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out designs from vinyl, and then ironing them on to aprons. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held of Thursday, November 14 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday November 13, 2019
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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 trail through the woods and learn about nature along the way!  Please meet us at the Kohler Environmental Center (211 East Main Street) and follow the signs to the footbridge.  For more information, contact Helen Stowe at 203-848-7113.

Ages 3-5. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 16th. Open online registration begins October 30th.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 trail through the woods and learn about nature along the way!  Please meet us at the Kohler Environmental Center (211 East Main Street) and follow the signs to the footbridge.  For more information, contact Helen Stowe at 203-848-7113.

Ages 3-5. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 16th. Open online registration begins October 30th.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 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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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. 

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Tech Takeover: Makedo Cardboard Construction
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

This drop-in program will showcase all of the wonderful gizmo’s 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. 

Grades 1-5. No Registration Required.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Poets on Poetry: Sylvia Plath
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

There is a popular tendency to read Sylvia Plath's poetry in the context of her harrowing decision to end her life. But her poems are filled with references to death -- figurative and literal -- as a doorway to rebirth and the exhilaration of women reinventing themselves in roles not dictated by society. In this Poets on Poetry session presenter Mark Sheridan will examine Plath's "October poems," written just before her death.

Mark Sheridan is on the board of the Connecticut Poetry Society, where he has been active in their educational outreach. He received a Ph.D. in Modern History & Literature from Drew University in 2009, and then taught at-risk inner-city high school students in Newark and Elizabeth, NJ for five years.  

Co-sponsored by the CT Poetry Society.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Knitting for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Get started with your first knitting project by learning how to do a knit and a purl stitch in this two-part program. The second session will be held on Wednesday, November 20. 

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

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday November 14, 2019
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Using Your Library Card Online
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn about the library resources available to you at all times from the comfort of your own home. We will look at the Library’s catalog, resources for ebooks and digital audiobooks, as well as the databases available through the WPL website.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Vinyl Decorated Aprons
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Customize an apron with vinyl decals, just in time for Thanksgiving! We will be using our Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out designs from vinyl, and then ironing them on to aprons. Basic computer skills required.

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

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Teen Cuisine: Magic Bars
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Magic bars are an amazing combination of graham crackers, coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, and sweetened condensed milk.  They are also known as Hello Dollys, Coconut Dream Bars, and either a Six or Seven Layer Bar.  No matter what name they go by these little bars of deliciousness are irresistible.  Learn how to make them from scratch.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Tellabration! A Celebration of the Oral Tradition
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Tellabration is a mammoth storytelling phenomenon made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world whose purpose is to introduce adults to the pleasures of the art of oral storytelling. Locally, Tellabration is offered by the Connecticut Storytelling Center.

At Wallingford Public Library’s Tellabration, Tom Lee will perform. Tom Lee is a professional storyteller with 30 years of experience performing traditional stories, folktales, and myths.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting 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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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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 November, we will watch and discuss Anne Lamott's "12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing."

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 3 spaces available.
Saturday November 16, 2019
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Edward Leonard’s Saturday Sing-Along
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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.

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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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 November 18, 2019
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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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Memory Wire Bracelets
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Memory wire is a tempered stainless steel wire that remembers its shape and retains its coiled form. Using small glass, silver, or acrylic  beads, gemstone chips, and charms, we will make chic bracelets. They may be either one, two or three coiled loops with a charm attached on the ends.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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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 exercises.  Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, manga, or graphic novels you will learn to love writing more than you already do.  Socialize and collaborate with other teens interested in writing.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday November 19, 2019
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Introduction to Lynda.com
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You can access their complete courses with your Wallingford Public Library card. This class will show you how to setup a Lynda.com account and how to start utilizing the courses to meet your learning goals. Please note: Lynda.com is only available to Wallingford Library cardholders.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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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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WECARE workshop
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Curb the Chaos: Taking Control of the Divorce Process
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program will provide accurate information about the divorce process, alternative options to litigation, and how to keep the chaos away from your family. Presented by Renee Bauer, Esq., founder of the Bauer Law Group in Hamden and author of Divorce in Connecticut. All attendees will receive a free copy of the book.

Registration appreciated

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Arm Knit Infinity Scarves
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Get ready for the winter weather by arm knitting an infinity scarf! No knitting experience needed. All materials provided, though you may bring your own bulky or super bulky yarn. 

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

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, November 21 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday November 20, 2019
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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: Ziplines and Balloon Propulsion
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. This month we will be learning about zip lines and balloon propulsion!

Grades 3-5. Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 23rd. Open online registration begins November 6th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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, the Brother DreamMaker XE embroidery machine and also the Juki Exceed 600 computerized sewing 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. 

 
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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.
 
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Knitting for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Session 2 of 2

Get started with your first knitting project by learning how to do a knit and a purl stitch in this two-part program. The first session will be held on Wednesday, November 13. 

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

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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WPL Play Readers Perform Selected Scenes from The Good Doctor by Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In a tribute to the late playwright Neil Simon (1927-2018) and in celebration of their 5th anniversary, the WPL Play Readers will perform a script-in-hand reading of five somewhat humorous scenes (The Writer, The Sneeze, Surgery, The Seduction, and A Quiet War) from The Good Doctor. This comedy consists of a series of short plays based on works written by Anton Chekhov, the 19th century Russian playwright.

This performance stars David Andrews, Larry Bencivengo, Joe Bertini, Carol Buongirno, Charmaine Craggs, Renee Geiger, Wini Keane, Helen Miller, Eddie Morales, Alfred Mueller, Nancy Mueller, Neel Pizinger, and Terry Remeika.

No registration required.

The Good Doctor is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday November 21, 2019
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Arm Knit Infinity Scarves
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Get ready for the winter weather by arm knitting an infinity scarf! No knitting experience needed. All materials provided, though you may bring your own bulky or super bulky yarn. 

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

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Wallingford Reads YA Book Club: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss Young Adult Literature. Lauren Rumi.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

In November we will be discussing Endangered by Eliot Schrefer, a National Book Award finalist. It is the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos and herself from a violent coup.   

Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.

When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature.

But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. When an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary is attacked, and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, theymust struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live.

In Endangered , Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help others, and the tangled geography that ties us all, human and animal, together.

 

 

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

In London in 1945, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel are left by their parents in the care of a strange man they call The Moth.  After months of silence, their mother returns without their father and without any explanation of her absence. A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he did not understand about that period. Ondaatje's lyrical meditation on wartime and memory was longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize.

Discussion moderated by 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
Friday November 22, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Rated PG-13.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday November 23, 2019
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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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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.

Birth - Age 10. Registration Required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on October 26th. Open online registration begins November 9th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Monday November 25, 2019
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Cutting the Cord: Options for TV Without Cable
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Thinking about getting rid of cable? This lecture-style class will explore Internet-based streaming services and various devices that allow you to watch TV without a cable subscription.

LOCATION: Board Room
There are 9 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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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 exercises.  Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, manga, or graphic novels you will learn to love writing more than you already do.  Socialize and collaborate with other teens interested in writing.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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The Secrets to Self-Publishing: A Panel Discussion
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Are you interested in self-publishing your work? Are you looking for some guidance and answers from writers who have been there and done that? Join us for this panel discussion featuring self-published authors and digital content creators with diverse and unique experiences. After the discussion, participating panelists and members of the Wallingford Writers Community will be selling and signing copies of their books.

Discussion moderated by Cheryl Bardoe, award-winning author and co-facilitator of the Wallingford Writers Community. Panelists include

Elizabeth Barone writes contemporary romance and suspense starring badass belles who chose the other path.

Chris Gaffney, winner of a National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ humor award, publishes a weekly humor column at uncommondiscourse.com, and he recently released Season 01 of the Uncommon Discourse Podcast featuring 10 of his most popular columns.

Jenn Gott is the author of the critically-acclaimed superhero novel The Private Life of Jane Maxwell, as well as the fantasy series The Beacon Campaigns.

Laura Noe is a non-fiction write who self-published her first book, Travels with My Son: Journeys of the Heart, and is finishing her second book, Tree Man: My Brother Ed’s Journey Into, Through, and Out of Homelessness.

And MJ Santangelo is a wife, mom of two boys and a pug named Boo, and when she’s not writing about love and life, you can find her reading, cleaning, cooking, or driving somebody somewhere and listening to music while she does it.

No registration required.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday November 26, 2019
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson

A travelogue by Bill Bryson is as close to a sure thing as funny books get. The Lost Continent is no exception. Following an urge to rediscover his youth (he should know better), the author leaves his native Des Moines, Iowa, on a journey that takes him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook. With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it.

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday November 27, 2019
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Thanksgiving - Library Closing at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday November 28, 2019
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Friday November 29, 2019
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Saturday November 30, 2019
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Winter Ornaments
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Make winter themed ornaments that you can hang on a tree, a door knob, or anywhere else in your home. Due to the variety of crafts available in this program, a parent must accompany each child.

Ages 3-10.  Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on November 2nd. Open online registration will begin November 16th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Monday December 2, 2019
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Painted Gift Tags
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Participants will create wood gift tags depicting a snowman, tree, and mitten using decorative painting techniques.  The tags can be used on presents or as personalized ornaments. 

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, December 4 at 1:00. Please register for only one session.

 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 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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Forty Winks: Herbal Sleep Pillow Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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: Community Room
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday December 3, 2019
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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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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.
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
 
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Laser Cut Snowmen
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

As you may have been able to guess, we will not be laser cutting an actual snowman, due to the whole melting thing. Instead, we will be constructing one using parts cut out on our laser cutter, and then decorating it using paints and other decorations. These snowmen can be used year after year, because they will never melt! Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday December 4, 2019
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Painted Gift Tags
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Participants will create wood gift tags depicting a snowman, tree, and mitten using decorative painting techniques. The tags can be used on presents or as personalized ornaments. 

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Monday, December 2 at 1:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Gingerbread Houses: 4pm
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to join us to make a Gingerbread House to celebrate the holiday season!  Materials to build the house will be provided.  Please bring your own candy decorations and something flat and sturdy to build and carry your house home on.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to space constraints, everyone attending the program, whether building their own house or not, must be registered iin order to enter the Community Room.

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

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 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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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. 

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Gingerbread Houses: 7pm
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to join us to make a Gingerbread House to celebrate the holiday season!  Materials to build the house will be provided.  Please bring your own candy decorations and something flat and sturdy to build and carry your house home on.  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to space constraints, everyone attending the program, whether building their own house or not, must be registered iin order to enter the Community Room.

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

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Crocheting for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Get started with your first crochet project by learning how to do a chain stitch and single crochet in this two-part program. The second session will be held on Wednesday, December 11. Participants need to be able to attend both sessions.

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

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday December 5, 2019
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Laser Cut Snowmen
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

As you may have been able to guess, we will not be laser cutting an actual snowman, due to the whole melting thing. Instead, we will be constructing one using parts cut out on our laser cutter, and then decorating it using paints and other decorations. These snowmen can be used year after year, because they will never melt! Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
Friday December 6, 2019
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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
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Lion King. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday December 7, 2019
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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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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
Registration will begin on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Edward Leonard's Saturday Sing-Along
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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: Community Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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How to Self-Publish Your Book
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A new world has opened to writers who wish to have their work turned into finished books. With technological advances in typesetting, printing, distribution and sales, self-publishing is a reality. Whether your work is fiction or non-fiction, there are many crucial decisions to make and pitfalls to avoid when self-publishing. In this interactive workshop, book publishing expert Dr. Jan Yager will cover Writing and Sequencing Your Manuscript; Publishing Your Work as an E-book, Print, or Audiobook; and Marketing and Publicizing Your Book.

Dr. Jan Yager is the author of How to Self-Publish Your Book, an easy-to-follow guide that takes you from conception to production to sales. Copies of her book will be available to purchase.

Registration appreciated.

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
Registration will begin on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Monday December 9, 2019
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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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Santa Takes Flight Plaque
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Create a whimsical Santa Takes Flight plaque by painting on a rustic stained board. Techniques covered include basecoating, floating, lining and stippling.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.
 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday December 10, 2019
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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Handwork Studio
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you do make jewelry, embroidery, bead work, cross stitch, knit, crochet, create in mixed media, or do other handwork? Bring your project and share inspiration, conversation, and ideas with other handcrafters. This is a drop-in group for adults and teens. Bring your own supplies and a portable task light if you need one. Basic tools and some supplies are available at the Library. 

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the Collaboratory. No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Holiday Shadowboxes
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fill and decorate a shadowbox to create colorful holiday decor.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, December 12 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday December 11, 2019
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Holiday Card Making
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Nothing is as precious as a card handmade by a child.  Help your kids spread a little cheer and make holiday cards for all those special people in your life.  We will have ideas and materials for all the December holidays.

All ages.  No registration is required.  Drop-in anytime during the program.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
 
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Mystery Book Group: Don't Bury the Lede
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Discussion moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of The Susan Lombardi Mysteries and Professor Emerita at CCSU.

The word "lede" was once an alternative spelling of lead; now it's mainly journalistic jargon for the introductory portion of a news story--the first part of an article that gives the gist of the story and contains the most important points readers need to know. One should never "bury the lede" or begin a news story with nonessential details. This fall, we'll follow some journalists as they solve mysteries and try to avoid being buried themselves.

Rogue Island [2010] by Bruce DeSilva
When journalist Liam Mulligan realizes that someone is systematically burning down his childhood neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island, he ignores his bosses and his budding relationship to figure out the firebug's identity.

 

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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Holiday Card Making
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Nothing is as precious as a card handmade by a child.  Help your kids spread a little cheer and make holiday cards for all those special people in your life.  We will have ideas and materials for all the December holidays.

All ages.  No registration is required.  Drop-in anytime during the program.

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. 

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Santa Takes Flight Plaque
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Create  a whimsical Santa Takes Flight plaque by painting on a rustic stained board.  Techniques covered include  basecoating, floating, lining and stippling.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Crocheting for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Get started with your first crochet project by learning how to do a chain stitch and single crochet in this two-part program. The first session will be held on Wednesday, December 4.

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

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Thursday December 12, 2019
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Holiday Shadowboxes
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Fill and decorate a shadowbox to create colorful holiday decor.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Anime Night: Hunter x Hunter
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Calling all otaku!  If you love anime and manga, this is where you need to be.  This month we will be watching Hunter x Hunter.  Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. With his friends and his potential, he seeks for his father who left him when he was younger.    We will feast on fried chicken, the traditional Japanese Christmas Eve dinner.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  No registration required.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
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 December, we will watch and discuss Susan David's "The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage."

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Friday December 13, 2019
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Nutcracker Story Time with Eastern CT Ballet
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

A dance teacher from Eastern CT Ballet will teach a Creative Movement class for ages 3-7.  The story of the Nutcracker will be read and a dancer from Eastern CT Ballet's Company will dance and act out the story of the Nutcracker with the children participating in the program.

Ages 3-7Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on November 15th. Open online registration will begin November 29th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Nutcracker Story Time with Eastern CT Ballet
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

A dance teacher from Eastern CT Ballet will teach a Creative Movement class for ages 3-7.  The story of the Nutcracker will be read and a dancer from Eastern CT Ballet's Company will dance and act out the story of the Nutcracker with the children participating in the program.

Ages 3-7Registration is required. Wallingford residents may call (203) 284-6436 or stop by to pre-register beginning on November 15th. Open online registration will begin November 29th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Saturday December 14, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 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. Registration is not required, but is encouraged for a reminder email.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Monday December 16, 2019
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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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Holiday Sing-Along
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us by the fireplace in the Children's Room where we will celebrate the cold and snow with some wintry songs and stories.  

All ages.  No registration is required, but is encouraged for a reminder email.

Registration will begin on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday December 17, 2019
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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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Truth Be Told: Tuesday Night Non-Fiction Book Discussion
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes--from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth--How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. 

Discussion moderated by Library Enthusiast Will Minter. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Wednesday December 18, 2019
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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, the Brother DreamMaker XE embroidery machine and also the Juki Exceed 600 computerized sewing 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. 

LOCATION: Board Room
 
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Basic Knitting Skills: Creating Your First Gauge Swatch
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Expand your basic knitting skills in this class that will cover casting on, knitting a gauge swatch, and binding off. Time permitting, we will also cover increasing, decreasing, and basic pattern reading. Basic knitting experience required.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday December 19, 2019
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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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Thursday Night Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Let Me Be Frank with You by Richard Ford

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Friday December 20, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Peanut Butter Falcon. Rated PG-13.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday December 21, 2019
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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
Tuesday December 24, 2019
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Christmas Eve - Library Closed
Wednesday December 25, 2019
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Thursday December 26, 2019
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Crafting Free-For-All
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

We’re getting ready for the new year by cleaning out supplies from previous programs. Join in the fun and create something completely unique! All materials provided, including supplies not frequently offered in the Collaboratory. This will be a self-led activity so be sure to bring your creativity!

Registration is required to ensure enough supplies. One project per participant. All ages welcome.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Friday, November 22, 2019 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  203 265-6754  dward@wallingfordlibrary.org
There are 2 spaces available.
Tuesday December 31, 2019
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New Year's Eve - Library Closing at 4:00 p.m.
 
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Literacy Volunteers
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
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New Year's Noon
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Midnight is way past bedtime!  Instead, join us for a count down to the end of 2019 with a New Year's NOON celebration.  We'll be reading stories and decorating noisemakers!

Ages 3 & up.  Registration is required.  Wallingford residents may call or stop by the Children's Room to pre-register beginning December 3rd.  Open online registration begins on December 17th.

LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday January 1, 2020
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New Year's Day - Library Closed
Thursday January 2, 2020
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American Red Cross Blood Drive
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday January 4, 2020
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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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Silly Sing-Along
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Community Room
Monday January 6, 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
Registration will begin on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday January 7, 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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday January 8, 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 December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 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

Thursday January 9, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 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 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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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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Friday January 10, 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
Registration will begin on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 January 11, 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
Monday January 13, 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
Registration will begin on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday January 14, 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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday January 15, 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 December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 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

Thursday January 16, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 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 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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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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Friday January 17, 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
Registration will begin on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
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

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 will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday January 22, 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 December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 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

Thursday January 23, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 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 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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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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
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
Registration will begin on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
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
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
Registration will begin on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday January 28, 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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday January 29, 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 December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 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

Thursday January 30, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 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 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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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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
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
Registration will begin on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
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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Silly Sing-Along
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LOCATION: Community Room
Monday February 3, 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
Registration will begin on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday February 4, 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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday February 5, 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 December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 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

Thursday February 6, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 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 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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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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
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
Registration will begin on Friday, December 27, 2019 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
Monday February 10, 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
Registration will begin on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Tuesday February 11, 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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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 December 10th. Open online registration will begin December 24th.

LOCATION: Wonder Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Wednesday February 12, 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 December 11th. Open online registration will begin December 25th.

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
 
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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
Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 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

Thursday February 13, 2020
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Waddling Ones
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 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 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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Anime Night:Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community 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
Registration will begin on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:00 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
Registration will begin on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM     
Saturday February 15, 2020
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VITA Tax Appointments
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting 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
Wednesday February 19, 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

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
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

Wednesday February 26, 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

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
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
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
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

Wednesday March 4, 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