2017 Winter Reading Club
The Portland Library’s Winter Reading Challenge runs from January 3-March 3, 2017. No registration is required for this fun program. Just pick up a Winter Reads Packet next time you are in the library and you will have everything that you need to get started.
Participants will receive a wire star with their Winter Reads Packet. Special beads will be available at the circulation desk for you to add to your star, every day that you check out items. Stars will remain on display in the library throughout the duration of the program and given to participants as a memento in early March.
Open Crafting Sessions
Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
February 2 and 9
Get rid of those winter blues by giving your imagination a workout! Children in grades K and up can stop in Thursday afternoons and make a cool craft to take home.
No registration is needed.
Mini-Golf at Portland Library
Kids of all ages are invited to join us for a “hole” lot of fun as we turn the library into a mini golf course during the sixth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our Teen Advisory Board has created a course full of entertaining and challenging obstacles, each based on a different picture book. Come grab a putter donated by Chris Cote’s Golf Shop and a scorecard and enjoy some “tee-rrific” family fun time.
Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD) is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 right here in Connecticut, TYCLD raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.
No registration is required for this free program. Questions? Call 860-342-6770 or stop by the library..
Wednesday, March 1
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the completion of our Winter Reading program with a Frozen-themed party. We'll enjoy crafts, a story, and a singalong with special guests Anna and Elsa. Registration is required. Recommended for families with children ages 0-5 years old. Siblings are welcome.
Family Fun Nights!
One Wednesday per month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Visit the library one Wednesday night per month to spend some quality family time together and enjoy games, crafts, and more relating to the theme of the month. Upcoming themes include:
March 8: Series of Unfortunate Events
April 5: PEEPS Candy Science
May 3: Harry Potter
These activities are best suited for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. Space is limited and registration is required.
Stop Motion Animation Workshop
Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 9-30th
Using the app Stop Motion Studio and working in teams, students in grades 3-5 will create a short, animated video based on their favorite book series. Teams will create a storyboard, shoot photographs, and animate the photographs on the library’s iPads to create their films. Registration is required.
Homeschooling @ the Library
The Portland, East Hampton, and Richmond Memorial (Marlborough) Libraries are excited to introduce a new cooperative homeschooling
program debuting in January 2017. Held one Friday a month from 1:00-2:30 p.m., this session for all ages will include hands-on activities and guest speakers to introduce a variety of diverse topics.
February's program will explore engineering concepts. Learn about pneumatic systems and how to create a magic box. Create tall buildings using a variety of materials: Which ones can withstand an earthquake? How about a windstorm?
To register for the program, call the East Hampton Library at 860-267-6621. A complete list of programs is below:
January (Portland Library): Learn more about the constellations, design your own life form based on the makeup of a fictional planet, and Skype
with an educator from NASA.
February (East Hampton Library): A guest speaker from the Society of Women Engineers will visit and inspire us to design some STEAM projects of our own using the library's supplies.
March (Richmond Library): March 14 is National Pi Day! Join us for some delicious number fun as we learn how to make pie crust among other fun activities.
April (Portland Library): Celebrate National Poetry Month by going on a poetry hunt around the library, trying your hand at a bunch of types of poems, and reading your creations during an open mic format.
May (Richmond Library): Try your hand at letterboxing and geocaching during our end of the year party!
Playaways and Playaway Views!
The Portland Library recently added a number of Playaways and Playaway Views to our Children's and Teen Departments. These items are great for long car rides and for increasing reading comprehension. Pair with a print book for extra benefits! Visit the library for a complete selection of titles and find more information on our Playaways HERE and Playaway Views HERE.