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Winter Reading Challenge:
Reading is Fun Any Way You Slice It
Tuesday, January 2—Friday, March 1

 

Portland Library’s Winter Reading Challenge is back!
This year’s theme is based on one of our favorite foods: PIZZA! 

 

Visit the library on or after January 2 and get a pizza tray to hang on our bulletin board. Each time you check out materials in January and February (up to once per day), we’ll give you a slice to color and we’ll add it to your pizza. Once you’ve added eight slices and have a full pizza, you will have completed the challenge and will win a small prize.

 

SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE SPECIAL EVENTS!

Saturday, February 3: Take Your Child to the Library Day

Friday, February 9: Family Fort Night
Tuesday, February 20: Snow Day at the Library

Saturday, February 24: Jigsaw Puzzle Competition for Kids and Adults

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Winter Storytimes 2024

Registration will open on Tuesday, December 19, and can be done by calling the
library at 860-342-6770 or registering through our library calendar at www.portlandlibraryct.org.

 

 

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27 (no program February 20)

Join us in our Wagner Room for stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage literacy and social skills and help get your preschooler prepared for kindergarten. We will offer a craft related to the weekly theme at the end of the program that can be done at the library or brought home.

Storytime for Toddlers and Tots: Mother Goose on the Loose

Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Mother Goose on the Loose, a fun-filled interactive session for our youngest patrons, uses rhymes, a story, songs, puppets, scarves, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Two sessions will be offered each Wednesday to keep group sizes small and interactions personalized.

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Spring Storytimes

Registration will open on Monday, February 26 at 10am, and can be done by calling the library at 860-342-6770 or registering through our library calendar at www.portlandlibraryct.org.

 

 

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30 (no program April 9)

Join us in our Wagner Room for stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage literacy and social skills and help get your preschooler prepared for kindergarten. We will offer a craft related to the weekly theme at the end of the program that can be done at the library or brought home.

Storytime for Toddlers and Tots: Mother Goose on the Loose

Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1 (no program April 10)

Mother Goose on the Loose, a fun-filled interactive session for our youngest patrons, uses rhymes, a story, songs, puppets, scarves, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Two sessions will be offered each Wednesday to keep group sizes small and interactions personalized.

Let's Explore Italy 

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. 

Grades 3-5

January 18, February 1, 15, 29

Our winter reading theme this year is pizza so let’s take the opportunity to explore the
birthplace of pizza...Italy! We’ll “paint” the Sistine Chapel like Michelangelo, make mini pizzas, make “exploding” volcanoes and draw our own Mona Lisas.

 

Registration is required and opens on January 2.

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Turtle Power Teamwork

Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. 

Grades K-2

January 11, 25, February 8, 22

 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles know that a hero’s biggest superpower is teamwork. Get inspired by Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo as we work together to complete challenges and earn a new colored bandana each week.

 

Registration is required and opens on January 2.

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Read with a Therapy Animal

Saturday, March 2

10:30am - 12pm

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Middletown High
School’s animal ambassador program. Each month, we will be
hosting a therapy animal at the library. Kids between the ages of
6 and 12 can make an appointment for a 15-minute session to
read to an animal buddy.
Reservations are required and space is limited.
 

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Family Craft Night: Sock Snowmen

Thursday, February 8
at 6:30 p.m.

 

Do you want to build a snowman? We’ll provide a sock for each member of your family so you can go home with an adorable family keepsake to display throughout the winter. This activity has steps that are appropriate for all ages, but a parent or guardian must be with children to help with supervision.
Registration is required and space is limited.

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Snow Day!

Tuesday, February 20

 

Drop in during the day for a variety of snow day fun. Practice ice skating, have a snowball fight, create some winter-themed crafts, and sip on some hot
cocoa. No registration is required.

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Pizza and Puzzles
Jigsaw Puzzle Competition
Saturday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Create a team with friends and family and register for our first jigsaw puzzle tournament! Teams may consist of 2-4 people who will compete to finish the same 500-piece puzzle in the least amount of time. Space is limited to 7 teams so register early.

Reading Lists

Not sure what to read next? Check out these book lists for some new ideas.

Adventures for Children

Books for Animal Lovers in Grades 3-5
Character Counts: Picture Books about Kindness and Caring
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Readalikes
Historical Fiction for Children
Mysteries for Children
Ready for School

Scary Stories for Kids
Science Fiction for Children

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Computers in the Children's Area

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Early Literacy Computer Station Added

In September 2014, the Youth Services Department added an AWE Early Literacy Computer Station to its list of services. Stocked with more than 40 games that build skills in the areas of reading, words and phonics; science and nature; math and problem solving; reference; music and arts; writing and computer skills; and social studies and geography, this colorful touch-screen computer is great for kids between the ages of 2-8. Users may sign up at the children’s reference desk to use the computer.

 

Portland Library Computer Information

We have two computers with Internet access in the Children's Department that can be used by patrons under the age of 11. Only children or others accompanied by children are allowed to use these computers. 

Please note the following when using the computers:

 

  • Parents and guardians will have to sign a Public Computer Procedures form the first time their child uses a computer.

  • If others are waiting, use is restricted to 30 minutes per user. 

  • There is filtering software on the computers in the Children's Department. 

  • Please, no eating or drinking at the computer. 

  • Our printing rates are as follows: Each user is allowed two free black and white pages. Additional pages are $.15 per page. Color copies are always $.50 per page. 

 

Recommended Websites for Children: 

ABCYa
BookFlix (Portland Library database subscription, requires library card number)

Cool Math Games

Fun Brain

Highlights Kids

Lego Play Zone

Nat Geo Kids
PBSKids

Scholastic Go! (Portland Library database subscription, requires library card number)
SwitchZoo

Homework Help

School Websites:

Valley View School

Gildersleeve School

Brownstone Intermediate School

General:

Discovery Education

DK FindOut!: This secure search engine from published DK has information for young children on many different subjects. 

Math and Science:

Math.com

Math Baseball

HowStuffWorks.com: Learn how thousands of things work

NeoK-12:  Fun videos and lessons on science subjects

Social Studies:

Social Studies for Kids

Social Studies Games: for younger children

Scholastic News Online

English and Spelling:

AAASpell.com

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Raise a reader! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national reading initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud daily to their children from birth to age five. Reading to children builds important vocabulary and language skills that are needed for kindergarten. We invite you to participate in this exciting, free program open to children birth to age five.

How long will it take to read 1,000 books? This is a self-paced program that depends on how often you read together. Reading three books together a night—approximately 15 minutes—will mean you will have read 1,095 at the end of one year.

Come into the library and pick up your 1,000 Books Before Kindergartenwelcome packet in the children’s department.

Thank you to the Friends of the Portland Library for funding this program. 

 

Not able to come to the library but want to get started on your next reading journal? Print them out here!

Books 1-100

Books 101-250

Books 251-500

Books 501-750

Books 751-1,000

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