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Children's Programs

These programs are developed by library staff to entertain and educate.  No registration is required unless specified. Please call the children's department for further information at 203-574-8212.

  Calendar of Events ( All Library Events - Children's & Adults )



44th Annual Poetry Contest
Deadline for Submissions: Monday, April 12, 5 p.m. 

Open to all children in Grades 1 to 8 who live in Waterbury or attend school in Waterbury.

All poems must be the original work of the individual child.

Only one poem per child is permitted.

Registration forms and the poem themes for each grade level are available at the library, on our website, and at the Waterbury schools.

Download the Registration Form

Download the Themes & Rules


Weekly Programs



Storytime Plus!
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 
Children's Room 

Children and caregivers will enjoy story time, listening and singing to music, marching and playing in a band, doing finger games, and creating a craft. For preschoolers age 5 and under. Groups must register three weeks in advance.



Creating Musical Readers
Tuesdays in April and May, 10:30 a.m. 
Children's Room 

Creating Musical Readers is an early literacy program for preschoolers age 5 and under, presented by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. A different musical instrument will be featured each week.

Groups must register in advance. Call 203-574-8213.

April 2: Tuba

April 9: Bass

April 16: Trombone

April 23: Violin

April 30: Percussion

May 7: Flute

May 14: Trumpet

May 23: Quintet 



Babies & Books
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 
Picture Book Room 

Enjoy lullabies, nursery rhymes, finger plays, bounces, and sign language.

Best with one child per adult.
For children age 24 months and under.
No registration required.



Coding Club for Kids
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Computer Classroom 

Children of all ages are welcome to join in this club activity. Come learn coding, including HTML and how to program robots!



Mother Goose
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 

Nursery rhymes, visual and audio technology are used in this modern Mother Goose program.

For children age 4 and under.
Groups must register three weeks in advance.


Jammie Jams
Thursdays, 6 p.m. 
Picture Book Room

“Pajama” story time for ages 3 - 7. Bring your favorite teddy bear, wear your PJs, and jam with music, songs, & stories!



Roblox Club
Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Computer Classroom 

Roblox players can access games created by other users or create games themselves.

For ages 5 to 14.
Space is limited.






Alphabet Explorers
Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Children's Room

A fun and interactive program for children ages 3-5 with a parent/grandparent or guardian. Each month features a new letter and theme. Families will receive a free book at each session.

Space is limited. To register, call 203-574-8213.



Irish Dance
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.

A fun program of Irish Dance education for children taught by Dr. Irene Horgan, Ph.D., artistic director of the Horgan Academy of Irish Dance. All present will be invited to learn and dance the ancient steps of Ireland, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.



Movie Time: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Wednesday, March 6, 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m.
Children's Media Room

Stop in for a free screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, inspired by the Jeff Kinney book. Rated PG.



Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Children's Room

Local music teacher William Parker brings the Science of Sound to the library! Children age 6 and up will explore how sound is made through various "sound-speriments" and receive a free, professional, Hohner brass and stainless steel harmonica from the Connecticut State Library and an anonymous donor.



St. Patrick's Day Crafts
Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Children's Room

Drop in anytime for fun craft activities.




World Water Day
Friday, March 22, 4 p.m.
Children's Room

Join us for a celebration of water with Waterbury's Cyril the Sorcerer. 

For ages 3-17.


Let's Go LEGO!
Monday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. 
Children's Room

If you like building with LEGOs, then you'll love "Let's Go LEGO!" Our LEGO club meets the last Monday of every month, except in May, when the last Monday is a holiday. LEGOs are provided.

For ages 6 to 12.



Bronson Bookworms
Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m. 
Mezzanine Meeting Room

A fun book club for ages 9 to 12. Snacks provided.

March's book: Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.

Book Description:
Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal--especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.