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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 )

 

 

42nd Annual Poetry Contest

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

Last year, 463 students participated, submitting original poems matching the theme for each grade level. 

The last day to submit your poem is April 17. Winners will be contacted by phone in May.

Download Registration Form

Download Rules and Themes

 


 

Weekly Programs

 

 

Bronson Library Homework Help
Monday-Friday, 4- 5 p.m. 
Children's Room 

Need help on an assignment? You can get it here!

For students in Grades 4-8.

 

 

Storytime Plus
Tuesdays, 10 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.

 

 

Storytime Plus Music
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. 
Children's Room 

In March and April, musicians from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will read beloved children's stories and use their instruments to bring each story to life. Children will also have a chance to play the musical instruments after the stories.

For preschoolers age 5 and under.
Groups must register three weeks in advance.

March 7
Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
Guest Musician: John Thomas, Trumpet

March 14
Manuelo the Playing Mantis by Don Freeman
Guest Musician: Rebecca Patterson, Cello

March 21
La Flautista (The Flute Player) by Robyn Eversole
Guest Musician: Kim Collins, Flute

March 28
Ralph's Secret Weapon by Steven Kellogg
Guest Musician: Kirsten Peterson, Bassoon

April 11
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
Guest Musician: Marta Boretgis, Oboe

April 18
Mole Music by David McPhail
Guest Musician: Amy Jones, Violin

April 25
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
Guest Musician: Lee Caron, Percussion

 

 

Babies & Books
Wednesdays, 10 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 what coding is and how to do it.

 

 

Mother Goose
Thursdays, 10 a.m. 
Auditorium 

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. 
Children's Room

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

 

 

 

Super Saturdays
Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. 
Children's Room

Crafts, games, coloring, and more!

For ages 4 and up.

 

 

 


 

April 

 

 

Saturday Morning Movie: Secret Life of Pets
Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. 
Children's Room

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Rated PG.

 

 

Calling All Home Schoolers
Saturday, April 8, 12 p.m. 
Children's Room

Come out and meet other homeschoolers, take part in a library orientation and obtain a library card.

 

 

Our Neighborhoods, Our City
Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m. 
Children's Room

Drawing on Waterbury’s unique history, discover how the past has shaped our present and become inspired to help create a stronger future. This program uses many art forms such as visual art, music, and dance as well as drama. Presented by Shakesperience Productions, Inc.

All Ages Welcome!

 

 

Spring Into Reading
Saturday, April 22, 12 - 3 p.m. 
Children's Room

Come out for a fun-filled afternoon. Meet first responders. Read under the big tree. Make a bird feeder. Free books and giveaways. Green Screen Magic!

 

 

Let's Go LEGO!
Monday, April 24, 6 - 7 p.m. 
Children's Room 

If you love to build with Legos, then Let's Go LEGO! is for you. Let’s Go LEGO! is designed to encourage hands-on and mind-on creativity. Working with blocks and Legos helps with critical thinking. Each month the Lego club will have a theme to inspire building; participants, however, are free to build whatever they like. Legos will be provided. 

Let's Go LEGO! is held on the last Monday of every month.

Admission is free
For Grade 1 – Grade 5


 

 

Money Smart Week
Monday - Friday, April 22 - 26 
Children's Room

Special money theme programs for kids.

Monday, April 24 – Piggy Bank Craft and Story, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – WOW Zone with TD Bank, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26 – Money, Magic, and Recycling, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 27 – Money Smart Games, 4-6 p.m.

Friday, April 29 – Money, Magic, and Recycling, 4 p.m

 

 

Bronson Bookworms
Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m. 
Mezzanine Meeting Room

Tweens! Nurture your love of reading and meet new friends. We’ll read a different book each month.

March's book: Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

 

 

Saturday Morning Movie: The Emperor's New Groove
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. 
Children's Room

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. Rated G.

 


 

May 

 

 

Saturday Morning Movie: Space Jam
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. 
Children's Room

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan. Rated PG.

 

 

Daddy Daughter Hair Factory
Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Children's Room

Join us for a free hands-on class to learn the skills you need when styling your daughter's hair. Moms are invited too!

Pre-registration required.
Call 203-574-8213 to R.S.V.P

 

 

Let's Go LEGO!
Monday, May 22, 6 - 7 p.m. 
Children's Room 

If you love to build with Legos, then Let's Go LEGO! is for you. Let’s Go LEGO! is designed to encourage hands-on and mind-on creativity. Working with blocks and Legos helps with critical thinking. Each month the Lego club will have a theme to inspire building; participants, however, are free to build whatever they like. Legos will be provided. 

Let's Go LEGO! is held on the last Monday of every month.

Admission is free
For Grade 1 – Grade 5


 

 

Bronson Bookworms
Wednesday, May 31, 6 p.m. 
Mezzanine Meeting Room

Tweens! Nurture your love of reading and meet new friends. We’ll read a different book each month.

May's book: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.