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Children

Welcome to the Children’s Department

The Children’s Department of the Southbury Library provides a safe, nurturing and culturally stimulating environment for children and caregivers that encourages lifelong reading and learning.

Located on the second floor, we feature a circulation desk with library assistants to check out books, offer readers’ advisory assistance and place materials on hold. We are eager to assist you with any inquiries. A self-checkout station is available for simple transactions. Our library knight, Sir Read-A-Lot, is always at attention to watch over the day’s events.

Use one of our Kindle Fire tablets loaded with preschool games for our littlest patrons’ education and enjoyment needs. We also have puzzles, pictures to color, and a cornucopia of developmentally appropriate toys for our children to enjoy in our preschool area.

For our older children, we have a bank of computers for academic and recreational needs. Log on with a valid library card.

We offer a Drop-In Storytime year-round as well as seasonal sessions for a variety of ages. Children are encouraged to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Other programs for elementary age children include STEAM and STEM, arts & crafts, music, movies and more.

The Friends of the Southbury Library have purchased passes for a variety of area museums that are available for checkout to Southbury patrons over 18 years of age. For a list of museums & discount information check the Museum Passes page.

Upcoming Events for Children

This event is in the "Children" group.

I Spy Bear Hunt

All Day 12/1 - 12/31
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Upstairs
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Games and Recreation
Event Details:
The bears have escaped from the books! Can you find all the bear characters from children's literature? It's time for an I Spy Bear Hunt. Find all the bears hidden throughout the Youth Services department, complete the form and you'll receive a small...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Holiday Ornament Craft

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Children
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Event Details:
Get in the holiday spirit by making a themed ornament. Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Make a festive, glittery animal (choose unicorn, deer, cat, or fox) Grade 2-5. Registration is required.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Upstairs
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Stop by the Youth Services department on Saturdays for our Open House Take & Make Craft. Bring home everything you'll need to make a fun and exciting thematic paper craft. Appropriate for all ages. Young children may need assistance. Glue and cra...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Drop-In Storytime Online

10:30am - 11:00am
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes

Drop-In Storytime

Drop In Stories are offered every Monday morning at 10:30 am year round. All ages are welcome and there is no registration required. Stories are shared, and then the children are invited to do a simple craft and pick out books to take home.

Event Details:
Join us every Monday morning online via Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook Live for a drop-in storytime. We'll share books, rhymes, and songs and end with a simple paper craft. Craft materials are available to be picked up in the library ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Children" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Workshop
Registration Required
Event Details:
Food Explorers is back! Let's make a holiday treat! Join the Registered Dietitians from Food Explorers to make some delicious Gingerbread S'mores Cups!  For this recipe, we’ll be using pre-made gingerbread cookie dough (regu...

Disclaimer(s)

Dairy Allergy

Dairy will be present in this program.

Wheat/Gluten Allergy

Gluten will be present in this program.

Zoom

This program will be taking place on Zoom. The invitation links will be sent via email on the day of the program. To ensure that the invitation link reaches you, check your inbox for the registration confirmation email after signing up.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Tiny Food Explorers

10:00am - 11:00am
Children
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Event Details:
Join Tiny Food Explorers for some fun with food! Come and explore new flavors and textures while playing games all about food and MyPlate! You’ll make a hands-on healthy snack that even the pickiest of eaters will be keen to try. All s...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Mask Requirements

Masks are required at all times inside the library, regardless of vaccination status. Click here for more information.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Nutmegs at Noon

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes, Book Clubs
Event Details:
Have you read the new Nutmeg Nominees yet? Tune in to our Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page at noon on Thursdays in October to hear Miss Heather share or discuss the new 2022 Elementary Nutmeg Nominees. Catch us live or watch it later.&n...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Storytime with Katie Online

10:30am - 11:00am
Children
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us online on the Southbury Library Youth Services Facebook page for a special virtual storytime and craft.  Miss Katie will share stories, rhymes and songs. Crafts can be picked up after storytime in library on the first...
This event is in the "Children" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Southbury Public Library
Room: Kingsley Room A/B
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Workshop
Registration Required
Event Details:
Join Food Explorers for a Holiday Cookie Extravaganza! You'll frost and decorate your own holiday cookies with a very special twist...you'll color your frosting with fruits! See how by attending this delicious program.  The program is nut fre...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Dairy Allergy

Dairy will be present in this program.

Egg Allergy

Eggs will be present in this program.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.

New Children's Books

Children's Holiday Books