So glad that you checked in! I wanted to let you know that even though we are all indoors, there are still so many places we can go! That’s right! We can all jump on the digital train for a super variety of fun virtual experiences.
Below you will find a list of places to visit for information, stories, and other activities. We will continue to update the list, so be sure to check back in. Hope you find this helpful.
Stay well and stay in touch,
Digital Resources Curated by Jane Manners, Pequot Library's Children's Librarian
Explore at Home
RACE, EQUITY, ANTI-RACISM, AND INCLUSION
Readers of all ages—especially children—need to see themselves represented on the pages of the stories they read. We encourage intentionally selecting books about people from all backgrounds, particularly those that are marginalized within the community. The list below is a fraction of the books available at the library, but typifies just how heartwarming and unifying stories can be. Books are also a great tool to start conversations and it’s never too early to talk to children about anti-racism and the beauty of diversity. Explore our recommended reading in support of diversity.
Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries all around the world to bring families virtual tours and online exhibits. Kids will be able to gain more knowledge about art, science, history, and more.
Explore our heritage by visiting the beauty and splendor of 31 National Parks courtesy of Google Earth. Exceptional views right from your living room.
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner partner with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to read children’s books on Instagram @savewithstories.
Goodnight with Dolly is a special 10-week series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books. Launches on April 2.
This storytime is sprinkled with celebrity dust: It’s brought to you by the folks from SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Nicely done!
KidLit TV Read Out Loud
A wonderful collection of authors and illustrators reading out loud, sharing book ideas, and more.
Story Time from Space
It’s out of this world!
Some of your favorite stories read aloud.
Read, Wonder, and Learn! From Kate Messner.
Stimola Literary Studio will host live-streamed readalouds, craft activities, and drawing demonstrations starting March 23 between 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST with Matt Tavares, Shannon Stocker, and many others.
Share your Heartfelt Thanks to Healthcare Heroes with this meaningful craft.
Casting a magical charm on boredom is the Harry Potter at Home Hub, bringing Hogwarts to you.
The Yo-Yo Mo Show: An Evening of Musical Doodling Musical creations featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Mo Willems.
Draw Every Day with Jarett J. Krosoczka @StudioJJK
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the graphic novel Hey, Kiddo and other titles, will host free webcasts for you and your kids each weekday at 2 p.m. EST for at least the next few weeks.
Author and illustrator Grace Lin is using her personal YouTube channel to record herself reading her books — including Mulan: Before the Sword and When the Sea Turned to Silver — and doing some drawing demos.
There’s never been a better time to get crafty. Here are a couple of sites to give you some ideas for home projects and some live sessions with illustrators for inspiration:
Have any extra paper plates in the back of the pantry? Pull them out for a zoo full of paper plate animals that kids will love to make!
It’s good to remember to get up and move! Here are 25 exercise games and indoor activities to get you going! Thanks to Mommy Poppins.
18 Librarian-approved books for kids of all ages courtesy of PBS.
The 2021 Nutmeg Book Award nominees are here.
For interested in keeping the past alive, here is a list of virtual learning resources from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. You definitely want to check this out!
If you are looking for information on how to talk to kids about the coronavirus, take a look here:
From The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
For kids and adults with learning differences or disabilities: understood.org
From NPR: a kid-friendly comic that explains what it’s all about.
Public Health Degrees has a full resource for children and families on the coronavirus here.
Don’t forget to go outside and play! Do some jumping jacks, blow some bubbles or collect some rocks. Play hide and seek, take part in a scavenger hunt or hang a bird feeder and see who shows up. Playing is the highest form of research.
Welcome to the Children’s Library, where things are really hopping!
Our space features a cozy reading room surrounded by books, a classroom, tutoring rooms, and our resident rabbit and reading ambassador, Blossom. There are so many wonderful ways for young readers to be involved here — through storytimes, family events, book clubs, after-school activities, volunteering, and more. Stop by to say hello, browse our collection, or make an appointment to read to Blossom.
The Children’s Library offers four 30-minute preschool storytime programs during the school year (September through May) for children of various ages:
- Babes on a Blanket (0-12 months) Stories, rhymes, songs, and playtime for baby’s first year of life. 20 minutes structured play, 25 minutes free play and socializing. No registration required.
- Music and Movement for Wigglers (0-5 years) Can’t sit still? This is the program for you! Jump, hop, dance and wiggle to the music. No registration required.
- Wee People (2-3 years) Theme-based storytime includes stories, finger plays, rhymes, and songs. No registration required.
- Crafty Kids (3-5 years) Get hands-on with theme-based stories and a related craft. Registration for the 6-week session required. Limited to 8 participants.
Searching for something fun to do after school? Pequot Library offers exciting recreational activities that will keep your child’s mind engaged while having loads of fun.
Scrabble Club welcomes all levels of experience, including beginners. Learn winning plays, key strategies, and new vocabulary in a fun and friendly environment. Classes led by Jonas Brown who won the National Scrabble Championship youth division and was part of the USA Youth Scrabble Team. For children in grades 3-12.
Kids Knit is a program for children ages 10+ who want to learn to knit, cast on, and bind off. This is an opportunity to have fun with friends while developing fine motor skills and spacial recognition. Supplies list available upon registration. Kids Knit is offered at various times throughout the year.
Secret Service is a volunteer program for children ages 10-18. Missions include: Candy Making Workshop, Easter Egg Roll, Miss Susan’s Summer Supper, 4th of July Parade (pictured), Halloween Parade, and the Holiday Caroling Party. Each rewarding mission requires dedicated “agents” to assist in setting up, decorating, creating crafts, leading games, all while having fun with friends.
Friday Night Café offers young musicians, dancers, writers and singers and opportunity to perform on stage and shine! Friday Night Café is presented by Pequot Library and Music for Youth and takes place monthly throughout the school year. $5 fee covers food and drink. Registration required.
Seasonal Offerings: Look for more after-school activities including Lego Club, Fireside Tales, Edible Book Festival, Oscar Movies for Kids, and Blossom’s Garden by visiting our calendar.View the Schedule
“I love the quality selections in the kids department, the small neighborhood feel, and of course, Blossom!”
Workshops and Classes
Parenting discussions, college preparation seminars, writing workshops, and etiquette classes provide parents and their children the opportunity to discover new information and develop new skills.View the Schedule
Music and the Performing Arts
Irish Step Dancers, Shakespeare for Kids, and free concerts in the Auditorium and on the Great Lawn are but a few of our many cultural offerings for children and families throughout the year.View the Schedule
Please check back for information on our upcoming once-a-month book clubs for the fall of 2020.
Past book clubs have included:
- Mother/Daughter Book Club: Girls ages 8-12 and their mothers discuss some of the best that children’s literature has to offer.
- Banned Books Book Club: Students ages 9-12 discuss, among other things, why certain books are banned.
- The Magic Tree House Book Club: Students in grades 1-3 explore history and fantasy with Jack and Annie Smith on their numerous adventures and missions from their magical tree house.
Join your neighbors at one of Pequot’s many community events. The most popular are the Kids Candy-Making Workshop, Easter Egg Roll, Miss Susan’s Potluck and Campout, Fourth of July Bike Parade, Costumed People/Pet Parade, Holiday Caroling Party and Open House.View the Schedule
Discover, learn, and play when school is out of session.
Fairy Tale Week/CANCELLED
Fairy tales come true at Pequot Library from July 6-10, 2020. Faster than you can say “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” Cassie Walker from The Lion’s Studio will turn an ordinary summer week into an experience that will open children’s eyes — and hearts — to magic.
Each day — from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — will be filled with discovery, storytelling, art, games and a fairy tale scavenger hunt on the Great Lawn. For children ages 6-10.
When the children perform Cinderella for their parents on July 10, the fun-filled week will have its happily-ever-after ending!
All summer of 2020 programming subject to change.View the Schedule