Weekly Story Times

Mondays at 10:15 AM is Babies & Toddlers Story Time

Snuggle with your baby or toddler as we sing, tickle and bounce our way into a lifelong love of language. Get ready for high-energy literacy with songs, active rhymes and stories. Got the wiggles? This is the place to be. Recommended for newborns – 36 months.

Thursdays at 10:15 AM is Preschool Story Hour

Join us as we travel to new places through books, puppets, and felt boards. A craft may be provided.  We’ll shake our sillies out with movement-based rhymes.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Each week we will feature a different themed Story Time, with stories and/or crafts. Join us!



Crafty Tuesdays – Ages 6-11

Lava Lamp Sensory Bags

Tuesday, Oct 8th, 3-4 PM.

Kids will have a chance to make lava lamp, rainbow and glitter bags using everyday household nontoxic materials.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


Halloween Tangrams

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 3-4 PM.

This Halloween tangrams math activity is a fun way to pair a favorite kids holiday with a great, hands-on math lesson. Kids will enjoy creating Halloween themed pictures using the simple shapes. It’s not quite as easy as it looks, but it definitely encourages kids to get thinking! Terrific STEM for Halloween! This activity combines student creativity, math skills,and the Halloween spirit using homemade tangram pieces.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


Wednesday Maker Series – Ages 6-11 (Weds)

Wednesday Maker Series – Ages 6-11 (Weds)

Space is limited – please call 244-7036 to register.

Coding for kids, Scratch Jr./ Hopscotch

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd,  3-4 PM.

Kids can learn how to make their own interactive stories and animations using code with Scratch Jr. , Hopscotch, Lightbot and Tynker. The different apps can help children learn code at their own pace.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


LEGO® Challenge: Halloween Scenes

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 3-4 PM.

Strengthen your STEM muscles and spark your imagination with an abundance of Lego bricks.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


Build a Chain Reaction

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 3-4 PM.

Kids will have access to KEVA® blocks, LEGO® blocks, cardboard tubes and a variety of other different items in order to build sequences of events so that one action triggers another action, which triggers another action, and so on! (Think dominoes.) Kids will learn how to work through the process of building and problem solving. Users are invited to try out an idea; build toward it, test it, redesign, build and test again.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


Design a Moon Rover

Wednesday, October 23, 3-4 PM.

Design your own Mars rover! What kinds of scientific instruments would your rover need to explore the surface of Mars and collect information? How does your rover communicate back with Earth? Does it need special wheels to drive on the surface of moon? Kids will have a chance to draw out their ideas of what a rover might look like then they will work together acting as “Mission Control” and a “Rover” to navigate through a large obstacle course.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


Halloween Flyers

Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 3-4 PM.

Kids can either make their own Halloween design or use our pre-made templates to create a Halloween flyer which will attach to a straw to help it fly through the air. At the end of the program kids can challenge each other to see how far their flyer will go.

Ages 6 – 11 years.




Chair Yoga – Weds.

Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 in the SAL Room

No experience needed. All levels welcome to this low-stress, high energy class.
The chair provides stability and balance, and allows movement without fear.

Drop-ins welcome!

Local Waterbury resident, Diana Whitney has been practicing yoga for 20 years.

Race Conversations – 3rd Tues.

When: Tuesday, August 20th – 6:30-7:30pm

Last March “A History of the Concept of Race” was presented by Dr. William Edelglass at the Waterbury Public Library.  Professor Edelglass commented that the group elicited the most sincere post-talk he had ever witnessed. Our group will explore the questions of race, culture, power and equity to name but a few topics.

The book by Ijeoma Oluo, “So you want to talk about race?” will serve as the text for discussion. 

Participants can order a copy of Oluo’s book through the library’s interlibrary loan. Ask at the Help Desk. Bridgeside books will be offering a 15% discount for the book if folks want to purchase their own.

All members of the community are invited to join in the conversation of race. What is the meaning of race?  What is the impact of racism on our community?  Eventually and hopefully, the question will arise: what can we do about it?

This series will be facilitated by Life LeGeros from South Duxbury. He works at the University of Vermont as a professional development coordinator partnering with educators to help middle schools become more student centered. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and strives to deepen his understanding of equity every day through professional learning, reading, and engaging on Twitter with experts and conversations such as #ClearTheAir.

Future meeting dates are:

  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17



Food For Thought Book Group – 3rd Weds.

Food For Thought Book Group

Regular meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Library, and reading selections alternate between fiction and nonfiction. New members are always welcome. Stop by the Help Desk to pick up your copy of the next book.

Our book group is currently on vacation for the summer and will resume in the fall.


The Overstory by Richard Powers

Wednesday, October 16th

A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.
“The human elements of the book–the arcs his characters follow over the decades from crusading passion to muddled regret and a sense of failure–are thoroughly compelling. So are the extra-human elements, thanks to the extraordinary imaginative flights of Powers’s prose, which persuades you on the very first page that you’re hearing the voices of trees as they chide our  species.”–Michael Upchurch


Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Wednesday, November 20th

Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical–and sometimes devastating–breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics…Harari explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?


Participants provide their own copies. One print copy available at Waterbury Public Library, and the ebook available at https://gmlc.overdrive.com/. Other copies can be borrowed through our library consortium, Interlibrary Loan, or purchased. Library Book Group members can receive 15% off these titles at Bridgeside Books!


Writers’ Wertfrei – 3rd Sat.

Writers, fledgling or published, all are welcome at our monthly gatherings of Writers’Wertfrei at the Waterbury Library.  “Wertfrei” comes from the German “Wertfreiheit” meaning non-judgmental or value free.  These gatherings are a place where writers can come, share their work, receive comments and suggestions in a supportive, caring environment.

The group meets monthly the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Waterbury Library from 10-noon. Bring 3-5 pages of writing that you are either currently working on or something that you have completed.  Newcomers welcome.  For more information contact Judi at judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com or call 244-7036 to sign up.


 August 17th , September 21, October 19, November 16th and December 14thfrom 10-noon

Board & Tabletop Games – 4th Sat.

Meets the 4th Saturday of the month in the SAL room from 10 am to 2 pm.

(Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec 28)

Ages teens-adults.

Drop in for any or all of the time.

If you are a gamer and want to meet with like-minded folks, come join Vinni Yasi, host of our monthly gatherings.

Games will include Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Splendor, Scythe, Forbidden Island, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, and MORE!

You are also welcome to bring your own game to the group.




Monthly Genealogy Quest Group

Are you interested in learning how to go about finding your family history?

Join the Genealogy Quest Group, which meets here in the Library on the last Tuesday of each month (except during summer months). Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7:00pm and are located in the SAL room.

Tuesday October 29th at 7 pm in the SAL room.

Topic: Brick Wall Solving: Bring to the meeting important information on a Brick Wall that you would like the group to help solve. Please bring the information that you have found, what records you have searched, where the relatives of this person lived, etc. Over the next month, members using information presented can try to find clues to help solve one or more Brick Walls.

New members are always welcome.