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

Watercolor Resist Art

Tuesday, November 12, 3-4 PM.

Using white resist crayons, kids will draw pictures and then paint over them with watercolors.

Ages 6 – 11 years.


Stamp Art Cards

Tuesday, November 26, 3-4 PM.

Using supplies from the craft cart, kids can make their own stamps or they can use premade rubber stamps and ink to create colorful cards.

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.


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.


Air Pollution – How To “Go Green” Escape Room

Wednesday, November 6, 3-4 PM.

Join us & unlock something!

Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform that brings the  challenges of an Escape Room to the Library. Work with others to solve puzzles and challenges provided by Breakout EDU. Kids will learn about air pollution and the earth using this fun process.


Make Milk Plastic

Wednesday, November 13,  3-4 PM.

Have you ever heard that plastic can be made out of milk? You may be surprised to learn that from the early 1900s until about 1945, milk plastic (usually called casein plastic)  was commonly used to make many different plastic ornaments, including buttons, beads and other jewelry. In this activity you will make your own casein plastic out of hot milk and vinegar. Food coloring can be added and cookie cutters will be used to make different shapes.


Creating with littleBits®

Wednesday, November 20, 3-4 PM.

This littleBits creations program is designed for youth to both learn about and explore STEAM concepts and 21st century skills. The littleBits are kits that are composed of electronic building blocks that are color-coded, magnetic, and make complex technology simple and fun. The kits will be set up as stations for kids to explore and create.


KĒVA® Family Free Build

Wednesday, November 27 from 12-5 PM

Build with KĒVA® Planks in an engaging, interactive learning space. Try out quiet guided construction or activities that bring stories, STEM and art to life.

(Please note:  this is a drop-by, no registration event. As per Library policies, parent/guardian supervision required for children under 8.)

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, Nov. 19th – 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:

  • 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.


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.