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New Storytime Schedule for Little Ones


Due to popular demand, we are altering our storytime schedule for our youngest patrons. Beginning Wednesday, February 5, one of our Itsy Bitsy Reader sessions (for babies who are not yet walking) will now become Pattycake Place (for ages 0-2). Our new infant and toddler schedule will be as follows:


Wednesday, 10:00am - Pattycake Place - Upstairs in the Large Meeting Room

Wednesday, 11:00am - Itsy Bitsy Readers - Downstairs in the Storytime Room

Wednesday, 12:00pm - Itsy Bitsy Readers - Downstairs in the Storytime Room

Thursday, 10:00am - Pattycake Place - Upstairs in the Large Meeting Room


What’s the difference?

Itsy Bitsy Readers is geared toward very, very young children who do not yet know how to walk very well. Most children stay relatively close to their caregiver, often remaining on an adult’s lap throughout much of the session. We sing, read, and rhyme for 25-30 minutes, and the librarian gives tons of early literacy tips to the grown-ups in the room.


8 Days a Week, I Loooove You… Well, Okay, Seven


Beginning tomorrow, the library is officially open seven days a week! On Sundays, we will now be open from 2-5pm. Does your child have a last-minute research project or homework they forgot was due Monday? We can help! Feeling cooped up as the weekend draws to a close? Come visit us at the library!


Sunday hours will continue until mid-May. We hope to see you on a Sunday!

It’s Almost Time to Party!

Our giant end of summer bash is almost here! If you’re participating in our Summer Reading program, make sure you join us on Wednesday, August 21 at 3:00pm. Bring your bingo reading log, and we’ll celebrate with everyone who’s completed their five-in-a-row bingo.


At the party, we’ll have music, games, crafts, face painting, and more. If the weather’s good (let’s all cross our fingers!) we’ll party on the library lawn, and town hall will be our rain location. If we're outside, bring along a blanket or towel to sit on. If you’ve completed a blackout bingo, make sure you stop at the Children’s Reference Desk inside the library to claim your prize.


(If you can’t make it to the party but you’ve completed a blackout bingo, you can still visit the library after the party to get your prize. Also, if you aren’t in attendance and win a raffle prize, we’ll contact you and you can pick your prize up at the library when you can.)


Summer Reading Party Schedule


3:00pm: Party Begins! Face painter, crafts, games, and MUSIC with the Rockabye Beats Band!


3:45pm: Raffle Drawing - We’ll draw names…

Blast Off to Summer Reading!


Summer Reading has officially begun here at the Winchester Public Library! Kids ages 4 and up are encouraged to come into the library and pick up a bingo card reading log. Each square of the bingo card is a type of book (i.e. mystery, funny book, etc) or an activity (i.e. read a book in the library). When kids get a bingo - 5 squares in a row in any direction - their card becomes their ticket to the end of summer party on August 21. Kids who get a blackout - all the squares - get a bonus prize at the end of the summer.



In addition to their reading log, we’ve got fun games that kids can play if they check something out to take home. When kids win the game, they get a raffle ticket and we’ll draw names at the party for some awesome prizes. We’ll have a new game each week, and kids can play up to once a day.


In addition to all this fun, we’ve got tons of exciting events going on! Check our online calendar of events to find out about all the fun!

New Reading Rocks Books are Here!


They’re here, they’re here! The 2019-2020 Winchester Reading Rocks list has been officially released, and we’ve got tons of copies of the books here at the library!


Every year the Winchester Public Schools puts out a list of great books. Kids who read a certain number of these books can enter a raffle to represent their school on a trivia team at the annual Battle of the Books.


This year’s Battle of the Books took place on Tuesday, June 4


Your fearless librarians!

Excited contestants


You’ll want to check out some of these books so you don’t miss the excitement of next year’s Battle of the Books! Come on in and pick one up today!

Lego Mindstorms: The Ultimate Battle

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For six weeks in March and April, we hosted a Lego Mindstorms workshop. Kids in grades 4 and 5 learned all about building complex Lego robots and how to use a great software program to create some pretty complicated coding to make these robots move. During the final week, our workshop culminated in a robot BattleBot rumble!


Here’s your chance to check out some great photos from these workshops and find out a little more about what these kids learned and accomplished!


 The first week, we began by focusing on coding by creating some games using Scratch. Then for the next four weeks we learned all about the Lego Mindstorms equipment. We build a few different robots and attachments and did lots of experiments with writing code to make them move, play sounds, show displays, and utilize sensors to alter their movements. Here are a few shots of the kids’ learning in action!



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