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STEAM Into the New Year!


Have you been itching to experiment with our Lego WeDo Robotics equipment? Have you ever wondered how inventors create new robots? Looking for some quality time in the great outdoors? We’ve got you covered! We are kicking off 2019 with tons of great STEAM programming!



Kids can let their creativity shine while they work on beginning engineering skills using Lego bricks! We’ll provide lots of Legos to play with, you supply the ideas. For ages 4 and up. No need to register, just drop-in anytime between 10:30 and noon.

Saturday, January 5, 10:30am-12:00pm


Lego WeDo Robotics

Sign up for a 3-week workshop where you’ll learn how to use the Lego motors and sensors along with the computer programming software to make your creations move. This workshop series will be for kids in grades 2 through 5. If you’ve done a Lego robotics program here before, you’re welcome to come again. This will also be a great program for kids who’ve never tried Lego WeDo before and would like to learn how. You only need to register once, and your child will be registered for all three sessions.

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Mary Poppins is Back! Let’s Celebrate!

Celebrate the release day of the new Mary Poppins Returns movie here at the library with us! We’ll do activities and play tons of games based on the original movie to get us excited for the new one. We’ll play music like Burt, pin bow ties on penguins, “Feed the Birds” in a tossing game, do some thematic bowling, and more!


The party begins Wednesday, December 19, at 3:30pm. No need to register, just come on by. There will be fun for all ages, so bring the whole family along!

Books for Holiday Giving!

As gift-giving season approaches, we've put our heads together to come up with some of our favorite new (and slightly less new) books this year! We wanted to share this list with everyone just in case anyone needs a little help finding a just right holiday gift!


Suggestions for Holiday Gift Books 2018

You’ll find our list is organized into sections of picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and seasonal books.


Don’t see the perfect book for the person you’re shopping for? Drop in and we’ll make personalized suggestions just for you!



Summer Reading Party!

It’s almost time for our Summer Reading Party!


You won’t want to miss the culmination of this year’s Summer Reading program! Join us for games, crafts, and live music for everyone who completed a bingo on their Summer Reading Bingo Card (so remember to bring your completed bingo cards). This year, weather permitting, we’ll have the party outside on the library lawn!


We’ll have amazingly fun musical entertainment from Toe Jam Puppet Band! Bring a blanket and sit on the grass, or be up and dancing along.


After the performance, we’ll draw names for our Summer Reading Raffle! Kids who’ve played and won our weekly games are eligible to win tons of awesome prizes.

Summer Reading!


It’s here! It’s here! Summer Reading officially begins on Monday, June 25!


Come in anytime before the Wrap-Up Party and sign up. You’ll get a Bingo card to record all of the reading you do this summer. If you complete 5 bingo squares in a row, then your card becomes your ticket to our awesome Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party! If you complete all of the squares on your bingo card, you’ll get an extra prize in addition to getting to come to the party!



Any books you read - or e-books or audiobooks - count toward your reading Bingo. We’ve also got some great lists of reading suggestions for you, in case you want ideas.



Plus, each week we’ll have a fun game to play here in the library. All you need to do is check out a book and you get to play! You can try once per…

Battle of the Books!

Congratulations to Winchester’s 4th and 5th graders for a successful culmination of their Reading Rocks program at the 2017 Battle of the Books!


Each year the elementary school librarians and the Winchester Public librarians work together to create a list of 20 awesome books. Kids are then challenged to read as many of these books as they can. Kids who read 5 books get to vote on their favorites. Kids who read 8 books are entered in a drawing to participate on their school’s trivia team. These teams compete at an annual Battle of the Books trivia competition!


This year, over 400 kids read at least 5 books and voted on their favorites. The winners are:

3rd Place: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

2nd Place: Fog Diver by Joel Ross

1st Place: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley


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