Kids & Teens

Kids & Teens

The Tolland Library is here to educate and entertain
kids, teens, caregivers, and teachers. 
We offer a diverse collection of books, movies, technology,
and a wide variety of programs for all ages.
Come visit us soon!

Andrew Geary
Children's / Young Adult Librarian
ageary@tollandct.gov
(860) 871-3621


Upcoming Programs
 

January 2023

LEGO Club - Meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of Every Month, January 12 & 26. 4:00 - 4:45 PM.
Attention LEGO lovers! Exercise your creativity, show off your skills, and attempt awesome challenges. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Kids & Pre-Teens. FREE. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. Registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons - Thursday, January 26. 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
Grab a character sheet and a set of dice and embark on an epic quest designed by local Dungeon Master extraordinaire, Jerry Rapone of “The Winding Way Forward Tabletop Adventures”! Experienced players and DMs are welcome to join and run their own games. Registration is required. Players should have a basic understanding of how to play before joining. Pre-teens & Teens. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info.

Chess Club – Meets Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
Weekly chess group for kids, pre-teens, and teens. Hosted by Mr. Edward Faber. Players should know basic chess moves before joining the group. Registration is required. Kids, Pre-Teens, & Teens. Free. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info.

February 2023

Take Your Child to the Library Day - Saturday, February 4, All Day.
Take Your Child to the Library Day" is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Join us as we celebrate the 12th anniversary of this wonderful event with a handful of activities and TWO special guest performers!

Crafts for Kids/Teens AND a scavenger hunt (complete with prizes) will also be available throughout the day. Registration is required for each event. FREE. Call (860) 871-3621 or email ageary@tollandct.gov for more info.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decoration - Tuesday, February 14, 4:00-4:45 PM.
Decorate delicious cookies for a loved one or treat yourself to a tasty holiday snack! Kids, Pre-Teens, & Teens. Registration required. Free. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info.

Super Duper Story Time – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28. 10:30 - 11:15 AM.
Kids and caregivers are invited to join our children’s librarian on Tuesdays for stories, songs, crafts, and oodles of fun! Toddlers & Kids. FREE. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. Registration required.

Baby Bookworms – Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22. 10:30 – 11:00 AM.
Join us on Wednesday mornings for board book read-alongs, songs, rhymes, and playtime for your little ones. Infants & Toddlers. FREE. Due to limited space and supplies, registration is required for all participants. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. Free.

LEGO Club - Meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of Every Month, February 9 & 23. 4:00 - 4:45 PM.
Attention LEGO lovers! Exercise your creativity, show off your skills, and attempt awesome challenges. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Kids & Pre-Teens. FREE. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. Registration required.

Tech Time – Saturday, February 18. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.
Get hands-on with some of the amazing technology available at the library and have a STEM-tastic time! Ozobots, iPads, video games, and more. Meets one Saturday a month. Kids, Pre-Teens, & Teens. Free. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. Registration required.

Anime / Manga Club – Wednesday, February 15. 4:00 - 4:45 PM.
Practice manga-style art, eat exotic snacks, fold origami, watch, read, and discuss your favorite anime and manga. Meets once a month. Pre-Teens & Teens. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. FREE. Registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons - Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23. 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
Grab a character sheet and a set of dice and embark on an epic quest designed by local Dungeon Master extraordinaire, Jerry Rapone of “The Winding Way Forward Tabletop Adventures”! Experienced players and DMs are welcome to join and run their own games. Registration is required. Players should have a basic understanding of how to play before joining. Pre-teens & Teens. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info.

Teen Library Council – Wednesday, February 22. 4:00 - 4:45 PM.
Motivated and dedicated teens wanted! Design your own library programs and web content. Personalize the Teen Area. Have a say in the books and movies that you want in the library. If you’re a teen, ages 13-19, your opinions matter and we want you to share! Join us on the last Wednesday of every month. Registration is required. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info. FREE.

Chess Club – Meets Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
Weekly chess group for kids, pre-teens, and teens. Hosted by Mr. Edward Faber. Players should know basic chess moves before joining the group. Registration is required. Kids, Pre-Teens, & Teens. Free. Call (860) 871-3621 for more info.

*Please note that Children's Programs are canceled when
Tolland Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.*


"1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" 


Register to receive a folder with program info and your child's first sheet of stickers! 
Register at the Tolland Public Library Children's Department to receive a folder with your child's name. Each folder will come complete with program information, a page to log your first 100 books, and a sheet of stickers that will help you keep track.

Add a sticker to your child's log sheet every time they finish a book.

  •  Add a sticker when they read a book all by themselves. 
  • Add a sticker when someone reads them a story. It can be you, a grandparent, a babysitter, a sibling, etcetera.  
  • Add a sticker for every book they hear read aloud during story time. 
  • Add a sticker when they listen to an audio book.
  • Add a sticker when they read and eBook. 

If you need suggestions for what to read with your child, pay us a visit, browse our collections, and ask one of our friendly librarians for help.

Visit the library every time your child reads 100 books.
Visit the Children's Department when your child has completed a sheet. Every completed sheet comes with a special prize and a milestone sticker to congratulate your super reader.

Celebrate reading 1,000 books!
When you complete the program, you will receive a certificate of completion with your child's name and a place on our new, "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Wall of Fame!"

Questions?
Contact our Children's Librarian for additional information. Call (860) 871-3621 or email ageary@tollandct.gov.  


Young Adult Reviews

*Enjoy reviews written by the Tolland Public Library's Young Adult volunteers
and members of the Teen Library Council. Want to submit your own? Contact ageary@tollandct.gov.*

"Wednesday" - Creators: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. Starring: Jena Ortega, Gwendolyn Christie, Riki Lindhome, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, and Christina Ricci. Rated TV-14.
Reviewed by, Abby Abramo - Teen Library Council Member 
This show follows teenager Wednesday Addams through the dark and twisted events of private school Nevermore Academy. Wednesday, an outcast among the outcasts, senses an evil presence following her. While investigating she has to face family troubles of the past and determine her place with her friends and foes. The gothic setting and well written humor add to this tv horror’s plot. Wednesday is streaming on Netflix, directed by Tim Burton, rated TV14.  A must see.

"Stranger Things 4" - Creators: The Duffer Brothers. Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Matthew Modine. Rated TV-14.
Reviewed by, Aaron Risley - Teen Library Council Member
Intro & Disclaimer: I don’t know if you know this, depending on the viewer, but this season is very long with every episode being over one hour long. This review took several hours, trying to get everything right to make everyone happy, but of course due to its length, there will be some details that were left out. You can read my review in pieces or you can read my Complete & Uncut Review in one sitting (which would be very impressive). And of course since this is also a summary, HEAVY SPOILER WARNING. One more thing, I hope that anyone reading this doesn’t think that I think they can’t remember information in the summary, it’s just that this is a lot of stuff happening so I just refresh it sometimes so anyone who is confused can get a better understanding of what’s happening. With all of that out of the way, I’ll stop with the disclaimer and actually get onto the part that you are reading this for.

"Ghost Adventures - Season 10, Episode 1"
Reviewed by, Abby Abramo - Teen Library Council Member
There are things in this world that are unexplainable. Follow Zak and his team as they encounter spirits that never disembarked. Permission to come aboard?
In this episode of "Ghost Adventures," Zak and his team embark on a paranormal journey on The Queen Mary. The team quickly notices they are not the only ones on this voyage. With doors slamming and voices of little girls, The Queen Mary packs a punch that nobody was expecting. As the team looks back at evidence caught by the late psychic Peter James, they realize they might be dealing with something darker than just a “little girl”. With the ship being the size of 3 and 1/2 football fields they conclude that whatever energy is there it is larger and darker then it comes across.If you are interested in the paranormal, Ghost Adventures is the show for you! This show has 25 seasons of spooky circumstances that you will love! I rate this episode a 5/5 and the series a 9.5/10.

"Dracula" by, Bram Stoker.
Reviewed by, Elijah Polance - Teen Library Council Member
Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897, has heavily influenced modern pop culture by bringing the vampire into the mainstream and inventing many of the powers and weaknesses commonly associated with these blood-sucking horrors. Unlike the first or third-person narration used in most stories, the plot gets almost exclusively told through the letters and diary entries of the main characters. The book opens with a young man named Jonathan Harker visiting the castle of Count Dracula, nestled in the dark forests of Transylvania. The beginning of his stay is quite welcoming until it escalates into a living nightmare, discovering that his host may not be who he seems. This opening is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever read, as Stoker's description perfectly renders suspense and a dramatically eerie setting. After this, Dracula makes his way into England to feast on the unsuspecting populace, where his terrorizing behavior makes him feel like an unstoppable force of nature. A small party of the main characters eventually learns of his existence and attempts to hunt him down. As a whole, I liked the novel, although I felt that the second half of the book was a bit slow and had a slightly underwhelming finale. I think anyone in high school and beyond who likes suspenseful stories, mysteries, or vampires will easily understand and enjoy this thrilling tale.

"The Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America's Shining Women" by, Kate Moore
Reviewed by, Nevaeh Polance - Teen Library Council Member 
This nonfiction novel follows the story of young women's lives that were flipped upside down after working the most desired factory job. Light is shined on the struggles that working-class women went through in the 1930s. Kate Moore accurately describes the story which includes glow-in-the-dark women, illness, and justice. This story is heart-wrenching and devastating, but these women persevered. I'm normally a fiction reader, but I stumbled upon this book through school and I believe it’s a story that needs to be heard. The changes that the Radium Girls fought for affects us even to this day, whether through women having more respect, or the improvement and importance of industrial safety. This novel is best understood at a high school reading level.

"The Book Thief" by, Markus Zusak
Reviewed by, Patrick Devine - Teen Library Council Member
The Book Thief takes place during WW2, in Germany. The main character is a young girl called Liesel, and the book is narrated by Death. She lives with her foster family who are hiding a Jewish man in their basement. Liesel and Max are both outsiders and connect through books. Throughout the book, I enjoyed the third person point of view punctuated by actual inferences and thoughts from death. I found the kindness and yet, sadness of the book intricate, making it an emotional read. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is an expertly crafted story that can make you hope and heartbreak throughout the story.


Homeschool Resources
*There is a wealth of free and fantastic online resources.
Here is a selection of sites designed to assist and inspire home educators and students.*

State & National Resources:

Resources for Kids:

Resources for Older Kids & Teens:

Reserve titles from our collections or search our consortium:


Check out the Calendar of Events for more program info!

The library also offers families: 

  • Awe Learning Stations: computers designed for children ages 2-12 and offering over 70 educational activities.
  • Hoopla: a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audibooks, ebooks and more with your library card. Get started here.
  • OverDrive: borrow ebooks and audiobooks using your library card. Get started here.
  • Museum Passes: click here to see the full list
  • TumbleBooks: TumbleBookLibrary, a collection of animated, talking picture books, is now available from Tolland Public Library, through a generous gift from the Tolland Public Library Foundation. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books and adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic book which you can read, or have read to you. TumbleBooks are designed to teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. This exciting new resource may be accessed on public computers in the library, and at home through this link to TumbleBooks.

 

 

 


Schools and Childcare Resources

Tolland Public Schools:

Additional childcare facilities and programs in Tolland: