For Kids

Welcome to Jonathan Trumbull Library’s Youth Services Department. We offer a wide range of books, audio books, DVDs, music CDs, puppets, AV Kits, and more for children and their families.

All of our children’s programs are online until further notice. Visit our calendar of events for program dates, times, and links.

We will continue to have Take-and-Make Craft Bags this fall!

Pick one up while you’re at the library or request to pick one up outside and enjoy some fun craft activities at home!

Share pictures of what you made with us by emailing them to or tagging @JonathanTrumbullLibrary on Facebook or @lebanonctlibrary on Instagram!

Monday storytime with Miss Frances will continue! Join us at 3:00 pm on Zoom for stories. Register through the link on the website to get the meeting ID!


Dougal Art, caricatures, illustrations, entertainment and educationZoom Cartooning and Drawing Tricks with Bill Dougal will continue
Mondays in August and September
@ 4:00 pm
Learn to draw cartoons and things out of simple shapes. Sign up at the library or online. For ages 7-12.


On Tuesdays, join Director Earls outside every week for chess! We will play at 2:00 pm in August and 4:00 pm in September. Masks on, game on!


Education and E-Resources for Families

Check out Camp Candlewick! Camp Candlewick is an online program for avid young readers who may be staying safe at home this summer. Over the course of twelve weeks, young people in grades 1-12 can engage in a virtual book camp that encourages them to take part in shared reads, activities, and streaming events with prominent creators.

There is so much on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter!

Authors from all over are reading every day and we encourage you to share with us what you find, too!

To start, here’s a trailer for our neighbor Barbara McClintock’s new book The Three Little Kittens!

We look forward to sharing The Three Little Kittens book with you when the library reopens!

If you click on the hashtag #OperationStorytime there is a whole BUNCH of authors reading aloud! Here’s a link to the page on Instagram, too!

For all you Wednesday Read, Rock, and Rhyme’rs, here’s a GREAT one:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar ? Enjoy a reading of this classic tale with beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle! ??? ? ????? ? ?


Pete the Cat is live on Instagram too! Every day at 12 pm! A link to his profile is here.

Oliver Jeffers is live on Instagram once a day! Check out his conversation and live readings here! Each day at 2 pm!

One of my favorite online storytime resources is Jbrary. They’re from Toronto! Bringing some international flair to online stories and songs! Find Jbrary here!


Another excellent resource for those long days inside is Audible! They are making a limited collection of stories available for free! Check back here for book clubs to be hosted on Zoom, using titles available on Audible! Start listening here.


It’s not all about reading! Now is a great time to WRITE too! Check out author Kelly Yang’s writing classes on Instagram live! Here is a link to her profile.

Check out author Jason Reynolds on Instagram: he’s got games to play to “kickstart those creative juices” (and a nice breakdown about what it feels like to create in these turbulent times). He goes LIVE on Fridays! If you play the invention/creation game, you can win a gift certificate!

And drawing, too! Miss Frances’ zoom storytimes will heavily feature Mo Willems, who also has free doodle classes! New episodes drop each weekday at 1. Learn to draw your own Elephant and Piggy!

Ben Clanton, of Narwhal fame, is doing Miximal Mondays on Instagram at 12:30 pm! Lunchtime doodling! Check out the link to his Instagram account here.

And there’s always STEAM! Whizz Pop Bang has a page with directions to some cool experiments and projects to do at home. Find the link to the page here!


Don’t forget to MOVE throughout the day! Here are some of our favorite picks for a chance to stretch, move, sing, and play.

This is my all-time favorite, Yoga with Adriene: check out her class here for kids of all ages, and there are a ton more for every other circumstance imaginable! Always free on YouTube!

Our local yogi of Willimantic’s Yoga On North, Angie, is also posting yoga videos on YouTube: see them here.

Sing along with Emily Arrow every weekday at 1! The link is here.

The Laurie Berkner Band is doing a Berkner Break every weekday at 10 am on Facebook! Check out their profile here.


There are also ZOOs posting daily tours! Check these out!

Our nearby Mystic Aquarium: daily at 11! link here.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is going live Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2. Link here.

The Connecticut Science Center is going live a few times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon! Check out their stuff on their Facebook page here.

Or go to ZOO SCHOOL with the Roger Williams Zoo! Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm on YouTube. Here is a link to their YouTube channel.

Farther away, there are zoos logging on too. Check out the Cincinnati Zoo daily at 3 pm! Link to events is here. 

Unofficially, lots of zoos are posting videos of their animals exploring empty territories. Here’s a link to the Kansas City Zoo’s Underwater Penguin Cam!

And here’s a little video of foster puppies at the aquarium! Win-win-win!

Book lists and Award Winners for Children

The 2021 Nutmeg Nominees have been announced! Find the lists here so you can read the books and participate in the voting next Spring.

Summer Reading Program


E-Resources for Kids and Caregivers

Overdrive for Kids

Overdrive for Kids

Middle School Resources

Middle School Resources

Elementary School Resources

Elementary School Resources


Read a book to your baby or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten.

Prepare your child for a lifetime of reading

RB Digital Magazines


Please remember to wear your masks when you enter the library, wash or sanitize hands, and wait until you and your family are all well before coming to see us. Thank you for your kindness!