GROTON, Conn. – The Groton Public Library, located at 52 Newtown Road in Groton, announces family and children’s activities for the month of September. For more information about library programs or services, call (860) 441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org. All programs hosted by the Groton Public Library are inclusive and open to people of all ability levels. Contact the library for information about available accommodations.

Sit, Stay, Read!

Join us for a chance to read with our very special guest, Phantom the therapy dog, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. Registration is not required; readers are selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Adaptive Sing & Stomp

Join us for a music-enriched program open to children with special needs, Sept. 5 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Sing & Stomp is an active half hour of songs, dance and fingerplays. Caregivers are encouraged to participate with their child in following directions, exploring rhythm, rhyme and creative play.

Ocean Discovery

Project Oceanology will be visiting the Groton Public Library for an up close and personal visit with marine animals! Observe, touch and learn about live fish, crabs, lobsters and more in their traveling touch tank, Sept. 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Next, learn fish anatomy and try your hand at the ancient Japanese art of Gyotako (fish printing). Space is limited, and supplies are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. This program, suitable for children ages 4 and up, is free and open to the public.

Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Game Day

Homeschool families are invited to join us each month to play The Settlers of Catan, an award-winning game of discovery, settlement and trade. Bring your own Catan board or use ours. Experts will be on hand to help first-time players. Registration is not required. This program takes place Sept. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Homeschool Make & Take Crafts

Homeschool families are welcome to get creative in the Children’s Activity Room at the Groton Public Library, Sept. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Drop in to use our assortment of craft supplies and art tools. Registration is not required for this event, but supplies are limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

Homeschool Art Smart

Homeschooled children, ages 7 to 12, are invited to expand their art know-how and creativity in a side-by-side art class for children and their parents or caregivers, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Discover a different artist, work of art or technique at each event and then create your own masterpiece. Registration is not required.

Weekly Storytime Programs

Babies & Books

Babies & Books is Storytime for our littlest listeners. Join us for this drop-in program for children ages 0 to 24 months and a caregiver, Mondays from Sept. 17 to Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. Babies enjoy nursery rhymes, simple stories, songs, finger plays and movements. After storytime, open playtime will be offered, giving children a chance to learn social skills and adults time to connect with other caregivers. Space is limited to the first 12 children each week. There is no storytime Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day.

Time for Twos

Children ages 2 to 3 and a caregiver are invited to explore, learn and play by using stories, hands-on activities, music, crafts and more Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from Sept. 18 to Oct. 30. This class is designed to help children develop both motor and social skills.

Sing & Stomp

Join us for an active, music-enriched program open to all, Wednesdays at 10 a.m., from Sept. 19 to Nov. 7. Sing & Stomp is a noisy half hour of songs, dance and fingerplays. Caregivers are encouraged to participate with their child in following directions, exploring rhythm, rhyme and creative play.

Little Explorers

Children ages 3 and up are invited to explore, learn and play by using stories, hands-on activities, music, crafts and more, Thursdays at 10 a.m., from Sept. 20 to Nov. 8. This class is designed to help to develop both the motor and social skills necessary for kindergarten readiness.