Children’s Programs:

Summer Reading!

Registration begins Saturday, June 22nd!

Preston Public Library

All programs are offered at no charge. Registration is required for some programs.
Please register in person at the Library or call 860-886-1010.


  Yoga Stories with Amy Kobelski of Happy Child Wellness (ages 5-9)

Tues. July 9, 9:30am-10:30am

Participants will read a story, then retell that story and its message through yoga poses, games, music, and fun! Amy is a certified children’s yoga instructor and her background in pediatric occupational therapy allows her to bring a unique developmental perspective to all of her kids’ yoga classes. Parents invited to watch or wait in the Library.
Registration required; limit of 10.


Plant a Library Kindness Garden (all ages)

Thurs. July 11, 9:30am-10:30am (rain date Fri. July 12)

Come and start a new kindness garden at the Library! Prepare the soil, arrange, and plant some colorful annuals where patrons will leave and take painted kindness rocks. (See upcoming rock painting programs.) Plants donated by Hart’s Greenhouse and Florist, 99 Rte. 2A, Preston.  No registration required.


Read with Oliver the Miniature Donkey Sessions 1 and 2 (all ages)

Mon. July 15, 10:30-11:30

Mon. Aug. 19, 9:30-10:30

Come and meet Oliver the certified therapeutic miniature donkey. Ask Oliver’s owner, Leigh Pappas, questions, brush him, and paint his hooves. Then read Oliver your favorite book. If the weather is good, this program will take place outside so don’t forget the sunscreen! No registration required.

Monet Water Lilies Painting Program (ages 3-12)

Wed. July 17, 9:30am-10:30am

Water Lilies is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings depict his flower garden at his home and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Try your hand at painting water lilies in this program with Miria of Chelsea Groton Bank. All supplies provided.
Registration required; limit of 12.


Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Full Moon Wildlife (all ages)

Fri. July 19, 2 pm-3pm

The phases of the moon can affect all animals, especially nocturnal creatures. From coyotes to birds, we will learn about these nighttime creatures and how the moon can cause changes in behavior. We will also have a chance to meet a nocturnal creature. Registration required; limit of 28.

Ocean Science Jars (ages 3-12)

Tues. July 23, 9:30am-10:30am

Learn a little about the importance of our oceans and create your own in a jar with Miria from Chelsea Groton Bank. All supplies provided. Registration required; limit of 12.


Interactive Circus Flow Arts (all ages)

Thurs. July 25, 6:30pm-7:30pm (rain date Fri. July 26)

Join us for an introduction to plate spinning, juggling scarves, flower sticks, bucket stilts and more! Participants will have a chance to test their skills after the performance. There will be a Selfie Circus Photo Booth. This program is outdoors. Chairs and blankets are welcome! No registration required.


Glow Germs (ages 5-12)

Tues. July 30, 6pm-7pm

Join Jessica from Pfizer in answering the question: Are germs the masters of the universe?  Using safe artificial “glow germs” made of small plastic particles that glow under UV light, we will explore how germs spread and how proper hand washing can defeat them! Registration required; limit of 28.



Kindness Rock Painting Sessions 1 and 2 (all ages)

Thurs. Aug. 1, walk in between 9:30am and 7:00pm

Tues. Aug. 13, walk in between 9:30am and 7:00pm

Paint a rock or two with an inspirational message or picture.  Leave them for others to find in the Library’s new kindness garden or somewhere else.  All supplies including some pictures of some sample rocks will be provided. Please clean up after yourself and do not hide any rocks inside the Library. No registration required.


Creating Historical Spaces (ages 8-12)

Tues. Aug. 6, 1pm-2pm

Build a historical representation of one of Preston’s landmarks. Sponsored by the Preston Historical Society. Registration required; limit of 10.


4H STEM Science Thursdays (ages 8-12)

–By the Light of the Sun: UV Light

Thurs. Aug. 8, 10:30am-11:30am

Try activities that uncover the secrets of UV light. Registration required; limit of 12.


–4H Flinking Satellites and an Oreo Moon 
Thurs. Aug. 15, 10:30am-11:30am

No, that’s not a typo! Learn what flinking means with a fun experiment involving a make-your-own satellite.
Registration required; limit of 12.


–4H Meteoric Ozobots 
Thurs. Aug. 22, 10:30am-11:30am

Make your own craters and then program tiny Ozobots to find their way around meteors.
Registration required; limit of 12.


Sparky’s Puppets: Stories From Outer Space (all ages)

Wed. Aug. 14, 1pm-1:45pm

Follow the adventures of a space traveler who makes a rocket ship and flies to the moon and see what happens when some colorful space aliens travel to earth in their flying saucer. Registration required; limit of 28.


Sand Art (ages 5-12)

Wed. Aug. 21, walk in 10am-2pm

Welcome inspiring young innovators, artists and makers! Discover your art and design techniques with sand.
Registration required; limit of 12.

Saturday, August 24thSummer reading ends! Thank you for participating!




  Adult Programs:

Upcoming Programs:

Follow the Trail!

It’s time for the
Connecticut Authors Trail!

The 11th Annual Connecticut Authors Trail (CAT) will have it’s kick-off event on July 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Janet Carlson Calvert Library in Franklin, CT with author Marty Podskoch.  A schedule of all events is available by clicking here: Connecticut Authors Trail (CAT)

The finale event will be held on September 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theatre.

Passports are available free at participating libraries throughout the summer as a guide to the author events. If you miss an event during the summer, you are invited to meet many of the authors from the Trail at the Finale. The doors to The Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre open at 6:15 pm. Have your passport stamped at each author event for a chance to qualify for a special prize (to be announced.)  Drawing to be held September 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm. You must have your Passport with you to qualify. Then stay and join us for a fun-filled evening with our featured speaker starting at 7:15 pm.

The Friends of the Preston Public Library are pleased to present,

as part of the Connecticut Authors Trail,

Valerie Dziengiel

Author of

Alone in the Darkness

Valerie was a real estate entrepreneur who worked with her husband throughout their marriage operating a real estate construction development corporation he established in the early 1970s.  They specialized in residential land development and new home construction in Southeastern CT, until her husband’s illness necessitates the closure of their business in 2012.


In order to understand her grief, she includes their story of young love, which developed during the Vietnam Era, before describing the events which led to his death and the paranormal experiences that followed.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

at 6:30 pm.

at the

Preston Public Library 

389 Route 2,

Preston, CT
(Click for link to Google Maps of Preston Library location,
enter your address for directions.)

You can connect with Valerie Dziengiel at her website:

or Facebook:  

or on Goodreads:

Or, check out her book at



Will update as information on our next program becomes available!