Lucy Robbins Welles Library kicks off Winter Reading program

Published on Friday, 7 February 2020 14:05
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON - Winter is a good time to get lost among the pages of a book.

Or lots of books, if you’re a member of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library.

The library recently kicked off its 2020 Winter Reading Program, giving kids, teens and adults incentives to read as much as possible. The theme is “Reading through Time” and staff have lots of recommendations and fun activities planned for participants through the first week of March.

“It’s growing every year it seems,” Library Director Lisa Masten said of the winter reading program. “Last year we had 450 people participate and I’m confident we’ll reach that number again.”

At least 200 adults stopped by the library to register for the program the day it opened and more are signing up to take part every day.

Every book people read over the five weeks, they mark down in their logs and receive a prize ticket for a weekly drawing. Then the first week of March, everyone has a chance in a grand prize drawing for a special gift basket. Prizes are hand-picked by Masten.

The Friends of the LRWL sponsor winter reading, making it possible for the library to award prizes and host events.

The children’s department kicked off their program with Take Your Child to the Library Day and a performance by the Lionheart Puppet Theatre.

“It was amazingly good; we were packed all day,” Children’s Librarian Pat Pierce said.

Recommended books fitting this year’s theme center on the past and the future, time travel and history.

“We have a really cool bulletin board for Reading through Time,” Pierce explained. “We post an interesting fact on it every Saturday. The kids come in and get another raffle ticket each time they read it.”

The Tuesday after President’s Day the library will be hosting a Fun through Time event. Kids in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to play games and enjoy a flying saucer snack on Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

The teens’ program is called “Cozy up with a Good Book” and each week features a gift card drawing.

Staff can recommend the year’s best books in any genre for any age level, from titles that attract kids and teens to the most enticing reads for grown-ups.

Among Masten’s top historical fiction recommendations this year is Elizabeth Gilbert’s “City of Girls.” To mystery lovers, she recommends Laura Lippman’s “Lady in the Lake.” Another fiction bestseller from 2019: “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

For a full listing of events at the library check out our calendar, visit the library at 95 Cedar St. or visit

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Friday, 7 February 2020 14:05. Updated: Friday, 7 February 2020 14:08.