The Wonder Room: Our Doors Open To Curiosity

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The Wonder Room is a multi-purpose space designed for STEAM exploration, doing homework after school, group projects, story time programs, or just hanging out!

Quarterly Themes
Each quarter, you can explore a new theme in the Wonder Room. You will have the opportunity to register to attend in-person programs and take home kits. We are also excited to offer you the chance to explore with self-paced activities. For these, you can drop-in during our open hours as long as there isn’t a program taking place in the Wonder Room.

Note: Children under the age of 12 must have an adult with them to enter the building. View our policy.

collage of Wonder Room bubbles, solar panels, and wind turbinesFALL 2021: Explore Energy!
This fall, we will explore energy! Where we acquire energy and how we use it. Take a closer look at both fossil fuels and sustainable energy.

Open Discovery: Energy Exploration
Sept 20th-Oct 30th | Grades K-5 | Wonder Room | Drop-in | Adult Supervision Required

During the fall, explore energy in the Wonder Room. Take a closer look at fossil fuels and sustainable energy. This is a self-guided activity. Adult supervision required.

DROP-IN HOURS
Monday-Thursday: 4-8:30pm
Saturday: 12-4:30pm

Sept 20th-Oct 9th: Design a solar-powered house with Legos and observe the formation of peat.

Oct 11th-Oct 30th: Build a wind turbine and try your hand at core sampling to look for natural gas.

Equipment for In-Library Use
Brackitz
Brainflakes
Cricut Machine
Keva Planks
Kid K’Nex
MakeDo Cardboard
Power Clix
Q-Ba-Maze
Squishy Circuts
Strawbees

The Wonder Room at Home
You can enjoy STEAM activities at home with the Wonder Room STEAM Kits and PDF instructions of past STEAM story time kits and activities.

STEAM Kits
These are available in the Children’s Room to check out and take home.

  • Kits are checked out for 2 weeks.
  • No holds or renewals are allowed on our STEAM kits.
  • No late fees, but patrons will be billed for lost items.

display of available kitsAvailable Kits
Code-a-Pillar
Cubelets
Dash & Dot Wonder Pack
Dash Robot
Dot Creativity Kit
Floor Puzzles
Makey Makey
Ozobots
Perler Beads
Rainbow Loom

thumbnail of Astronomy instructionsActivity Instructions
STEAM Story Time Themes (Ages 3-7)

Astronomy
Balloons
Bread & Butter
Caves
Dinosaurs
Nocturnal Animals
Pirates

 

green beans growing in a cupActivities for Ages 5-11
Hovercrafts
Jardening: Tiny Worlds in Jars
Paper Airplane Experiments
Watch Me Grow! Green Beans

Thank you to our donors!
Patricia and William Coppola
The Wallingford Foundation (Rotary Club)
The Estate of Marilyn Ollayos
James H. Napier Foundation
Wadsworth Family Foundation
Eversource Energy Foundation
Wal-mart Community Foundation
A gift in memory of Seamus McDonnell
Kiwanis Club of Wallingford
Individual donations from families and library lovers!