Library's Children's Wing Is Hopping

The new $6.5 million children's wing at the East Hampton Library added a total of 6,800 square-feet of space for new books and all of the library's children's programs.

The wing allows for more participants in popular activities, and has made room for some brand new ones that were not feasible in previous years due to limited space, said Alexandra Giambruno, head of the children's department. Here, we offer a sampling of what's returning by popular demand and what's new in the children's wing, so that your little ones don't miss out on any library fun.

Music Together, a music and movement program for toddlers 1 to 3 years old is back on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Toddler time for babies up to 3 will be offered all summer on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Another familiar program, Storytime Yoga, with Susan Verde, a children's book author, will return on Tuesday and again on July 29 and Aug. 12, all from 11 to 11:45 a.m. For this one, parents are shooed away while kids 5 and older listen to a story and learn some yoga poses.

Movin' and Groovin' with Mr. Skip, in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room, is another old library favorite, now with a greater holding capacity. On Friday, July 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Mr. Skip will have kids out of their seats and dancing to his tunes, both classic and new.

All new this summer, on Aug. 15 from 2 p.m. to 3, is the "Stick, Fizz, Hiss and Boom" nature program in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room, combining entertainment, reading, and science for children ages 4 and up. The session also promises a giant weather balloon at the end of the show.

New to the repertoire of activities in the library's children's department is "The Happy Clam Show" on Aug. 19, from 2 until 2:45 p.m. Held in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room, the family show will be an interactive "musical adventure" suitable for kids 2 and older. It will be tied to the Read-to-Me summer reading club.

Nature Nick will be back this year on Aug. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. Due to the extra space in the new wing, more kids will be able to meet his porcupine, miniature kangaroo, squirrel monkey, armadillo, python, and more. This show will be best for kids 4 and older.

There will be a live birds of prey show the next day from 2 to 3 p.m. with animals from the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, including a red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, and screech owl. Children attending must be at least 4.

In all cases, except for the Storytime Yoga, kids under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All programs are free.

In addition to those listed above, there are also weekly arts and crafts programs, story times, and more.

The East Hampton Library is located at 159 Main Street in East Hampton. Advance registration is requested for all programs by phone, in person, or by email to childrens@easthamptonlibrary.org.