February Literature Programs for All Ages

Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, 2020-21. Photo credit: James J. Reddington.

Virtual Events for Kids

Join Michele Urban for Sing Your Story an educational music experience where kids become songwriters!
Killingly Public Library

Saturday, February 6
10:00 am
Register Here


Talewise (formerly Science Tellers) presents Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress
Follow the journey of two brave villagers as they travel to save the kingdom from the evil Ice Sorceress!
West Haven Public Library

Saturday, February 6


Horizon Wings presents The Secret Life of Owls
West Woodstock Library

Saturday, February 6
1:00 pm



The 2021 Connecticut Poetry Circuit
Storrs Campus, Virtual Platform TBD

Thursday, February 11, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact: anna.ziering@uconn.edu

Join us for a reading by talented students from five area colleges! This year’s Poetry Circuit poets, selected by a panel of distinguished judges, are Marielena Cartagena-Santiago (Manchester Community College), Gabrielle Colangelo (Yale University), Joelle Gray (Quinnipiac University), Phillip Michel (Quinebaug Valley Community College), and Mia Yanosy (University of Connecticut).


Adults and Young Adults

Literature of the Sea Seminar: Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
Hosted by Mystic Seaport Museum

Saturday, February 13
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, February 20
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, February 27 (with the author)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Learn more and register here

Discussion led by Richard King, Ph.D.: Mystic Seaport Museum’s Literature of the Sea Seminar is designed for readers, writers, and thinkers of any adult age or experience. Over Zoom, we will meet once a week for three weeks to discuss one book.


Crystal Maldonado Reading From Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
Storrs Campus, Virtual Platform TBD

Wednesday, February 24
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: anna.ziering@uconn.edu

UConn alumna Crystal Maldonado returns to campus to read from her debut YA novel, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, a Cosmopolitan Best New Book of Winter 2020. Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. People sometimes have a problem with that last one…..The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter. As Kirkus Reviews puts it in a starred review, “Charlie’s struggles are authentic and raw while Maldonado’s bright prose makes for a page-turner. . . . [Charlie Vega is an] overdue and welcome ingénue.”


On the Road with Jason Reynolds
Library of Congress

Thursday, February 25
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

More information

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds will discuss his ambassadorship, including his recent GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story virtual tour, with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Reynolds has directed his focus as ambassador by empowering students to embrace and share their own personal stories.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is an initiative of the Library of Congress, in partnership with Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council, with generous support from Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

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