Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will offer several programs in the coming weeks.

A create-your-own wooden masterpiece workshop for children ages 5 to 12 with representatives of Home Depot will be held Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.

The workshop is limited to 24 people, so reservations are required by calling 860-868-2310.

A book talk and book signing with Florence deDampierre, author of "Walls the Best of Decorative Treatments," Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.

Future programs in the junior library include a Suzuki Music Program Sept. 24, a Foam Run Derby Oct. 15, pumpkin painting Oct. 22, a Halloween costume party and parade Oct. 29, "Digging for Dinosaurs" Nov. 5, a pirate party Nov. 12, a Thanksgiving craft Nov. 19, a Playdough workshop Nov. 26 and a gingerbread house event Dec. 3.

A program with author Heather Irving Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

The Connecticut resident will discuss her new memoir, "Andy's," which focuses on family life during prohibition.

Copies of the book will be available to be signed.

A musical event with the Virginia Serenaders will be held Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Inspired by the 1840s group of the same name, the Virginia Serenaders represent the sound of a formative era - the "national music" of the 19th century.

The group uses antique or reproduction instruments, fiddles, guitars and fretless banjos, strung with gut and headed with natural skin, which serve to capture the sound as originally performed.

"The Art of Public Speaking II" workshop with Dr. Josephine Johnson, author of "Publicspeak," Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

Fall story times will include Two's Time Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23 through Nov. 4, Book Buddies for 3- and 4-year-olds Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 through Nov. 4, after school story craft for children in kindergarten and first grade Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:15 Sept. 20 through Nov. 8 and after school story craft for children in second and third grade Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22 through Nov. 10.

After school story craft participants must provide written permission to WPS to take the bus from Washington Primary School to the library.

Programs will be cancelled if Region 12 schools are closed or dismissed early.

Story hours are free and open to the public, but registration is requested to insure adequate supplies.

For additional information about kids' events, call 860-868-2310. For more information and registration for other programs, call 860-868-7586.