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Summer Events

 
May 
 

Smart Phone Support
Tuesday, May 30, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For any adults who have trouble with their cell phones! Come with your phone (fully charged) and any questions you may have.

 
 
 
The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group 

Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

 
 
 

Cut the Cord! 
How to End the High Cost of Your Cable TV
and Phone Service 
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m.

James Gifford, a consumer electronics expert from Tolland, will be the presenter. Learn about the basic TV and entertainment system you need to get the most from Internet providers, the inexpensive equipment you need to connect to these sources, and how to cut Internet costs. Bring your questions!  Registration required. 

 
 
June
 

Word 2013 Basics
 Thursday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. 

Create a document, then edit, format, add some graphics and save your work.  This is a hands-on class! Registration required.

 
 

  Evening Book Discussion
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.

This month’s title is  George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 
 

 Boston Bus Trip
Saturday, June 3

$35 per person.  You can be on your own or, as an option, visit the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, in Columbia Point for an additional $10.00 (to be paid on the bus.)
Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

 
 
 
Safe Homes
Saturday, June 3, 10:30 a.m.

All residents are encouraged to attend this informational seminar. Topics to be covered include: determining when clutter becomes too much, how to ensure you have proper access to exit during a fire, what exterior conditions are a violation of the Newington Blight Ordinance, and what to do if you have concerns about or need assistance with these issues.

Co-Sponsored by the Town of Newington

 
 

 Contributions of Islam & Muslims to a Better World
Tuesday, June 6, 7:00 p.m.

Chaplin Sami Abdul Aziz from Wesleyan University will speak about how Muslims have contributed to ancient and modern civilization, making the world a better and more peaceful place. Come learn more about how this faith has impacted your life. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
  

Adult Summer Reading:  Kick Off & Registration
 Build a Better World
Thursday, June 8, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
or 
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the start of this year’s reading event. Drop in to register, receive a free gift and a chance to win the kick off gift basket. Many reading suggestions will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

 Tech 4 U 
Thursday, June 8, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today!

  

Made in Connecticut
Hartford Prints of Hartford
Monday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.

Hartford Prints is owned by three sisters, Addy Gale, Callie Heilmann, and Rory Gale.  Learn how this company that began as a business focused on teaching Hartford’s high school students job skills, evolved to a business that produces stationery, cards, and apparel. A lucky winner will receive a free sample product.  Registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

Movies & More: La La Land
Tuesday, June 13, 1:00 p.m.

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Running time 128 minutes. Pick up your FREE tickets at the Adult Information Desk.

  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group
Wednesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

  Friends Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m.

The evening will begin with the election of officers, the Friend of the Year announcement and a few other recognitions. Entertainment will be provided by Teen Nutmeg author Mathew Dicks. Matthew also has several adult books. Books will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

Books & Bites – Booktalks by Librarians!!!
Thursday, June 15, 1:00 p.m.

NEW! Join your favorite librarians for tasty bites and engaging booktalks.  iscover new titles and authors that our librarians love and you might too.

 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

 Word 2013 Intermediate
Thursday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.

Create a document and work with tables, borders and images. Add a header & footer, change the layout and save your work. This is a hands-on class!  Registration required. 

 
 

Film Based on the Book
The Pilot’s Wife
Thursday, June 22, 1:00 p.m.

This film adaptation of Anita Shreve’s novel stars Christine Lahti, Campbell Scott and John Heard.  A pilot’s wife sets out to learn who her husband really was after he dies in a plane crash.  Running time is 89 minutes.   Refreshments will be provided.  If you enjoy the movie, consider joining our discussion of the film and novel on Thursday, June 29,
12:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

Fairy House Fun!
Saturday, June 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us as we create whimsical fantastic fairy houses! Take your creation home or add it to the library's Butterfly Garden. Please call to register builders of all ages. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

  The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group
Wednesday, June 28, 10:00 a.m.. - Noon

 Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

 
 

Brown Bag It with a Book and Film Discussion
The Pilot’s Wife
Thursday, June 29, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of the film and novel The Pilot’s Wife  by Anita Shreve.  The film adaptation of the novel will be shown on Thursday, June 22, 1:00 p.m.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Beverages and desserts will be provided.
No registration necessary. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

 
 
 

Tech 4 U
Thursday, June 29, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

 Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! 

 
 
 
July
 
The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

 Tech 4 U
Thursday, July 6, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

 Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today!

 
 
 
Made in Connecticut
Serenity Hill Basketry of Barkhamsted
Monday, July 10, 7:00 p.m.

Deb Strid will talk about her journey to become a successful basket-maker and member of the Farmington River Artisans Guild.  Deb, who is self-taught, now has her own basket shop and has an Etsy presence, selling her baskets online as well as in her retail location.  A lucky winner will receive a free sample product. Registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

  Live Life Every Day: Mind and Body
Wednesday July 12, 6:30 p.m.

 Are you taking full advantage of every day?  Are you choosing the lifestyle that will increase your lifespan?  During this clinic participants will learn the benefits of movement and the power optimism can have on their life.

 
 

 Heavy Shtetl
Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 p.m.

Listen and sing along to the foot-tapping, hand-clapping music of this Connecticut Klezmer band led by Music Director Jane Hurwitz.  Recommended for music lovers of all ages. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

 
 

 The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group
Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 
 
Throwback Crafting:  CD Suncatchers
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.

The sun is shining, so it's time for crafting!  Come join us to make suncatchers out of old CDs.  All materials will be provided.  Registration required.

 
 

Tech 4 U
Thursday, July 20, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! 

 
 

Hidden Figures
Tuesday, July 25, 1:00 p.m.

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer. 
Running time 127 minutes. Pick up your FREE tickets at the Adult Information Desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 

 Using Essential Oils Safely and Effectively 
Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.

Join Cailin McBee for an interesting presentation on essential oils and how to use them in the home. Registration required. 

 
 

 Working for a Better World
 
Thursday, July 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Interested in volunteering? Come hear a panel discuss the successes and challenges of volunteering and working for local nonprofit organizations. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required. 

 
 

 Connecticut Wildlife – Bobcats
Monday, July 31, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Join Paul Coburn as he speaks about Connecticut’s elusive big cat, the bobcat. Paul, a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, will focus on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut and provide an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Registration is required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 
August
 

Books & Bites: Audiobook Talks by Librarians!!!
Thursday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.

NEW!  Calling all audiobook listeners! Join your favorite librarians for tasty bites and engaging audiobook talks! Discover new titles, authors and narrators that our librarians love and you might too! 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

  Evening Book Discussion
Thursday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.

This month’s title is War Brides by Helen Bryan. Everyone is invited to attend.

 
 

 A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Fine Chocolate
Monday, August 7, 1:00 p.m.

While you enjoy samplings of tea and chocolate, Kim Larkin, licensed chocolatier, will talk about the history and health benefits of tea and dark chocolate. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Deschler family in honor of their mother, Cecile Deschler
 

 
 

Tech 4 U
Thursday, Aug. 10, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! 

 
 

 The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group
Wednesday, August 9, 10:00 A.M. – Noon

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
 

 
 

 Introduction to Using Ancestry.com and Other Online Resources for Genealogy
  Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

Diana McCain and Carol Whitmer, professional genealogists, researchers and authors, will talk about how to use Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org.  This presentation will be a lecture format.  Registration required.  

 
 

Tech 4 U
Thursday, Aug. 10, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

 Do you need help downloading your eBook or using your new smartphone? Want to set up a Facebook or Twitter account? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45 minute session with a librarian today! 

 
 

 Books & Bites: Audiobook Talks by Librarians!!!
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.

NEW!  Calling all audiobook listeners! Join your favorite librarians for tasty bites and engaging audiobook talks! Discover new titles, authors and narrators that our librarians love and you might too!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 
 
 
 Made in Connecticut
Bradley Mountain Soaps of Southington
Monday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.

Anneliese Dadras, owner and founder of Bradley Mountain Soaps, will talk about how this goat farm in Southington began.  Their herd of dairy goats provides the milk for their many goat milk soaps and lotions.  The farm, built in 1813, is on the registry of National Historic Places. A lucky winner will receive a free sample product. Registration required.

 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

 

  Beauty and the Beast
Tuesday, August 15, 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. Running time 129 minutes.  Pick up your FREE tickets at the Adult Information Desk. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

 
 

 Headstrong:  Carrying Haiti’s Economic Burdens
with Marc-Yves Regis I
Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.

Marc-Yves Régis I, an award-winning photojournalist, is the founder and director of Camp Hispaniola, Inc., an organization that provides a week of camp for hundreds of children in Haiti and The Dominican Republic. Régis is a poet and author of four books. The photographic exhibit stems from the deep passion that he feels for street vendors who carry Haiti’s economic burden on their heads. Despite their constant struggle with bone-crushing labor, their faces show a mixture of determination, pride, sorrow, fear and joy.  The book Headstrong Children will be available to purchase.  Registration required.  

 
 

Folk & Indie Music
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.

Indie music with “Ear Candy for the Soul” followed by folk music with “Hugh & Dana.” Two sets of original music and refreshments for your summer evening! Registration required. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

Adult Summer Reading Finale – Build a Better World
Friday, August 18, 6:30 p.m.
In the library, under the atrium

Join us for refreshments and prizes for adults registered in the summer reading program. The drawings for the grand prizes begin at 7:00 p.m.

 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

 Book Discussion:
Days to the Gallows: A Novel of the Hartford Witch Panic
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of Days to the Gallows: A Novel of the Hartford Witch Panic by Kathleen Spada Basto. This fascinating novel is based on the 1662 witch panic that struck Hartford, Connecticut. Come hear Ms. Spada Basto talk about her book on September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the library Board of Trustees annual meeting! 

 
 
  
Starbucks' Better World
Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 pm

Carlos Gonzalez will show a short film and speak about the Starbucks programs that help make our world a better place to live.

 
 

 Local Authors Get Together
Wednesday, August 23 6:30 p.m.

Calling all writers and wannabees: No matter where you are in the process, jumpstart your memoir or novel with Judy Mandel and Deborah Ann Davis. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 

 
 

 Excel 2013 Basics
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.

Trying to keep track of your finances and business?  Then join us for a hands-on class to learn the basics of Excel right from a library laptop! Registration required. 

 
 

The Joy of Coloring: An Adult Coloring Group
Wednesday, August 30, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Health benefits for adults include stress relief, exercising fine motor skills, and stimulating your senses and creativity. So come unplug, relax, and color! Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 
 

 
 
  
Beyond Death, Medical Facts, Mysticism and Meditation
Wednesday, August 30, 7:00 p.m.

Since the 1980s when near-death experiences became part of the public consciousness, they have held endless attraction for people. Join Dr. Raider, hear the latest medical research and discover a simple, natural way to connect with the inner light talked about by those who’ve experienced a near-death experience.

 
 

 Excel 2013 Intermediate
Thursday, August 31, 6:30 p.m.

Mastered the basics of Excel? Join us for a hands-on class where we fine-tune our skills in Excel right from a library laptop! Registration required.