Adult Events

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  1. Library

    Physical Address
    100 Garfield Street
    Newington, CT 06111

    Phone: 860-665-8700

Virtual Events & Programs will be held via our Zoom platform. 


Many of our virtual programs that are live will take place on our Zoom Platform.  Information on how to join a program can be found by clicking here. Registration is required for these programs. You may now register online by clicking here or calling the library at 860-665-8700. Program information as well as the Zoom link to access the program will be emailed prior to the event.  

Other programs that are recorded and do not require registration are on our YouTube Channel and can be accessed via YouTube or on this events page listed below.
 

In Person Programs & Outdoor Programs

 Please contact the library or view this webpage for the most up to date information.  These programs may need to change based on COVID-19 restrictions or inclement weather.  We appreciate your patience in this matter.  Our primary concern is everyone's safety.

Past Programs

To view recorded programs that you may have missed, scroll down to the end of the page to view the video.

Upcoming and Ongoing Programs

Tech 4U

Tech 4U is back!
Make an appointment with a librarian and get help with your technology questions! Services offered include creating an email or social media account, using library applications, and help with using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Appointments are 30 minutes. Call the Reference Desk at 860-665-8700 to request an appointment. 

Brain On Fire

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion 
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
Thursday, December 8, noon, 
Join us for this lively discussion while enjoying your bagged lunch brought from home. Registration required.

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ReDefined READS – Literary Winter Cactus
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am
Learn how to make a winter cactus from old music sheets, floral wire and tissue paper. All supplies are provided. Supplies are limited. Registration required. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. 

spice it to go

Spice It to GO! - Explore a different culinary spice each month. We’ll provide a small FREE take-it home kit, which will include a small sample of the spice, recipes and information and the history of each featured spice. Register online or call to reserve your kit. Registration required. Supplies are limited.December Spice It to Go – Hazelnut Extract
Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Pick-Up: December 12 –17


Puzzles

Grab & Go Puzzle Packets
Every Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month
December 13 & 27 and January 10 & 24
We put together packets of fun just for you. Each packet will include puzzles, word games, and more! Stop by and pick up your packet on or after the dates listed above.

Elvis

Movies @ Your Library!
Elvis

Tuesday, December 13, 2:00 p.m.
Elvis Presley rises to fame in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Starring Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia Dejonge. PG-13. Running time 159 mins. Registration required.

White Flag

White Flag by Judy Mandel
Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.
Welcome back Newington’s best-selling author Judy Mandel with her new book, White Flag. This timely book deals with substance use disorder and how family trauma can affect many generations. Books available for purchase. Registration required.

Check out Judy Mandel's website here
Local Interviews!
New Britain Herald Interview
WFSB Interview
 

Excel

Excel Basics
Tuesday, December 20, 10:00 a.m.
This class will provide a basic overview of Microsoft Excel to get you started. In this hands-on program, we will create functions, make tables and graphs, and learn some tools to help keep track of your finances. A laptop will be provided for use during the class. Registration required.

Coloring and Puzzles

In-Person Coloring / Puzzle Get-togethers
Every First and Third Tuesday of the Month
December 20, and January 3 & 17 from 10:00 a.m. – noon
Every first and third Tuesday come to the library and socialize while coloring or working on puzzle packets. If unable to attend, coloring packets will be available at the Adult Reference Desk beginning on these days! Registration required for the get-togethers. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

Big Little Lies

Page Turners Book Discussion
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Thursday, January 5, @ 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a lively book discussion facilitated by Karen and Pat. All are welcome. Registration required.

spice it to go

Spice It to GO! - Explore a different culinary spice each month. We’ll provide a small FREE take-it home kit, which will include a small sample of the spice, recipes and information and the history of each featured spice. Register online or call to reserve your kit. Registration required. Supplies are limited.
January Spice It to Go – Sel Marin de Guerande Grey Sea Salt
Recipe: French Seasoned Steak Fries
Pick-Up: January 9 – 14

PowerPoint

PowerPoint Basics
Tuesday, January 10, 10:00 a.m.
This class will provide a basic overview of Microsoft PowerPoint to get you started. Create a presentation with various types of slides. Add a design theme and slide transitions, and you’re ready to go! A laptop will be provided for use during the class. Registration required.

Meditation

Exploring Meditation - Virtual 
Wednesday, January 11 6:30 p.m.
Feel like your brain is buzzing? Have you thought: I can’t meditate? Feeling like your mind always wanders when you try to sit still? You’re not alone and your totally normal. In this workshop we’ll review many types of meditation--from tools to quiet the mind, mantra meditation, breathing techniques, imagery and even moving meditations—in an attempt to provide you a tool to help you rethink what meditation can be in order to broaden your opportunities to relax and find a tranquil moment. Registration required. Register for Zoom link. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. 

American Wife

Brown Bag It with a Book Discussion 
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Thursday, January 12, noon, Community Room
Join us for this lively discussion while enjoying your bagged lunch brought from home. Registration required.

Top Gun Maverick

Movies @ Your Library
Top Gun Maverick
Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’S elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it. Starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller. PG-13. Running time 130 minutes. Registration required.

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Friends Winterfest
Friday, January 20, 2023 – snow date January 27
Enjoy an evening of tasty beer, wine, spirits and savory refreshments, plus great musical entertainment by Dually Noted. 2020 marks the ninth anniversary of this event. It will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Place your orders for bottles of wine or beer you like at special prices offered only at the wine tasting event. Orders placed during the event are eligible for a special prize. After the tasting, participate in the teacup and silent auctions and more! Desserts will follow. Shuttle parking will be provided. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. 

Winter reading

Adult Winter Reading Kickoff & Registration – "Reading is a Treat
Tuesday, January 24, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Drop in between these hours or register online to receive a free gift and a chance to win the kick-off prize giveaway. Adults will earn a prize ticket for every book they read or listen to, which will be entered into the weekly drawings for special gifts. All tickets collected will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held on Friday, March 4. Registration required. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library. 

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Unknown Schubert
Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. 
Today Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) is one of the most celebrated names in music history. This was not the case during his lifetime. Schubert worked in relative obscurity and failed to hear public performances of his greatest works. Jeffrey Engel will detail the long history of Schubert’s ascent to the pantheon of great composers and play excerpts from several of his compositions. Registration required. Register for Zoom Link. 

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Probate Court – What's It All About?
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 p.m.
Join Newington's Probate Court Judge Robert Randich as he presents what probate court entails. He will also give a description of the rest of the Connecticut Circuit Court SystemsRegistration required.

2023 Book Tastings

2023 Book Tasting
Thursday, January 26, 1:00 p.m.
A new year means new books that we are excited to read!  Join our librarians as we highlight some of the most anticipated books of 2023. Registration required. If you can’t attend in person, join us live online through Zoom.  

Lord of the Rings Trivia Night

Lord of the Rings Trivia Night 
Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
Ready for an adventure at home? Join us to play trivia all about the Lord of the Rings film saga.  All ages are welcome and prizes will be awarded. Registration required. Register for the Zoom link. Co-sponsored by the Beekley Community Library.

Recorded Programs you may have missed!