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Shawn Flynn & CT Women’s Hall of Fame!

Author, Shawn Flynn

Join the award winning Connecticut author and learn more about his heartwarming pet rescue story, “THE KITTY: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him.” Flynn’s book was recently named a Top Shelf Magazine Book Awards First-Place Winner, won a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, and was an award-winning finalist in both the Best Book Awards and the International Book Awards competitions.
Midwest Book Review said, “One of those unique and compelling stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, “THE KITTY: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him” is unreservedly recommended for community library collections.”

Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 pm


Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women
Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of our state’s most remarkable women! Be inspired as you learn about librarians, teachers, and other remarkable women. This presentation will introduce you to the Hall, its mission and programs, and give you a panoramic view of some of its 121 Inductees from across all fields of endeavor, from politics and sports to the arts and sciences. Portraits will be available for viewing after the program, refreshments will be served. All ages are welcomed. Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 pm

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February Library Events

Lego Time

We’ll supply the Legos; you bring your creativity! Build with other Lego fans and then tear down your creations. For ages 5 and up.

Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00 am


Winter Reading Program

Join us as we kick off our Winter Reading Program with our magic show:
Register for Winter Reading before or after the show

Winter Reading Bingo is open to ages 0-13.
Register at the library starting December 29th and pick up your Bingo card.

When you get a “Bingo” (one row complete) bring your card to the library to get a small prize.

When you get a “Blackout Bingo” (complete the entire card) bring your card to the library to get entered in the grand prize drawing.

No more than 8 blocks per week, all books read must be checked out from the Babcock Library.

Participants will have the opportunity to turn in two “Blackout Bingo” cards total – one in January and one in February for the grand prize drawings. Winners will be announced March 1st.


Drop-In Crafts

Stop by the library anytime during the week and make the craft project for the week.  This is a self-directed activity, usually for ages 4 to 8, although younger children may enjoy it with help from their adult companion.  Crafts are available throughout the week until they are gone!


Knitting Club
The knitting club meets every Wednesday at 1:00 pm, everyone is always welcome whether you already know how to knit or you want to learn. Come and join our knitting group.


Creative Writing Club
Workshops on building and improving writing skills through games, revision of drafts and idea sharing.
For ages 12 and up (adults are welcome) Mondays at 4:30 pm


Learn to play the Ukulele

Sue Way will instruct students on how to play and tune a Ukulele.  Participants must have a valid library card in good standing for this program.  Program is designed for participants 9 years old and up.  (Yes, adults are welcome!)

Registration is required.

Tuesdays starting at 12:30 pm


Music and Movement
Come work the wiggles out in the Music and Movement get together, this program is held in the hall, before Storytime. Tuesdays at 10:00 am


Storytime
Come join us for games, stories and a craft, for ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. This program lasts about 45 minutes and registration is not required at this time. Tuesdays at 10:30 am in the children’s room.

New Additions to Our Collection 2/9/19-2/15/19

Juvenile Fiction:
From Hero to Zero (Middle School #10), James Patterson
Juvenile Nonfiction:
100% Unofficial Fortnite Essential Guide
The Big Book of Fortnite : the Deluxe Unofficial Guide to Battle Royale, Samantha M. Skinner
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide For Changing Families, Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
Treasury of Egyptian Mythology : Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals, Donna Jo Napoli
Juvenile Picture Books:
Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book : Book Care Guidelines From the Library Secret Service, Karen Casale
Pig the Pug, Aaron Blabey
The Good Egg, Jory John
Juvenile Board Books:
Farmer Dale’s Red Pickup Truck, Lisa Wheeler
Murray’s First Book of Words, Heather Au
Juvenile DVDs:
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Bridge to Terabithia
Adult Fiction:
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, David Lagercrantz
Silken Prey, John Sandford
Adult Nonfiction:
The New 500 Low-Carb Recipes for Doing Low-Carb Better and More Deliciously, Dana Carpender
Robot Builder’s Bonanza, Gordon McComb
Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally : Drop Pounds and Slash Your Blood Pressure in 6 Weeks Without Drugs, Sari Harrar
The Everything Guide to Lyme Disease : from Symptoms to Treatments, All You Need to Manage the Physical and Psychological Effects of Lyme Disease, Rafal Tokarz
Adult Biography:
The Last Boy : Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, Jane Leavy
Adult Music CDs:
Divide, Ed Sheeran
Private Eyes, Hall and Oates
Back to Basics, Christina Aguilera
101 80s Hits
’80s Favorites
The Very Best of Meat Loaf
The Biggest Hits of The Judds
The Best of Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Very Best of Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Adult DVDs:
Bohemian Rhapsody
Military History Collector’s Set : Hitler’s Britain & How Hitler Lost the War
Witness
The Great Debaters
Saint Ralph
Titanic : The Definitive Documentary Collection
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Dawson’s Creek, Seasons 1 – 6
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Raider of the Lost Ark
Deadbolt Mystery Society Kits:
Seaside Strangler
The Toymaker
The Cabin
Carnival of Chaos
Sleight of Hand
The Terminal

March/April/May Library Events

March/April/May Library Events


Author, Shawn Flynn

Join the award winning Connecticut author and learn more about his heartwarming pet rescue story, “THE KITTY: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him.” Flynn’s book was recently named a Top Shelf Magazine Book Awards First-Place Winner, won a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, and was an award-winning finalist in both the Best Book Awards and the International Book Awards competitions.
Midwest Book Review said, “One of those unique and compelling stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf, “THE KITTY: Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him” is unreservedly recommended for community library collections.”

Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 pm


Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women
Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of our state’s most remarkable women! Be inspired as you learn about librarians, teachers, and other remarkable women. This presentation will introduce you to the Hall, its mission and programs, and give you a panoramic view of some of its 121 Inductees from across all fields of endeavor, from politics and sports to the arts and sciences. Portraits will be available for viewing after the program, refreshments will be served. All ages are welcomed. Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 pm


Invisible Cities

Calling all imaginary minds! Writers and artists come join up to be a part of “Invisible Cities,” creating stories and illustrations of imaginary cities and cityscapes. During the 4 sessions, participants will take a close look at 3 cities from the book, “Invisible Cities,” by Italo Calvino where Marco Polo imagines and narrates to Kublai Khan the cities he has traveled to. Working solo or together, you will then create your own city both written and illustrated in a large format drawing. On the final day both will be displayed. Registration is required.
Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 and April 1, 3:30-5:00 pm for children ages 9 and up.


Seed Exchange

Come to the library and pick up flower, vegetable and herb seeds beginning March 25th. This program is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Seed Program. Limited 5 packs per family, seeds are available until they are gone. 


Ghost Hunters of Connecticut 

They will be presenting the findings from their past investigations from over 30 years in the paranormal including photos videos and audio clips. They will explain what equipment they use, as well as talking about first hand experiences they have had.

This program is for patrons 12 and up, Saturday, March 30th at 11:00 am


Adult Book Discussion

“The Cat Who Tailed A Thief” by Lilian Jackson Braun
There’s been a rash of petty thievery in Pickax—ever since banker Willard Carmichael and his flashy young wife, Danielle, moved in. But now Willard’s been killed in a mugging Down Below…or so it seems. Qwill’s suspicious, especially when Willard’s house-restoration project in Pickax falls into the hands of Danielle’s cousin—whose rich new wife then dies on her honeymoon! The clues are confounding. But with Koko’s help, Qwill intends to catch a thief—and a killer…

Wednesday, March 13th at 3:30 pm


Teen Book Discussion

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

Friday, March 8th at 4 pm


Reiki Level I Practitioner Class

Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing art that you can perform on yourself and others. Join Bonnie Starr Chemerka in this class to learn the meaning and history of Reiki, how to perform the healing technique on yourself and others, how Reiki promotes health and well-being in mind, body, and spirit by helping to bring deep relaxation, pain management, and balancing of the body’s energy centers (chakras). Bonnie has been a Reiki Master/Teacher since March of 2007 and has taught many classes in Willington and the surrounding area. Join her to learn how Reiki can bring about a sense of inner peace, quiet the mind, and promote a sense of harmony.
This program is free to Ashford residents. There is a $10.00 materials fee which includes the Certificate. Wednesdays, April 3rd, 10th, 17th 6:00-8:00 pm Registration is required!


Deadbolt Mystery Society Club

Do you like solving mysteries? Have an eye for detail? Come to the library and join us as we solve mysteries! The Deadbolt Mystery Society is a company that puts you in the detective’s seat to solve cases. Included in each box are puzzles, evidence, and interviews to help you solve the mystery. Think Clue but without the board! We will meet each week on Monday at 3:00 pm (starting April 8th) to work on our box, and when we solve one there are more!


Magic Show

Ed Popielarczyk Comedy Magic Show!! Ed has been entertaining children and family audiences for over thirty years. The kids in the audience are the stars…they make the magic happen!!! All ages are welcome!

Monday, April 15th at 1:00 pm


Author, Lisa Taylor
Ms. Taylor will speak about her second collection of short fiction, “IMPOSSIBLY SMALL SPACES”. She is a teacher of creative writing, poetry, and fiction at Eastern CT State University. “IMPOSSIBLY SMALL SPACES” has been described as “hugely perceptive [and] sizzling with electric images.” Join us for this free author event, and be sure to bring a friend or two.
Friday, April 26th at 1:30 pm


Spring Reading Program

KICKOFF: Monday, April 1st
Spring Reading READO is open to ages 0-13.

When you get a “READO” (one row complete) bring your card to the library to get a small prize. Your card is in this newsletter and more can be found at the library.

When you get a “Blackout READO” (complete the entire card) bring your card to the library to get entered in the grand prize drawing.

No more than 8 blocks per week, all books read must be checked out from the Babcock Library.

Participants will have the opportunity to turn in two “Blackout READO” cards total – one in April and one in May for the grand prize drawings. Winners will be announced May 31st.


Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Bring your current resume, if you have one, along with your laptop, if you have one. This workshop will be taught in a group setting. 

Wednesday, April 24th at 3:30 pm


Join the Teen Meet Up! (Registration is required)
Are you 12-16 and like spending time at the library? If your answer is yes, then the Teen Meet Up is for you! We are looking for teens to assist us with the reading activities that we do throughout the year. You will assist with collection development, programming for all ages and set up book displays. Of course we have snacks! Fridays, March 22nd, April 26th and May 24th at 4:00 pm


Holiday Craft Program and Planting a Rainbow Program
Open to ages 6 and up. Registration is required.
Friday, March 15th at 4:00 Friday, April 5th at 4:00 pm


Overdrive Training
The Library now has a subscription to Overdrive for Babcock Library card holders! Overdrive offers e-books and audiobooks that you can access on your mobile devices. Bring your phone, iPad, tablet, Kindle, or NOOK to the library and we will teach you how to get started!
Workshop dates are: Wednesday, March 6th, April 3rd and May 1st at 3:30 pm
If you require other dates, please let us know and we can accommodate you.


Lego Time

We’ll supply the Legos; you bring your creativity! Build with other Lego fans and then tear down your creations. For ages 5 and up.

Saturday, April 6th & 20th; May 18th at 11:00 am


Drop-In Crafts

Stop by the library anytime during the week and make the craft project for the week.  This is a self-directed activity, usually for ages 4 to 8, although younger children may enjoy it with help from their adult companion.  Crafts are available throughout the week until they are gone!


Knitting Club
The knitting club meets every Wednesday at 1:00 pm, everyone is always welcome whether you already know how to knit or you want to learn. Come and join our knitting group.


Learn to play the Ukulele

Sue Way will instruct students on how to play and tune a Ukulele.  Participants must have a valid library card in good standing for this program.  Program is designed for participants 9 years old and up.  (Yes, adults are welcome!)

Registration is required.

Tuesdays starting at 12:30 pm until 4 pm


Music and Movement
Come work the wiggles out in the Music and Movement get together, this program is held in the hall, before Storytime. Tuesdays at 10:00 am


Storytime
Come join us for games, stories and a craft, for ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. This program lasts about 45 minutes and registration is not required at this time. Tuesdays at 10:30 am in the children’s room.

New Additions to Our Collection 2/2/19-2/8/19

Juvenile Kit:

Ladybug Girl book and doll
 
Juvenile Fiction:
Ruby in the Sky, Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
Star Wars : the Original Trilogy Stories, George Lucas
Dragon Masters : Rise of the Earth Dragon, Tracey West
Juvenile Graphic Novel:
The Good Dinosaur Fun Book, Greg Lockard
Juvenile Picture Books:
Thelma the Unicorn, Aaron Blabey
Pig the Star, Aaron Blabey
Pig the Fibber, Aaron Blabey
Pete the Cat : The Great Leprechaun Chase, James Dean
The Littlest Bear, Gillian Shields
The Incredible Hulk : an Origin Story, Rich Thomas
The Mighty Avengers : an Origin Story, Rich Thomas
The Mighty Thor : an Origin Story, Rich Thomas
The Amazing Spider-Man : an Origin Story, Rich Thomas
Now I’m Big!, Karen Katz
Have You Seen My Dragon?, Steve Light
Grumpy Gloria, Anna Dewdney
Dog Show, Elizabeth Winthrop
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, Don and Audrey Wood
Big Pig’s Hat, Willy Smax
Juvenile Early Reader:
Frozen: Hello, Olaf!, Andrea Posner-Sanchez
Brave: Big Bear, Little Bear, Susan Amerikaner
Brave: Oh, Brother!, Apple Jordan
The Pup Speaks Up : A Phonics Reader, Anna Jane Hays
See the Yak Yak, Charles Ghigna
Going to the Sea Park, Mercer Mayer
The Day the Sheep Showed Up, David McPhail
How To Train Your Dragon 2: All About the Dragons, Judy Katschke
Flat Stanley Goes Camping, Lori Haskins Houran
The Bull and the Fire Truck, Tony Johnston
Juvenile Board Books:
Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks, David Soman and Jacky Davis
Ten Little Dinosaurs, Pattie Schnetzler
Bob’s Busy Year, Tricia Boczkowski
Juvenile DVDs:
The Grinch
Air Bud
Young Adult Fiction:
On the Come Up, Angie Thomas
Adult Fiction:
The Hiding Place, C.J. Tudor
More Than Words, Jill Santopolo
Connections in Death, J. D. Robb
I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella
The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides
The Passenger, Lisa Lutz
The Girl They Left Behind, Roxanne Veletzos
The Adults, Caroline Hulse
Black Leopard Red Wolf, Marlon James
The Black Ascot, Charles Todd
Adult Nonfiction:
Plants You Can’t Kill : 101 Easy-to-Grow Species for Beginning Gardeners, Stacy Tornio
Instant Pot Fast & Easy: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Your Instant Pot, Urvashi Pitre
The Low-FODMAP 6-Week Plan & Cookbook : A Step-by-Step Program of Recipes and Meal Plans, Suzanne Perazzini
Air Fry Every Day: 75 Recipes to Fry, Roast, and Bake Using Your Air Fryer, Ben Mims
No Bloat Diet : 50 Low-FODMAP Recipes to Flatten Your Tummy, Soothe Your Gut, and Relieve IBS, Cassandra Forsythe
The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2019, Robert B. Thomas
How to Instant Pot : Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook, Daniel Shumski
The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook : Amazingly Easy Recipes to Fry, Bake, Grill, and Roast With Your Air Fryer, Linda Larsen
Homegrown Berries : Successfully Grow Your Own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and More
CatWise : America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions, Pam Johnson-Bennett
Cat Castles : 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself, Carin Oliver
Wiring Simplified : Based on the 2017 National Electrical Code, Frederic P. Hartwell
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diverticulosis : A Self-help Plan, Shirley Trickett
The Low-FODMAP Diet : Step by Step : A Personalized Plan to Relieve the Symptoms of IBS and Other Digestive Disorders with more than 130 Deliciously Satisfying Recipes, Kate Scarlata
Carrots Love Tomatoes : Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening, Louise Riotte
Air Fry Everything! : Over 130 Foolproof Recipes for Fried Favorites and Easy Fresh Ideas, Meredith Laurence
100 Plants to Feed the Bees : Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive, The Xerces Society
Clean My Space : The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster–and Loving Your Home Every Day, Melissa Maker
The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, Donald Hensrud
Beat IBS : A Simple, Five – Step Plan for Restoring Your Digestive Health, Hilda Glickman
Diabetes Daily : Mindful Ways to Eat and Live Well, Diabetes Daily
What Can I Cook In My… Instant Pot, Air Fryer, Waffle Iron & More, Taste of Home
Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step : Secret Formulas with Photos for Duplicating Your Favorite Famous Foods at Home, Todd Wilbur
Build Your Own Sheds & Outdoor Projects : Step-by-Step Instructions Manual, Creative Homeowner
The Essential Instant Pot Keto Cookbook : 210 Delicious Ketogenic Recipes to Fuel You Every Day, Casey Thaler
Adult Music CDs:
A Star is Born, Soundtrack
Bohemian Rhapsody, Soundtrack
Reputation, Taylor Swift
Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
Like a Virgin, Madonna
Dangerously in Love, Beyonce
Good Girl Gone Bad : Reloaded, Rihanna
Loud, Rihanna
Live Like You Were Dying, Tim McGraw
Born This Way, Lady Gaga
Hands All Over, Maroon 5
Songs About Jane, Maroon 5
Greatest Hits Live, Journey
Red River Blue, Blake Shelton
The Sweet Escape, Gwen Stefani
Josh Groban
Cher
Poison
Eric Clapton
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Cat Stevens
Conway Twitty
An Introduction to Gordon Lightfoot
The Best of George Strait
The Very Best of Bad Company
The Very Best of Dolly Parton
Adult DVDs:
The Grey
Top Gun
No Country For Old Men
Chariots of Fire
The Natural
A River Runs Through It
The Rookie
Field of Dreams
Breaking Away
Fever Pitch
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off