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Gifts of the Vine

Join The Friends of Babcock Library at their 19th annual wine, beer, and spirit tasting!

A selection of red and white wines, spirits, and craft beer will be made available by the Ashford Spirit Shoppe and Westford Hill Distillers for sampling.

Artisans will be on hand with their art creations for purchase and viewing.

Tickets are $25.00 per person (21 and older only) in advance, at Babcock Library beginning in August. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the event for $30.00.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 3 pm-5 pm at Eastern Connecticut State University’s Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences, 396 Mansfield Road (Route 89), Ashford. This annual event benefits the Babcock Library. For more information please call the library at 860-487-4420.

August Programs

Summer Ice Cream Social

Must have earned a Ticket to attend!

Friday, August 10th at 2:30 pm

 Sing With Me!
Music Program for Preschoolers & Their Grown-ups

If you have a little one who loves music, this program is for you! Join us for a half-hour of adult-&-child singing, clapping, and stomping along to favorite kids’ songs, with occasional musical instruments or accompanying books thrown in! No need to register, just drop in!

Friday August 3rd, 17th, & 24th 10:30am – 11:00am

Learn to Play the Ukulele

Sue Way will instruct students on how to play, 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!)

Tuesday, August 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th at 12:30 pm

Arthur Story Hour

Children who have entered grade school start their own journeys towards being readers, but they still love listening to stories! This program is designed to support your emergent reader by sharing a sample of stories & series that are geared toward various levels of early readers, and get them excited to use their new reading skills on the sequels later! Stories are followed by a craft, and we finish up the 60 minute session with a snack!

Friday, August, 10th, 17th, 24th at 11:30 am

Reading Buddies

We are looking for Reading Buddies who would like to read to younger readers.  Readers should be ages 11 to 16 and buddies can be ages 4 to 11.  Children will be matched with readers and buddies on the first day.

August 15th at 2:00 pm

Paper Airplane

Create paper airplanes and then choose your, favorite to fly outside in our Paper Air Plane Contest!  Can it play the highest, longest or do tricks?
Come join the fun! All ages welcomed.

Friday, August 17th at 1:00 pm

 Maker Mondays

Stop by the library anytime on Monday 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!


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.

August 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th

Games Club

All ages welcome! Saturdays at 10 am.

August 4th & 18th

Lego Club

We’ll supply the LEGOs; you bring the creativity! Build with other LEGO fans and then tear down you creations. For ages 5 and up. Club meets on Saturdays at 10 am.

August 11th & 25th