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Babcock Library will hold an informational session on the library filtering its internet on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 2:30 pm.

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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 am

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March/April/May Library Events

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 am


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


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, 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, 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, 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 3/2/19 – 3/8/19

Juvenile Graphic Novels:
Big Nate : Payback Time!, Lincoln Peirce

Juvenile Picture Books:
Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny, Jane O’Connor
I Love My Dinosaur, Giles Andreae
The Sloth Who Came To Stay, Margaret Wild

Juvenile Music CDs:
50 Silly Songs, The Countdown Kids

Juvenile DVDs:
The Little Mermaid

Adult Fiction: 
Cemetery Road, Greg Iles
Daisy Jones & the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See
Silent Night, Danielle Steel

Adult Nonfiction:
Practical Weekend Projects for Woodworkers : 35 Projects to Make for Every Room of Your Home, Phillip Gardener and Andy Standing
Eating to Beat Type 2 Diabetes : The Low-Carb Way to Reverse Insulin Resistance and Control Diabetes, Sarah Flower
The Alzheimer’s Solution: a Breakthrough Program to Prevent and Reverse the Symptoms of Cognitive Decline at Every Age, Dean & Ayesha Sherzai
Paula Deen Celebrates! : Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life, Paula Deen
Hors D’oeuvre, Brigit L. Binns

Adult DVDs:
The Favourite
Instant Family
Madea’s Witness Protection

Adult Music CDs:
The Dutchess, Fergie
Issues, Korn

New Additions to Our Collection 2/23/19-3/1/19

Juvenile Kit:
The Pout-Pout Fish book and doll

Juvenile Fiction:
Keyword Cypher, Treasure Hunters #1, E. A. House
Secrets of the Old Church, Treasure Hunters #2, E. A. House
Treasure in the Woods, Treasure Hunters #3, E. A. House
Deep Waters, Treasure Hunters #4, E. A. House
The Truth, Treasure Hunters #5, E. A. House
The Treasure, Treasure Hunters #6, E. A. House
A Royal Tea, Mermaid Tales #9, Debbie Dadey
A Tale of Two Sisters, Mermaid Tales #10, Debbie Dadey
The Polar Bear Express, Mermaid Tales #11, Debbie Dadey
Wish Upon a Starfish, Mermaid Tales #12, Debbie Dadey
The Crook and the Crown, Mermaid Tales #13, Debbie Dadey
Twist and Shout, Mermaid Tales #14, Debbie Dadey

Juvenile Nonfiction:
Fighting Stereotypes in Sports, Duchess Harris
Race in Sports Media Coverage, Duchess Harris
Race and Sports Management, Duchess Harris
Race and College Sports, Duchess Harris
Politics and Protest in Sports, Duchess Harris
Gender and Race in Sports, Duchess Harris
The Silence Breakers and the #MeToo Movement, Duchess Harris
Russian Hacking in American Elections, Duchess Harris
Mass Shootings in America, Duchess Harris
The Charlottesville Protests, Michael Capek
The Dreamers and DACA, Duchess Harris
The Paris Climate Agreement, Duchess Harris
The Refugee Crisis, Duchess Harris
Ultimate College Basketball Road Trip, Jeff Seidel
Ultimate NHL Road Trip, Will Graves
Ultimate Soccer Road Trip, Jon Marthaler
Ultimate College Football Road Trip, Andy York
Ultimate MLB Road Trip, Bo Mitchell
Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip, Heather Rule
Ultimate NBA Road Trip, Tyler Mason
Ultimate NFL Road Trip, Barry Wilner
The Making of Motown, Duchess Harris
The March on Washington and its Legacy, Duchess Harris
Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine, Duchess Harris
Blacks in Paris : African American Culture in Europe, Duchess Harris
Hidden Heroes : The Human Computers of NASA, Duchess Harris
The Grand Contraband Camp, Duchess Harris
The Story of the Black National Anthem, Duchess Harris
Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American School, Duchess Harris
The Scottsboro Boys, Duchess Harris
Two Bloody Sundays : Civil Rights in American and Ireland, Duchess Harris
Barack Obama is Elected President, Duchess Harris
Spin with the Spiders, Karen Latchana Kenney
March with the Ants, Karen Latchana Kenney
Hunt with the Fireflies, Karen Latchana Kenney
Hop with the Grasshoppers, Karen Latchana Kenney
Hide with the Ladybugs, Karen Latchana Kenney
Buzz with the Bees, Karen Latchana Kenney
Bees : Cool Communicators, Katie Lajiness
Hiding Hippos : Counting from 1 to 10, Amanda Doering Tourville
Lions Leaving : Counting from 10 to 1, Amanda Doering Tourville
Penguin Pairs : Counting by 2s, Amanda Doering Tourville
Prairie Dogs Perching : Counting by 3s, Amanda Doering Tourville
Buzzing Bees : Discovering Odd Numbers, Amanda Doering Tourville
Sunning Sea Lions : Discovering Even Numbers, Amanda Doering Tourville

Juvenile Biography:
Oney Judge : Escape from Slavery and the President’s House, Duchess Harris
Barbara Jordan : Politician and Civil Rights Leader, Duchess Harris

Juvenile Board Books:
I Miss You, Stinky Face, Lisa McCourt

Juvenile DVDs:
How to Train Your Dragon
Homeward Bound : The Incredible Journey
Monsters, Inc.
The Princess Diaries

Adult Fiction:
Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, Joanne Fluke
The Border, Don Winslow

Adult Nonfiction:
Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease Naturally, Michelle Honda

Adult Audiobooks:
Lost in the Pacific, 1942, Tod Olson
War for the Planet of the Apes : Revelations : the Official Movie Prequel, Greg Keyes
Next, Michael Crichton
The Last Ship, William Brinkley
The Deep, Peter Benchley
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead : Return to Woodbury, Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead : Search and Destroy, Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead : The Fall of the Governor Part Two, Robert Kirkman

Adult DVDs:
A Star is Born
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Great Gatsby
Marvel’s The Avengers
Ride Along
Marley & Me
The Laugh Out Loud 3-Movie Collection: Hitch, Fun with Dick and Jane, Guess Who

Adult Music CDs:
+, Ed Sheeran
X, Ed Sheeran