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

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.