Young Adult

Evanston’s Living History

Documentary and Discussion with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick

Evanston’s Living History takes a close look at an African American community’s struggle for justice that extends back to the town of Abbeville, South Carolina and the horrific lynching of one of its prominent citizens, Anthony Crawford. It is a story of Crawford’s descendants working alongside the families of Emmett Till, Michael Schwerener, James Earl Chaney, and Andre Goodman to gain passage of UNited States Resolution 39, which apologized for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation. Following the screening, there will be a presentation by producer and director, Craig Dudnick.

Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30

Bomba de Aqui

Bomba de Aqui is folklore music from Puerto Rico. The granddaughter of Rafael Cepeda, who was known for his introduction of Bomba inside and outside Puerto Rico, will be coming to the library to teach us how to Bomba!

Come learn the dance of Bomba de Aqui!

Open to all ages, wear comfortable clothes!

Saturday, March 14th at 11

“How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”

Documentarian Josh Fox (“Gasland”) travels the globe to meet global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants.

Sponsored in part by the Conservation Commission

Wednesday, March 18th at 6:00

Spring Flowers

Come to the Library and pick up your Spring Flower. Plants are limited so please come early!

Friday, March 20th. All Day!


Come join us and meet Charles Vidich, the Ashford author of H2Woe: The Thirst for Water at the University of Connecticut 1881-2018. Mr. Vidich will discuss the challenges we face in protecting Ashford’s watersheds and water resources in the age of climate change.

Saturday, April 18th at 11:00

History of Sinatra

This talk examines Frank Sinatra’s life-long fight for civil rights, through song, film, and political activism. Learn how Sinatra, from boy-singer to the Chairman of the Board, tried to make a difference.

Wednesday, April 1st, at 6:00

Understanding Randy Newman

Randy Newman has populated his music with characters that reflect the complexities and contradictions of the late 20-th- and early-21st-century U.S. Join Gilbert L. Gigliotti, a professor of English and Latin at Central CT Statue University, and learn more about Randy Newman.

Wednesday, April 8th at 6:00

Vegetable Seed Program

Our seed program will begin the week of April 5th. Come check out a book and grab some seeds. Seeds will be out in order of planting time, so make sure to come back every few weeks, check out another book, and grab more! This program is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Extension Services.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a problem everywhere. The CT Department of Children and Families (DCF) receives over 200 referrals for child trafficking a year. Come learn about human trafficking and The Bloom Initiative, which supports survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking ages 16 and up.

Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00

Women’s Hall of Fame

Celebrating remarkable Black Women of Connecticut 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. Portraits will be available for viewing after the program, refreshments will be served. All ages welcomed.

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00

Babcock Library, Ashford Energy and Sustainability Fair

What you can do to fight climate change and save!

Energy solutions for Home, Town, and Beyond.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with us!

Come get some new ideas for how to save on your home energy use, and learn about what Ashford has been doing to become more sustainable. Find out about programs that impact our state and world and how you can make a difference.

A popular children’s film will be shown.

Sponsored by the Ashford Clean Energy Task Force and Conservation Commission and Babcock Library.

This program is for all ages!Friday, April 17th 5:00-8:00

Children’s Author SHARIKA

The soul sometimes speaks the loudest amid life’s turmoil. Baring one’s heart through the process of self-discovery can awaken the gifts within. The Awakening is a collection of poems that are packed with emotions of love, growth and self-worth through teen motherhood, marriage and divorce. The poems will surprise you. They will inspire you. Most of all, they will awaken you.

All ages welcomed. Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00

Author Sherry Chapman

How Much Big is the Sky is a mother’s searingly melodic and eloquent love song to her teenage son, Ryan, following his sudden death resulting form a car crash. Sherry Chapman captures the intimacy and immediacy of her experience with a rare combination of profound tenderness, literary skill, and raw candor. This stunning account of love and loss is structured in five parts resembling the various stages of grief. From the sudden blow of an early morning phone call to a mother’s frantic advocacy to her final reflections on what remains, her book is unforgettable.

Wednesday, April 29th at 6:00

The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

Join us for a book talk and signing by author and historian Marty Podskoch. His new book, The Connecticut 169 Club:Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, encourages travelers to visit all the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state.

Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30

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 & Wednesdays starting at 12:30 pm until 4 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, Kindle, NOOK, or tablet to the library and we will teach you how to get started!

Workshop dates are: Fridays, March 6th, April 3rd, and May 1st at 4:00. If you require other dates, please let us know so we can accommodate you.