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Author Reading, Lisa Taylor


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

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March/April/May Library Events

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. 


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


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!


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


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, May 1st at 3:30 pm
If you require other dates, please let us know and we can accommodate you.


Adult Book Club

“Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue

Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.
The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

“A riveting literary thriller…. Donoghue brilliantly conjures the chaos of a boomtown in the grip of both a heat wave and a smallpox epidemic; her cast of colorful lowlifes includes the freeloading Arthur and his sycophantic best friend, Ernest. But it’s Blanche and Jenny who hold our attention…. FROG MUSIC begins with a mystery: Who killed Jenny? But it enthralls with two other questions: Who was Jenny? Who will Blanche become?”―Karen Holt, O, The Oprah

May 8th at 3:30 pm


Teen Book Discussion

“The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

“Insidiously beautiful, this is the opposite of escapist fantasy; it is a story about the imagination’s power to loose atrocity into the (mostly) law-abiding confines of the real.”―The Guardian

Friday, May 10th at 4 pm


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 3/23/19-3/29/19

Juvenile Picture Books:

  • We Are the Gardeners, Joanna Gaines

Juvenile Series:

  • The Notebook of Doom #1: Rise of the Balloon Goons, Troy Cummings
  • The Notebook of Doom #2: Day of the Night Crawlers, Troy Cummings
  • The Notebook of Doom #3: Attack of the Shadow Smashers
  • The Notebook of Doom #4: Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables, Troy Cummings
  • The Notebook of Doom #5: Whack of the P-Rex
  • The Notebook of Doom #6: Pop of the Bumpy Mummy
  • The Notebook of Doom #7: Flurry of the Snombies
  • The Notebook of Doom #8: Charge of the Lightning Bugs
  • The Notebook of Doom #9: Rumble of the Coaster Ghost
  • The Notebook of Doom #10: Snap of the Super-Goop
  • The Notebook of Doom #11: Sneeze of the Octo-Schnozz
  • The Notebook of Doom #12: March of the Vanderpants

Juvenile DVDs:

  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Here Comes Peter Cottontail
  • 4 Kid Favorites : Dr. Seuss (The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who!, Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories)

Young Adult Manga (Graphic Novels):

  • Mars, Volumes 1 – 5, Fuyumi Sorya

Adult Fiction:

  • Dark Tribute, Iris Johansen
  • The Last Second, Catherine Coulter

Adult Large Print:

  • The Cornwalls Are Gone, James Patterson
  • Wolf Pack, C. J. Box

Adult Nonfiction:

  • The Path Made Clear : Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose, Oprah Winfrey
  • The Low-Carb, Healthy Fat Bible, Sally-Ann Creed

Adult DVDs:

  • RBG
  • Daddy’s Home 2
  • The Bookshop
  • Split
  • The Meg
  • The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village

Adult Music CDs:

  • Rearview Town, Jason Aldean
  • I Serve a Savior, Josh Turner