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Hope to see you soon!

 

JULY

All Programs MUST be signed up for during the Summer.  

Programs Typically last about an hour 

**Adult Programs are marked with stars

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/17 at 1:00pm—“Online Safety”
Adult Program
This class is designed to help you avoid many of the risks that are lurking online.  These risks can infect your computer, can steal your personal information, and can scam you in many ways.  Among the assorted topics that we will discuss: security software, passwords, attachments and downloading, social engineering, phishing, popular scams, recognizing fraudulent emails, popups, malware, ransomware, and the importance of backups.  Join us to learn more about staying safe online.

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/17 at 2pm—Lego Brick Challenge
Grades K – 5th
Come and challenge your creativity by designing a LEGO structure to match this engineering objective.
Maximum audience size: 30.

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/17 at 6:00pm – Historic Talk “Soviet Space Race”
Adult Program
Historian and Oxford resident Bob Gardner discusses the politics and turmoil of communism as it relates to the Soviet Space Race and the moon landing in 1969. Great speaker-join us!

Thursday 7/18 at 2:00pm—“The Sun”
Grades K – 3rd
Children will make sunray catcher bracelets with pipe cleaners and ultraviolet beads and watch as the beads change color in the sunlight! They will also create pictures using sunprint paper and observe the phases of the moons using tennis balls.

**Thursday 7/18 at 6:00pm – Book Club: The 10th of December
Adult Program
In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.

Saturday 7/20 at 10:00am—“Stars”
Grades 3rd – 6th
Children will form a star out of toothpicks and watch as water will transform the star from open to closed. They will also use watercolors to paint their own versions of the famous Evening Star painting by Georgia O’Keeffe

**Saturday 7/20 at 2:00pm—Moon Landing Discussion
Adult Program
CCSU Professor and Astronomer Kristine Larsen will show slides and lesser–known footage as she discusses the science of the First moon landing on July 21, 1969. 50th anniversary!

Monday 7/22 from 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Galaxy Stones”
All Ages
Children will be given rocks which they can use to paint their own galaxies on, including stars and planets!

Tuesday 7/23 at 3:30pm—Space and Sci Fi Trivia
Tweens and Teens 
Teens will compete to test their knowledge of science-fiction related books, films, video games, graphic novels, and TV shows.

**Tuesday 7/23 at 6:00pm—Classics Book Discussion
Adult Program
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/24 at 1:00pm—“Office Learning Lab: Excel”
Adult Program
Open discussion and questions asked of Microsoft Store employees about using Excel.

**Tuesday 7/25 from 4:00pm “Adult Crafternoon”
Adult Program
Spaceship; make a mobile or model!

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Thursday 7/25 at 4pm—Origami
Grades 4th7th
Come learn how to create origami!

**Tuesday 7/25 from 5:30pm “Knitting/Fabric Arts Meetup”
Adult Program
The first in a monthly offering of snacks, chatting and sharing your fabric projects with each other the last Thursday each month.

Friday 7/26 at 2:30pm—Moon Music
Grades 3rd – 6th 
Children will listen to music inspired by the moon while they make a mixed-media collage of the moon.

**Saturday 7/27 from 10am – 12pm “Understanding and Using the Cloud”
Adult Program
What are the advantages of using the Cloud?   Is the Cloud safe?   Concepts and usage of the Cloud will be demonstrated and discussed.  Come and finally understand what is meant by “The Cloud”!

Monday 7/29 from 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Moon Sand”
All Ages
Children will make their own moon sand to play with out of flour and baby oil.

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Tuesday 7/30 at 6:00pm—“Gardening With Rae”
Adult Program
Join Rae Hodgson to discuss planning a fall garden, mulching and groundcovers to help deal with summer heat and open Q and A.

Wednesday 7/31 at 2:00pm—Giant Space Invaders
Grades 3rd – 6th
Children will throw beanbags in an attempt to knock down all of the box towers and protect the Earth from invaders!

**Wednesday 7/31 at 6:00pm—“Tech Talk With Dawn”
Adult Program
Newsbank Database.  Learn about researching in Full-text newspapers  and magazines with Dawn.

AUGUST

All Programs MUST be signed up for during the Summer.  

Programs Typically last about an hour 

**Adult Programs are marked with stars

Baby Time!   Every Tuesday at 5:30pm and Every Wednesday at 9:30am
Suggested for Infants to Toddlers 

Baby time is composed of a lot of fun songs, rhymes, and movement games to do any time with your baby! It’s also just a special time to work in a little one on one time after the busy day.

Every Wednesday and Friday Morning at 10:00am – Story Time!
Suggested for Ages 2 – 5 years old

Join us every Wednesday and Friday morning for Story Time!  During story time we learn songs together and include lots of movement such as dancing, yoga, ASL, and more!  The stories are chosen with interaction in mind to hold children’s attention and get them excited about reading!  We include number and letter recognition through games and songs as well. Come join us, we’d love to see you there 🙂

NEW PROGRAM!

Chess Club: Thursdays from 6pm – 7pm
Make new friends, learn the game, or test new strategies.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  This is one of our fastest growing programs, so we encourage registration for this event to aid with partner match ups, however, drop in guests are always welcome.

JUST ADDED Wednesday 7/31 from 10am – 1pm – D&D Boot Camp
All Ages
One of our resident Dungeons and Dragons pro’s will be heading off to college at the end of the summer. To make sure that you are all equipped to carry on, she will be hosting an intensive “Boot Camp” to teach you how to run your own D&D campaign! This program is for kids and adults who already know the basics of D&D and are interested in hosting their own campaign as Dungeon Master!

Thursday 8/1 at 5pm – Asteroids
Grades K – 3rd
Children will play a game where they have to keep “asteroids” (different color balloons) in the air while space music plays, but when the music stops they have to grab an asteroid. If their color asteroid gets called, they must pop it open and act out the mission inside. Children can also make clay sculptures of the moon and recreate the craters and other surface features of the moon.

**Thursday 8/1 at 6pm – Book Discussion
Adult Program
Book Discussion on classic title Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville, to honor his 200th birthday.

**Friday 8/2 at 12:30pm – Movie Afternoon
Adult Program

Movie Showing of Braveheart with Mel Gibson.

**Saturday 8/3 at 2pm – Woodstock Music Review
Adult Program
Woodstock Music Revue using Youtube videos. Snacks provided.

Saturday 8/3 at 2pm -“Star Wars” Droid-Inspired Mason Jar Craft
Tweens and Teens   
Teens will decorate mason jars in the likeness of R2-D2 or other robots from the Star Wars universe or other sci-fi franchises.

Monday 8/5 at 1pm—Technology for Emergent Readers
Grades K – 3rd
In this free, two-hour workshop, emerging readers ages 6 through 8 will love building confidence and improving their reading comprehension with fun, interactive activities. They will be introduced to Immersive Reader in OneNote for Windows 10, a free application that provides proven techniques to improve reading skills.
By the end of the workshop, students will:
– Master key tools that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters.
– Read and illustrate stories.
– Tackle challenging new books they wouldn’t be able to on their own.

Monday 8/5 at 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Surprise Craft”
All Ages
The craft room will be open for all! DIY craft kits will be available for you to create!

*SPECIAL VISITOR!!!* Tuesday 8/6 at 4pm—Magic Show
All Ages
Mr. Magic has performed at over 70 libraries in the state this year alone!  He is a legend among magical performers in our state!  Don’t miss his incredible and hilarious performance at the library!

**Tuesday 8/6 at 5pm – Astrology Program
Adult Program
”What’s your sign?” Tarot readings by Shirley from Enchanted Psychic Readings in Oxford, and from The Ruby Tree in Woodbury.

Wednesday 8/7 at 2:30pm—Moon Phase Birthday Necklace
Tweens and Teens

Teens can find the moon phases that corresponds with their birthday and cut out their representative moon phase to make a necklace out of.

**Wednesday 8/7 at 6pm – Tech Talk
Adult Program
Tech Talk on the Digital Public Library and how you can use it for research with Librarian Dawn.

Thursday 8/8 from 5pm—7pm
Celebration party of the library’s first anniversary!

Friday 8/9 at 1pm—“Stars”
Grades K – 3rd 

Children will decorate black paper and watch as it spins and creates the illusion of light. They will also be able to create star rubbings from cut-out cardboard stars.

**Friday 8/9 from 2pm—4pm – Coloring
Adult Program
National Book Lover’s Day-celebrate by doing Adult Coloring Craft from 2-4 with us! Many exciting pictures to relax with and color.

**Saturday 8/10 at 10am – LSTA Workshop
Adult Program
LSTA Program This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library

Saturday 8/10 at 10am – Rocket Craft
All Ages
Craft and STEM challenge to create our own “rockets.”

**Saturday 8/10 at 12pm – Murder They Wrote
Adult Program
Murder They Wrote Book Club hosted by the Friends of the Library in Oxford.  This month we are discussing Cold Blue Blood

**Saturday 8/10 at 2pm – Sailing Toward My Father
Adult Program
“Sailing Toward My Father” -Life of Herman Melville written and directed by Carl A. Rossi. Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play performed here by actor and professor Stephen     Collins about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relationship with his father.

Mon. 8/12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Planet Earth”
All Ages
We’re nearing the end of our space journey, this DIY instructor-free Crafternoon will provide materials to create Earth-from-space inspired artwork.

Tuesday 8/13 at 3pm—“Follow the Moon Home”
Grades 3rd – 6th

Children will make and decorate paper sea turtles using inspiration from the book Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson.

**Tuesday 8/13 at 5pm
Adult Program
Woodstock Author Talk by Scott Parker and Concert by Tablature

Wednesday 8/14 at 2pm—DIY Kites
Grades K – 3rd

Children will be able to create and decorate their own kites out of paper bags, crayons, markers, and stickers.

**Wednesday 8/14 at 6pm
Adult Program
Microsoft Office Learning Lab/ Open Q&A

Thurs. 8/15 at 5:30pm—Planet Pillows
Tweens and Teens  

Teens will be able to decorate pillowcases with a space-inspired design.

**Thursday 8/15 at 6pm
Adult Program
Adult Book Discussion “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

**Friday 8/16 at 1pm
Adult Program
Adult Craft Pina Colada Salt Scrub

**Friday 8/16 at 3pm
Adult Program
Poetry of the 60’s reading by Dawn

Saturday 8/17 12pm—2pm
End of Summer Reading Program-All Ages Cookout with Library staff serving lunch and talking books and fun summer adventures!

**Tuesday 8/20 at 6pm
Adult Program
Classics Book Discussion The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang. Describes the author’s involvement in creating the Woodstock Festival on its 50th anniversary this week.

**Wednesday 8/21 at 6pm
Adult Program
Tech Talk Medline Plus database. Helping you find health information from reliable sources from the National Library of Medicine resources with Librarian Dawn.

**Thursday 8/22 at 5:30pm
Adult Program
Knitting/Fabric Arts Meetup for any one to drop in and socialize and share ideas in the fabric arts. Snacks provided.

**Friday 8/23 at 1pm
Adult Program
Gene Kelly Birthday Movie. Your choice of Gene Kelly movies in honor of his birthday.

Saturday 8/24 at 10am—Stories in Space
Grades 3rd – 6th

Children will create their own constellations with stars marking special points and chalk to connect them and reveal the shape or object they have made. They will also be able to make their own “Mad Libs” space-inspired story!

**Wednesday 8/28 at 1pm
Adult Program
LSTA Program:This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

Thursday 8/29 at 5:30pm – Planner Party
Tweens and Teens
Have you ever used a planner to keep track of events and assignments?  Whether you have or have not, you will enjoy this program of tips and tricks to make using a planner fun AND useful! Color coding, time blocking, and decorating are just some of the techniques we will talk about.  It may seem a little silly at first, but you may discover that you’ve been missing out on the perks of planners!

Saturday 8/31 from 10am – 12pm – Space Olympics!
All Ages
Space themed outdoor and indoor games all morning! Planet Toss, Charades, Rocket Race, and more!

Special Program: Pre-School Preschool
August 20th – August 24th from 1pm – 2pm
If your little one is starting school or childcare this year, one of the struggles can be breaking into a new routine.  We will be offering a 1 hour program for 5 days to help get accustomed to some of these new routines. Pre-school preschool is essentially a longer version of library story time with a couple differences that may help when transitioning to school/childcare.

  • Parents/Caregivers can bring their child to the Program Room of the library at 1pm. Adults are required to stay in the library the entire time their child is here, but you are welcome to wait outside of the program room so that it mimics the habit of school “drop-off/ pick-up”
  • We will go through a relatively typical routine of story time, circle time, a craft, and a small snack. This way your child may feel more familiar with these activities at school.
  • At 1pm parents and caregivers will be welcomed back in to “pick up” their child.

 A Few Things to Make Pre-School Preschool Work Best

  • Children must be over 3 years old or turning 3 in 2019.
  • This program will be limited to only 10 children. This is the typical ratio within a childcare facility for children over the age of 3.
  • Please make sure you can attend at least 3 of the 5 days
  • Please make sure you are close by in case your child needs a familiar face/ in case of emergency. Again, Adults are required to stay in the library the entire time their child is here, but you are welcome to wait outside of the program room so that it mimics the habit of school “drop-off/ pick-up”
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“If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.”

The Cruel Prince follows a girl named Jude who, at a young age, watched her parents get murdered and was taken away to live in the High Court of Faerie. Growing up in the Court for ten years leads Jude to desperately want to be accepted among the fae despite her differences from them and the fact that many of them despise humans. To prove herself of being worthy of the Court she must use her capacity for deception and cruelty against those who want to see her fail. However, as she plunges deeper and deeper into faerie politics and discovers a shocking betrayal, she must risk her life to save her loved ones and the faerie world itself.

I really enjoyed this book–I had been in a bit of a reading slump for a month or so, but this book got me excited about reading again and I ended up finishing it in two days. I found the story to be intriguing and fast-paced as we learn more about this new world and Jude’s place in it. I especially enjoyed how unique this particular take on the faerie world was. Holly Black is the only author I have read that has blended the fae world with our modern world seamlessly–in the beginning scene Jude and her sisters are watching TV and eating fish sticks before they get swept off to a world where people ride magical toads. It would be hard for any author to blend those two completely opposite worlds together without it feeling awkward, but Black manages it and the result is a very unique atmosphere.

The other aspect of this book that was particularly well done was the character development and the relationships between them. The world Jude lives in is very morally grey and therefore no character is completely “good” or “evil” either–they all have their flaws and are complex in their own way. Jude especially was not the typical YA fantasy protagonist–she could even arguably be considered another one of the “villains” in this story. I loved the relationship Jude had with her two sisters that were also taken with her to the High Court. It was realistic and not what you might expect, which was exciting to read. Also Jude’s relationship with her “father” Madoc was filled with tension and kept me on the edge of my toes the entire book.

Overall, this book was beautifully written and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy and/or faeries or someone who just wants a suspenseful, immersive book to lose themselves in.

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“Because Here, the sea was a thing to fear. The sea led to There.”

This graphic novel was amazing. The premise and overall message is actually very simple, yet I’ve never read anything like it before. The way it was written reminded me of a fairytale, which made it seem even more special than your average graphic novel.

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a graphic novel that takes place on the island of Here. Here is a world where everything is predictable, safe, and no one strays from their usual behavior. The people of Here grow up hearing horror stories about There, the land beyond the sea that surrounds their island, a land supposedly full of chaos and disorder. The main character Dave is a seemingly normal resident of Here, until one day he grows a massive, unstoppable beard that changes his life forever.

First of all, the artwork was all done in black and white and was so simple and easy to digest. The art style is a major element of why I liked this book because it added another layer of depth to the story and was extremely well done. It made the characters and setting seem that much richer and complex, which made for a very unique reading experience.

I wasn’t expecting to connect with Dave at all. I thought that his story would have been interesting, but not necessarily emotional, but I was completely wrong. I was crying by the time I got to the end of the book and I felt for Dave surprisingly strongly. He made me laugh at times and at others become angry at the way he was being treated.

The story itself I found to be a very powerful message about being unique in a society that fears and condemns difference. I thought it was relevant to today’s society in that aspect and it’s something that anyone can relate to. The writing felt whimsical and very precise. Collins used his words with purpose, and there were no points in the book that his narration of the story felt unnecessary.

All in all, this graphic novel was extremely well-written with an amazing art style to illustrate it. The concept of the story was executed exceptionally and I think it’s a book that everyone should read.

New Intern at the Library!

Posted: May 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone, my name is Anna, I’m currently a high school senior and for the next two weeks I’m going to be an intern at the library! I’m really excited to have this opportunity and since I have found my experiences here to be very interesting and enjoyable, I thought I would share a little bit about what I do.

Besides running this blog for the next two weeks, I have also been helping Ms. Robyn run Story Time with the little kids, cataloging books, shelving books, and helping the children’s department get ready for summer reading and all of the exciting summer programs. It’s been especially exciting to see the process behind how the books get onto the library shelves. I love cataloging, which basically involves taking the new books, categorizing them into genres and age levels, putting barcodes and due date slips on them, and then stamping them so they don’t get lost. My entire life I’ve constantly been checking library books out, and now I finally get to see the entire process that goes on behind the scenes and what I’ve been taking for granted. This entire experience has given me a new appreciation for all of the work that goes into running a library smoothly, in addition to constantly coming up with new programs to engage the community.

I’m very grateful that I am able to have this experience and it’s going to be sad when I finally have to leave. In the meantime, look out for some new posts coming in the next couple weeks and if you ever see me in Ms. Robyn’s office, feel free to say hello!

BTS ALBUMS HAVE ARRIVED

Posted: June 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Erins blog picThe BTS albums are finally here! A long overdue event, I am honored to say I have started what will hopefully blossom into a well stocked K-pop section at our library. Because the music industry of South Korea is becoming so popular worldwide, I feel it is imperative to include their music. And who knows, maybe this will start an influx of music from numerous other countries to be sold plentifully in American stores and greatly increase American libraries’ stock. For music, if nothing else, transcends language.

Incoming BTS albums

Posted: June 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

My name is Erin Bishop and I have been and am interning at the Oxford Public Library. It has been an amazing experience that was given to me by my school, and, of course, I need to leave my mark. During the two week period in which I am here, I will bring the two BTS albums in the Love Yourself series, Her and Tear, into the library. As BTS are becoming such a global sensation, I feel that these albums are a necessary addition to the library’s collection. I also believe that it will promote other libraries to order the albums as well as bring people from a wider area to our own library. This will also give people who have only heard of BTS in passing a chance to check out why exactly they are so popular, their music a key component in their large fan base. I will give an update when the BTS albums are available and hope others will share my enthusiasm for this addition. And hopefully it will pave the way for other k-pop albums to make appearances in libraries.

Teen Summer Events!

Posted: June 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/5    11:30AM

We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s. However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!

    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Maker Masters Crafternoon: Make a Book End – Thursday 7/6    2:00PM

  • Come craft up a book end! We will use tons of materials to decorate book ends for the library shelves.  They’ll be used in the YA section for everyone to admire
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Getting To Know You/ Library Promo – Monday 7/10     6:00PM

  • We have a tall order for teens this summer. We are asking that you create a promotional video or presentation for the library!  You will have all summer long, you will be able to work with others or alone!  We’ll go over more details at this “Getting to Know You” program!  See you then!
    • Age Range: 7th – 12th Grade
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/19     1:30PM

  • This week we will be meeting at 1:30PM, but don’t worry we will be back to our 11:30AM schedule next week! We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s.  However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Writing Workshop – Thursday 7/13     5:00PM

  • Bring a sample of your writing to this workshop! It can be poetry, stories, school essays, or even just a journal entry!  We will be reading and reviewing everyone’s work with suggestions and helpful tips on how to improve.  All participants will have the option to remain anonymous if they choose, Ms. Robyn will be making copies of each sample and everyone will get one, so your name can be included or not, whichever you are comfortable with!  Hope to see you there!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Renew and Repurpose – Monday 7/17     2:00PM

  • We’ll be taking a look at how you can take old materials, clothes, and more and remake them into something amazing!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/19     11:30AM

  • We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s. However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Minute to Win It – Tuesday 7/25     2:00PM

  • Balance a book on your head, build a house of cards, keep a balloon in the air…but you only have 60 seconds!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • Registration Required

Teen Book Club – Wednesday 7/26     11:30AM

  • We will be talking about Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle as well as The Last Boy at St. Edith’s. However, with the state library delivery system being down, we completely understand if you haven’t been able to receive/read these titles.  Come join us anyway and we will all chat about what we have been reading!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Trivia – Thursday 7/27     5:00PM

  • Are you good at remembering random acts?  Do people often ask you, “How do you know that?”  Come to Teen Trivia Night and test your knowledge!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Beyond the Library Walls – Monday 7/31     2:00PM

  • Come join us to talk about how to be a more active part of your community beyond the library!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Animal Embassy – Thursday 8/3     4:00PM

  • Be amazed by the talents of a diverse group of AnimalAmbassadors that build complicated structures. We’ll study the architectural feats of nest building, burrow making and web spinning as well as how structures created by some animalshelp others to survive. In nature, many creatures contribute to the success of others by building homes and creating places to rear their young. We’ll explore how we too can help our wild neighbors by building bird boxes and frog ponds. Library patrons will meet live Animal Ambassadors such as a Monk Parakeet, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Mandarin Duck, a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula, a Ferret, an Argentinian Horned Frog and an African Hedgehog or African Porcupine. We will also see artifacts & photographs representing one of nature’s most prolific builders, the beaver, along with bird & paper wasp nests. Together, we’ll draw parallels with our own lives while exploring how we can build a better world!
    • Age Range: Ages 4 and up
    • **Registration Required**

Pokémon Club – Wednesday 8/9      2:00PM

  • Whether you play the video games or cards or enjoy the show and movies, come play against or just chat with other friends interested in Pokémon! This is an independent program at which you can bring your own cards and relax and meet other players.  It is not a formal librarian-run program, but still a ton of fun!
    • Age Range: All Ages
    • **Registration Required**

Library Promo Party – Thursday 8/10     6:00PM

  • Today is the day to present your library promotion materials! Whether it is a video, poster, or pamphlet, bring it in and present it to our group!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Summer Reading Wrap Up Party – Friday 8/11     12:00 – 2:00PM

  • Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading with games and more! We will be taking out the giant games from last summer and enjoying the sunshine and outdoors!
    • Age Range: All Ages
    • **Registration Required**

Book Roast – Thursday 8/17     3:30PM

  • Have you ever read a book you hated? No, like hated.  How much?  Enough to rant and rant about all the things you couldn’t stand?  GREAT!  Come tell us why!  Rant, rave, give the worst review ever!  Reading is always awesome but sometimes there are books or characters we just love to hate! (No books will be harmed)
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Maker Masters: Open Craft-ernoon! – Monday 8/21     4:30PM

  • Come craft with us! There will be tons of odds and ends to put your craft skills to the test and see what you can come up with!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Teen Trivia – Wednesday 8/23      2:00PM

  • Are you good at remembering random acts?  Do people often ask you, “How do you know that?”  Come to Teen Trivia Night and test your knowledge!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**

Minute to Win It – Monday 8/28      5:00PM

  • Balance a book on your head, build a house of cards, keep a balloon in the air…but you only have 60 seconds!
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • Registration Required

Better Together Movie Night! – Thursday 8/31     5:30PM

  • To conclude our summer of building a better world through hard work, compassion, and empathy, we will have a movie night with a film that celebrates all of these things! Come for a movie night to watch “Remember the Titans!” (Rated PG)
    • Age Range: Grades 7th – 12th
    • **Registration Required**