Cora J. Belden Library

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Grow it Forward: Com
Friday, Apr. 23, 10 am (Fridays)
or call 860-258-7623.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN OUR COMMUNITY

Please help us plant and grow our Rocky Hill  Intergenerational Food Pantry Garden to feed those in need in our community!
 

Plant some seeds, watch them grow and help us grow it forward! Sign up for a kit containing seeds, soil, signs and biodegradable containers. Kits will be distributed at the library beginning Monday, April 12th.
 

Please have the sprouted seedlings delivered back to the library by Friday, April 30th at 2pm. We hope to place the plants in our new greenhouse in May. Let us know if you are interested in assisitng with the planting or maintaining the garden during the summer. Volunteers are always needed.

For more information, please contact: Lori Stanczyc, RH Youth & Family Services Bureau Coordinator

 860-258-2718, lstanczyc@rockyhillct.gov

 

 

One-on-One Virtual M
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 9:30 am
Sign up for a ½ hour slot to discuss your resume, practice interviewing, get help with the application process and/or create a job search strategy. These sessions will be conducted on Zoom or via phone. Register online by Friday, 4/16 for a 9:30, 10:00 or 10:30 am appointment or call the Library’s Information Desk at 860-258-7623 or email us at cora@rockyhillct.gov for more information.
One-on-One Virtual M
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 10:00 am
Sign up for a ½ hour slot to discuss your resume, practice interviewing, get help with the application process and/or create a job search strategy. These sessions will be conducted on Zoom or via phone. Register online by Friday, 4/16 for a 9:30, 10:00 or 10:30 am appointment or call the Library’s Information Desk at 860-258-7623 or email us at cora@rockyhillct.gov for more information.
One-on-One Virtual M
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 10:30 am
Sign up for a ½ hour slot to discuss your resume, practice interviewing, get help with the application process and/or create a job search strategy. These sessions will be conducted on Zoom or via phone. Register online by Friday, 4/16 for a 9:30, 10:00 or 10:30 am appointment or call the Library’s Information Desk at 860-258-7623 or email us at cora@rockyhillct.gov for more information.
Knit One, Zoom Too!
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 11:00 am
or call 860-258-7623.
Join us remotely for some fiber fun! Knitting, crochet, sewing, cross stitch, spinning or weaving, it’s all good! Grab whatever craft you’re working on, a favorite beverage and your tablet, phone, or computer for a couple of hours of fibery goodness. Newbies welcome! From wherever your location, we would love to have you join us!

Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive on the registration confirmation page and via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering, or view the class in your computer's web browser.
Getting Started with
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2:00 pm
or call 860-258-7623.
Have you ever wondered what people were talking about when they refer to ‘the Cloud’, such as using ‘the Cloud’ to store & backup their files or to sync their data? Join us for this Zoom session to go over cloud computing services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, and iCloud, and learn how they can make your digital life easier and more convenient. 

Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive on the registration confirmation page and via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering, or view the class in your computer's web browser.

 
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Tuesday, Apr. 20, 6:00 pm
or call 860-258-7623.

Our favorite dogs are back – this time on Zoom! The amazing dogs and volunteers with Faithful Friends Therapy Dogs have missed you. While you may not be able to give them a hug, what is a better way to spend your time than reading to a dog? You provide the book – we provide the cuteness. Remember to stop at the library or give us a call if you want to check out a special dog book after you have signed up! This program is recommended for ages 5 and older.

Please register by noon the day of the program. Once your registration is confirmed, we will reach out to you with a more specific time slot for your ten minute session with our furry friends.  

Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive on the registration confirmation page and via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to registering.

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online
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rocky Hill homeowners, join us to learn more about state incentives designed to encourage green investments in our homes and communities. Join representatives from Energize CT for an informational webinar on the programs and resources available to residents interested in making home energy improvements, including financing and rebates.

Click here to register for this free event.


Discover more ways Rocky Hill is celebrating Earth Month  #Sustainable RH
Black Creators Serie
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Tuesday, Apr. 20, 7:30 pm (The Third Tuesday of the Month)
The Black Creators Series

The Cora J. Belden Library believes Black History should be taught year round- not ony in February. The Black Creators Series highlights the work of Black authors and illustrators monthly through June.  Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, will lead discussions with children’s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can transform lives.

Please join us on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Facebook page on the third Tuesday of each month from November through June from 7:30–8 p.m. EST for these thoughtful, informative, and powerful conversations.
To access the program visit the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Facebook page

Schedue of Events:
3/16: Kekla Magoon author of X:A Novel
4/20: Sophia Thakur author of Somebody Give This Heart a Pen
5/18: Michael S. Bandy author of Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation
6/15: T.R. Simon & Victoria Bond authors of the Zora & Me trilogy
 
Virtual Storytime -
Wednesday, Apr. 21, 11:00 a.m.
or call 860-258-7623.
Our Virtual Storytime program is a fun way to add silliness to your day! Join us online as we foster early literacy by exploring words through books, rhymes and songs. This Zoom program is recommended for children birth to 5 years and their caregiver and is sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.

Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive on the registration confirmation page and via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering.
One on One Tech Help
Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Sign up for a 1 hour time slot to go over any tech questions you may have with Mike Murphy, whether it be your phone or tablet, computer, Microsoft Office, streaming TV, the sky's the limit! These sessions will be conducted on Zoom or via phone. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. For those that would rather use a different online communication tool, please reach out and let us know. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.
Getting Started with
Thursday, Apr. 22, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
or call 860-258-7623.
Come learn how to Zoom! Zoom is a free video conferencing program that will enable you to video chat with your friends and family, attend library programs, church services, and more. This class will go over the basic Zoom functions and how to get started.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting codes. Please make sure you download the free Zoom app before the start of the class if you are using a smartphone or tablet to join the meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lindsay at 860-258-7623. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
*Greenwich Hospital
Thursday, Apr. 22, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Please note: This event is hosted by Greenwich Hospital. Please register through their site here.
 

Avoid accidents and serious injuries inside your home using checklists and tips from reliable online home safety websites. Topics include poison prevention, fire alarm checks, food safety, fall prevention and minimizing COVID exposure. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. Free.

Speakers: Veronica Bilenkin, consumer health librarian

Sponsored by Greenwich Hospital.
Rocky Hill Earth Day
Thursday, Apr. 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
or call 860-258-7623.
Plants and gardens are healthier and more bountiful when rooted in fertile soil that provides an abundance of nutrients. Composting is a simple way we can recycle our organic waste into nutrient-rich soil for growing food. Celebrate Earth Day in Rocky Hill by learning the basics of composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms) in this special program:

At 6 pm: Join Mayor Lisa Marotta and others to explore ways to compost and hear about some exciting new community initiatives.
At 6:30 pm: Listen to Peter and Tricia Halvordson, Connecticut Master Composters as they discuss using worm castings to add nutrients to the soil in the process called vermicomposting. This is accomplished by maintaining a community of worms and harvesting their castings for use as compost for plants.


Click here to discover more ways Rocky Hill is celebrating Earth Month  #Sustainable RH
Friday, Apr. 23, 11:00 am (Fridays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, 11 am)
or call 860-258-7623.
Encourage early learning with hands-on activities using items you have around your home! Each short (10-15 minutes) program will offer tips and ideas for simple, low-prep activities that will engage your preschooler.

Program schedule:
April 9: Practice symbol recognition and early writing skills by making 3D letters, numbers, and shapes. Bonus skills: hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
April 16: Start developing math skills with a counting activity that gets your child moving! We'll also work on fine motor skills and problem solving with simple puzzles. Bonus skills: object recognition, writing skills
April 23: Practice shape and color recognition with a variety of sorting activities. Bonus skills: fine motor skills, optional add-on can help with counting
April 30: Encourage exploration and fine motor skills with sensory activities. Bonus skills: optional add-on can help early writing skills

Register to attend the program via Zoom, or head to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rhctlibrary) to watch the program live or on demand. Registrants also receive a list of suggested items to have on hand. Registration is only required once.
One on One Tech Help
Friday, Apr. 23, 2:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Sign up for a 1 hour time slot to go over any tech questions you may have with Mike Murphy, whether it be your phone or tablet, computer, Microsoft Office, streaming TV, the sky's the limit! These sessions will be conducted on Zoom or via phone. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. For those that would rather use a different online communication tool, please reach out and let us know. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.
Explore the Ocean! C
Saturday, Apr. 24, 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
or call 860-258-7623.
“We are Water Protectors” Sometimes it is easy to forget how much of the world is water – over 70% (about ¾) of the planet is covered in water! But, because of climate change and other issues like pollution, and overfishing that water is in trouble. As a scientist, Kharis Reid Schrage seeks to understand how the water (and the many creatures living in it) is impacted by these stressful events. Find out about the impacts of climate change, pollution, and overfishing on marine ecosystems (especially tropical and polar regions – there will be lots of penguin pictures!). Then together we can work to protect our most precious resource – water.  Recommended for children in 2nd -5th grade.
 
Ocean Acidification-How the Ocean is Playing a Role in Climate Change
Please view this video prior to registering and submit at least one question.  Register to get the zoom code to participate in this program.
 

Suggested reading: We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstron or ask a librarian for other books about water and the ocean
  
Kharis Reid Schrage is a PhD student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, located in Falmouth, Massachusetts. She is  studying the basic ecology of polar marine invertebrates. Over the past few years, she has taken four trips to Antarctica to better understand the impacts of climate change on the marine ecosystem, spent two summers in Alaska studying the salmon fishery, and participated in conservation and clean-up efforts wherever I can.
 
Kharis Reid Schrage was matched to the Cora J. Belden Library through a special program Skype-a-Scientist (skypeascientist.com)
Virtual Storytime -
Monday, Apr. 26, 11:00 a.m.
or call 860-258-7623.
Our Virtual Storytime program is a fun way to add silliness to your day! Join us online as we foster early literacy by exploring words through books, rhymes and songs. This Zoom program is recommended for children birth to 5 years and their caregiver and is sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.

Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive on the registration confirmation page and via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering.
One on One Tech Help
Monday, Apr. 26, 2:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Sign up for a 1 hour time slot to go over any tech questions you may have with Mike Murphy, whether it be your phone or tablet, computer, Microsoft Office, streaming TV, the sky's the limit! These sessions will be conducted on Zoom or via phone. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. For those that would rather use a different online communication tool, please reach out and let us know. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.
Downloading E-books
Monday, Apr. 26, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
or call 860-258-7623.
Come learn how to use our library databases to get FREE ebooks. This class will go over how to set up an account, how to search for ebooks or audiobooks, and how to add them to your device. 
Registration is required to receive the Zoom ID.  Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
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