Cora J. Belden Library

Library Events Calendar

 Limit by audience:
Virtual Storytime wi
Monday, Jul. 6, 11:00 a.m. (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 a.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Your children don't have to miss out on a great storytime just because the library is closed!

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.
Cora Take and Make K
Monday, Jul. 6, 1:00 p.m.
or call 860-258-7623.
Looking for a fun activity for your kids?  Pick up a Cora Take and Make Kit.  Each week we will have a different craft or activity in it, available by Monday at 1 p.m. Sign up by the Monday of that week to get a kit for that week.  Limited number of kits each week.  Recommended for kids ages 5 and up.  Must have adult supervision at all times.

You will receive two emails--one will confirm you registered for a kit and the second one will confirm your kit is ready.  When you arrive at the library, call 860-258-7623. Give them your name and library card number.  Then you will be able to pick up your kit in the entryway. 

Current pickup times are:
Monday - Tuesday: 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
 
Choose Your Own Adve
Monday, Jul. 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Each week we will read a story together and you get to vote on how we progress through the story. Will you survive or will your character be on the verge of disaster? Don’t like the ending?  Should we try again?  Then we will follow up with a fun activity.  

Club Kit for Week 2 will be available beginning June 29.  Participants who participate in at least 3 of the 5  weeks will get a free Choose Your Own Adventure book.  Recommended for 3rd-5th grade, 

Week 2: Magic of the Unicorn
Activity: Unicorn Slime
Adult supervision is required for this activity.


Must register by 8am the day of the program to ensure processing of the kit prior to 2pm.  Please register for each week separately. You will receive two emails.  One will confirm your registration for the event. The second will confirm your kit is ready and you can pick it up during Library 2 Go hours.  Must have adult supervision of the materials and during the activity time. 

Once you have arrived at the library to pick up the kit, call 860-258-7623. Give them your name and library card number.  Then you will be able to pick up your kit in the entryway.  Kits will be available one week before the day of the program.

Library 2 Go hours:

Monday - Tuesday: 9:30 am - 7:45 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Please Note: Dates and Times are Subject to Change





 
One on One Tech Help
Monday, Jul. 6, 2:00 pm
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, Jul. 6, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
or call 860-258-7623.
Stuck at home with nothing to read? The library has thousands of e-books availalble to download, free with your library card! Plus, we're adding new titles and extra copies every day.  Prefer audiobooks or magazines? We've got those too. Join us for a Zoom tutorial on how to get started downloading e-books using Overdrive/Libby and RBDigital.
This class will be taught using Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting ID and password. Once you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email followed by a second email with the Zoom ID. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
Music and Movement O
Monday, Jul. 6, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
or call 860-258-7623.
Join the fun with rhymes, a story and songs from your favorite artists that get you moving.  Recommended for families with children birth to 5 years.
Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering.
 
Preparation for the program:
- Find a place you can sit, stand and move around in with your child or children. 
- Find something that you and your child can each shake. It can be an egg shaker, a box of macaroni taped shut, a plastic bottle with lentils inside or anything else you create.  Make sure to always supervise your child when they are using the shaker.  If you can't find anything, you can just shake your hands for that part.
Special thanks to our musicians for giving us permission to play their music: Hap Palmer, Jim Gill, Ralph Covert/Ralph's World, Carole Peterson, Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael, Anne-Marie Akin, Julie Frost and Matthew Lewis and Susan Salidor.  Please support them. Many have music on Google Play, iTunes or Spotify that you can download:
 
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 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, 7/3 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.  
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 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, 7/3 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.  
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 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, 7/3 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.  
5-Minute LEGO Challe
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 3:00 pm (June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, 3 p.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Can you complete 5 LEGO projects in just 5 minutes each? Put your LEGO skills to the test!
To participate, you'll need:
  • LEGO bricks - any pieces, but bring a variety!
Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive via e-mail. (You will receive two e-mails, one will be a confirmation for signing up, and a second follow up e-mail with the Zoom login information.) Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering.
Faciliated by Vanessa Kelman.
 
Pajama Storytime Liv
Tuesday, Jul. 7, 7:00 p.m. (Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Our Pajama Storytime Live! Program allows you and your child to enjoy bedtime stories and songs from the comfort of your own home. Storytime helps your child gain prereading skills and improve their fine and large motor skills as well. This is a family program for babies or children and their parents or caregivers.

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.
 
  • Find a comfortable place for you to sit with your child because you will be interacting directly with them. Make sure you can see the camera on your computer, tablet or phone. On your Zoom screen you can choose to mute or not, and reveal video or not.
  • Please be thoughtful and to choose mute if it becomes too noisy on your end as it will directly affect the sound quality for others.
  • Comfy pajamas and snuggly blankets encouraged, as are your child’s favorite stuffed animals! The more the merrier!
Math with Minecraft
Online - Library Minecraft Server
Wednesday, Jul. 8
Recommended for Students in Grades 3 - 5

Use Minecraft to make Math fun! Each week from June 24 - July 22, feel free to participate in a Minecraft math challenge. Check out the week’s posted challenge questions, and if you want to visualize the math problems and have some fun in Minecraft, feel free to use the library’s Minecraft server, located at IP address corabelden.beastmc.com. Please send an e-mail to Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov to gain access to the Minecraft server. You must have a Minecraft account for PC / Mac and a copy of the Java Edition version to access the server. Using the Minecraft server is optional. Feel free to send screenshots of your work to mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov so we can share them on social media!

Click here to access the challenge for July 8 - Walls and Fences Math

Pssst - Click here to access the answer key.

Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing, makers of the ‘Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior’ book series, for putting together the challenge questions. 

Note: The dates and times are only suggested, as these activities can be completed at any time at your convenience! This is not a live instructional program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library
Teen Volunteering
Wednesday, Jul. 8
Virtual Teen Volunteer Opportunities
For Ages 13+
 
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us this summer!  All of our volunteer opportunities will be virtual. Work independently or engage with peers and earn community service hours.  You can make a positive difference in your community by chosing from a variety of projects. Register and learn more here.
Teen volunteers will have the opportuity to check in a few times a month with the teen volunteer coordinator online via Zoom. These meetings will be scheduled as needed.
Virtual Storytime wi
Wednesday, Jul. 8, 11:00 a.m. (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 a.m.)
or call 860-258-7623.
Your children don't have to miss out on a great storytime just because the library is closed!

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, Jul. 8, 2:00 pm
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.
Practice Zoom Sessio
Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
or call 860-258-7623.
Join us for a practice Zoom session. We'll go over some of the different functions on Zoom like how to control your video and audio and share your screen with others. This is a great way to stay connected with friends and family during the pandemic, while maintaining social distance.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting ID and password. Once you have signed up, you will get a confirmation email followed by a second email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please register for a Zoom account prior to the event. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
Finger Knitting for
Thursday, Jul. 9, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
or call 860-258-7623.
Learn to finger knit!  It's fun and all you need is a ball of yarn and your fingers.  We will do a different project each week.  No prior experience necessary.  Recommended for kids ages 6 and up.  Don't have any yarn? Call the Cora J. Belden Library at 860-258-7623 to arrange a time to pick up a ball of yarn.

Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to registering.
Make Your Own Ice Cr
Thursday, Jul. 9, 3:00 pm
or call 860-258-7623.
Create your own yummy ice cream using simple ingredients!
To participate, you'll need:
  • Milk (at least 2 tablespoons)
  • Cream (at least 1 tablespoon)
  • Chocolate milk powder (like Nesquik - at least one tablespoon) OR vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes (at least 1 tray)
  • Salt
  • Large bowl
  • Glass or small bowl with high sides
  • Tablespoon
  • Dish towel
Registration is required to obtain the meeting ID and password for Zoom, which you will receive via e-mail. Please download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app prior to pre-registering.
Faciliated by Vanessa Kelman.
 
Minecraft Club: Grad
Online - Library Minecraft Server
Thursday, Jul. 9, 6:30 pm (Every Thursday at 6:30 Through August 27)
or call 860-258-7623.
Do you love Minecraft? Join us weekly for our summer Minecraft Club every Thursday at 6:30 pm for grades K - 8 and have some fun with fellow Minecrafters on the library’s very own Creative Server. Please register using an e-mail address to gain access to the Minecraft server, which is located at the IP address of corabelden.beastmc.com. You must have a Minecraft account for PC / Mac and a copy of the Java Edition version to access the server, and also, you must promise to abide by the rules! Note: The Windows 10 version of Minecraft will not work with the library server, only the Java Edition. Also, console versions such as XBox, PS4, and Switch, as well as mobile editions, will not work with the server.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library. 
Let’s Bake Tog
Online - Facebook Discussion Group
Friday, Jul. 10
Learn the secrets of baking like a professional! On a weekly basis participants will watch a video lesson from The Great Course titled “The Everyday Gourmet: Baking Pastries and Desserts”, which is taught by master pastry chef Professor Stephen L. Durfee from the world's premiere culinary college, The Culinary Institute of America. Participants are encouraged to follow along using the video lessons as well as the techniques and recipes included in the course’s detailed guidebook, to create their own awesome desserts and pastries, and then share their successes and experiences on our Let’s Bake Together Facebook Group.

Here is the general structure of the program, although you are free to complete the lessons and share whenever you choose:

Week 1 - Handle with Care: Basic Doughs - Post by July 10
Week 2 - Mixing It Up: Methods for Cakes - Post by July 17
Week 3 - Blue-Ribbon Winners: Pies and Biscuits - Post by July 24
Week 4 - Lighter Than Air: Cream Puffs - Post by July 31
Week 5 - Simple to Elegant: Custards - Post by August 7
Week 6 - Final Touches: Mousse and Dessert Sauces - Post by August 14

Watch a trailer for the course below:



Cora J. Belden Library cardholders can access the online course "The Everyday Gourmet" by clicking here and signing up for an account using their library card number. Library cardholders from other towns, please reach out to mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov for alternate ways to access course content.

Please click here to access the Let’s Bake Together Facebook Group to share your experiences! If you don’t have / want a Facebook account, share your experiences with mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov and we will share for you!

Sponsored by the Friends of Cora J. Belden Library.

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