Cora J. Belden Library

Library Events Calendar

 Limit by event type:
One on One Tech Help
Wednesday, May 31, 2:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
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 can be conducted in person or online via Zoom. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Wednesday, May 31, 3:30 pm
Join us at the library to experience virtual reality with the library’s Quest 2 or wireless Vive headset! Navigate icebergs on a kayak in Antarctica, visit Machu Picchu the ancient Inca capital, get some exercise while enjoying some rocking music with Beat Saber, or visit the international space station! All these are available to try with the help of a librarian, and many more! No VR experience is required, if you have heard of VR but never given it a try, now is the perfect time. If you have experience with VR and were wondering about what the fuss is with the Quest 2, try ours out before you buy it! Simply register for one of our 30 minute time slots on our online calendar, generally available on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. Participants must be at least 13 years old. Please e-mail mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions.

When you arrive for your scheduled time, please check in at the Information Desk to get started! Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.
Baby Bop
Thursday, Jun. 1, 9:45am-10:45am
Thursdays, May 11th - August 17th
9:45AM - 10:45AM

Get little bodies moving with lap bounces, tickles, lifting songs and rhymes. Then enjoy baby playtime. Recommended for families
with babies to 18 months old. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.
ESOL English Convers
Thursday, Jun. 1, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Are you new to learning and speaking English? We welcome you to join our ESOL English Conversation Group! Join us on Thursday mornings from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in person at the library to practice English speaking skills. No registration required. This group is intended for adults.
Teddy Bear Picnic Ou
Thursday, Jun. 1, 11:00am-11:45am (Thursdays, 11am)
or call 860-258-7623.
Bring your teddy bear (or stuffed animal) to a storytime outdoors!  Sing some songs, dance to some music, hear a story and experience some bubble magic!  Recommended for families with children ages 0-6. Please register for reminders.
Note: Program will be held in Brilliant Park on the lawn next to the library. Please bring a blanket or chairs to sit in.
Rain location will be inside in the Stepney Room.
Playgroup Plus
Friday, Jun. 2, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Fridays, 10:30 a.m.)
Drop in and join us for stories, songs, bubbles and more! Stay for free play after the storytime.  The library will provide an assortment of toys. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. No registration necessary.  Please do not attend if you or your child are not feeling well.
 
One on One Tech Help
Friday, Jun. 2, 2:00 pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
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 can be conducted in person or online via Zoom. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Friday, Jun. 2, 3:30 pm
or call 8602587623.
Join us at the library to experience virtual reality with the library’s Quest 2 or wireless Vive headset! Navigate icebergs on a kayak in Antarctica, visit Machu Picchu the ancient Inca capital, get some exercise while enjoying some rocking music with Beat Saber, or visit the international space station! All these are available to try with the help of a librarian, and many more! No VR experience is required, if you have heard of VR but never given it a try, now is the perfect time. If you have experience with VR and were wondering about what the fuss is with the Quest 2, try ours out before you buy it! Simply register for one of our 30 minute time slots on our online calendar, generally available on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. Participants must be at least 13 years old. Please e-mail mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions.

When you arrive for your scheduled time, please check in at the Information Desk to get started! Sponsored by the Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library.
Playgroup Plus
Saturday, Jun. 3, 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Drop in and join us for stories, songs, bubbles and more! Stay for free play after the storytime.  The library will provide an assortment of toys. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. No registration necessary.  Please do not attend if you or your child are not feeling well.
  Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
Teen Volunteering-Al
Saturday, Jun. 3, 1:40 - 3:45 PM
We are looking for a couple of teens in grades 8 and up to help with the program, All Aboard Gaming. Volunteers will help with set up, clean up and engage kids with playing board games.  Help children learn how to play the game, and play the game with them.  Please bring a child friendly attitude.  Come 20 minutes prior to the program, and stay to clean up afterwards.
Please sign in at the information desk upstairs prior to the program. You can bring a sheet to log your hours or we can provide something for you upon request. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
All Aboard Gaming
Saturday, Jun. 3, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
or call 860-258-7623.
Join us to play some fun board games!  Bring a favorite board game or try one the library has-- Uno, Jr. Scrabble, I Spy Eagle Eye, Feed the Kitty, Memory and more. Recommended for families with children ages 4 and up.  Register for a reminder. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
Toddler Tales
Monday, Jun. 5, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM (Mondays)
or call 860-258-7623.
Join us for a fun, participatory storytime for toddlers that includes songs, stories and movement activities.  Each week we'll finish with a fun craft or activity too, just perfect for your little one!
Recommended for children ages 2-4 with an accompanying adult. 
Registration recommended for each session.
One on One Tech Help
Monday, Jun. 5, 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 can be conducted in person or online via Zoom. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.
Teen Volunteering-Ki
Monday, Jun. 5, 6:15pm-7:45pm
or call 860-258-7623.
We are looking for teen volunteers to help kids with learning how to play chess. Must already know how to play chess and feel comfortable helping kids learn the basics in a friendly way. Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead and plan to stay after the program to clean up and put things away.
Please sign in at the information desk upstairs prior to the program. You can bring a sheet to log your hours or we can provide something for you upon request. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
Kids Chess Club
Monday, Jun. 5, 6:30pm - 7:30pm (June 5, July 11, August 7)
or call 860-258-7623.
Join us for this chess club for kids, facilitated by Derek Caelin. Learn to play with other chess players.  Chess boards from around the world will be featured.  Recommended for children ages 5-10 who are Chess Beginners- already know the basic rules of chess and can complete a game without assistance.
Please pre-register to receive reminders, updates and to help us plan how many people will attend. 
Music and Movement
Monday, Jun. 5, 6:30 p.m. -7:15 p.m. (Mondays 6:30pm-7:15pm)
or call 860-258-7623.
Stories, songs, dancing & more! Music develops listening skills, awareness of rhythm and sound which helps develop early literacy skills.   Fun for families with children 2 to 5 yrs (siblings welcome). The Program Room has a limited capacity.  Librarian may limit the number of families based on the room size. Register for reminders. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
Knitting Group
Tuesday, Jun. 6, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Join our friendly Knitting Group every Tuesday morning at 11 AM. Crochet, knitting, cross stich, all are welcome. New to knitting? This group welcomes newbies. No registration required.
One on One Tech Help
Wednesday, Jun. 7, 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 can be conducted in person or online via Zoom. Please register and Mike will reach out via e-mail to coordinate the meeting. Feel free to message Mike at mmurphy@rockyhillct.gov with any questions or call the Information Desk at 860-258-7623.
Virtual Author Talk-
Wednesday, Jun. 7, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
The Fun Habit: An Author Talk with Mike Rucker, Ph.D.
Doesn’t it seem that the more we seek happiness, the more elusive it becomes? There is an easy fix, hiding in plain sight. Fun is an action you can take here and now, practically anywhere, anytime. Through research and science, we know fun is enormously beneficial to our physical and psychological well-being, yet fun’s absence from our modern lives is striking. Whether you’re a frustrated high-achiever trying to find a better work-life balance or seeking relief from life’s overwhelming challenges, it is time you gain access to the best medicine available. The Fun Habit: How the Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life is the ultimate guide to reap the serious benefits fun offers. Grounded in current research, accessible science, and practical recommendations, Dr. Rucker will use The Fun Habit strategies to teach you: 
  • How you can build having fun into an actionable and effortless habit; and
  • Why doing so will help you become a healthier, more joyful, more productive person. 
About the Author: Dr. Mike Rucker is an organizational psychologist and charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association whose work has been published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management and Nutrition Research. His ideas about fun and health have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Vox, Thrive Global, mindbodygreen, and more. Named one of ten digital change makers by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, he currently serves as a senior leader at Active Wellness. Learn more at MichaelRucker.com.
You can register for this event, view upoming and past recordings here Sponsored by The Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Mystery Book Discuss
Wednesday, Jun. 7, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
or call 860-258-7623.
Welcome! Come join our Mystery Book Discussion. This group loves to read, you guessed it: mysteries! This month, we will be reading Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood. Extra copies of the book will be available to checkout from the library.
 
Please contact the Information Desk at 860-258-7623 with any questions!
The meeting location will be subject to change, depending upon COVID-19 restrictions and rates. Registration is requested so that we may notify attendees of any last minute changes. Sponsored by Cora J. Belden Library.
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