Join us for the first in a four-part wellness series and learn about a range of positive physical, mental, emotional, and quality of life health benefits that may stem from practicing mindfulness. All programs will be led by Jo Anne Harrison-Becker, MS in Gerontology and Community Psychology and a 28 year veteran in the field of therapeutic recreation.
Work with Crayola Model Magic to create your own superhero alien, then add the legs the eyes, antennas, arms, tails, wings... whatever your imagination can come up with! For ages 7 and up. Debra Hamuka-Falkenham, Super Cowtoonist, presents.
If you are lacking superhero accessories -- or an easy way to quickly change your identity -- make your own superhero cuffs and save the world! A drop in craft for ages 4 and up; no registration required.
Interested in learning about comic construction and what it takes to create your own characters and storyline? If so, comic book artist Matt Ryan from Free Lunch Studio will talk a little about how he got started and why comics work as well as some famous works. Matt will then lead the group through the creation of a 5 panel storyline as well as how to make well rounded characters – all of which can be translated to make a full book. Previous drawing/writing experience is not necessary. 5th grade and up.
Get your manga style on with Matt Ryan of Free Lunch Studios and learn how to get started drawing you own manga comics! During the workshop you'll gain an in-depth look into the history of manga and its relation to American comics. No drawing experience necessary. For 7th grade through adult.
Have you been thinking about switching to a vegan diet but don't know where to begin? Chef Mary Lawrence will share tips to help you overcome any obstacle and give a cooking demonstration to show how easy it can be. She will address common concerns about where to get your protein, calcium and iron on a vegan diet, how to make food appealing to friends and family, and how to save time, money and your sanity in the kitchen. Recipes and food samples provided. Mary is executive chef and owner of Well on Wheels, a premiere vegan chef service based in CT.
Jason Mark Alster, MSc, leads this workshop about the elegant and versatile style of Chinese brush painting. Chinese bamboo brush painting lessons include brush stroke techniques, brushes used, making Chinese ink, using rice paper composition and space. Limited registration open to adults or seniors, and kids age 12 and up. Mr. Alster is a popular presenter at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, CT.
Join us for the first in a 6-part series about gender, appearance, identity, traditional ideas of masculinity or femininity, reinvention, and personal journeys. First up is the Tender Bar by Pultizer Prize-winning journalist J.R. Moehringer. Marsha Bansavage, scholar from the Connecticut Humanities Council, leads the discussion. The series is funded by memorial donations made in the name of Suzanne Brady, devoted teacher, literacy champion, and friend to literature.
Welcome New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Marc Black for a tour of music from the '50s and '60s, two defining decades in American culture and song. This free program will encourage listeners to re-live songs such as "Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini!" and "Blowin' in the Wind", as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison.
Join us for a 1st Saturday Craft program for ages 4-8. This series emphasizes the developmental benefits of art: improving motor skills, decision making, visual learning, and inventiveness, among others. Learn to create @ the library! The program project TBA closer to the program date.
Geocaching is treasure hunting using GPS technology. This is the sport where YOU are the search engine! Join library staff member Miss Janie (Dumont) for a fun afternoon learning geocaching's fundamentals. For ages 8 and up and their parents.
Instrumental guitarist Peter Biedermann performs in a musical showcase covering a variety of genres and disciplines. Based in Green Valley, AZ, Biederman has been composing and performing for over 35 years and plays a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars to deliver sounds that seem both familiar and entirely original. Fans of guitar or artists such as Davey Graham, John Fahey, Alex de Grassi, Leo Kotke, Ralph Towner, or Michael Hedges will certainly enjoy the show.
Join us for the second in a four-part wellness series and learn about a range of positive physical, mental, emotional, and quality of life health benefits that may stem from practicing mindfulness. All programs will be led by Jo Anne Harrison-Becker, MS in Gerontology and Community Psychology and a 28 year veteran in the field of therapeutic recreation.
Join us for second in a 6-part series about gender, appearance, identity, traditional ideas of masculinity or femininity, reinvention, and personal journeys. Discuss Ann Patchett'sThis Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Marsha Bansavage, scholar from the Connecticut Humanities Council, leads the discussion. The series is funded by memorial donations made in the name of Suzanne Brady, devoted teacher, literacy champion, and friend to literature.
Join Sydney Sherman, author of You Are Not Alone, and delve into the subject of the Afterlife. Sydney will discuss the effects the media has on our beliefs and how all cultures to some degree believe in an Afterlife. She will provide demonstrations of how to know when an interaction with a spirit has occurred and how we all can start a relationship with loved ones who have passed. Also discussed will be how to recognize a fake/fraud in the field through explanation of 'tricks of the trade'. The program allows time for audience members to share their stories and ask questions.
Step in to your costume and join us for pre-Halloween festivities featuring a not-so-scary puppet show performance of The Little Red Hen presented by The Lionheart Puppet Company. For ages 3 and up. Boo!
We've been raiding recycling bins! Join us for a family craft and turn aluminum can tabs into a cool bracelet. The bracelet is gender neutral, attractive, a conversation piece, and will last a very, very long time. For ages 8 and up and their parents.