Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at East Hampton Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m.
Make Shoreline Ringers, a top level community handbell choir, a part of your holiday celebrations this year with a program of holiday favorites, original handbell compositions, and classical transcriptions. The repertoire performed by this inspirational handbell choir, is secular and popular in nature, and includes varying techniques and rhythms that promise pleasure and fun for all. The concert is free and open to the public but registration is required. After all, we are Belltown. Sponsored by Made possible by memorial donation made in the name of Suzanne Brady..
Monday, Dec. 5, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Sing, dance, play and make music together! Join a joyful early childhood music and movement class for children and caregivers. Program led by Andrea Simmons, an experienced CT certified music educator and local resident. For ages birth to five. Registration is required; program limit of 10 children.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2:00 p.m.
Join us and enjoy four short documentary films about how people around the world approach or are affected by Christmas past, present, and future. From a Cornish village or from the forests of Norway to metropolitan London; from Northern California or from Flushing, Queens (NY), tap into joy, tough times, tradition, and remembrance in personal stories told by four short films. Library staff member Peter Carpenter hosts the program; films brought you by InstantFlix.
Friday, Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Brighten up someone's holiday with a glowing pop card! Learn how to make a simple paper circuit, along with paper folding and cutting techniques to create a special holiday card. For 4th and 5th grade children. Registration is required; limited to 20 children.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:00 p.m.
Martin ("Marty") Podskoch, local author and retired teacher, will be talking about his book: "Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps: Their History, Memories & Legacy." Podskoch will discuss the CCC experience for the men who passed through its cleansing days of hard work, Army discipline, and camaraderie to help support their families during the Great Depression. If you have your own story to tell, or story passed down to you by a family member/CCC participant, here's your chance to share with an author (and an audience) what matters about our shared American history. Marty is currently working on a book about CCC camps in Rhode Island.
Monday, Dec. 12, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Sing, dance, play and make music together! Join a joyful, early childhood music and movement class for children and caregivers. Program led by Andrea Simmons, an experienced CT certified music educator and local resident. For ages birth to five. Registration is required; program limit of 10 children.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m.
Learn about babywearing, its benefits, safety issues, and how to properly use different types of carriers. Maggie Perkins-Stovall of "Up, Please! East of the River Babywearers" presents.
Friday, Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Decorate a wooden trinket box with colorful tiles and paint to take home and store all your little treasures! For 2nd and 3rd grade children. Registration is required; limited to 15 children.
Monday, Dec. 19, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for our annual holiday party for the littlest people in our community. Enjoy festive songs and stories, plus a visit from a very gentle version of you-know-who! For children ages 1 to 4 years-old. Registration is required and to contribute snacks or refreshments to the party, please sign up at or phone the library's Children's Services desk.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Dennis Leary stars as "The Ref", an unfortunate cat burglar who becomes trapped in a fate worse than jail when he takes a bickering couple and their annoying relatives hostage on the night of their big Christmas party. Rated R. Library staff member Peter Carpenter hosts the program.
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m.
School vacation break! Ride the coloring book wave and join us for a pre-New Year coloring session. Meet new people; chat; share; socialize, and find your coloring book groove at the library! We supply a variety of coloring instuments and pages or you can bring your own. Special cookies here. For set-up purposes, please do register and let us know if you plan to attend. Kids accompanied by an adult colorer welcomed!
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Work in teams to construct working models of a V8 engine. Also enjoy a visit with a member of the East Hampton Belltown Auto Club and learn what it takes to own and maintain a classic car. Registration is limited to 20 participants in grades 5-7. This workshop is free but registration is essential. Postponed from a previous date. Sponsored by East Hampton Rotary in collaboration with KOCO and the East Hampton Public Library.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Put the "Arts" in S.T.E.A.M. and express yourself! In this workshop you'll make and tinker with a recipe to create a black light painting. All materials will be provided, including an apron and a wearable glow stick. Please note, the lights will be lowered and when paired with a black light, you'll see your artwork in an exciting new way! Registration is limited to 20 participants in grades 5-7. This workshop is free but registration is essential. Sponsored by East Hampton Rotary in collaboration with KOCO and the East Hampton Public Library.
Friday, Dec. 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gamer kid alert! Make your game time a little more valuable and learn about video game design and coding. We'll discuss Sploder and MOD but spend most of our time on coding with Scratch, a free programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Get tips and tricks to develop a game or a music and dance animation. We'll also invite you to enter a contest, scheduled for January 2017, sponsored by the East Hampton Rotary Club! Registration is limited to 15 participants in grades 5-7. This workshop is free but registration is essential. Sponsored by East Hampton Rotary in collaboration with KOCO and the East Hampton Public Library.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 11:00 a.m.
Who doesn't love, love, love the library's new year celebration for little people? This year, leading into 2017, East Hampton's 250th Year, we'll be switching it up. Enjoy a fabulous magic and ballon twisting performance by Matt the Balloon Man, followed by our annual balloon drop! Registration is required to ensure that each child is able to take home a special balloon creation. To contribute snacks or refreshments for the party, please sign up at or phone the library's Children's Services desk.
Friday, Jan. 6, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Brighten your winter by learning and creating transparent sun catchers inspired by medieval works of art! For 4th and 5th grade children. Registration is required; limited to 20 children.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1:00 p.m.
Altered books are popular with mixed media artists and you can add yourself to their ranks by attending this program! Learn creative ways to fold pages and turn an old book into a work of art. Library staff member Tessa Handy leads the program. Attendance limit of 12 participants.
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m.
The library will present a comprehensive program in two parts about D-Day, Invasion of Normandy; the program will be led by Kelvin W. Cole. In Part 1, Mr. Cole will discuss the prelude to D-Day, describing the fall of Western Europe to the Nazis and the construction of their defenses and the Atlantic Wall in their bid to keep it. Mr. Cole has educated a variety of audiences ranging from senior citizen groups to high school students, historical societies and public library forums across Connecticut. He has also been an invited speaker in France, the Czech Republic, and Africa (Tunisia).
Friday, Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
January is creativity month: explore different types of art mediums to create you own art masterpiece! For 2nd and 3rd grade children. Registration is required; limited to 15 children.
Monday, Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of electronics and Arduino programming in this authentic maker space workshop. Registration is limited to 8 participants in grades 5-7. This workshop is free but registration is essential. Sponsored by East Hampton Rotary in collaboration with KOCO and the East Hampton Public Library.