Cora J. Belden Library

Library Events Calendar

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Create Your Summer A
Library
Thursday, Aug. 29
Calling all kids, teens and adults! Create your summer adventure by participating in our summer reading adventure. Read or listen to some terrific books this summer and you will earn chances to win some great raffle prizes! We've got a great selection of books - just ask a friendly librarian for some suggestions!  
One on One Tech Help
Monday, Jun. 17, 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.
Chicken Storytime: M
Monday, Jun. 17, 6:30 p.m. -7:15 p.m.
Join us for Chicken Storytime, featuring a reading of a chicken story and a presentation by Gemma Bartha, a local chicken farmer, and her family chicken.  Come see a live grown chicken, ask questions and maybe get to pet the chicken.  Then check out our chickens we’re growing in the library!  Have they hatched yet?  Recommended for families with children ages 4 and up.  Please register one slot per family. List each person who plans to attend, and the ages of the kids. Sponsored by Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Mommy & Me Yarn Doll
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 10:30-11:30 AM
or call 860-258-7623.
Caretakers with kids age 3 and up

Adult and child craft! Have your child choose their colors and enjoy making a doll (or dolls!) for them while your kiddos join Ms. Ally and Ms. Jenny with a story, songs, and coloring!

Registration required, limited space. Please one adult per child. Thank you! Sponsored by the Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Adult Knitting
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 11 am - 12:30 pm (Tuesdays 11 am - 12:30 pm)
Join our Adult Knitters! 
Knitting, crochet, sewing, cross stitch, spinning or weaving it’s all good!
Grab whatever project you’re working on and join us for some fiber fun. Newbies are welcome!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Teen Volunteering: S
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Volunteer to help with the Summer Adventure Drop in Craft program.  We need help setting up, helping kids with the craft and cleaning up. Please arrive promptly at the designated time and sign in at the adult information desk and and then report to the Children's Department for instructions. 
We work hard to make our programs possible, we depend on our teen volunteers for assistance. If you are unable to make it, please call us at 860-258-7621 or send us an email at corajbelden02@gmail.com.  Please note that if you do not show up and do not let us know 2 times, you will no longer be able to volunteer with us.  Open to teens going into 9th-12th grade.
Summer Adventure Dro
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2 - 3:30 pm
Come drop in for a fun themed adventure craft throughout the summer! No registration required. For ages 6-11.

Series:

Space, June 18
Wild Wild West, June 20
Fantasy, June 25
Heroes, June 28
Land Ho!, July 1
Shake & Bake, July 9 Sponsored by friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Crystal Terrarium Wo
Tuesday, Jun. 18, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
or call 860-258-7623.
Let's plant some seeds of intention in our terrariums with Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations! 
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This class gives a fun overview of the benefits of gems and crystals. A display case of various crystal samples will be set up so that you can freely explore. We will learn how to best incorporate each crystal into our homes and living spaces as well. A fun crystal quiz follows and then we assemble our glass terrarium using small plants, soil, small assorted crystals and sands. Most importantly, we will plant our “seed of intention” into the soil! Relaxing music and tea will set our mood. This promises to be a great calming experience for all! Sponsored by The Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Wednesday, Jun. 19
Teen Volunteering: T
Brilliant Park, next to the Library
Thursday, Jun. 20, 10:30am-12:00pm
Volunteer to help with the Teddy Bear Picnic.  We need help setting up, leading kids with movements to songs (you don't have to sing, but if you can it is a great asset) and taking down and putting away things.  This program will take place outside. If it rains we will meet in the Stepney Room.  Volunteers should enjoy being silly and comfortable being in front of an audience.  Please arrive promptly at the designated time and sign in at the adult information desk and then report to the Children's Department for instructions. 

We work hard to make our programs possible, we depend on our teen volunteers for assistance. If you are unable to make it, please call us at 860-258-7621 or send us an email at corajbelden02@gmail.com.  Please note that if you do not show up and do not let us know 2 times, you will no longer be able to volunteer with us.  Open to teens going into 9th-12th grade.

Please register separately for each specific Teddy Bear Picnic you can help with.
ESOL- Conversational
Thursday, Jun. 20, 10:30 am - 12 pm
Join us Thursdays for our English for Speakers of Other Languages Group. Our goal is to prepare participants for success in society through the development of cultural awareness and English language proficiency in listening, speaking and reading. This is a drop-in program, no registration is required.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Brilliant Park (next door to the library)
Thursday, Jun. 20, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 11am)
or call 860-258-7623.
Bring your teddy bear (or stuffed animal) to a storytime!  Sing some songs, dance to some music, hear a story and experience some bubble magic!  Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.  Recommended for families with children ages 0-5. Please register one slot per family. Please register for each week you want to attend so we can send updates and reminders.
Meets OUTSIDE on the lawn in Brilliant Park Rain location: Stepney Room
Teen Volunteering: S
Thursday, Jun. 20, 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Volunteer to help with the Summer Adventure Drop in Craft program.  We need help setting up, helping kids with the craft and cleaning up. Please arrive promptly at the designated time and sign in at the adult information desk and and then report to the Children's Department for instructions. 
We work hard to make our programs possible, we depend on our teen volunteers for assistance. If you are unable to make it, please call us at 860-258-7621 or send us an email at corajbelden02@gmail.com.  Please note that if you do not show up and do not let us know 2 times, you will no longer be able to volunteer with us.  Open to teens going into 9th-12th grade.
Virtual Author Talk
Thursday, Jun. 20, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School.   From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.  The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.

About the Author: Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist as well as The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism the recently released Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (2024).  Tiffany has been working with children and families for nearly two decades and has worked as a Montessori educator for fifteen years. She enjoys exploring social justice with young folks, especially the history of racism and resistance, economic justice, and socially and personally constructed identities. Tiffany enjoys working with educators and supporting them building strong, authentic communities in which every child can be seen and valued. 

Click here for registration.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Summer Adventure Dro
Thursday, Jun. 20, 2 - 3:30 pm
Come drop in for a fun themed adventure craft throughout the summer! No registration required. For ages 6-11.

Series:

Space, June 18
Wild Wild West, June 20
Fantasy, June 25
Heroes, June 28
Land Ho!, July 1
Shake & Bake, July 9 Sponsored by friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Online Movie Screeni
Thursday, Jun. 20, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
or call 860-258-7623.
Join us for a screening of this documentary about the women known as Madan Sara who work at the margins of Haiti’s economy. Despite numerous obstacles, these women work tirelessly to buy, distribute, and sell food and other essentials in markets through the country. In doing so, they are able to provide for their families and help ensure a better life for generations to come. The Madan Sara continue to be one of the most critical parts of the Haitian economy and identity, and this film amplifies and shares their dreams for a more just Haiti. The screening will be followed by a Q and A session with producer Lu Childs.

This event is made possible by the Berlin Peck Library. Sponsored by The Berlin Peck Library.
Friday, Jun. 21, 10:30am-11:30am
Drop in for free play with an assortment of toys provided by the library.  This is a great way to practice social and emotional skills including sharing and respecting each other. Recommended for 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. 21, 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.
DIY Wildflower Seed
Friday, Jun. 21, 2 - 3:30 PM
In this program, children ages 5-11 are invited to come make seed balls! We'll start by reading the picture book Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden by Andrew Larsen as an introduction to the concept of seed dispersal, before getting our hands dirty and making our own! Seed balls are made of a combination of clay, soil, and wildflower seeds. Our mixture is ready for you to roll into balls and add seeds.

Registration required.

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program.  Sponsored by Friends of the Rocky Hill Library.
Playgroup Plus
Saturday, Jun. 22, 10:30am-11:30am
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.
 
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