Enter the BookFriends Raffle and Win a Kayak! Win a Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Kayak! Tickets are $10.00 each, available at the library. Only 500 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be on Saturday, June 23rd, 12:00 pm at the Library and the winner need not be present to win. Formore information please stop by or call the library at 860-379-7235.
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Story Time with Miss Nicole Story time follows the New Hartford Elementary School calendar. Wednesdays 11:15 for Stories and Finger Plays with Miss Nicole followed by playtime. Ages 0-3, Fridays 10:30 with Miss Nicole for Stories and Finger Plays followed by arts and crafts. Ages 3-5
Pajama Story Time with Miss Val. Story time follows the New Hartford Elementary School calendar. Thursdays 6:45 for Pajama Storytime with Miss Val followed by activities and crafts. Ages 3-6
Historical Lecture Series at the Beekley: Presented by Hamish Lutris, Associate Professor of History at Capital Community College.
Abraham Lincoln: The Life of an American President.Perhaps more than any other president, Abraham Lincoln embodied the possibilities inherent in the American dream. Born in a log cabin, he rose through self-education to the highest office in the land. However, he was considered by many to lack the qualifications needed for the intellectual and political demands of his position. This program will explore the life and personality of this powerful but surprisingly enigmatic figure in our history, including his childhood, professional career and political ambitions., Saturday, February 17th at 1:00 pm.
Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and the Transformation of the Civil War. The Civil War began as a Constitutional conflict, but ended as a crusade to abolish the institution of slavery. This talk will explore the role of a transformation in the thinking of the President, Abraham Lincoln, and how this transformation in his thinking led to the transformation of the entire war and, as a result, the history of the United States. Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 pm.
Men to Match my Mountains: Mountain Men and the Opening of the West. Beginning in 1803, Americans explored the west, looking for freedom, space, and money. They found all three, often in deadly quantities. This talk will center on the first people to explore the Rocky Mountains, seeking out the fur-bearing wealth of the wilderness. It will talk about the mountains themselves, the hold they had on the imaginations of America, and the fate of many of the ‘mountain men’ who blazed the trails that made today’s highways. Saturday, April 7th, 1:00 pm
Hell on Wheels: The Wild West. From the 1850s until the 1890s, the West was a dangerous place, one that took a high human toll before it was 'civilized' in the 1880s and 90s. This talk will focus on three aspects of that danger: cattle, which drew cowboys and big business out west; Indians, who contested that expansion doggedly; and the railroad, which served to draw the nation together and subjugate Native Americans. Each contributed to the reality and mythology of the West, and remain powerful images today. Saturday, May 12th, 1:00 pm.
American Science Fiction Through the Eyes of Ukrainian Children. An exhibition of drawings from the Fermata Arts Foundation based on works by Ray Bradbury, Robert Scheckley, Isaac Asimov and others. At the library for the month of March.
Nights at the Beekely Concert Series: Kenny White. One of the favorite artists to come to the Nights at the Beekley music series returns with another terrific night of music. This time Kenny comes with an extraordinary bassist, currently with Peter Wolf Band and guitarist Mark Shulman, who just wowed the audience with Richard Shindell. Kenny himself is one of the finest pianists ever to appear on our stage. It promises to be a night with some of the finest instrumentalists ever at the Beekley together with some humor and delightful music. Saturday, March 24th, 7:00 pm doors open, 7:30 concert begins.
Public Town Hall, Republicans Bill Simanski, State Representative and Kevin Witkos, State Senator, will provide a legislative update and answer any questions or concerns that those attending may have about their state . Tuesday, March 27th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
BookFriends Presents Antiques: What Are They? Why Do I Want Them? What Do I Do If I Have Them? Jay Kohler of New Hartford will discuss antiques in today's marketplace after which he will offer free appraisals, one per guest. Sunday, April 8th. Program and Q&A: 2:00 pm, Appraisals: 2:30-4:00 pm, first come, first served.
Fruitful Trees and Shrubs for the Landscape. Presented by Robert Herman, plantsman and educator. “Edible Landscaping” is becoming more and more popular because it makes sense for the homeowner and the environment. But are all the fruiting plants one reads about really suitable for your property, without causing problems of their own? Robert will recommend attractive and useful trees & shrubs that will reliably produce food for you and your local wildlife. His selection includes low maintenance, native plants chosen for their beauty as well as their sustainability. Saturday, April 14th, 1:00 pm.
Enjoy Children's Programs During Spring Break at the Library, April 16th - 20th.
Movie Mondays at the Beekley presents…CoCo. Coco is a vibrant Disney/Pixar film that explores the traditions of the Day of the Dead, a child's desire to become a musician despite his family's wishes, and the power of unconditional love. Rated PG, ages 7+ with an adult, Monday, April 16th at at 11:00 am.
Planting the Beekley Children’s Garden, Join Ms. Nicole in the Children’s Library to plan and plant our annual vegetable garden. Ages 3+ with an adult. Wear appropriate gardening clothes. Tuesday, April 17th at 11:00 am
Meet Beau from ECAD: Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities. Spend the morning with Beau and Jeaanne Jones from ECAD. Learn how these smart and loving service dogs set out on their journey to becoming a treasured and integral part of a person’s life with a disability. Come snuggle with a puppy and see a service dog in action. Wednesday, April 18th at 11:00 am.
Snakes Alive” with Jay Kaplan from Roaring Brook Nature Center, This is an interactive demonstration featuring snakes of all kinds. Learn about these mysterious creatures including their habitats and habits. Thursday, April 19th at 11:00 am.
An Inky Summer: A Book Talk by Authors Fred and Cheryl Lowman. When 12 year old Freddie discovers Inky, an American crow, stiting on the fence near the back steps of his house it is the beginning of a summer filled with Inky's antics as he delights and upsets neighbors and relatives. Fred and Cheryl will have books for purchase and signing. Friday, April 20th at 10:30 am.
For more information on these programs, please contact the library at 860-379-7235.
"A library is the home for the imagination." - Lisa Scottoline, author