Storytime with Miss Nicole. Storytime is resuming at the Beekley! Baby and Toddler storytime (Children under 3 with caregiver) will resume on Wednesday, September 14th and Preschool storytime (ages 3-5 with caregiver) will resume on Friday, September 16th. Storytime will follow the New Harford Elementary School calendar. During vacations week please check the website for special programming. Storytime is for New Hartford residents only.
Pajama Storytime with Miss Val. Pajama storytime is for kids ages 3-6 with a parent or caregiver. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring along their favorite stuffed friends for various stories, activities, and crafts. If this is your first time joining, please call to confirm. Storytime is every Thursday night at 6:45 p.m.
Winter Art Show by Ann Raymond's Students. Paintings and sculpture by students at the Ann Raymond Center for the Arts, on display through February.
Indian Wars in Connecticut History. Presented by Hamish Lutris, professor at Housatonic Community College. Connecticut has generally been seen as a bucolic, rather quiet state. But early in its history, the state saw bloody battles between both Native American tribes and natives and colonists. This talk will center on two major Indian wars of the period: the Pequot Mohegan War and King Philip’s War. It will also deal in part with the battle fought in Fairfield that ended the Pequot Mohegan War in 1637. Join us in learning about a lesser known aspect of our state’s history, which in turn deeply affected the history of colonial America. Saturday, January 14th at 1:00.
Ranky Tanky at Nights at the Beekley Concert Series. Five college friends connected with music, went on to careers that have spanned the globe, won a Grammy and appeared on American Idol. They have reunited to produce a fantastic celebration, Heartland of American Music - the rich music of the South Carolina Lowlands. To reserve tickets please call the library at 860-379-7235. Saturday, January 7th at 7:30 pm.
The Mike and Ruthy Band at Nights at the Beekley Concert Series. Mike + Ruthy are “musicians’ musicians” who have found fans and friends in the Americana world and beyond. In 2016 Hudson Valley based songwriters Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar (aka Mike + Ruthy) enjoyed a high-water mark year buoyed by critical acclaim for their June release, Bright As You Can (Thirty Tigers) and a commitment to touring once again as a crack five-piece ensemble - reintroducing a high-energy folk rock sound that they helped define in the early 2000’s. To reserve tickets please call the library at 860-379-7235. Saturday, January 21st.at 7:30 pm.
Modern Kyrgystan: A Visual Presentation. Kyrgyzstan, located in Central Asia, has a rich and vast history spanning over 2000 years, and was once part of the Silk Road. This mountainous, isolated country has been ruled by several empires and only recently gained independence with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Come see photos and video to learn about changes in Kyrgyzstan and hear about the future of this far-off republic. Also, for the month of January, the Beekley Library is hosting “I Love My Kyrgyzstan,” a traveling exhibition of children’s drawings. It consists of 51 drawings by students 6 to 11 years old from the Republic Center of Aesthetic Education for Children. Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 pm.
Darwinism: History and Hysteria. Charles Darwin’s proposal of natural selection as the engine for the system of biological development has spurred furious debate in Europe and the United States. Darwin’s own private agony over the spiritual implication of his work and the questioning of his own faith make his scientific work all the more poignant. This talk will center on the historical significance of Darwin and the intense controversy that surrounds his theory of evolution, from its first publication 150 years ago to the current, often acrimonious debate on evolution and creationism in the United States. Saturday, February 11th at 1:00 pm.
Mary Fahl at Nights at the Beekley Concert Series. Mary Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”. Saturday, February 18th at 7:30 pm.
For more information on these programs, please contact the library at 860-379-7235.
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