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. For more information please stop by or call the library at 860-379-7235.
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Story Time with Miss Nicole Morning Story Times follow 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. Thursdays 6:45 for Pajama Story Time 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.
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.
The Ideal House. A rotating exchange program of drawings by students from Eastern Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Italy. The current exhibit features art from the Republic of Georgia. Sponsored by the Fermata Art Foundation of Avon. On display for the month of April.
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.
The Teen Party: How to Use Your Political Voice Today. Teenagers have always had the potential for massive impact in the world of politics and government. They have been a part of every social movement in our history and we are seeing their potential for influencing change with the activism of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students. Never let anyone tell you it is too early to use your political voice. Panelists: Amanda Webster, candidate for CT 62nd district; Anna Szekeres, Founder of Political & Proud; Megan Handau, past president of UCONN Democrats, and Nick Teeling, Student Activist/Campaign Manager. Suggested ages: 13-17. Saturday, April 21st, 1:00-3:00 pm.
The Greenwoods Consort. A free concert of Renaissance vocals, readings and dance. The Greenwoods Consort returns to the Beekley Library on Friday, April 27th, 7:00 pm.
National Beat Poetry Festival. Beat poets & musicians reading and playing their own creations, works from the original Beats and an open mic for all who would like to read their own. Featuring New England Beat Poet Laureate David K. Leff with musical artist Lisa Lawrence Uzanas.. For more information please call the library at 860-379-7235. Saturday, April 28th at 3:30 pm.
For more information on these programs, please contact the library at 860-379-7235.
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