Story Time 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 Story Time 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.
The Beekley Seed Library. We will be offering free organic, non gmo vegetable and flower seeds again this year. Seeds have been donated by High Mowing Seeds, John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, Seed Saver's Exchange and the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Seeds will be available starting March 25th.
National Beat Poetry Festival. The National Beat Poetry Festival returns to the Beekley before a short summer break. Join us this Saturday for another great meeting of featured poets, open mic reading and music! Saturday, June 3rd at 3:30 pm.
BookFriends Annual Booksale. Show support for the library and all the hard work the BookFriends do to help the Beekley Library by coming to the book sale and find incredible bargains on books, recorded books music, DVDs, children's books and games and delicious baked goods too. Sale will be held at the New Hartford Elementary School, 40 Wickett Street. Admission is free except for early bird preview. Hours are: Early Bird Preview, $20, Saturday, June 10th, 8:00 am - 9:00 am: and the 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, and Sunday, June 11th from 9:00 am - noon.
Paul Cryan Photo Fundraiser. Here’s an opportunity to have your child’s photo taken by our favorite photographer, Paul Cryan. (He’s Hartford Magazine’s #1 Photographer, too!) All proceeds from this photo session will be donated by Cryan Photography to the library. The Library has a sign-up sheet. You’ll need an appointment, so stop by the Library or call us at 860-379-7235. There’s time to photograph about 75 children, so call soon to ensure a spot on the schedule. Wednesday, June 28th, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
The Lionheart Puppet Company presents the Reluctant Dragon.The Lionheart Puppet Company is coming to the Beekley with the show "The Reluctant Dragon"! Kick off your summer reading program by grabbing a journal then settle in for a puppet show! The show is a one-man production, featuring hand and rod puppetry as well as original music! The show is suitable for ages 4-11.What happens when Harold, a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains? Can Harold convince the villagers that the dragon just wants to be friends? Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame. The puppet show will be performed on June 29th at 11:00 a.m. Call the Beekley at 860-379-7235 to sign up.
Annual Story Walk on the Library’s Grounds In Honor of Lee Tangerone. Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. Throughout the month of July. All Ages.
Manga-Chibi Clay Cartooning Program. Kids will have fun with artist Debi Hamuka-Falkenham as they work with Model Magic to make their own unique “Manga-Chibi” creation. Thursday, July 6th at 10:3o. Ages 6-12
Experimental Meditation Encounter with Anandi. DO yo want to experience your natural state of joy and ease? Do you want to reap the many benefits of meditation without the effort of willful techniques? Join us and meditate like the masters. Learn the meaning of Surrender and how to use it in meditation...Get the secret Key to meditating successfully without techniques...Practice meditation effortlessly and effectively. Monday, July 10th at 6:30 pm and Monday, August 7th at 6:30 pm. Learn ASL with Miss Ada at Friday Storytime. Step into the world of ASL (American Sign Language) with Miss Ada! Learn the ASL alphabet, your name, colors, animals, and some basic words. Listen to Miss Nicole read stories as you sign some words with Miss Ada. Each class will have a craft. The dates of Friday Storytime with ASL are July 14th, 21st and 28th and August 4th and 11th. Storytime runs from 10:30-11:30. Children between 3-5 are welcome. Sign up as space is limited!
Summer Nutmeg Book Club at the Beekley. The Summer Nutmeg Book Club is starting up again! It will run on Tuesdays from July 11th - August 15th, 6:30 - 7:45. This club is for grades 3-6. Join educator Fran Stoffer at The Beekley Library for engaging discussions and activities around this year’s Nutmeg nominees. Call the Library at 860-379-7235 to sign up as space is limited.
Crochet Class with Jenn Frasca. Join Bakerville resident Jenn Frasca for a series of crochet classes. Each class will cover a different topic. All supplies will be provided. Ages 6 and up. Thursdays from July 13th to August 17th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.
Fairy Houses! Open to all ages! Bring bark, shells, acorns, twigs, feathers, stones, and any other natural material you can find to build fairy houses in the library’s gardens. Supplies will also be available at the library for use. Please sign up in advance at the library or call us at 860-379-7235. Tuesday, July 18th, 10:30 - 12;00.
Animal Embassy Returns to the Beekley. Want to meet and learn about a diverse group of animals? Lucky for you, Animal Embassy is returning to the Beekley! Meet live animals such as a Monk Parakeet, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula, an Argentinian Horned Frog and an African Hedgehog or African Porcupine. Learn about nest building, burrow making and web spinning as well as how structures created by some animals help others to survive. Join us on Friday, August 11th from 1:30 - 2:30. Ages 4 and up.
For more information on these programs, please contact the library at 860-379-7235.
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