The Southington Library has announced a number of upcoming programs. All are welcome. To register, contact (860) 628-0947, ext. 6552 or visit www.southingtonlibrary.org and click on ‘Calendar of Events.’ For children’s events, call ext. 3.
Here are some upcoming events:
- Muggle Studies Exhibit. May’s artist of the month. View a photographic series of objects through the lens of a very interested, if slightly confused, group of observers from the magical world of Harry Potter. Objects have been painstakingly collected, photographed, and described—incorrectly, yet hilariously— by a pair of “Muggle Studies” students, children’s librarians Molly Virello and Lynn Pawloski.
- Southington Public Library ComicCon. Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A celebration of free comic book day and all things super. Join the Southington Library children’s department for a day filled with activities, food trucks, face painting, and more. Admission is Free, and the day is suitable for all ages. Costumes are encouraged and photos are a must.
- ‘Long Ago and Far Away’ Book Discussion with Carole Shmurk. Thursday, May 11, 3 p.m. Registration required. Discussion will focus on “Some Deaths Before Dying,” a 1999 historical mystery by Peter Dickinson. Books are available at the reference desk.
- Introduction to 3D Printing. Monday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Wesli Jones, who is currently constructing his own 3D printer, will present a demonstration on the use and basic operation of the Makerbot Replicator 2. His presentation will cover: What is 3D printing? Where to find things to print. How to set up the printer. How to change the size and quantity of print items. Useful things to make.
- Read and Relate Book Club. Wednesday, May 17, 2:30 p.m. Registration required. Discussion will focus on “My Name is Lucy Barton,” by Elizabeth Strout. Books are available at the reference desk.
- Books and Bagels, a Book Chat. Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. Registration required. Do you love to read? Reference librarian Louise Champagne will lead this lively book chat. Come and discuss favorite books and get recommendations from fellow reading enthusiasts. Find out about upcoming books by your favorite authors and discover hidden gems.
- Books to Movies Series – ‘October Sky.’ Friday, May 19, 1 p.m. Registration required. Jake Gyllenhaal and Laura Dern star in this inspiring true story about a teenager living in a West Virginia mining town who dares to reach for the stars after seeing the Sputnik satellite. 1999; Universal Pictures, Rated PG; 108 mins.
- Lions Club eye screenings. Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Members of the Lions Club of Southington will use the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener to detect risk factors of astigmatism, myopia, hyperopia, anisometropia, strabismus, and anisocoria. No appointment is needed. Results will be printed for each individual, which is given to the parent or guardian.
- ‘Long Ago and Far Away’ Book Discussion with Carole Shmurk. Thursday, June 8, 3 p.m. Registration required. Discussion will focus on “In a Dry Season,” the 10th novel (1999) by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the Inspector Banks series. Books are available at the reference desk.
- Anime Club (meets weekly). Thursdays, 3:30 p.m., in the library meeting room. Open to students in grades 7-12 (aged 13-18). Join the teen librarian, Nicole Kent, to watch new episodes of classic and contemporary anime. Not sure what anime is? Come by and see what all the fuss is about as the library screens episodes of legendary Japanese animation series such as Naruto, Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, and more.
- Cake Pan Collection. Are you celebrating a special holiday or do you have a fan of dinosaurs or cars? Visit the Southington Public Library to see the display of novelty cake pans now available to borrow. The pans are located in the children’s department.
- Exhibit space for local artists (Free). The Gallery at the Southington Public Library provides a venue for local community residents to share their artistic talents in the visual arts with the general public. The Gallery is located on the main level and viewing of the exhibits is available during the library hours, Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Jeanne Chmielewski at (860) 628-0947, ext. 6513 or at email@example.com.
- Two-gether Tales. Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration required. This story time is meant to engage 2 and 3 year olds, along with siblings and adults.
- Read, Rock & Rhyme. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration required. This story time is meant to engage 10 to 23 months old, along with siblings and adults.
- Budding Bookworms. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Registration required. This story time is meant to engage 3.5 to 5 years old, along with siblings and adults.
- Behavioral Health Information. Mondays, 10 a.m., or Wednesdays, 5 p.m. Wheeler Clinic senior community health outreach coordinator Justine Micalizzi will offer behavioral health information and connection with services available for local residents. For private consultations, contact Justine at (860) 414-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pages to Color Workshop. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on the mezzanine. No registration required. The coloring sessions at the Library are a free, unstructured time for adults, 18 and over.