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:
- Summer Hours are in effect. Through Labor Day, hours are as follows: Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Saturdays. There will be no Saturday Morning movies during the summer.
- Halina Gorecki is the July Artist of the Month. Fuse the ideas of art, travel, and patriotism and some astounding results can be seen at the “United Cents of America” display. The large pieces of artwork are made of pressed pennies on a copper background. The exhibit will include a map of the United States and the United States flag. Gorecki, a Plainville resident who grew up in New Britain, has exhibited her work in local libraries in New Britain, Farmington, and Hartford, as well as the UConn Health Center.
- Staying Safe and Independent at Home. Friday, July 7, 11 a.m. Registration required. Diane Snow, physical therapist with the Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network, discuss falls, risk factors, and prevention to stay safe and independent.
- Community Pet Loss Support – COPES. Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Southington COPES is a community support group created by volunteers from the surrounding veterinary community and the Southington Community Services. Beneficial resources, reading material and community clergy contact information will be available. Pet food donations are welcome for Southington Pet Pantry. More info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teen Advisory Group (TAG). Wednesday, July 12, 4 p.m. Share your ideas about activities, materials, and improvements to help make the library teen space an even better place for you and your friends. Fulfills school community service requirements, if applicable. Led by teen librarian Nicole Kent.
- Managing Chronic Back Pain. Wednesday, July 19, 10 a.m. Registration required. Join Southington Care Center’s exercise physiologist Mark Colello as he discusses various approaches to minimizing lower back pain. Sponsored by Southington Care Center.
- Read and Relate Book Club. Wednesday, July 19, 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Registration required. Discuss “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.
- Happy Hour Book Discussion. Wednesday, July 19, 5:30 p.m. with Sue Smayda. Registration required. Discuss “A Girl Named Zippy,” by Haven Kimmel.
- Cooking the Books – A New Kind of Cook Book Club. Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Do you enjoy browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes? Do you enjoy tasting new dishes? Then grab your apron and join this club. Everyone who attends will receive a binder to store their cookbook club recipes.
- All Space, All Summer Film Festival – “Space Cowboys.” Friday, July 21, 1 p.m.
- Teen Crafternoon – Constellation Canvases. Wednesday, July 26, 3 p.m. Registration required. Teens will make constellation canvases using canvas boards, paint, sharpies, and string lights. Space is limited.
- All Space, All Summer Film Festival – “Space Camp.” Monday, July 31, 6 p.m.
- Great American Eclipse with Dr. Kristine Larsen. Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. Registration Required. Witness one of nature’s most amazing sights: an eclipse of the sun. Is your family ready? Join CCSU Professor of the geological sciences department Dr. Kristine Larsen on a journey through space and time, as she recounts her personal eclipse viewing adventures and helps you prepare to view the Aug. 21 eclipse.
- Teen Crafternoon – Constellation Jewelry and Keychains. Wednesday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m. Registration required. Teens will either make a necklace out of wire, chains, glue, and crystals or a keychain using leather and leather punches. No experience is needed. Space is limited.
- All Space, All Summer Film Festival – “Astronaut Farmer.” Friday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m.
- All Space, All Summer Film Festival – “Spaceballs.” Monday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
- Stellar Summer Party (Teens). Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3:30 p.m. Summer reading program culminates with games galore, including Giant Jenga, Hungry Hungry Humans, King-sized Kerplunk, and more. Winners will be drawn for the summer reading program gift cards.
- Teen Movie Matinee – ‘Night of the Comet.’ Wednesday, August 23rd, at 3:30 p.m. Robert Beltran and Catherine Mary Stewart, in which a comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. Runtime is approximately 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated PG-13.
- Stellar Summer Teen Reading. Now through Aug. 16. Open to Southington teens. Register each book, audiobook, comic book, and/or graphic novel read to receive a raffle ticket and enter to win a gift card for Amazon, Kiwi Spoon, Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts, and more. Winners will be chosen at the summer reading party on Aug. 16. Forms available at southingtonlibraryteens.weebly.com starting June 20.
- 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.