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.
- 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.
- All Day Solar Eclipse Event. Monday, Aug. 21. Continuous showing of NOVA’s “Secrets of the Sun” in the library meeting room (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.) Arrive early. Before each showing there will be an opportunity to make a simple card projector for viewing the solar eclipse as well as materials for building a northern hemisphere sundial.
- Teen Movie Matinee – ‘Night of the Comet.’ Wednesday, August 23rd, at 3:30 p.m.
- Cooking the Books: Picnic Foods—Dishes to Make and Take. Thursday Aug 24, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Come to the program ready to share a dish and discuss your experience. “If your experiments yield disastrous results, that’s okay. Bring it along, anyway.” Participants are encouraged to bring your own plate, utensils, and serving spoon. Dishes should arrive ready to eat as there is no kitchen facility on hand. Please also bring 12 copies of your recipe to share. Everyone who attends will receive a binder to store their recipes.
- 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.