The Southington Library at 255 Main St. 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:
- Artist of the Month Mark E. Malasics. Southington resident Mark Malasics is artist of the month. His exhibit includes photographs of Southington, its people, and its landmarks. He volunteered his time at the Southington Historical Society to bring back to life several boxes of glass plate negatives originally photographed by Southington’s noted photographer Emerson Hazard. He produced two successful photo calendars of Southington. His work has found its way onto the cover of Southington Magazine for three issues and into the hearts of thousands of fans via social media.
- Artist of the Month- Molly Virello. Children’s librarian Molly Virello has created an exhibit called, “POWerful Costumes: The Evolution of the Super Suit.” This exhibit shows how some of our favorite superhero costumes have evolved through the years.
- Passport to Connecticut Libraries. April 2-30. Visit the library to pick up a passport and visit at least five of the 100 participating libraries to stamp your passport by May 7 for entry into state-wide drawings for a $150 Visa gift card (18 and up) or a $100 Visa gift card (under 18). More at facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries
- Book Discussion Series – City of Angels. Tuesday, April 10, 3 p.m. Registration required. Carole Shmurak leads this three part series featuring discussions of mysteries set in Los Angeles. This discussion centers on “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler.
- Writing and Editing Workshop – Seven Elements of Successful Novels. Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Award-winning novelist Susan Strecker will present the second of a three-part workshop. Series topics include tips and tricks for writing a novel, the essential elements of successful books, and the importance of hooking the reader. Participants are free to share their own work if they choose. Writers of all experience and ability levels are welcome.
- Programs for Veterans. Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. Registration required. This presentation will introduce a series of programs for local veterans and their families. Information and resources will be provided.
- Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society Presentation. Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Members of the Eastern CT Paranormal Society will provide information about paranormal investigating. The investigative process will be discussed in detail and evidence will be shown from all over New England.
- Cooking the Books: Brinner. Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Find a recipe in a Southington Public Library cookbook that fits April’s theme, Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner), and spend some time experimenting. Come ready to share your dish and discuss your experience.
- Lunch and Learn-Hospice Volunteering. Tuesday, April 24, 12:30 p.m. Registration required. Holly Beck will talk about the history of hospice care and dispel common myths about it. She will review the requirements for volunteers and different training options.
- Monarch Butterflies. Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Eric Rahn, a CT DEEP master wildlife conservationist, will talk about the Monarch Butterfly, including identification, fun facts, life cycle, diseases and predators, proper rearing techniques and habitat management.
- Cozy Campers-A Pay it Forward Project Series. Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to noon. Registration required. A large scale project to provide “no-sew” fleece blankets to campers at the Salvation Army Camp. This project is co-sponsored by the Southington Public Library and Southington Community Services. The goal is to complete 55 blankets by August.
- Book Discussion Series – City of Angels. Tuesday, May 8, 3 p.m. Registration required. Carole Shmurak leads this three part series featuring discussions of mysteries set in Los Angeles. This discussion centers on “Devil in a blue Dress” by Walter Mosley.
- Book Discussion Series – City of Angels. Tuesday, June 12, 3 p.m. Registration required. Carole Shmurak leads this three part series featuring discussions of mysteries set in Los Angeles. This discussion centers on “LA Requiem” by Robert Crais.
- Anime Club. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gamers Gathering. Mondays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by the Teen Zone and spend a few hours playing your favorite board games and card games or trying new ones. Ages 13 and up.
- 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.
- Pajama Jam. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. No registration. Drop-in evening storytime. The whole family will sing, dance, move, grove and listen to stories. Wearing pajamas is encouraged. Stuffed animals are welcome.
- 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.
- Saturday Morning Movies. Saturdays, beginning at 10 a.m. in the children’s department. Popular kid’s movies are shown.
- Southington Sassy Skeins. Mondays, at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, at 1 p.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m. Library sponsored knitting and crocheting group welcomes all levels of experience in both crafts. Mentors will help get you started. Needles, yarn, and instruction books available.
- Talking Probate with Probate Judge Matthew Jalowiec. Last Friday of the month, 10 a.m. Registration is suggested. Judge Jalowiec will be available for approximately an hour to answer general probate questions.
- Teen Chess Club. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the Teen Zone and pit your mind against other chess enthusiasts.
- 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.
- 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 during the library hours, Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the library at (860) 628-0947.