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Monday June 14, 2021 - Monday August 30, 2021
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Summer Reading 2021: Tails & Tales

Summer Reading 2021 begins today! Visit bethellibrary.org/summer21 to learn how to participate. We have a program for kids, teens, and adults! Read, complete challenges, attend library events, and more to earn badges and ticket entries for our End of Summer raffles.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  2037948756  adult@bethellibrary.org
Friday June 25, 2021
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Outdoor Wiggle Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Wiggle Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs, and rhymes designed to get us moving - and having a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Monday June 28, 2021
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Spanish Storytime
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for Spanish Storytime

This story time program for grades Pre K - 2 will include songs, rhymes and stories.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Monday Night Classics Book Discussion
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

***WE WILL MEET IN PERSON!***

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Discover the meaning behind one of literature's most famous opening lines! Please join us to talk about this classic that is more than a historical novel set during the French Revolution, it is a timeless allegory sure to spark a lot of conversation.

HOW TO GET A COPY: Call us at 203-794-8756 to reserve a book club copy with your library card and arrange for curbside pickup at the Bethel Public Library. You also can come inside to check out at the Circulation Desk. If you're not going to pick up your copy in Bethel, please click here to make an online request from another Bibliomation library.

Registration is required for this in-person meeting. We will observe social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

(Registrants will receive the discussion guide, which includes background information and questions to start the conversation.) 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Tuesday June 29, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Virtual Beginner Chess Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Beginner Chess

Kids in 1st through 5th grade are invited to join this virtual chess class taught by Chess Coach Joe for teamdigusa.com . 

Students will learn chess basics and then gradually learn tactics and strategies. The professional chess coach from DIG USA will teach for half of the class and then the students will play each other on Chess.com for the second half of the class. The chess coach will watch the matches and analyse the students strengths and weaknesses so that the students know how to improve every game.

Students must create a Chess.com username prior to the start of class (no fee is required).  To become more comfortable with Chess.com please view this video before our first class. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4WIvM4CpQU

Registration for the event with a valid email address is required for each session. You will receive a ZOOM link with access to the class after registration. 

Coach Joe Lessard was born in Springfield, MA and has played chess for most of his life. His current USCF Rating is 1524. Coach Joe graduated from Western New England University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

Questions?  Call 203-794-8756 or email children@bethellibrary.org. 

 
CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756   children@bethellibrary.org
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday June 30, 2021
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1960s American Pop Music: The Brill Building Sound
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

American Popular Music of the 1960s was influenced by countless traditions from many cultures.  It evolved from our British and western European roots, was altered by the many waves of immigrants who brought their traditions, and was infused with the ever-present musical energy of African-America.  Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Country, Minstrel, Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley and others contributed to the development of a dynamic Post-War soundtrack that became a huge industry in America. Much of that industry was centered around the Brill Building at 1619 Broadway, where composers, lyricists, recording studios, performers, publishers and business managers worked together to produce and market some of the most memorable pop music ever created. This program presents songs that were popular during the 1960s, with a focus on music by songwriters who were connected in some way to the Brill Building. 

Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle develop and present a series of theme-based music and history programs. They present songs that give cultural insight into interesting times, places and events in American history.  Rick and Dawn carefully craft their vocals and accompaniment to sound as true to a song’s era or style as possible.  Their vast repertoire includes music from the Colonial era to the present day.  Rick and Dawn use these songs to illustrate the evolution of our nation’s culture and history in an informative and entertaining way.

This event will take place on the Municipal Center's Lawn. Please bring chairs and/or blankets for seating. 

 

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Thursday July 1, 2021
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Outdoor Family Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Family Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs and rhymes - and a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
 
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PJ Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

PJ Storytime

Register to join us in person for PJ Storytime.  Get dressed in pajamas and share the time with a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 13 spaces available.
Friday July 2, 2021
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Outdoor Wiggle Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Wiggle Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs, and rhymes designed to get us moving - and having a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
Monday July 5, 2021
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Spanish Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

LIBRARY IS CLOSED ON MONDAY JULY 5 FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY.  THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELLED

Join us for Spanish Storytime

This story time program for grades Pre K - 2 will include songs, rhymes and stories.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Tuesday July 6, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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***CANCELED*** Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The July 6th class is cancelled.  Prabha will be away this week.  Class resumes on Tuesday July 13. 

 

 

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
Wednesday July 7, 2021
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Storybook endings
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Every story begins with a simple sentence but how it ends is all up to you! In this interactive program children will take turns adding to and finishing a story. Children can also draw pictures of their ending. This online story time program, for Pre K to grade 2. 

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

This is an online ZOOM program. A valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Comic Book Design for Grades 4-7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Comic Book Design

Grab some pencils and learn about the basics of cartooning with this live program open to children grades 4-6.

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

Registration is limited to 12 children/ session.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Teen Craft
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Mini Notebook Keychains

Get crafty with this program open to Teens Grades 6-12! This month's craft is mini keychain animal notebooks. 

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

 Registration is limited to 12 Teens/ session.

 
CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 11 spaces available.
Thursday July 8, 2021
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Outdoor Family Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Family Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs and rhymes - and a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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PJ Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

PJ Storytime

Register to join us for PJ Storytime.  Get dressed in pajamas and share the time with a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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STEM for Children: Strawbees
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Stem

Join us  for this week's STEM lesson for grades 3-5 using Strawbees provided by the library! Strawbees is a construction set for building things that can stand, move, spin, glide, or even walk across the floor.

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

 Registration is limited to eight children/ session.

 
CONTACT:  Youth Services Department  203-794-8756  teen@bethellibrary.org
Friday July 9, 2021
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Outdoor Wiggle Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Wiggle Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs, and rhymes designed to get us moving - and having a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Saturday July 10, 2021
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CT Poetry Society
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bethel Chapter of the CT Poetry Society offers its monthly poetry workshops to members and visitors on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Join us as we resume our in-peson workshops from 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Each person brings an original poem to read aloud and receive feedback on.  Poets at every level are invited to participate; you can be from any town in the area.  Poems can be on any subject in any form.

Please register in advance, and bring 6 copies of your poem.  Our group is welcoming and congenial, emphasizing appreciation of each other's work combined with constructive suggestions  

For further information, contact Liz Massey, president, Bethel Chapter of CPS at finchwhistlehaven@gmail.com.  Note that the Library encourages masks and social distancing.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Monday July 12, 2021
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Spanish Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for Spanish Storytime

This story time program for grades Pre K - 2 will include songs, rhymes and stories.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
Tuesday July 13, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS Support Group
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Come and learn about the Guaifenesin Protocol for Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS--a safe, theoretical treatment that is gaining worldwide participation.  

Due to long-awaited medical advancements, Fibromyalgia is now generally considered a component of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME/CFS.  

The group will focus on education and emotional support for those currently using, or who are curious about beginning, this treatment. Guaifenesin Protocol participation is not required, but will be the primary topic of discussion. 

The facilitator is Kim Adams, a fellow Fibromyalgia/ME/CFS sufferer who has found great relief using this protocol.

This program is offered in person or on ZOOM. Please indicate your preference on the registration form. Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. The Zoom like will be sent out 30 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday July 14, 2021
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Birds of Prey
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Birds of Prey

From talons to feathers, learn all about birds of prey at this program open to grades 1-5! Get a chance to meet some of these amazing animals in person at this live outdoor event.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Pre-registration is required.

This program will be located outdoor across the street at the Municipal Center.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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New York Architecture: Statue of Liberty
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

Join us for a photographic journey of one of America’s most iconic monuments, from the ancient origins of its design to her post on Liberty Island standing watch over New York Harbor. 

Art Gottlieb, local historian and a former Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla commander, will present a lecture on history, culture and one of New York's iconic architectural sites.  To learn more about Art Gottlieb, please visit his website https://www.artgottlieb.com/.

This is a ZOOM event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out the afternoon of the event.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Thursday July 15, 2021
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Outdoor Family Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Family Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs and rhymes - and a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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PJ Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

PJ Storytime

Register to join us for PJ Storytime.  Get dressed in pajamas and share the time with a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Tween Graphic Novel Book Club
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bolivar by Sean Rubin

Like Comics? Come and talk about it in this program for grades 4-7. Each month we will discuss an exciting graphic novel and do some fun activities based on the Book! This Month’s book is Bolivar by Sean Rubin. 

How to participate: 

1) Sign up for the program.

2) Come to the Bethel Public Library and check out the book. Books are located at the circulation desk. 

3) Read the book.

3) Join us on Thursday 7/15 at 6:30 for a fun book discussion and activity! 

 

This program will be held in the Seelye House. Masks and social distancing are required.

 Registration is limited to 8 children/ session.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Bobcats: Spitfires of the Animal Kingdom
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

“The Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat,” presentation by Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple focuses on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut. It also provides an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts will also be shown.

A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations. Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and
developed a passion for all things natural. A move to the middle of the woods in Barkhamsted 15 years ago brought her into an environment filled with bears and other wildlife.

Ginny is Chairman of the Barkhamsted Conservation Commission and a member of the Barkhamsted Economic Development Commission and on the Boards of the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA), the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS), the Friends of Connecticut State Parks and the Western Connecticut Tourism District. She also maintains the Facebook pages for the Town of Barkhamsted, FALPS and the Barkhamsted Historical Society.

This is an in-person event and registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are 39 spaces available.
Friday July 16, 2021
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Outdoor Wiggle Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Wiggle Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs, and rhymes designed to get us moving - and having a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Monday July 19, 2021
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Fishing Field Trip: Bennett Memorial Park
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

Special Fishing Event

Bethel Library, in conjunction with DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) and CARES (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education) are offering a hands-on learn to fish event designed to increase your fishing skills and confidence. This event will be held at Bennett Memorial Park (14 Shelter Rock Rd in Bethel) on Monday July 19th.  Fishing field trips are designed for adults ages 16 and up, as well as families with children 8 years old and above.  The program will provide loaner fishing equipment, bait, and expert instruction.

Here's how to participate:

1.  Conservation Identification Number (CID) is required to register for all fishing field trips. If you currently have a fishing license, this number is at the top of the license.  Otherwise, use the CID link to create a new account to apply for a fishing license.  If you have not purchased a fishing license in CT in the past 10 years, you will first have to register as a “New Customer".  State license fee is $28. ​Participants ages 16 and up must have a valid CT fishing license to participate.

2. Participants ages 15 and below must obtain a free CID before registering for a fishing field trip by getting a YOUth Fishing Passport or creating an account in the Online Licensing System (directions here)

3.  After securing a CID, Register for the Special Fishing Event here.  (Scroll down til you find the July 19th event at Bennett Memorial Park).  The class is limited to 35 people.  Registration is through the DEEP site.

4.  More information can be found at Fishing Field Trip.  

5. What to bring to the fishing field trip: (Note: Fishing field trip participants under the age of 16 must have a parent or legal guardian present for the entirety of the event)

  • Mask 
  • Bring your own fishing equipment or borrow ours
  • Chair (folding, sports or camping) for sitting
  • Cooler with ice if you plan to keep fish you catch
 
6. New to fishing? Take an Introduction to Fishing Course, now being offered weekly via Zoom. This class is strongly recommended prior to the fishing field trip to prepare you with basic knowledge for beginning your fishing adventure! There are 3 virtual Introduction to Fishing ZOOM presentations available to register for between now and July 19th. The dates are as follows:
 
June 14th, 2021
June 28th, 2021
July 6th, 2021
 
Please use this link to register for one of theses virtual classes BEFORE the Bennett Memorial Park event.  An email with ZOOM link with online learning materials will be sent a week prior to the ZOOM class 

Happy fishing!!

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Spanish Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for Spanish Storytime

This story time program for grades Pre K - 2 will include songs, rhymes and stories.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
Tuesday July 20, 2021
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Morning Book Chat
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win  World War II by Denise Kiernan

Join us for this in-person book chat!

The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments of U.S. history.

In The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan traces the astonishing true story of the women who were brought to Oak Ridge to work  in one of the Manhattan Project's secret cities.  Their jobs were shrouded in mystery; the penalty for talking about their work was job loss and eviction.  They all knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, and the secret was out.   This is history and science made fresh and vibrant--a beautifully told, deeply researched story that unfolds in a suspenseful and exciting way.

We are also offering a book guide for all registrants which highlights the author's background, offers interviews and book insights, as well as topics and questions to stimulate the conversation. 

We have preordered copies of the book for you.  Just call the Library at 203-794-8756 to reserve your copy and schedule a curbside pick-up, or stop by the Library to pick up a copy.

Registration is required.  Please note that this will be an in-person program; social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks will be required.  

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday July 21, 2021
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Science Storytime
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Register to join us for Science Storytime for grades Pre K - 2.   It's never too early to have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)!  This program features a story and an activity to extend learning and explore STEM concepts at home.  All materials are easily found around the home. 

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program

This is an online ZOOM program. A valid email is required to receive the ZOOM link approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org

 

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There is 1 space available.
Thursday July 22, 2021
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Outdoor Family Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Family Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs and rhymes - and a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
 
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PJ Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

PJ Storytime

Register to join us for PJ Storytime.  Get dressed in pajamas and share the time with a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Aura: Healthy Energy
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 

What is an aura? And more importantly how can knowing your aura improve your life? This guided presentation gets to the core of the importance of our Aura. Understanding Biological Energy or our "Aura" is key to understanding so much more about ourselves and the world around us.

Join Sydney Sherman as she discusses the study of auras, and how knowing details about your personal aura can drastically change your life. She will identify the different colors of auras and explain what distinct personality traits and characteristics can be attributed to these colors. How can your aura color identify illnesses, stress, emotional disturbances ...even cancer? How can the energies from others affect your aura negatively or positively? How can you protect your aura and even see auras in others? This presentation is jam packed with information and very interactive.

Sydney Sherman is an author, Reiki Master, and Aura consultant, and has more than four decades of educating others. Her background as an RN and intense interest in the sciences have driven her to always learn more. This unique understanding was fostered with the help of her paternal grandfather, a Penobscot Indian, who also had similar experiences.

This is a ZOOM event.  Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out the afternoon of the event.
CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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STEM for TEENS: LED Paper Frogs
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Stem for teens

Join us  for this week's STEM lesson for grades 6-12 and learn about circuits! Using copper tape and LED's, we will create fun light up paper frogs that hop! 

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

 Registration is limited to eight children/ session.

 
CONTACT:  Youth Services Department  203-794-8756  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 6 spaces available.
Friday July 23, 2021
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Outdoor Wiggle Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Wiggle Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs, and rhymes designed to get us moving - and having a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
Monday July 26, 2021
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Spanish Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for Spanish Storytime

This story time program for grades Pre K - 2 will include songs, rhymes and stories.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
Tuesday July 27, 2021
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Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a knit and crochet get together.  Work on your own project or help us make items for local charities.  If you know how to knit and/or crochet but are stuck on a project or technique, or if you are just looking for someone to craft with, this is the group for you.

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Mindfulness Meditation for Adults *LIVE on ZOOM*
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

If you are struggling with stress, an over-active mind and want to find a new perspective on how mindfulness and meditation can help in navigating the challenges of your everyday life, then join Prabha Makayee as she guides you through the steps of meditation.  See what you can accomplish by taking responsibility over what kinds of thoughts you think.  With just one second, one breath and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.   

Registration with a valid email is required to receive the Zoom link. Zoom invitations will be sent out 15 minutes prior to the program.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756   adult@bethellibrary.org
Wednesday July 28, 2021
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Comic Book Design for Grades 4-7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Comic Book Design

Grab some pencils and learn about the basics of cartooning with this live program open to children grades 4-6.

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

Registration is limited to 12 children/ session.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 10 spaces available.
Thursday July 29, 2021
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Outdoor Family Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Family Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs and rhymes - and a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
 
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Forensics for Teens
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

Forensics for Teens

Learn forensic investigation skills with this fun program for teens Grades 6-12. Each participant will get to create their own set of fingerprints and foot impressions.   

Masks and social distancing are required.

Pre-registration is required.

This program will be located Outside on the library lawn.

 

 

 

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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PJ Storytime ***In Person***
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

PJ Storytime

Register to join us for PJ Storytime.  Get dressed in pajamas and share the time with a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  

We encourage you to have fun and fully participate with your child during storytime! As such both the parent/caregiver and the child should be present during the entire program.

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 15 spaces available.
Friday July 30, 2021
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Outdoor Wiggle Storytime!!
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

 

Join us on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue) for Wiggle Storytime!  This program for ages 1-4 and their families will include stories, songs, and rhymes designed to get us moving - and having a lot of fun.  

Masks and social distancing are required. 

No registration required.  

*Please note that in the event of inclement weather, storytime will be canceled.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
Wednesday August 4, 2021
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Comic Book Design for Grades 4-7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Comic Book Design

Grab some pencils and learn about the basics of cartooning with this live program open to children grades 4-6.

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

Registration is limited to 12 children/ session.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 11 spaces available.
Thursday August 5, 2021
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Critters Great and Small Music Program
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 

Music Program

Crawl, slither, hop, and skitter as we sing about little critters with this program for ages 1-4! Join The Bethel Public Library for an outdoor musical program with the local musicians from Two Right Feet. 

Masks and social distancing are required.

Pre-registration is required.

This program will be located Outside on the library lawn (on Greenwood Avenue)

 
 
CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
Monday August 9, 2021
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Henna for Teens
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

Henna

Henna is a natural dye which has been used for thousands of years to create expressive “temporary tattoos” . Learn about the culture and history of this expressive art form in this program for teens grades 6-12. Each participant will get their own professionally applied henna design by local henna artist Jamilah of Jamilah Henna Creations. 

Masks and social distancing are required.

Pre-registration is required.

This program will be located Outside on the library lawn.

 

 

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 24 spaces available.
Wednesday August 11, 2021
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Magic Tales
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Magic Program

 

Presto! The Bethel Public Library welcomes children grades 1-5 to join us for a magical afternoon with the talented Magician Ed Popielarcyk.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Pre-registration is required.

This program will be located outdoor across the street at the Municipal Center.

 
CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  children@bethellibrary.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Teen Craft
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Owl Pouch

 

Sew these adorable mini owl pouches! This program is open to Teens Grades 6-12. 

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

 Registration is limited to 12 Teens/ session.

 
CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 12 spaces available.
Thursday August 12, 2021
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Tween Graphic Novel Book Club
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Estranged Book

Like Comics? Come and talk about it in this program for grades 4-7. Each month we will discuss an exciting graphic novel and do some fun activities based on the book! This Month’s book is Estranged by Ethen M. Aldrige. Registration is limited to 8 children/ session.

How to participate: 

1) Sign up for the program.

2) Come to the Bethel Public Library and check out the book. Books are located at the circulation desk. 

3) Read the book.

3) Join us on Thursday 8/12 at 6:30 and join us for a fun book discussion and activity! 

 

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

 
CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 7 spaces available.
Saturday August 14, 2021
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CT Poetry Society
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bethel Chapter of the CT Poetry Society offers its monthly poetry workshops to members and visitors on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Join us as we resume our in-peson workshops from 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Each person brings an original poem to read aloud and receive feedback on.  Poets at every level are invited to participate; you can be from any town in the area.  Poems can be on any subject in any form.

Please register in advance, and bring 6 copies of your poem.  Our group is welcoming and congenial, emphasizing appreciation of each other's work combined with constructive suggestions  

For further information, contact Liz Massey, president, Bethel Chapter of CPS at finchwhistlehaven@gmail.com.  Note that the Library encourages masks and social distancing.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday August 18, 2021
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Comic Book Design for Grades 4-7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Comic Book Design

Grab some pencils and learn about the basics of cartooning with this live program open to children grades 4-6.

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

Registration is limited to 12 children/ session.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 11 spaces available.
Thursday August 19, 2021
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STEM @ Home for Children: Edisons
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Stem

Join us via Zoom for this week's STEM lesson for grades 3-5 using Edison robots! Edisons are small, programmable robots that are used for learning coding and robotics. This program is limited to 8 participants. 

Masks and social distancing are required.

Pre-registration is required.

This program will be located in the Parloa Programming Room.

 
CONTACT:  Youth Services Department  203-794-8756  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Things That Go Bump In The Night
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

When the sun sets and night is upon us, all sorts of critters emerge from their hiding places and begin to forage, hunt—even play! From the Opossum to the Porcupine to the Great Horned Owl, these creatures can teach us lots about the animal world if we just watch and listen. Hear more from Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple as she talks about these animals, their habits, their howls and their homes.


A native Texan, Ginny Apple was one of the first full-time women sportswriters in the country, who left the field mid-career to pursue a path in communications/public relations.Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural. She is a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

 

This is an in-person event and registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 3  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.
Thursday August 26, 2021
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STEM for Teens: Strawbees
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Stem for teens

Join us  for this week's STEM lesson for grades 6-12 using Strawbees provided by the library! Strawbees is a construction set for building things that can stand, move, spin, glide, or even walk across the floor.

This program will be held in the Parloa room. Masks and social distancing are required.

 Registration is limited to eight children/ session.

 
CONTACT:  Youth Services Department  203-794-8756  teen@bethellibrary.org
There are 8 spaces available.
Monday August 30, 2021
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Summer Reading 2021: Tails & Tales LAST DAY

Today is the last day to log your summer reading and activities for raffle entries!

Having difficulty with your log? Call us at (203)794-8756 or stop by the library.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  2037948756  adult@bethellibrary.org
Saturday September 11, 2021
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CT Poetry Society
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Bethel Chapter of the CT Poetry Society offers its monthly poetry workshops to members and visitors on the 2nd Saturday of every month.

Join us as we resume our in-peson workshops from 2:00 - 4:00pm.

Each person brings an original poem to read aloud and receive feedback on.  Poets at every level are invited to participate; you can be from any town in the area.  Poems can be on any subject in any form.

Please register in advance, and bring 6 copies of your poem.  Our group is welcoming and congenial, emphasizing appreciation of each other's work combined with constructive suggestions  

For further information, contact Liz Massey, president, Bethel Chapter of CPS at finchwhistlehaven@gmail.com.  Note that the Library encourages masks and social distancing.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are many spaces available.

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