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Monday March 18, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Introduction to 3D Printing for Adults
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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The 3rd Monday is 3D Printing for Adults Day!

This training session focuses on the features of Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer, selection of objects, formatting them, using proper software and file format, and working with controls of the printer.  Individual appointments for making 3D objects can be made at the end of the training session.  

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Beginner Scratch for Kids (Three Part Series)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In this beginners' series, children will learn and join in on group activities using the Scratch programming language, a block-based language developed by the MIT Media Lab. This program is a three-part series (March 4, 11, & 18), which will build off of what is learned in each session, for children grades 3 to 6. 

Registration is required and limited to 12. Session three of three. To register, please use the registration form attached to session one, on March 4th.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
Tuesday March 19, 2019
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Introduction to Platform to Employment
10:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Are you a Connecticut resident who has been seeking employment for a long time?

"Platform to Employment" is a free, five-week program to help long-term unemployed Connecticut residents find work. Since its inception, P2E has empowered over 1,000 of Connecticut's long-term unemployed residents by fostering self-sufficiency and focusing on performance improvements with measurable outcomes.

Today's presentation is an informational session led by Janet Brady, an Employment Specialist with The WorkPlace. Janet will introduce P2E and explain how job-seekers can sign up to take the five-week program.

This event is sponsored by the Danbury Networking Group.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
 
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Wednesday March 20, 2019
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STEM Lab
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Children in grades 3-5 will explore STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Enginering, Math) through crafts, experiments, and other hands-on activities.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Writers Group
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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The Library's Writers Group is for adults (age 21 and up) who want to share their writing and get feedback in a relaxed and supportive environment of peers. Writers who attend will benefit from the expert advice and inspiration of professional writing instructor and published author Linda Chiara. 

Registration required and limited to 8.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Movie Screening at the Library
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Oscar Nominee for Best Actress!

This DVD is based on the true story of Lee Israel, a down-and-out writer, who resorts to lies, deceit and outright crime to get back on top.

This DVD is Rated R; ages 17 and under not admitted without a parent/guardian.

Registration required for all movies.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 20 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Craft
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids in Grades 3-5 can come and make the featured project.  Registration is required to attend.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Introduction to Excel for Adults
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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This introduction to Excel will cover the fundamentals of how to navigate, edit, and format spreadsheets, so you can easily create your own.

Registration is required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
Thursday March 21, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Teen Tech Thursdays
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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Join us each week to explore a new technology!  From apps to robots, we will experiment with something new each time.

For Teens Grades 6-12.

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  (203)794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
There are 7 spaces available.
Friday March 22, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Mini Golf Fundraiser
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Mini Golf "Fore" the Library Fundraiser.  Join the Library Board for an evening of food, wine, beer, and golf.   This event is for Adults.

Tickets are $40 per person.

Food and Beverages provided by La Zingara, Ecco, Broken Symmetry, and Central Package

Saturday March 23, 2019
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Mini Golf Fore Everyone Fundraiser
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us "fore" a Library Board Fundraiser.  Play Mini Golf throughout the Library.  With 18 holes sponsored by local organizations and residents, there will be plenty of fun for all.

$10 per ticket and $40 for the Family maximum. 

 
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday March 25, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LBOD Development Committee
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Introduction to Coding for Adults
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Learn coding basics and get a better understanding of how websites are built in this introductory class where we will be creating a recipe card entirely in code. No previous programming experience is necessary.
 
Registration required and limited to 9
CONTACT:   Adult Services Department   203-794-8756 ext. 4   adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
 
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Monday Night Classics Book Discussion
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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This month's selection is The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
 
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Composting: Reaping the Rewards of Recycling
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Library's Annual Gardening Series, sponsored by the Bethel Garden Club, begins tonight! 

Compost your way to the best garden ever! Advanced Master Gardener Deirdra Wallin tells us how a few simple actions taken at home will benefit the overall environment...all while producing valuable soil amendment to enrich our own gardens!

Our expert presenter is also a registered Horticultural Therapist, Master Composter, and Master Naturalist who provides programming for the Connecticut Audubon Society and Deer Pond Farm in Sherman, CT. 

Join us and you will understand what composting is, how it's done, and how to keep it trouble-free.

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 18 spaces available.
Tuesday March 26, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Wednesday March 27, 2019
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Wednesday Morning All Genres Book Discussion
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This month's selection is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Chess: Pages (Grades 1-3)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids in Grades 1-3 who understand the game can come and play.  Registration is required to attend.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Introduction to Photoshop Elements for Adults
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

This workshop will go over the basic tools and editing features of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, a simplified version of the photo editing program Photoshop. No Photoshop experience is required for this program, and you can feel free to bring in your own digital photo files to edit for practice.

 
Registration is required and limited to 9.
CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
Thursday March 28, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Teen Tech Thursdays
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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Join us each week to explore a new technology!  From apps to robots, we will experiment with something new each time.

For Teens Grades 6-12.

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  (203)794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
There are 9 spaces available.
Friday March 29, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Teen Game Afternoon
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Drop by the Teen Department to meet people and play some board games every Friday afternoon!  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Teen Library
 
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Friday Flicks
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For children ages 2-6 with their families. A fun short film will be shown.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration is required. 

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CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Saturday March 30, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday April 1, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Home Grown Harvests
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Library's Annual Gardening Series, sponsored by the Bethel Garden Club, continues tonight!

Vegetables really are easy to grow yourself--if you follow the advice of an expert! Join us and get that expert advice, including all the tips and information you'll need for success, from Advanced Master Gardener Lorraine Ballato.

Lorraine will explain the steps to successfully grow your vegetables, whether from seed or nursery-started plants. She will cover all aspects of the endeavor, from raised beds to containers, soil preparation to harvest.

In addition to being an Advanced Master Gardener who works on the Bethel Cooperative Extension organic fruit and vegetable garden, Lorraine is also a highly regarded garden writer and speaker. 

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Tuesday April 2, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Wednesday April 3, 2019
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Community Conversation with Senator Will Haskell
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

If you live in the 26th District, don't miss this great opportunity to meet the State Senator who represents you...Will Haskell!

Connecticut's youngest State Senator is eager to meet his constituents, so he's planning to go to every town he represents to talk about the issues and hear any concerns or questions. For Bethelites, that location is the Bethel Public Library.

This event is geared to adults, but middle and high school-aged students interested in the issues are welcome. The event is not suitable for young children. 

Registration is required,

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 50 spaces available.
Thursday April 4, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Candlewood Camera Club Open House
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Library is currently hosting an exhibit of works by several members of the Candlewood Camera Club through the Accessible Art Project.

This evening, everyone is invited to meet the Club members, talk about photography, and enjoy light refreshments in the Maria Parloa Community Room.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
 
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Teen Craft
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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We'll have all sorts of craft supplies on hand for teens to create custom items. Every month will have a different theme!  

For Teens Grades 6-12.

Registration required and limited to 12.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Friday April 5, 2019
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Bethel Garden Club Meeting and Program
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Bethel Garden Club sponsors the Annual Gardening Series at the Library and enjoys reaching out to the community! 

Join us for this great opportunity to meet the Club's members and hear about their many activities, then stay for their special program at 11:00 am.

The program is presented by Katherine Dugas, a Research Assistant at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Department of Entomology. She will discuss our relationship with the most diverse group of animals on the planet--insects! 

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 50 spaces available.
 
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Teen Game Afternoon
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Drop by the Teen Department to meet people and play some board games every Friday afternoon!  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Teen Library
Saturday April 6, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Sunday April 7, 2019
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Poets and Their Poetry: Mary Oliver
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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April is National Poetry Month...time to celebrate with us at the Library! 

Discover the poetry of Mary Oliver with Bethel's first Poet Laureate, Cortney Davis! We'll learn about the life and work of Oliver, who recently passed away, and we'll hear and discuss a selection of her writings.  As a special treat, we will listen to a recording of the famous poet reading her own poems!  

This program is geared to adults and young adults.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 50 spaces available.
Monday April 8, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Organic Farms in Connecticut
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

The Library's Annual Gardening Series, sponsored by the Bethel Garden Club, concludes tonight!

Join us and discover Connecticut's organic farms, and learn how they manage the soil food web to feed crops. 

Our presenter is Jeff Cordulack, Founder of Organic Ways and Means, and the former Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CTNOFA). Jeff will share his expertise about organic agriculture, and everyone--including home gardeners--will come away with useful information.

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 17 spaces available.
Tuesday April 9, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Wednesday April 10, 2019
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Little STEM
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Children in Grades K-2 will explore STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Enginering, Math) through crafts, experiments, and other hands-on activities.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Movie Screening at the Library
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Join us for this Golden Globe Nominee for Best Picture.  A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiance innocent of a heinous crime.  This DVD is Rated R; ages 17 and under not admitted without a parent/guardian.

Please note that subtitles will be put on for all movies.

Registration required for all movies.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 46 spaces available.
 
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Chess: Knights (Grades 4-6)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids in Grades 4-6 who understand the game can come to play. Registration is required to attend. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Thursday April 11, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Resume Workshop for Teens
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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For Teens Grades 6-12

Professional Career Coach and President of Frede Enterprises LLC, Nancy Frede, will help teens learn how to identify their strengths and weaknesses; create a resume, cover letter, and portfolio; how to network; how to find volunteer opportunities; and job search tips.

Please bring your laptop or phone with you for this workshop.

Registration required.  

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 18 spaces available.
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Resume Workshop for Adults
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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Are you unemployed or underemployed? Do you need to know how to be more successful in your job search, and how to make your resume stand out?  If so, then this workshop is for you!

Professional Career Coach and President of Frede Enterprises LLC, Nancy Frede, will help you learn how to identify your strengths and weaknesses; create a resume, cover letter, and portfolio; how to network; how to find volunteer opportunities; and job search tips.

Please bring your laptop or phone with you for this workshop.

Registration required and limited to 30.  

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 29 spaces available.
Friday April 12, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Teen Game Afternoon
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Drop by the Teen Department to meet people and play some board games every Friday afternoon!  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Teen Library
Saturday April 13, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Two Stories in Verse
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

April is National Poetry Month...time to celebrate with us at the Library! 

Join us for this unique program by Christian Hege. Christian will recite two original stories in verse, and engage the audience in a conversation about what poetry is and how he creates his stories.

This program is geared toward adults and high school-aged students.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 46 spaces available.
 
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NEW! Poetry Group
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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The Connecticut Poetry Society’s Bethel Chapter is now meeting at the Library on the second Saturday of each month!

(Please note the change in time for this month's meeting.)

Adults who enjoy writing poetry at any level and in any form, who want to receive feedback on their work, are welcome to join us. We are friendly and supportive, offer sound advice, and we have fun while helping each other grow as poets. Several members have published books, one is the Bethel Poet Laureate, and we come from several nearby communities. Yes, beginners are welcome!  

Registrants are asked to bring a poem they have written.

Registration required and limited to 6 adults (age 21 and up).

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 6 spaces available.
Monday April 15, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafts for Adults
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Join us for our New Make It Mondays Series: the 2nd Monday is Crafts for Adults Day!

We'll have all sorts of craft supplies on hand for adults to create custom items. Every month will have a different theme!

Registration required and limited to 12.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 8 spaces available.
Tuesday April 16, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Wednesday April 17, 2019
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STEM Lab
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Children in grades 3-5 will explore STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Enginering, Math) through crafts, experiments, and other hands-on activities.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Movie Screening at the Library
6:00 PM - 7:40 PM

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Join us for this new release about a woman who is trying for a promotion at work without success when her friend transforms her online presence without her knowledge.  This DVD is Rated PG-13.

Please note that subtitles will be put on for all movies.

Registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 41 spaces available.
 
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Writers Group
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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The Library's Writers Group is for adults (age 21 and up) who want to share their writing and get feedback in a relaxed and supportive environment of peers. Writers who attend will benefit from the expert advice and inspiration of professional writing instructor and published author Linda Chiara. 

Registration required and limited to 8.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Kids' Craft
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids in Grades 3-5 can come and make the featured project.  Registration is required to attend.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Thursday April 18, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Teen Tech Thursdays
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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Join us each week to explore a new technology!  From apps to robots, we will experiment with something new each time.

For Teens Grades 6-12.

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  (203)794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
There are 9 spaces available.
Friday April 19, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Teen Game Afternoon
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Drop by the Teen Department to meet people and play some board games every Friday afternoon!  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Teen Library
Saturday April 20, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Sunday April 21, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Easter Sunday

Sorry We're Closed

Monday April 22, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required. 

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LBOD Development Committee
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Introduction to 3D Printing for Adults
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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The 3rd Monday is 3D Printing for Adults Day!

This training session focuses on the features of Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer, selection of objects, formatting them, using proper software and file format, and working with controls of the printer.  Individual appointments for making 3D objects can be made at the end of the training session.  

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Beginner Scratch for Kids (Three Part Series)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In this beginners' series, children will learn and join in on group activities using the Scratch programming language, a block-based language developed by the MIT Media Lab. This program is a three-part series (April 22, 29, & May 6), which will build off of what is learned in each session, for children grades 3 to 6. 

Registration is required and limited to 12. Since this is a three-part series, participants must be able to commit to all three dates. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
There are 12 spaces available.
Tuesday April 23, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Wednesday April 24, 2019
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Wednesday Morning All Genres Book Discussion
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This month's selection is Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Movie Screening at the Library
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

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Oscar Nominee for Best Picture!

Join us for this DVD about Dick Cheney, who wielded immense power as the vice-president to George W. Bush.  This DVD is Rated R; ages 17 and under not admitted without a parent/guardian.

Please note that subtitles will be put on for all movies.

Registration required for all movies.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Chess: Pages (Grades 1-3)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Kids in Grades 1-3 who understand the game can come and play.  Registration is required to attend.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Thursday April 25, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Teen Tech Thursdays
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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Join us each week to explore a new technology!  From apps to robots, we will experiment with something new each time.

For Teens Grades 6-12.

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  (203)794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
There are 9 spaces available.
Friday April 26, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Teen Game Afternoon
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Drop by the Teen Department to meet people and play some board games every Friday afternoon!  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Teen Library
 
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Friday Flicks
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For children ages 2-6 with their families. A fun short film will be shown.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Saturday April 27, 2019
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Teen Poetry Workshop
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

The Bethel Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society is presenting a Teen Poetry Workshop as part of the Library’s celebration of Poetry Month! 

Poems by well-known authors will be discussed first, followed by creative writing using prompts.  All levels of experience writing poetry are welcome. Please bring paper and pencils.

As a bonus, Cortney Davis, Bethel’s first Poet Laureate and a Chapter member, will assist with the discussion and provide feedback.   

This poetry workshop is for teens Grades 9-12.

Registration is required and limited to 15.  

CONTACT:  Teen Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 0  teen@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Sunday April 28, 2019
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Poetry of the Earth
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library in conjunction with Bethel Community Earth Day.

Please join other members of the Bethel community as we read some of the world's greatest poetry about our natural world.

This program is appropriate for all ages!

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Friends of the Library  203-794-8756, ext 13  
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 50 spaces available.
Monday April 29, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Beginner Scratch for Kids (Three Part Series)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In this beginners' series, children will learn and join in on group activities using the Scratch programming language, a block-based language developed by the MIT Media Lab. This program is a three-part series (April 22, 29, & May 6), which will build off of what is learned in each session, for children grades 3 to 6. 

Registration is required and limited to 12. Session two of three. To register, please use the registration form attached to session one, on April 22nd.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
 
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Italy: A Cultural Journey
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Italy! The name conjures many images. Join us for a program that brings those images to life!

What do you think of when you think of Italy? Great food and wine, beautiful countryside, ancient Roman architecture? Join us tonight as we delve more deeply into this rich and complex country with Ashley Turney, Italian Travel and Lifestyle Expert. 

Ashley will tell us how Italy's geographic peculiarities create 20 regions, each unique in customs, language, and cuisine, making Italy a true mosaic of cultures. Explore the regional differences in a stunning slide presentation for a vivid journey from North to South and beyond.

This program is geared for adults and young adults.

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 42 spaces available.
Tuesday April 30, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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If you've ever wanted to learn how to meditate, 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 breadth and one thought of changing your perspective you can realign your well-being to a more peaceful, happy mindset.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Thursday May 2, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

Friday May 3, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
Saturday May 4, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Piano Concert: Debussy in a New Light
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us and discover early 20th century French Impressionist music...played on a 21st century instrument! Howard Rovics will present a keyboard recital of works by Claude Debussy on a Kurzweil Stage Piano that he has customized for his Debussy interpretations. 

This musical style was the beginning of a modern sound--daring, colorful, and appealing--and Mr. Rovics's Kurzweil piano is extraordinarily true to life. The instrument also can sound like a guitar ensemble, add subtle string-like warmth, mimic the percussive edge of the marimba, and produce bell-like sounds that ring with color that fascinates the ear. 

Mr. Rovics is a highly regarded composer-pianist who is happy to introduce the Bethel community to the music of Debussy on this amazing instrument!

Sponsored by Bethel Arts, a community-based volunteer group that seeks to promote, build, and support all facets of the arts and creative culture in the town of Bethel, Connecticut.

This program is for adults and young adults.

Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 48 spaces available.
Sunday May 5, 2019
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Poets and Their Poetry: Emily Dickinson
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Discover the poetry of Emily Dickinson with Presenter Judson Scruton! We'll learn about the life and work of Dickinson and we'll hear and discuss a selection of her poems.  

This program is geared to adults and young adults.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Monday May 6, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Beginner Scratch for Kids (Three Part Series)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In this beginners' series, children will learn and join in on group activities using the Scratch programming language, a block-based language developed by the MIT Media Lab. This program is a three-part series (March 4, 11, & 18), which will build off of what is learned in each session, for children grades 3 to 6. 

Registration is required and limited to 12. Session three of three. To register, please use the registration form attached to session one, on March 4th.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
Tuesday May 7, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Wednesday May 8, 2019
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Movie Screening at the Library
6:00 PM - 7:40 PM

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Join us for this new release about a lost dog who goes on an epic 400 mile journey throughout the Colorado wilderness to be reunited with her owner.  This DVD is Rated PG.

Subtitles will be put on for all movies.

Registration required for all movies.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Thursday May 9, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

Friday May 10, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
Saturday May 11, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Author Talk with Charles McNair
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for an enlightening talk by Charles McNair, author of Soldiers of a Foreign War: A Novel of Vietnam.

Charles enlisted in 1968, at the age of 18, and was assigned to the 45th Surgical Hospital in Vietnam. He began his novel in 1971 and completed it in 2015--the intervening years filled with family life, medical school, and a career as a doctor in Woodbury, CT.

Soldiers of a Foreign War tells the story of the American and Vietnamese boys who were called upon, often unwillingly, to fight on foreign soil. 

The author will have books available for purchase and signing.

This program is geared to adults and young adults; it is not for children.

Registration is required.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 48 spaces available.
 
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NEW! Poetry Group
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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The Connecticut Poetry Society’s Bethel Chapter is now meeting at the Library on the second Saturday of each month!

Adults who enjoy writing poetry at any level and in any form, who want to receive feedback on their work, are welcome to join us. We are friendly and supportive, offer sound advice, and we have fun while helping each other grow as poets. Several members have published books, one is the Bethel Poet Laureate, and we come from several nearby communities. Yes, beginners are welcome!  

Registrants are asked to bring a poem they have written.

Registration required and limited to 6 adults (age 21 and up).

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 6 spaces available.
Monday May 13, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafts for Adults
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Join us for our New Make It Mondays Series: the 2nd Monday is Crafts for Adults Day!

We'll have all sorts of craft supplies on hand for adults to create custom items. Every month will have a different theme!

Registration required and limited to 12.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Tuesday May 14, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Wednesday May 15, 2019
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Writers Group
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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The Library's Writers Group is for adults (age 21 and up) who want to share their writing and get feedback in a relaxed and supportive environment of peers. Writers who attend will benefit from the expert advice and inspiration of professional writing instructor and published author Linda Chiara. 

Registration required and limited to 8.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 5 spaces available.
Thursday May 16, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

Friday May 17, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
Saturday May 18, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required. 

 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Monday May 20, 2019
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Baby Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

An introduction to storytime for infants to 16 months of age (non-walkers) and their caregivers.  Please bring a blanket for baby.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LEGO play
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Come and create with other LEGO enthusiasts!  For ages 5 and up.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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LBOD Development Committee
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Introduction to 3D Printing for Adults
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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The 3rd Monday is 3D Printing for Adults Day!

This training session focuses on the features of Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer, selection of objects, formatting them, using proper software and file format, and working with controls of the printer.  Individual appointments for making 3D objects can be made at the end of the training session.  

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
 
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Spanish Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Storytime for kids ages 3-6 presented in both English and Spanish.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Monday Night Classics Book Discussion
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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This month's selection is Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Wednesday May 22, 2019
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Wednesday Morning All Genres Book Discussion
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

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This month's selection is This Child Will Be Great by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Movie Screening at the Library

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Join us for this new release about future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she launches her career fighting for gender equality by proving discrimination on the basis of sex is unconstitutional.  This DVD is Rated PG-13.

Subtitles will be put on for all movies.

Registration required for all movies.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Thursday May 23, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

 
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Candlewood Camera Club Open House
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Everyone is welcome to meet the members of the Candlewood Camera Club. The work of several Club members is on exhibit in the Morris Gallery through the Accessible Art Project (located in the Library's Quiet Reading Area on the second floor).

Click here for more information about the Candlewood Camera Club and their show at the Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Friday May 24, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
Saturday May 25, 2019
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Preschool Story Time & Craft
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Storytime and craft for preschool aged kids.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Sunday May 26, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

Sorry We're Closed

Monday May 27, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

Sorry We're Closed

Tuesday May 28, 2019
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Wiggle Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Story time for kids ages 1-4 and their caregivers.  No registration is required.  

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
 
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Free Play: ABC (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kids 18 months - 4 years and their caregivers can drop in to play ABC games and make an ABC craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
Thursday May 30, 2019
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Mother Goose Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

A program of stories, rhymes, music and movement for kids 1-4 years old and their caregivers.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Crafty Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

For kids in Grades 3-5.  Stop in and make the featured creative craft.  No registration is required.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
 
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PJ Story Time
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

For children ages 3-8.  Stories, activities, book-themed DVDs, and crafts.  Children may come dressed in pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bedtime buddy.  No registration is required.

Friday May 31, 2019
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Family Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

A storytime for kids ages 1-4, their siblings and their caregivers.  No registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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Free Play: Little Picasso (Drop-in)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children ages 18 months - 4 years.  Children and their caregivers will work together to create mini-masterpieces with paint, markers, glue, etc.  Be prepared to get a little messy.  No registration required.

LOCATION: Michele Arnhold Children's Library
Monday June 3, 2019
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A Virtual Tour of Connecticut
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Take an epic--virtual--road trip across Connecticut with author, adventurer, and historian Marty Podskoch! 

Marty Podskoch has written a new travel book that encourages everyone to visit all of the towns, villages, and cities of our beautiful and unique state. Hear Marty tell the story of his amazing adventure to chronicle 169 Connecticut communities. We'll also enjoy a slide show of many of the images of his journey.

Copies of Marty's wonderful book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut, will be available for sale and signing.

This program is for adults and young adults.

Registration is required and will begin soon.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Tuesday June 4, 2019
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
Saturday June 8, 2019
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NEW! Poetry Group
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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The Connecticut Poetry Society’s Bethel Chapter is now meeting at the Library on the second Saturday of each month!

Adults who enjoy writing poetry at any level and in any form, who want to receive feedback on their work, are welcome to join us. We are friendly and supportive, offer sound advice, and we have fun while helping each other grow as poets. Several members have published books, one is the Bethel Poet Laureate, and we come from several nearby communities. Yes, beginners are welcome!  

Registrants are asked to bring a poem they have written.

Registration required and limited to 6 adults (age 21 and up).

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Sunday June 9, 2019
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Poets and Their Poetry: Emily Dickinson
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Discover the poetry and lyrics of Leonard Cohen with Presenter Amy Nawrocki! We'll learn about the life and work of Cohen and we'll hear and discuss a selection of his poems and lyrics.  

This program is geared to adults and young adults.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Monday June 10, 2019
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Crafts for Adults
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Join us for our New Make It Mondays Series: the 2nd Monday is Crafts for Adults Day!

We'll have all sorts of craft supplies on hand for adults to create custom items. Every month will have a different theme!

Registration required and limited to 12.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Tuesday June 11, 2019
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
Monday June 17, 2019
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Introduction to 3D Printing for Adults
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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The 3rd Monday is 3D Printing for Adults Day!

This training session focuses on the features of Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer, selection of objects, formatting them, using proper software and file format, and working with controls of the printer.  Individual appointments for making 3D objects can be made at the end of the training session.  

Registration required and limited to 9.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Business and Technology Center
Tuesday June 18, 2019
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
Wednesday June 19, 2019
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Writers Group
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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The Library's Writers Group is for adults (age 21 and up) who want to share their writing and get feedback in a relaxed and supportive environment of peers. Writers who attend will benefit from the expert advice and inspiration of professional writing instructor and published author Linda Chiara. 

Registration required and limited to 8.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
There are 6 spaces available.
Sunday June 23, 2019
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Poets and Their Poetry: Emily Dickinson
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Discover the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins with Presenter Dr. Tom Hicks! We'll learn about the life and work of Hopkins and we'll hear and discuss a selection of his poems .  

This program is geared to adults and young adults.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Monday June 24, 2019
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LBOD Development Committee
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the legacy of the brass industry in Connecticut's Naugatuck River Valley. Author and photographer Emery Roth II will share his experiences creating his book, Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry.

Mr. Roth's photographs will be on exhibit as well.

"Those who've seen and heard my talks know that the story of Brass Valley resonates broadly across all of American industry and is about the tapestry of values that have given us our identity." ~Emery Roth

Registration required and will begin in March.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Tuesday June 25, 2019
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Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bring your own project to work on, or join us in knitting and crocheting for charity.  All skill levels welcome.

Meet us at the Library's Circulation Desk.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
Wednesday June 26, 2019
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Wednesday Morning All Genres Book Discussion
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This month's selection is TBD.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Thursday July 4, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Independence Day

Sorry We're Closed

Monday July 8, 2019
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Songs and Stories for Grown-ups
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Back by popular request...local storytelling musician Lenny Levine returns for another evening of live music and lively stories strictly for grown-ups! He'll perform an all-new show, but promises to include his musical medley of favorite jingles!

PLEASE NOTE: The stories are for adults age 21+; children will not be admitted.

Registration required and will begin soon. 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Saturday July 13, 2019
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NEW! Poetry Group
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

poetry

The Connecticut Poetry Society’s Bethel Chapter is now meeting at the Library on the second Saturday of each month!

Adults who enjoy writing poetry at any level and in any form, who want to receive feedback on their work, are welcome to join us. We are friendly and supportive, offer sound advice, and we have fun while helping each other grow as poets. Several members have published books, one is the Bethel Poet Laureate, and we come from several nearby communities. Yes, beginners are welcome!  

Registrants are asked to bring a poem they have written.

Registration required and limited to 6 adults (age 21 and up).

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Thursday July 18, 2019
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Monday July 22, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Monday July 29, 2019
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Monday Night Classics Book Discussion
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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This month's selection is Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
Saturday August 10, 2019
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NEW! Poetry Group
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

poetry

The Connecticut Poetry Society’s Bethel Chapter is now meeting at the Library on the second Saturday of each month!

Adults who enjoy writing poetry at any level and in any form, who want to receive feedback on their work, are welcome to join us. We are friendly and supportive, offer sound advice, and we have fun while helping each other grow as poets. Several members have published books, one is the Bethel Poet Laureate, and we come from several nearby communities. Yes, beginners are welcome!  

Registrants are asked to bring a poem they have written.

Registration required and limited to 6 adults (age 21 and up).

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Thursday August 15, 2019
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

friends of the library - book heart

This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Monday August 26, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Monday September 2, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Labor Day

Sorry We're Closed

Friday September 6, 2019
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Bethel Garden Club Meeting and Program
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Bethel Garden Club sponsors the Annual Gardening Series at the Library and enjoys reaching out to the community! 

Join us for this great opportunity to meet the Club's members and hear about their many activities, then stay for their special program at 11:00 am. (Program details will be announced closer to the date.)

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Thursday September 19, 2019
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Monday September 23, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Thursday October 17, 2019
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

friends of the library - book heart

This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Monday October 28, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Monday Night Classics Book Discussion
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

The Picture of Dorian Gray

This month's selection is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
Monday November 25, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Wednesday November 27, 2019
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The Library Will Close at 1:00 Today

Sorry We're Closed

The Library will close early today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday

Thursday November 28, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

Sorry We're Closed

Monday December 9, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
 
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Monday Night Classics Book Discussion
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This month's selection is The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.

Books are available for check-out with a valid Library card approximately one month before meeting.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
Thursday December 12, 2019
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Friends of the Library Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

friends of the library - book heart

This meeting of the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is open to the public.

If you're not already a member, tonight is a great time to join!

CONTACT:  Friends of the Bethel Public Library  203-794-8756  friends@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Tuesday December 24, 2019
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The Library Will Close at 1:00 Today

Sorry We're Closed

The Library will close early today in observance of Christmas Eve

Wednesday December 25, 2019
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Library Closed in Observance of Christmas

Sorry We're Closed

Tuesday December 31, 2019
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The Library Will Close at 1:00 Today

Sorry We're Closed

The Library will close early today in observance of New Year's Eve


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