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Friday April 19, 2019
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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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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 10 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

Stay with Me

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 15 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
There are 4 spaces available.
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.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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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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Books & Bricks
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Books & Bricks build ideas!  Kids in Grades 1-5 will explore through a story and LEGO building time.  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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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 34 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 is 1 space 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
Wednesday May 1, 2019
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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 9 spaces available.
 
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Family Learn to Knit and Crochet Nights

Knitting, Knitting Needle, Knit

This program is for parents and children who would like to learn to knit and crochet 8" afghan squares to contribute to blankets for Project Linus.  Blankets will be assembled on June 8th.  Yarn, hooks and needles will be provided.  No experience is necessary.

Registration is required and limited to 6 adults and 12 children.  Please call or stop by the Circulation Desk to register.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
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.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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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 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
 
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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 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 4 spaces available.
Sunday May 5, 2019
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Nutmeg Western Connecticut Spinners Guild
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

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We are fiberistas that meet on the first Sunday of the month to promote the love of yarn and the fiber arts.  We get together to knit and spin and develop lasting friendships.  Knitters and spinners of all levels of ability are welcome.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
 
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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
There are 46 spaces available.
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 (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 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
 
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Microsoft Word
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Patrons will learn how to create various documents using Microsoft Word 2016.

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.
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
 
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Microsoft Word
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Patrons will learn how to create various documents using Microsoft Word 2016.

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 6 spaces available.
 
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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 May 8, 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 12 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 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
There are 37 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
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Family Learn to Knit and Crochet Nights

Knitting, Knitting Needle, Knit

This program is for parents and children who would like to learn to knit and crochet 8" afghan squares to contribute to blankets for Project Linus.  Blankets will be assembled on June 8th.  Yarn, hooks and needles will be provided.  No experience is necessary.

Registration is required and limited to 6 adults and 12 children.  Please call or stop by the Circulation Desk to register.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
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.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program 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 9 spaces available.
Friday May 10, 2019
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Two Right Feet Early Literacy Music Program
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

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

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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 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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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
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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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 10 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
 
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Introduction to Excel for Adults
2:00 PM - 3:15 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
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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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 May 15, 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 12 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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Family Learn to Knit and Crochet Nights

Knitting, Knitting Needle, Knit

This program is for parents and children who would like to learn to knit and crochet 8" afghan squares to contribute to blankets for Project Linus.  Blankets will be assembled on June 8th.  Yarn, hooks and needles will be provided.  No experience is necessary.

Registration is required and limited to 6 adults and 12 children.  Please call or stop by the Circulation Desk to register.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
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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De-Stress With Dogs Night
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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College finals, graduation, or any other life events getting your stress levels high?  The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs are here to help bring happiness and calmness to those who need it.  This program is also great for anyone who is looking for more information on therapy animals and their training.

No registration required.

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

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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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 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
 
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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 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
 
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Teen Forensics
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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We are pleased to welcome back Bethel Middle School teacher Rob Flynn for an interactive Teen Forensic program!  As well as learning how to dust and lift latent prints and make footwear impressions, this program will include an interactive activity where attendees will try to match each other's fingerprints and footwear impressions.  For ages 12 and up.

Registration required and limited to 16.

 

 

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 11 spaces available.
Sunday May 19, 2019
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Artist Reception
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Library is pleased to host an exhibit of works by Marion Lynott in the Morton Art Gallery (on the main floor), April 1-May 20.

This afternoon, everyone is invited for "Afternoon Tea with an Irish Flair" to meet the artist, talk about her inspiration, and enjoy light refreshments in the Maria Parloa Community Room.  Marion also will be holding a print sale for anyone interested in purchasing a copy of her photography from Ireland. 10% of all sales will be donated to the Library.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community 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
There are 2 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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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
 
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Introduction to 3D Printing for Adults
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

 

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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 7 spaces available.
 
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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 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
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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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
There are 35 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
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Family Learn to Knit and Crochet Nights

Knitting, Knitting Needle, Knit

This program is for parents and children who would like to learn to knit and crochet 8" afghan squares to contribute to blankets for Project Linus.  Blankets will be assembled on June 8th.  Yarn, hooks and needles will be provided.  No experience is necessary.

Registration is required and limited to 6 adults and 12 children.  Please call or stop by the Circulation Desk to register.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
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.

CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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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 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
 
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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 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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Two Right Feet Early Literacy Music Program
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM

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

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CONTACT:  Children's Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 5  children@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Children's Program Room
 
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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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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 30, 2019
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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 May 31, 2019
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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
Sunday June 2, 2019
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Nutmeg Western Connecticut Spinners Guild
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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We are fiberistas that meet on the first Sunday of the month to promote the love of yarn and the fiber arts.  We get together to knit and spin and develop lasting friendships.  Knitters and spinners of all levels of ability are welcome.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Local History Room
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
There are 50 spaces available.
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
 
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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
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: Leonard Cohen
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
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
 
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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 June 12, 2019
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Crafts for Adults
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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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 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
 
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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 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 5 spaces available.
Saturday June 22, 2019
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Summer Reading Kickoff Concert
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

SUMMER READING IS COMING...AND WILL BE HERE BEFORE WE KNOW IT!

All ages are invited to join us for our kickoff concert featuring The Survivors! More details will follow soon.

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Sunday June 23, 2019
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Poets and Their Poetry: Gerard Manley
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.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
There are 50 spaces available.
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
 
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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 June 26, 2019
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Wednesday Morning All Genres Book Discussion
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Little Fires Everywhere - by Celeste Ng (Hardcover)

This month's selection is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

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
Thursday July 11, 2019
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There's Still Thyme...Herbalism Basics
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

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Are you curious about herbs?  Do you want to intergrate them into your life?  This program is a novice's guide to the healing power of plants for health and healing.  Join the mother/daughter Grounded Goodwife duo, Velya and Ehris, for herbalism basics and herbal lore, and brew your own organic herbal tea.  Be courageous, take the plunge, and explore the world of herbs!

Registration required and limited to 25.

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

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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
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
 
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Retirement Life Cycle Guide
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Do You Need Help Planning For Your Retirement?

Whatever your age, from your 20's to your 70"s, get expert advice on smart retirement strategies.  Learn what to do at each stage of your life to maximize your retirement savings so you won't outlive your nest egg.  This program is presented by Dona Zappulla, Vice President of David Lerner Associates, Inc.

This program is for informational purposes only.  No selling of any products will take place.

Registration required and limited to 25.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Monday July 22, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Thursday July 25, 2019
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The Art of Chai
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for this special presentation on the history and culture of chai tea in Kenya!  Learn about the spices and varieties of teas used and the different tools and techniques required in the preparation of chai.  A demonstration of how to prepare chai and a sampling of Masala chai will be included.  Masala chai will be available for sale for those interested in making the recipe at home.

Registration required and limited to 30.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community 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
Wednesday July 31, 2019
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Drop-In Family Knit and Crochet Nights
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wool, Knit, Cat'S Cradle, Hand Labor

Join us to keep improving your knitting and crocheting skills and meet other families who share your interest.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
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

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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 August 26, 2019
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LBOD Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
LOCATION: Cady R. Morse Conference Room
Wednesday August 28, 2019
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Drop-In Family Knit and Crochet Nights
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wool, Knit, Cat'S Cradle, Hand Labor

Join us to keep improving your knitting and crocheting skills and meet other families who share your interest.  

No registration required.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756, ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
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

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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 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

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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
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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