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Tuesday April 23, 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 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.
Monday April 29, 2019
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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 10 spaces available.
Tuesday April 30, 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 May 1, 2019
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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
Saturday May 4, 2019
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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 12 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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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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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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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 5 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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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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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
Saturday May 11, 2019
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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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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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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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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 5 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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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
Tuesday May 28, 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
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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Living History Day
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

The Bethel Historical Society is planning a celebration of our Town's history and the Library is hosting an event! 

Check back here for a full description of the day's activities...to be announced soon.

LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
 
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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
There are 6 spaces available.
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
There are 8 spaces available.
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

pen and ink on paper

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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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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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
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
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

Thursday September 5, 2019
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College Financial Planning
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

 

This seminar will cover critical information not covered during high school financial aid nights, including:

Opportunities available for your student to attend an expensive private university for less than a state school.

Selecting colleges that will give you the best financial aid packages – more FREE money and less loans.

Locating and applying for every “need-based” scholarship, grant, and low-interest loan that your student may be eligible for!

Paying for college without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts

How to simplify the process and making sure you do all the right things at the right time.

Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The biggest mistakes parents can make that cause them to overpay for college…and how to avoid them. The FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive! Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college in the most cost efficient basis without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.

Registration required and will begin soon.

CONTACT:  Adult Services Department  203-794-8756 ext. 4  adult@bethellibrary.org
LOCATION: Maria Parloa Community Room
Monday October 28, 2019
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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
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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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
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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