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Monday January 18, 2021
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Martin Luther King Day - Library Closed
 
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddlers have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary.

Ages 1-2 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday January 19, 2021
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Family Book Group: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons & Marshmallows

Ages 8+ | While Supplies Last

Read a book together as a family! Each kit will include a book, discussion guide, and craft activity. From home, you will need scissors and tape.

Kits may be picked up in the Children's Room on a first come, first served basis. Beginning January 19th, you may call 203-284-6436 if you would prefer to schedule a Park 'n Pick Up. 

CONTACT:  Allison Murphy    amurphy@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Take Home Kit: Foldscopes

Foldscopes are paper microscopes designed to help you easily do scientific exploration from anywhere. Foldscopes can be used to explore thousands of things in great detail with a magnification of 140x. Each kit will contain a Foldscope and instructions for starter projects, but the possibilities are endless! Please register for only one Foldscope per household.

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.

Ages 3-5 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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WECARE Workshop: Navigating Virtual Learning Platforms
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

For Parents & Caregivers of Preschool Children | Zoom | Registration Required

Learn how to use virtual learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Epic, and SeeSaw and help keep your preschool child engaged. 

Presented by: Kathleen DelVisco, Moses Y. Beach Grade 1 Teacher & Tiffany Stoessel, Moses Y. Beach Kindergarten Teacher

W.E.C.A.R.E. is a non-profit board made up of volunteers who are working toward providing quality education, resources, opportunities and support to pre-school age children, their families and preschool teachers.

CONTACT:  Allison Murphy  203-284-6436  amurphy@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Make It Healthy with Marisa: Foods to Boost Your Mood
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Feeling blue these days? Bring yourself up with delicious FOOD. Dietician Marisa McCoy will explain how you can boost your mood and prevent anxiety and depression through what you eat. Stay healthy and HAPPY with food!

Marisa is a registered dietitian that graduated with her bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. She then obtained her dietetic internship and Masters from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • To join on your computer or mobile device, click:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7911209045
  • To join via phone, dial (929)-205-6099. When prompted, enter the following Meeting ID: 791 120 9045
CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday January 20, 2021
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Baby Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Ages 0-1 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Open Sew @ Home
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Do you like to sew? Join people who enjoy quilting and sewing in a new virtual format….Zoom! You can sign onto your home computer, tablet or smartphone and work on your unfinished projects or share completed or in-progress projects with the group.

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting on the day of the program.

There are many spaces available.
 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday January 21, 2021
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Bookworms
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This story time is designed just for big kids! We will share some longer books and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Ages 5+ | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Thursday Night Book Club @ Home
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the winter of 1951-52, Mimi Ammerman is 15, living with her mom, her grandmother and her uncle in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in love for the first time. That winter, when airplane travel was new and exciting, three different aircraft crashed in Elizabeth as they were on their way into our out of Newark Airport. Judy Blume's second novel for adults imagines the impact of these disasters on three generations of family and friends in a strikingly vivid portrait of a time and a place.

To participate, contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org.

 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Monday January 25, 2021
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DIY Galaxy Calming Bottles

Ages 5+ | While Supplies Last

Glitter swirling through a bottle is very calming to watch. The kits will include most supplies to make the craft. From home you will need a bottle or jar (8-20oz) with lid, warm water, and a funnel.

Kits may be picked up in the Children's Room on a first come, first served basis. Beginning January 25th, you may call 203-284-6436 if you would prefer to schedule a Park 'n Pick Up. 

CONTACT:  Kristina Garner    kgarner@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Take Home Kit: 3D 2021 Desk Calendar

2021 is a new year and hopefully a fresh start for all of us after 2020. Keep track of the days with this one of a kind 3D calendar! The calendar can be decorated with paint or other decorations (not included in the kit), but be sure not to glue it together, as you will need to change the numbers daily to update it.

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddlers have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary.

Ages 1-2 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Disney Trivia
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Get ready to enjoy a night of fun where you test your knowledge of all things DISNEY! From Animation to Theme Parks to Lucasfilm to ESPN. If it's part of the Disney Family, get ready to put your thinking cap on about it! Get ready to test your brain, laugh, sing- along, and learn some fun new facts as we explore the whole Wonderful World. This program is meant to test dreamers of all ages, so grab your Ears and get ready for a GOOD TIME!  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
There are many spaces available.
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday January 26, 2021
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.

Ages 3-5 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Virtual Beer Tasting with Front Porch Brewing Co.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wallingford's own Front Porch Brewing Company is back with new brews for you to try! Owners Ryan and Tiffany will (virtually) guide you through a tasting of 4 of their delicious beers, all from the comfort of your own home! 

Registration required. The first 15 registrants will get a FREE tasting kit! When those spots are taken, kits can still be purchase directly from Front Porch Brewing for $18 each. Once you register, you will be contacted with pickup instructions and Zoom information. Must be 21 or older to participate.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday January 27, 2021
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Baby Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Ages 0-1 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Virtual Program: Introduction to the Laser Cutter
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Collaboratory is now accepting limited laser cutter requests again! In this program we will learn how the laser cutter works, what you can make in it, how you can design your projects, and how the process now works with our Coronavirus precautions.

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting on the morning of the program.

REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday January 28, 2021
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Bookworms
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This story time is designed just for big kids! We will share some longer books and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Ages 5+ | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Friday January 29, 2021
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Reading Buddies
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Grades K-2 | Google Meet | Registration Required
 
Reading Buddies is a program run by high school volunteers from Choate’s Interact Club for Wallingford students in grades K-2. Students will hear a few fun stories read aloud by our enthusiastic volunteers. Participants should plan to have a book with them to share. Please join us for a fun and cozy Friday night! 
 
The link to the Google Meet will be emailed out on the day of the program.
 
Grados K-2 | Reunión de Google | Se requiere registro

Reading Buddies es un programa dirigido por voluntarios de la escuela secundaria del Interact Club de Choate para estudiantes de Wallingford en los grados K-2. Los estudiantes escucharán algunas historias divertidas leídas en voz alta por nuestros entusiastas voluntarios. Los participantes deben planear tener un libro con ellos para compartir. ¡Únase a nosotros para una divertida y acogedora noche de viernes! 

El enlace a Google Meet se enviará por correo electrónico el día del programa.

 

CONTACT:  Anne Porier    aporier@wallingfordschools.org
Monday February 1, 2021
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Kindness Club: Heart Bombs

All ages | While Supplies Last

This month, let’s do random acts of kindness by telling people you appreciate them. Write down what makes that person awesome on a heart and put it on their lawn! Kits will include hearts and wooden stakes. From home you will need permanent markers and strong tape.

Kits may be picked up in the Children's Room on a first come, first served basis. Beginning February 1st, you may call 203-284-6436 if you would prefer to schedule a Park 'n Pick Up. 

CONTACT:  Kristina Garner    kgarner@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Take Home Kit: Valentine's Day Card

Make your own Valentine’s Day card using decorations precut on our Cricut Maker machine! Decorate your card with hearts, letters, and other fun shapes! Feel free to add on with any supplies you have at home to customize your card and make it personal.

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

Registration will begin on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddlers have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary.

Ages 1-2 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Classics Book Club @ Home
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

During World War II, novelist Maurice Bendrix has an an adulterous affair with Sarah Miles. When Bendrix is almost killed by a bomb, Sarah suddenly ends their relationship. Looking back a year after Sarah's death, Bendrix attempts to understand what happened by retracing the course of their romance. Published in 1951, Graham Greene's novel was reviewed as "singularly moving and beautiful."

To participate, contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org.

 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday February 2, 2021
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.

Ages 3-5 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Passport Pals: Ghana
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 5+ | Zoom | Registration Required

We'll travel to Ghana to learn about some Ghanian traditions, food, culture, and make a craft. The library will provide most of the craft supplies.  From home, you will need scissors, markers, and crayons.  Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day of the program.

Kits for the program will be available for pick up in the Library beginning Tuesday, January 23rd.  Also beginning January 23rd, you may schedule your kit for Park 'n Pickup by calling 203-284-6436. 

CONTACT:  Allison Murphy    amurphy@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Ways to Stay Calm and Centered
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Daily life can be busy, hectic and at times overwhelming. Juggling many priorities and having your attention being pulled in all directions can leave you feeling stretched thin. The good news is that small, smart changes over time can make a big difference. Join Zorayda Cocchi, OTR/L, RYT for this practical workshop to learn some simple techniques that will help you feel more centered and find more peace and calmness in everyday life.  

Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday February 3, 2021
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Baby Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Ages 0-1 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes

Ulysses Galen, a white man "slumming" in Harlem, is attacked in a bar by a black man with a knife; fleeing outside, he attracts the attention of a man named Pickens, who is high on marijuana. Pickens proceeds to run after Galen while shooting. Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson arrive to find Galen shot to death in the street, and they arrest Pickens. However, a Harlem street gang calling themselves the Real Cool Moslems (really teenagers in fake beards) cause a distraction and spirit Pickens away. The detectives realize that the gun they confiscated from Pickens is a movie prop that only shoots blanks; they must now recover Pickens and also find out who really shot Galen, and why.

PLEASE NOTE: Books will be available starting in January.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday February 4, 2021
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Bookworms
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This story time is designed just for big kids! We will share some longer books and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Ages 5+ | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Roots of Black Music in America
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 5+ | Zoom | Registration Required

Sing, clap, and dance along with musician Karlus Trapp for “The Roots of Black Music in America”, a 100 year journey through time to hear, experience, and learn about the music of America’s black musical giants. Registrants will receive the Zoom link on the day of the program.

 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Monday February 8, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Beginner's Origami

Origami is the art of paper folding and this kit will get you started on some origami projects. Kits include origami paper and written instructions for a few projects. 

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

Registration will begin on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
Monday February 8, 2021 - Wednesday February 10, 2021
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STEAM Story Time @ Home: Birds in Winter

Ages 3-7 | Registration Required

February is national bird feeding month. For this STEAM Story Time @ home, discover what birds in Connecticut do to survive the coldest months. Each kit will include materi­als for 3 activities, a book checked out on your card, and a link to video instructions. From home you will need nature items you can find in your backyard and an empty milk jug. You will be asked to select your pick up date during registration. One kit per family.

CONTACT:  Kristina Garner    kgarner@wallingfordlibrary.org
Monday February 8, 2021
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Toddler Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddlers have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary.

Ages 1-2 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday February 9, 2021
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Preschool Story Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child's pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme.

Ages 3-5 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Are You Smarter than a Librarian? Virtual Trivia Night
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Team up with family and friends or play alone!

Registration required. We will be accepting 15 teams, but individuals are welcome to play as their own team! Only one registration per team. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting along with instructions on how to play.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-284-6425  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday February 10, 2021
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Story Walk with Mrs. Stowe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Marcus Cooke Park | Ages 3-5 | Registration required

Join retired kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Stowe, to find hidden pages from a book along a trail through the woods and learn about nature along the way! Meet under the pavilion at Marcus Cooke Park in Wallingford. All participants ages 2 and up will be required to wear face masks.

CONTACT:  Helen Stowe  (203) 848-7113  
 
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Baby Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn how to support baby's growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.

Ages 0-1 | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Story Walk with Mrs. Stowe
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Marcus Cooke Park | Ages 3-5 | Registration required

Join retired kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Stowe, to find hidden pages from a book along a trail through the woods and learn about nature along the way! Meet under the pavilion at Marcus Cooke Park in Wallingford. All participants ages 2 and up will be required to wear face masks.

CONTACT:  Helen Stowe  (203) 848-7113  
 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday February 11, 2021
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Bookworms
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This story time is designed just for big kids! We will share some longer books and most importantly, have lots of fun!

Ages 5+ | Facebook Live

Can't tune in live?  Story times will be available on our library's Facebook page until 9PM on the day they air.

 
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Nutmeg Book Group: Restart by Gordon Korman
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 9+ | Zoom | Registration Required

Join Miss Alyssa to discuss some of the 2021 Intermediate Nutmeg nominees. This month, we will be reading and discussing the book, Restart, by Gordon Korman. Once you've registered, you can call (203) 284-6436 if you'd like us to reserve a copy of the book for you while supplies lastRestart is also available to check out digitally on Hoopla, Overdrive, and RBDigital (Click here to see the catalog). Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day of the program.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Johnson  203-284-6436  ajohnson@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Talking TED @ Home
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken on Zoom to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting via email on the day of the event. In February, we will watch and discuss Matt Walker's "Sleep is Your Superpower."

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code -- as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.

 

Registration will begin on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Monday February 15, 2021
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Presidents' Day - Library Closed
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, January 11th through February 15th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Data Analytics 101 teaches a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies and opportunities. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are SQL, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday February 16, 2021
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Family Book Group: How to Train Your Dragon

Ages 8+ | While Supplies Last

Read a book together as a family! Each kit will include a book, discussion guide, and craft activity. From home, you will need scissors and tape.

Kits may be picked up in the Children's Room on a first come, first served basis. Beginning February 16th, you may call 203-284-6436 if you would prefer to schedule a Park 'n Pick Up. 

CONTACT:  Allison Murphy    amurphy@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Take Home Kit: Mini Tensegrity Table

What is Tensegrity? Per Wikipedia: “Tensegrity, tensional integrity or floating compression is a structural principle based on a system of isolated components under compression inside a network of continuous tension, and arranged in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other while the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially.” You may be asking, what does this mean? Essentially, Tensegrity is a style of construction that can make things look like they are magically floating in the air. Learn all about Tensegrity, build your own Mini Tensegrity Table, and see it in action with this STEM kit!

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

Registration will begin on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, January 12th through February 16th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. SQL teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
 
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Where Do We Go from Here? Conversations about Race
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 reignited protests and discussion around police brutality, white supremacy, and systemic racism. Join us for an open and empathetic conversation about race, community, and opportunities for change and healing. All are welcome.

This month, we will be discussing race in schools. We encourage participants to share their experiences. Recommended reading COMING SOON.

Facilitators: Duane Samuel, Wallingford Public Schools, Sharon Rabera, and Leah Farrell of the Wallingford Public Library

Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
Wednesday February 17, 2021
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, January 13th through February 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Cybersecurity I teaches an understanding of concepts and extensive hands-on experience. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. 

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, SQL, and Python.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

Thursday February 18, 2021
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Thursday Night Book Club @ Home
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

In the fall of 1979, 23-year-old Anton Winter returns to New York City from a stint with the Peace Corps in Africa. Over the course of a year, he works for Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign, goes sailing with his neighbor, John Lennon, and helps his father, who walked off the set of his highly-rated talk show two years ago, attempt a comeback. Tom Barbash's nostalgic and bittersweet novel captures the power of family bonds at a time when New York City was on the cusp of change.

To participate, contact Cindy Haiken at chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org.

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14th through February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Learn new technology skills and improve your employment prospects with Second Innings courses. Python teaches the basics, all the way to using machine learning packages. You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. View syllabus.

Additional courses available for winter 2021 are Data Analytics 101, Cybersecurity I, and SQL.

Second Innings provides free opportunities for unemployed/underemployed people to learn new skills and find better job opportunities. Second Innings offers technology courses designed by industry experts in the areas that have the most demand for jobs. There is a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and capstone projects. Courses are most beneficial for mid-career professionals who have some level of business understanding and want to further their skill sets for better career opportunities. To receive the greatest benefit from the course, you should have some experience working with Excel files, as well as be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

The registration period has ended.
Friday February 19, 2021
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Reading Buddies
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Grades K-2 | Google Meet | Registration Required
 
Reading Buddies is a program run by high school volunteers from Choate’s Interact Club for Wallingford students in grades K-2. Students will hear a few fun stories read aloud by our enthusiastic volunteers. Participants should plan to have a book with them to share. Please join us for a fun and cozy Friday night! 
 
The link to the Google Meet will be emailed out on the day of the program.
 
Grados K-2 | Reunión de Google | Se requiere registro

Reading Buddies es un programa dirigido por voluntarios de la escuela secundaria del Interact Club de Choate para estudiantes de Wallingford en los grados K-2. Los estudiantes escucharán algunas historias divertidas leídas en voz alta por nuestros entusiastas voluntarios. Los participantes deben planear tener un libro con ellos para compartir. ¡Únase a nosotros para una divertida y acogedora noche de viernes! 

El enlace a Google Meet se enviará por correo electrónico el día del programa.

 

CONTACT:  Anne Porier    aporier@wallingfordschools.org
Saturday February 20, 2021
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals! All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction and literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

Meets virtually via Zoom. Interested in participating? Contact Leah Farrell, lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org.

Monday February 22, 2021
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Take Home Kit: No-Sew Fleece Pillow

Learn a new technique for creating decorative, braided edge throw pillow covers without a sewing machine. Participants will need to provide their own scissors and ruler. 

Please select your pickup date on the registration form. Your kit will be available for you on the Supply Kits table outside the rear entrance from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm if you choose a weekday or from 10:00 am to noon if you choose a Saturday.

Registration will begin on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday February 23, 2021
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Ocean Farming in Connecticut: Meet Stonington Kelp Company
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Stonington Kelp Co. is owned and operated by Suzie and Jay, and is one of the largest commercial seaweed farms in the state of Connecticut selling food grade sugar kelp to local restaurants and shops. Join Suzie to learn more about the fascinating business of sustainable ocean farming taking place right here in Connecticut.

Suzie Flores is a former market development executive turned kelp farmer. When not farming, Suzie engages in outreach education around the sustainability of seaweed farming and works to support the development of an emerging blue economy in the Northeast. She has been featured on WNPR’s Seasoned.

Registration required. Prior to the program you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

Wednesday February 24, 2021
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Virtual Program: Introduction to Ancestry: Library Edition
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For a limited time Ancestry: Library Edition is available for home access with your Wallingford Public Library card! Join this class to learn some tips and tricks on how to best search Ancestry.com so you can utilize this valuable genealogy tool from the comfort of your own home. Learn how to search Census, military, birth and death records, and more.

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting on the morning of the program.

Registration will begin on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday February 25, 2021
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SCOW Presenta: Club de Lectura en Español! (Spanish Book Club)

Únase a Daisy Lopez de la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford para una discusión de lectura, totalmente en español!

La Casa de los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende

Esteban Trueba es un humilde ciudadano que parte rumbo a las minas para ganar suficiente dinero como para poder casarse con su amada, Rosa del Valle, una hermosa mujer con pelo verde. Durante su ausencia, Rosa muere envenenada por equivocación: los del partido político rivales a Severo del Valle, su padre, lo querían asesinar a él para que no fuese elegido. Esteban es de carácter fuerte, y constantemente padece ataques de ira, ansiedad y violencia. Sufre mucho cuando Rosa muere, y decide ir a reconstruir completamente Las Tres Marías, una vieja hacienda abandonada por su padre para olvidarse de su amada y hacerse rico. Diez años más tarde, ha conseguido reconstruir toda la finca y, a pesar de que ha mejorado enormemente las condiciones de vida de los empleados, su trato despótico y sus constantes abusos despiertan el silencioso resentimiento de más de un trabajador.

Para participar, contacta a Daisy Lopez a dlopez@scowinc.org o llame a la Comunidad Hispana de Wallingford (203-265-5866).

CONTACT:  Daisy Lopez    dlopez@scowinc.org
Saturday February 27, 2021
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Introduction to Babysitting
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Babysitters have the responsibility of caring for children and making important decisions while they are in charge to keep not only the child safe but themselves as well.  Parents entrust their child with the babysitter, therefore, it is crucial he or she knows the basics of child care.  In this Introduction to Babysitting Course, participants will learn interviewing tips, communication skills, ages and stages of young babies and toddlers, safety and first aid tips, and feeding and caring for children, including diaper changing. 

In addition, with heighted precautions due to COVID-19, babysitters will learn steps he or she can take to decrease the spread of the virus as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Such precautions include taking their temperature, wearing gloves and a mask, using hand sanitizer, and washing hands regularly.  Participants will also learn symptoms to look for.

The instructor, Amanda Lisk, has taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade and is currently a 1st grade teacher.  She holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion.  Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
Wednesday March 3, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

A Certain Justice by John Lescroart

When the angry white mob poured out of the bar on San Francisco's Geary Street and surrounded an innocent black man, Kevin Shea was the only one who tried to stop them. He failed, and now, thanks to a deceptive news photo taken during the melee, he is wanted for the murder himself-and the real culprits have threatened his life if he says a word.

As riots rage and politicians posture, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky finds himself under pressure to bring Shea in at all costs. And as respect for the law crumbles-even among those sworn to uphold it-true justice is the only thing that can prevent the death of another innocent man.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Wednesday March 17, 2021
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Passport Pals: Ireland
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 5+ | Zoom | Registration Required

We'll travel to Ireland to learn about some Irish traditions, food, culture, and make a craft. The library will provide most of the craft supplies.  From home, you will need a glue stick and markers.  Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day of the program.

Kits for the program will be available for pick up in the Library beginning Wednesday, March 10th.  Also beginning March 10th, you may schedule your kit for Park 'n Pickup by calling 203-284-6436. 

CONTACT:  Allison Murphy    amurphy@wallingfordlibrary.org
Saturday March 20, 2021
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Wallingford Writers Community
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join the Wallingford Writers Community and discover how the fellowship of other writers can help you pursue your writing goals! All meetings include dedicated writing time, craft techniques for fiction and literary nonfiction, and the opportunity to share work in a supportive, creative forum.

Meets virtually via Zoom. Interested in participating? Contact Leah Farrell, lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org.

Monday March 22, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Wednesday April 7, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

White Butterfly by Walter Mosley

The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over. Then a white college coed dies the same brutal death, and the cops put the heat on Easy: If he doesn't help, his best friend is headed for jail. So Easy's back, walking the midnight streets of Watts and the darker, twisted avenues of a cunning killer's mind.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Monday April 26, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Wednesday May 5, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely

Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African-American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there’s a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So she’s forced to use her savvy, her sharp wit, and her old-girl network of domestic workers to discover the truth and save her own skin. Along the way, she lays bare the quirks of southern society with humor, irony, and a biting commentary that makes her one of the most memorable and original characters ever to appear in mystery fiction.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Tuesday May 25, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Saturday May 29, 2021
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Monday May 31, 2021
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Wednesday June 2, 2021
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Mystery Book Group
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

The Hot Pink Farmhouse by David Handler

So much for the peace and quiet New York film critic Mitch Berger expected to find in his antique carriage house overlooking Long Island Sound. Nothing can shelter him from the goings-on in nearby Dorset. A violent death in a speeding Porsche...an attempted suicide by the school superintendent...and dirty politics are about to propel Mitch out of the shadows into a starring role. And then there's his new love, resident state trooper Desiree Mitry.

Des has transferred out of her position as the highest-ranking black woman in the state police homicide department to give more time to the art for which she has a sure talent. But as she soon learns, Dorset's bucolic exterior hides some ugly secrets. The femme fatale daughter of a famous local sculptor is killed in a car explosion that makes tabloid headlines. Now Des is on the case, saddled with a pushy former colleague, and reaching out to Mitch for an extra pair of eyes-and arms-in a case that threatens to tear the town apart.

Moderated by Carole Shmurak, author of 11 books and Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University. To participate, contact Carole at cshmurak@gmail.com.


Spring 2021: Black Noir and Blanche White
The first African-American detective in fiction was Dr. John Archer, in the novel The Conjure-Man Dies (1932) by Rudolph Fisher. Dr. Archer appeared in only one short story after that, and Fisher died in 1934. It took another 25 years for the next black detectives: Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, in Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem (1958). Female African-American detectives didn’t appear until the 1990s, with Nikki Baker, Eleanor Taylor Brand, and Barbara Neely all publishing their first detective novels in 1991–92. This spring, we’ll consider five authors, two white and three black, whose detectives are African-American.

CONTACT:  Carole Shmurak    cshmurak@gmail.com
Monday June 28, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Saturday July 3, 2021
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Independence Day - Library Closed
Monday July 5, 2021
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Independence Day - Library Closed
Saturday September 4, 2021
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Monday September 6, 2021
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Monday September 27, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Monday October 25, 2021
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Wallingford Public Library Association 141st Annual Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday November 11, 2021
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Monday November 22, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Wednesday November 24, 2021
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Thanksgiving - Library Closing at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday November 25, 2021
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Friday November 26, 2021
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Monday December 20, 2021
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Friday December 24, 2021
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Christmas Eve - Library Closed
Saturday December 25, 2021
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Friday December 31, 2021
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New Year's Eve - Library Closing at 4:00 p.m.

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