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Monday January 27, 2020
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Forty Winks: Herbal Sleep Pillow Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rescheduled from December 2.

Herbs have powerful healing capabilities, whether you need them to:

  • Relieve stress, anxiety, and nervousness
  • Learn lessons from your dreams
  • Keep away bad dreams
  • Make your nights more snug and cozy

Join us for herbal enlightenment and hands-on (no sewing required) creation of your own customized herbal sleep pillow.

All materials provided. Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

 

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Seed Dreaming. Seed, Seed Dreaming
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Get together with fellow gardeners and scour seed catalogs for ideas of what to plant in your garden this year. Bring your own catalogs, pictures of your garden and a notebook for jotting thoughts. Get some tips from gardening expert, Jillian Shea of PlantHer Garden Coaching.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Tuesday January 28, 2020
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Hidden Message Bracelets Using Morse Code
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Make a secret message bracelet for yourself or a loved one, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday January 29, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There is 1 space available.
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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DIY Handwarmers
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Keep your hands warm this winter by sewing and filling your own reusable handwarmers. Basic experience with a sewing machine required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, January 30 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday January 30, 2020
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DIY Handwarmers
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Keep your hands warm this winter by sewing and filling your own reusable handwarmers. Basic experience with a sewing machine required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Saturday February 1, 2020
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Permanent Succulent Mini Garden
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn to make a variety of realistic succulent plants using polymer clay. Each participant will learn to make at least 3 types of plants and mulch.

This program is made possible by a generous donation from Jean Anderson.

Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Tuesday February 4, 2020
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Tunnel Book Workshop
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Create a beautiful 3D work of art from an old book.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday February 5, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There is 1 space available.
 
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Valentine's Day Pop-Up Cards
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

There’s nothing like getting a gift that has that “special something,” something that really makes it pop. Now you can learn how to make your cards “pop” with pop-ups!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 6 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday February 6, 2020
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Valentine's Day Pop-Up Cards
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

There’s nothing like getting a gift that has that “special something,” something that really makes it pop. Now you can learn how to make your cards “pop” with pop-ups!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Valentine Love Note Pillows
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn how to use a sewing machine to make a fleece pillow with a personalized heart-shaped love note insert.  Perfect gift for you or your valentine! All materials provided.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Monday February 10, 2020
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Create a Plantable Love Letter
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Create your own recycled paper embedded with plantable seeds! This workshop will require you to let your homemade, recycled paper dry, but pre-made plantable seed paper will be provided for decorating with stamps, markers and whatever other creative touches you decide to add, as well. Once your paper is complete, it can be gifted (or kept!) to plant in early spring.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday February 12, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Stained Glass Mason Jar Luminaries
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Transform a plain mason jar into a beautiful, colorful luminary using stained glass paints.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 13 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday February 13, 2020
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Stained Glass Mason Jar Luminaries
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Transform a plain mason jar into a beautiful, colorful luminary using stained glass paints.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 13 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In February, we will watch and discuss Brené Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability."

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Tuesday February 18, 2020
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Winter Scene Wine Bottle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint using one stroke technique on a frosted wine bottle.  The winter scene consists of a pine tree, fence, cardinals and snow. 

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday February 19, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Open Sew
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Do you like to sew? Join people who enjoy quilting and sewing at a casual “drop in” program anytime from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. Meet people to share ideas with and get inspired for your next project! Bring your unfinished projects, either hand sewing or machine. There are portable sewing machines (or bring your own) and lots of sewing supplies and tools provided by the library for your use including rotary blades, thread, needles, pins, cutting mats, cutting table, scissors, rulers and more! While you are here you can view the Baby Lock Crown Jewel III long arm quilting machine, and the Brother DreamMaker XE embroidery machine (these machines require a training appointment with a staff member and will also need to be reserved when you want to use them). Stop by for 10 minutes or for the full 4 hours for a fun evening of sharing and learning!

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Thursday February 20, 2020
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Winter Scene Wine Bottle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint using one stroke technique on a frosted wine bottle.  The winter scene consists of a pine tree, fence, cardinals and snow. 

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday February 26, 2020
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Computer Tutoring
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One-on-one instruction for computer novices. We have Windows and Macbook computers for tutoring but feel free to bring in your tablet or laptop.  You may register for up to 3 upcoming tutoring appointments.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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DIY Clock
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

One of the best things about our laser cutter is how useful it is to make parts for larger projects. In this program, we will be making our own custom clocks. We’ll use the laser cutter to make the face, paints to decorate, and a clock kit for the mechanical parts giving you the chance to create a clock totally unique to you!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, February 27 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday February 27, 2020
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DIY Clock
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

One of the best things about our laser cutter is how useful it is to make parts for larger projects. In this program, we will be making our own custom clocks. We’ll use the laser cutter to make the face, paints to decorate, and a clock kit for the mechanical parts giving you the chance to create a clock totally unique to you!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Tuesday March 3, 2020
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Painted Lavender Aromatherapy Mason Jars
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint lavender on a frosted mason jar using acrylic paints and one stroke techniques. To complete the project, a lavender sachet will be added to the jar.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday March 4, 2020
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Laser Etched Cork Coasters
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Take a plain sheet of cork board and transform it into a set of custom coasters! Create your own custom design to be laser etched onto the cork and then cut out with our laser cutter. Computer skills required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 5 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 5, 2020
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Laser Etched Cork Coasters
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Take a plain sheet of cork board and transform it into a set of custom coasters! Create your own custom design to be laser etched onto the cork and then cut out with our laser cutter. Computer skills required.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Painted Lavender Aromatherapy Mason Jars
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn to paint lavender on a frosted mason jar using acrylic paints and one stroke techniques. To complete the project, a lavender sachet will be added to the jar.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Monday March 9, 2020
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Vegetable Seed Starting Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn the essentials of seed starting and plant your own tray of vegetable seeds! Get to know your growing conditions and planting timeline with tips and tricks for having a successful veggie garden this season!

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 12, 2020
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Talking TED
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join librarian Cindy Haiken to watch and discuss a popular TED talk. New discussions are held on the second Thursday of each month. In March, we will watch and discuss J.J. Abrams's "The Mystery Box."

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday March 17, 2020
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Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Paint Like the Masters
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Art instructor Greg Maichack teaches participants by lecture, revealing anecdotes, historical context and demo of techniques applicable to many styles of pastel painting, covering all essential pastel techniques.Using van Gogh’s, Georgia O’Keeffe’s and Monet’s famous “Sunflowers” artwork, and also Maichack’s reference photos, participants will create their own unique sunflower pastel painting.

Adults only. Registration required. All materials provided.

 

LOCATION: Community Room
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday March 18, 2020
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Open Sew
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Do you like to sew? Join people who enjoy quilting and sewing at a casual “drop in” program anytime from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month. Meet people to share ideas with and get inspired for your next project! Bring your unfinished projects, either hand sewing or machine. There are portable sewing machines (or bring your own) and lots of sewing supplies and tools provided by the library for your use including rotary blades, thread, needles, pins, cutting mats, cutting table, scissors, rulers and more! While you are here you can view the Baby Lock Crown Jewel III long arm quilting machine, and the Brother DreamMaker XE embroidery machine (these machines require a training appointment with a staff member and will also need to be reserved when you want to use them). Stop by for 10 minutes or for the full 4 hours for a fun evening of sharing and learning!

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Key Bowls
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

We will be making and decorating wooden key bowls, perfect for holding those small things you want to keep track of. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 19 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 19, 2020
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Key Bowls
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

We will be making and decorating wooden key bowls, perfect for holding those small things you want to keep track of. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Monday March 23, 2020
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Monarch Butterfly Rock
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Paint a monarch butterfly on a rock using decorative painting techniques.

Note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

6 participants max

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday March 25, 2020
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Virtual Reality Experience for Adults
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Exploring the solar system, climbing an ice cliff, or swimming with sea creatures are just some of the fun experiences available on our Oculus Quest. Register for a 20-minute session to delve into the magic of virtual reality. Ages 18+ only. Due to limited availability, please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Metal Photo Transfers
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Transfer the ink from a photograph to a metal sheet to create a unique, distressed image for display. Please bring a digital copy of the photograph you want to use. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Thursday, March 26 at 3:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday March 26, 2020
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Metal Photo Transfers
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Transfer the ink from a photograph to a metal sheet to create a unique, distressed image for display. Please bring a digital copy of the photograph you want to use. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. All materials provided. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. This program is also being held on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00. Please register for only one session.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM     

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