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Tuesday April 23, 2019
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Resin Jewelry
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Resin jewelry is beautiful, customizable in an infinite amount of ways, and easier to make than it seems! We will be using resin, molds, dyes, and small objects to make earrings and pendants. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. All materials provided. This program is also being held on Thursday, April 25 at 3:00. Please register for only one session. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Thursday April 25, 2019
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Resin Jewelry
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Resin jewelry is beautiful, customizable in an infinite amount of ways, and easier to make than it seems! We will be using resin, molds, dyes, and small objects to make earrings and pendants. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. All materials provided. This program is also being held on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00. Please register for only one session. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Wallingford Reads YA Book Club:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss Young Adult Literature. Lauren Rumi.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

All teens and adults are welcome to this book discussion where we explore Young Adult literature.  Lauren Rumi will moderate.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. 

In March we will be discussing Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka, a graphic novel memoir and National Book Award finalist.

In kindergarten, Jarrett's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery--Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents--two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. 

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
Saturday April 27, 2019
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Etsy Artisan Spring Market
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Spring is finally here and with that comes a season of celebrations... Mother's Day, graduations, birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and Father's Day, to name a few. Forget the big box stores and celebrate your loved ones with a special handmade gift, made locally by crafters from Wallingford and surrounding towns.

Quilting, fabric art, woodwork, paintings, prints, pottery, kid and baby items, greeting cards, photography, jewelry, jams, wine charms, candles and lotions are just a sample of what will be offered at the Spring Market. There's literally something for everyone, in a range of prices.

Each crafter participating in this fair is an up-and-coming entrepreneur who got their start through the Wallingford Library’s Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Workshop. In this class, students learned how to use the Etsy online marketplace as well as all of the necessary tools to start a small business.

Wallingford Public Library’s Craft Entrepreneurship Workshops have been offered free to the public thanks to the generosity of the family of Marcia W. Fix, an avid quilter, knitter and WPL librarian. In her memory, the classes are leaving behind a legacy of new crafters. In that spirit, this group of budding artists is grateful to be able to share their successes with you. Please attend the Spring Market, shop small, and become a part of their entrepreneurial journey.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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GoT Inspired Dragon Eggs with Deb Jaffe
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bring your inner Khaleesi and learn to make these GoT inspired dragon’s egg boxes.  Use polymer clay, metallic foils, pigments and your own imagination to make your egg uniquely your own. You will uncover the tricks of making a useful hollow “box,” realistic scales, and lizard textures. What will you store in your dragon egg?

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Friday May 3, 2019
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Star Wars Can Luminaries
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Celebrate your fandom in honor of May the 4th, the official Star Wars holiday!  Learn how to make a lantern out of tin cans, a hammer, and nails.  Several methods can be used to transfer your Star Wars design onto the can.  Your luminary will be complete with a battery powered tea light.  All materials provided.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.  May the Force be with you.  Always.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
Monday May 6, 2019
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Introduction to Crochet
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Get started with your first crochet project by learning how to do a chain stitch and single crochet.

Please note: This is a two-part program. The second session will be held on Monday, May 13th. Participants must attend both sessions.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Tuesday May 7, 2019
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Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The WPL TAB is a group of library-loving Teens who meet a few times per year with the Head of Teen Services, Jennifer.  We discuss issues related to teen use of the library, suggest materials to buy, recommend ideas for programs, and help plan the summer reading program.    Of course we spend a lot of time hanging out, laughing, playing games and snacking too!  We are always looking for more teens to share their ideas with us.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is appreciated. 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
There are many spaces available.
 
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WECARE workshop: Dealing with difficult behaviors
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Working with young children requires a great deal of patience and an understanding of their developmental stages.  We will discuss various strategies and share what “works” for you.  Managing, correcting, punishing, rewarding, ignoring behaviors of the each of the preschool ages.  Information with be shared as well as a discussion amongst the participants will be facilitated by the presenter.                                                                                                                           

Presenter: Teresia O’Hala; Special Education Teacher, Mentor, Transition Coordinator                                                                                                         

Program begins at 6:00 p.m. preceded by a light meal at 5:30 for those who register ahead of time through the Parks & Recreation Dept.

LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Cricut Paper Flowers: Make Potted Paperwhites
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In this class we will use our Cricut Maker to create flowers out of paper, and potting them in recycled cans. These flowers are perfect for spring, or any season, as they will never die.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday May 9, 2019
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Cricut Paper Flowers: Make Potted Paperwhites
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

In this class we will use our Cricut Maker to create flowers out of paper, and potting them in recycled cans. These flowers are perfect for spring, or any season, as they will never die.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Suminagashi- Japanese Paper Marbling for Teens
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Suminagashi or “floating ink” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.  It originated in Japan as early as the 12th century.  Learn this ancient art and create your own beautiful paper.  All materials provided.  Open to all in grades 6-12.  Registration is required.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Collaboratory
Saturday May 11, 2019
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Spring Bike Tune-Up
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Get your bike in shape for summer! Hopefully all you’ll need is a little air in your tires, but Wallingford resident and bike commuter, Jared Liu, will be on hand to demonstrate simple repairs to empower you to work on your own bike. The workshop will focus on anything needed to get your bike going, and will likely include repairs for: wheels, drivetrain, fit, and cables. 

Drop in on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting, we will meet outside on the sidewalk by the rear entrance. Child and adult bikes welcome.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Monday May 13, 2019
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Introduction to Crochet
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Get started with your first crochet project by learning how to do a chain stitch and single crochet.

Please note: This is a two-part program. The first session will be held on Monday, May 6th. Participants must attend both sessions.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Tuesday May 14, 2019
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Jewelry & Handwork Studio
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you do make jewelry, embroidery, bead work, cross stitch, crochet, create in mixed media, or do other handwork? Bring your project and share inspiration, conversation, and ideas with other handcrafters. This is a drop-in group for adults and teens. Bring your own supplies and a portable task light if you need one. Basic tools and some supplies are available at the Library. 

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the Collaboratory. No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Vinyl Decorated Vases
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Transform a plain glass vase into a custom, colorful piece of home decor by creating and cutting out a design with our vinyl cutter. Basic computer skills required.

Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. All materials provided. This program is also being held on Thursday, May 16 at 3:00. Please register for only one session. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday May 15, 2019
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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, the Bernina Artista 200/730 embroidery machine and also the Juki Exceed 600 computerized sewing 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 May 16, 2019
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Vinyl Decorated Vases
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Transform a plain glass vase into a custom, colorful piece of home decor by creating and cutting out a design with our vinyl cutter. Basic computer skills required.

Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. All materials provided. This program is also being held on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00. Please register for only one session. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Monday May 20, 2019
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Handmade Sketchbook or Journal Workshop
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to make a soft cover sketchbook or journal. We will sew the pages through the spine of the book cover to create a decorative exposed sewing. This stitch is called “Longstitch.” You will learn the bookbinding basics, and discover how to use a bone folder and awl. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday May 22, 2019
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Kindness Grows With Art: A Collage Workshop
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In the spirit of playful exploration and mindfulness practice, discover ways to express themes of kindness with imagery. We will explore simple mindful meditation to cultivate creativity. We will experiment with cut and paste collage and simple paints to create a personal piece of art.

Art making is relaxing, contemplative, and nourishes our natural creativity. No experience is necessary to enjoy this workshop, just a willingness to let go and see what emerges!

Instructor Judith Bird is a fine artist, Expressive Arts Educator, and muralist. She teaches workshops and individual session in Expressive Arts and creativity. She assists her students in a process of self-exploration that uses inner imagery, color, symbolism and art, to nurture creativity and promote relaxation. 

LOCATION: Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
There is 1 space available.
Friday May 24, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mary Poppins Returns. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday May 28, 2019
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Laser Cut Wall Art
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In this class we will make decorations for your walls by laser cutting short phrases, and then decorating the cut out letters. Decorations like this can be great for any room in your home, because you can tailor the word to fit the room.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday May 30, 2019
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Laser Cut Wall Art
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

In this class we will make decorations for your walls by laser cutting short phrases, and then decorating the cut out letters. Decorations like this can be great for any room in your home, because you can tailor the word to fit the room.

Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. All materials provided. This program is also being held on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00. Please register for only one session. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Cupcake Wars!
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Challenge your peers by decorating the most fabulous cupcake.  All materials provided by Mr. D’s, but you may bring your own edible decorations if you wish.  Prizes will be awarded for the most creative cupcakes.  Open to Teens in grades 6-12.  Registration is required. 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community Room
 
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Wallingford Reads YA Book Club: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss Young Adult Literature. Lauren Rumi.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

In March we will be discussing What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum, a contemporary romance.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David's blunt honesty-in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit's attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad's tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they'll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

What to Say Next explores the complexity of life and death, especially the difficulty of accepting what can't be changed. It celebrates uniqueness of the individual, and shows that sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world. 

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday June 4, 2019
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Poured Paint Wall Art
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Play around with a fun (and messy) method of painting by mixing and pouring acrylic paint onto canvas. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday June 5, 2019
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Quilling: Victorian Paper Filigree
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Quilling is a decorative art form going back at least a few hundred years, where all sorts of objects are decorated with intricate designs made using simple tools such as long strips of paper, a toothpick, and a little glue. In this workshop, we'll learn a few basic ways to shape the paper and create a card suitable for gifting.

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday June 6, 2019
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Poured Paint Wall Art
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Play around with a fun (and messy) method of painting by mixing and pouring acrylic paint onto canvas. Please note: This is a repeat program. Please do not register if you have attended previously.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Anime Night: One Punch Man
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Calling all Otaku!

If you love anime and manga this is where you need to be...

Japanese snacks always served.

Open to all in grades 6-12.

 

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Community Room
Friday June 7, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Upside. Rated PG-13.

LOCATION: Community Room
Tuesday June 11, 2019
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Jewelry & Handwork Studio
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you do make jewelry, embroidery, bead work, cross stitch, crochet, create in mixed media, or do other handwork? Bring your project and share inspiration, conversation, and ideas with other handcrafters. This is a drop-in group for adults and teens. Bring your own supplies and a portable task light if you need one. Basic tools and some supplies are available at the Library. 

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the Collaboratory. No registration necessary. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
 
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Monogrammed Faux Leather Key Fobs
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Did you know that you can use our Cricut Maker machine to do leather work?  We will be using it to make monogrammed key chains in this class. If you are vegetarian or vegan don’t worry; we will be using faux leather.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Wednesday June 12, 2019
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The Humble Bees
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Humble Bees provide unique musical entertainment, delighting audiences of all ages. This band from central Connecticut features Marvin Beloff on flea ukulele, Peter Burch on fluke ukulele, Bruce Burchsted on firefly banjo ukulele, Sue Kostuk on autoharp, Steve Lazarus on tennor guitar, and Barry Spencer on bass. If you're looking for a fun time, come hear The Humble Bees perform an animated program of familiar and humorous songs!

LOCATION: Community Room
Thursday June 13, 2019
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Monogrammed Faux Leather Key Fobs
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Did you know that you can use our Cricut Maker machine to do leather work?  We will be using it to make monogrammed key chains in this class. If you are vegetarian or vegan don’t worry; we will be using faux leather.

Registration required. Open to adults and teens in grades 9 and above. All materials provided. This program is also being held on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00. Please register for only one session. 

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Friday June 14, 2019
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Friday Night Flicks
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Rated PG.

LOCATION: Community Room
Saturday June 15, 2019
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Butterflies in My Backyard
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join noted lepidopterist Victor DeMasi for a virtual sunny day walk through his butterfly meadow in Redding. His talk will feature rare and common butterfly species that he has seen in the 40 years that he's tended his property. He will explain life histories of local species and describe how a butterfly garden promotes diversity. His comments will include a discussion of the fate of butterflies in the changing environment, with a focus on climate change and invasive species. In addition to his colorful slide show and informative lecture, Victor will share an impressive display of specimens from the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Victor DeMasi is a wetland conservation officer in his hometown of Redding and a curatorial affiliate at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. He busies himself with preserving open space in town and preserving butterflies in the museum. His field work with butterflies contributed almost a thousand citations to the recently published Connecticut Butterfly Atlas.

LOCATION: Community Room
Wednesday June 19, 2019
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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, the Bernina Artista 200/730 embroidery machine and also the Juki Exceed 600 computerized sewing 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
Tuesday June 25, 2019
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Travel Tech Organizers
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Create a small organizer to help keep cables and cords organized when you travel. Experience with a sewing machine preferred.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
Thursday June 27, 2019
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Travel Tech Organizers
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Create a small organizer to help keep cables and cords organized when you travel. Experience with a sewing machine preferred.

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

LOCATION: Collaboratory
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Wallingford Reads YA Book Club:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All teens and adults are welcome at this book discussion where we discuss Young Adult Literature. Lauren Rumi.  Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Nash  203-265-6754  jnash@lioninc.org
LOCATION: Board Room

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