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Wednesday April 21, 2021
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Baby Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Ages 0-1 | Facebook Live

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

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 Club: The Nameless City
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Grades 4 & up | Zoom | Registration Required

Join Miss Alyssa to discuss a 2021 Intermediate Nutmeg nominee. This month, we will be reading and discussing the book, The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks. 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 last. The Nameless City is also available to check out digitally on Overdrive (click here to see the catalog).

Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link via email the day of the program.

CONTACT:  Alyssa Johnson    ajohnson@wallingfordlibrary.org
The registration period has ended.
 
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Poet Laureate Presents: Poetry and Publishing with Joe Pan
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is co-sponsored by Wallingford’s Poet Laureate, Debora Kuan.

Poet Joe Pan will read poems from his newest collection, Operating Systems, and speak about his career as the publisher of two influential small presses. Q&A to follow.

Joe Pan is the author of six books, including the best-sellers Operating Systems and Hi c cu ps, and was coeditor of the popular Brooklyn Poets Anthology. His work has appeared in such places as The New RepublicThe New York TimesThe Philadelphia Review of Books, and Poets & Writers. He is the founding publisher and editor-in-chief of Brooklyn Arts Press, the smallest publishing house ever honored with a National Book Award win in Poetry. He also serves as the publisher of Augury Books, whose titles have won a Great Lakes Literary Award and the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. Along with his wife, Pan cofounded the services-oriented activist group Brooklyn Artists Helping, dedicated to fighting homelessness.

Registration required. Once registered, you will be contacted prior to the p

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • To join on your computer or mobile device, click: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88238441257  
  • To join by via phone, dial (929)-205-6099. When prompted, enter the following Meeting ID: 882 3844 1257
CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, April 14th through May 19th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Python programming language is used by statisticians, engineers, and scientists for data analytics because Python is easy to learn and has a simple syntax with a vast collection of libraries for numerical computation and data manipulation.

The course introduces error handling, logging, functions, and using the most popular packages – NumPy and Pandas. The course includes building a capstone project. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Thursday April 22, 2021
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, April 15th through May 20th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

If notes are the way to read/write music, SQL is the language of databases. SQL plays an important role in data analysis. SQL is the standard querying language for all the relational databases.

The course will introduce the concepts of SQL and will teach about joins, subqueries, expressions, and stored procedures through hands-on exercises. The course requires installing MySQL Server and Workbench on your computer. Instructions and installation assistance will be provided. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Friday April 23, 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 April 26, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Wildflower Seed Bombs

Spring is here, and the flowers and bees are back. Let's help them out with wildflower seed bombs! Wildflowers are very important for pollinators, and we need more of both. Once you make your seed bomb, planting it is super easy. Just throw it somewhere in your yard, and wait for it to bloom! For best results, throw it right after it has rained so the soil is nice and wet.

Please note: this project will require water and a bowl (not provided).

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

Mondays, April 12th through May 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies, and opportunities. It covers the basics of data analytics including structured and unstructured data, data ingestion/storage and consumption. It also provides information about various types of analytics – descriptive/diagnostic/predictive/prescriptive as well as data visualization and machine learning. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
 
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Board of Managers
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Board Room
Tuesday April 27, 2021
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Bourbon and Book Pairings with Dragonfly Wine Shop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brenda from Dragonfly Wines returns by popular demand, this time to celebrate the Kentucky Derby (May 1). She’s teaming up with Readers Advisory Library Cindy Haiken to introduce you to some great bourbons and bourbon cocktails that pair perfectly with our boozy book selections.

Registration required. The first 10 registrants will get a FREE tasting kit! When those spots are taken, kits can still be purchase directly from Dragonfly Wines for $30 each, or a la carte. Each kit contains 5 bourbons (50ml) and 2 bourbon cocktails (100ml). Once registered, you will be contacted prior to the program with participation instructions. Must be 21 or older to participate.

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

Tuesdays, April 13th through May 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides detailed understanding of the concepts of cybersecurity. The course covers security and risk management. There are hands-on exercises that explain encryption/decryption, identity and access management, network build and network security and controls. The class concludes with a hands-on exercise building a network and security on Amazon Web services. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday April 28, 2021
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Introduction to Overdrive & Libby
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to borrow e-books and digital audiobooks from the library using Overdrive’s app, Libby. Libby works on most smartphones, tablets, and computers. Please have your device, library card, and your app store login on hand for the program.
You will receive your Zoom invitation on the day of the program.
 

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

Wednesdays, April 14th through May 19th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Python programming language is used by statisticians, engineers, and scientists for data analytics because Python is easy to learn and has a simple syntax with a vast collection of libraries for numerical computation and data manipulation.

The course introduces error handling, logging, functions, and using the most popular packages – NumPy and Pandas. The course includes building a capstone project. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Thursday April 29, 2021
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Conversations on Race: Talking to Children about Race
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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 how to talk to children about race. Recommended reading coming soon!

Facilitators:

  • Derek Hall and Bulaong Ramiz - Ramiz-Hall Consulting
  • Angela Buccheri, Duane Samuel, Emily Banach, and Sara Fallahi - Wallingford Public Schools
  • Sharon Rabera
  • Leah Farrell - Wallingford Public Library

Registration required. Once registered, you will be contacted prior to the program with participation instructions.

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

Thursdays, April 15th through May 20th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

If notes are the way to read/write music, SQL is the language of databases. SQL plays an important role in data analysis. SQL is the standard querying language for all the relational databases.

The course will introduce the concepts of SQL and will teach about joins, subqueries, expressions, and stored procedures through hands-on exercises. The course requires installing MySQL Server and Workbench on your computer. Instructions and installation assistance will be provided. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Monday May 3, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Illuminated Wire Art

Create a glowing piece of art using electroluminescent (EL) wire. EL wire is a copper wire coated in phosphor that illuminates when a current passes through it. EL wire is easy to bend and manipulate making it an easy material to use to create a custom piece of glowing art! Participants will need to provide their own scissors, but all other materials included.

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 Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, April 12th through May 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies, and opportunities. It covers the basics of data analytics including structured and unstructured data, data ingestion/storage and consumption. It also provides information about various types of analytics – descriptive/diagnostic/predictive/prescriptive as well as data visualization and machine learning. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday May 4, 2021
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Sing Your Story
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6-11 | Zoom | Registration Required

Every child has a story. Every story is a song. SING YOUR STORY is an educational music experience where kids become songwriters. The Sing Your Story program combines music and language instruction to help kids tell their story through song lyrics and bring their imagination to the microphone. At SING YOUR STORY kids create something that didn’t exist in the world before, but now it  can live forever!

Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link via email on the day of the program.

 
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Make It Healthy with Marisa: Have a Healthy Happy Summer
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Marisa McCoy, your very own dietitian from the ShopRite of Wallingford, will discuss healthy and happy weight loss for the summer! Did you know that you can actually still enjoy your life and all of your favorite foods while losing weight? Join us to find out how!

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: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, April 13th through May 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides detailed understanding of the concepts of cybersecurity. The course covers security and risk management. There are hands-on exercises that explain encryption/decryption, identity and access management, network build and network security and controls. The class concludes with a hands-on exercise building a network and security on Amazon Web services. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
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.

The May book was incorrectly given as Hot Pink Farmhouse. This is June's title. We apologize for any inconvenience!


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

The Collaboratory is now accepting limited laser cutter requests! 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 via email on the day of the event.

Registration will begin on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Perennial Awakenings: A Public Poetry Reading by Saturday Mornings with Poetry
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Saturday Mornings with Poetry group invite everyone to join them for a public poetry reading celebrating all things spring.

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: Python
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesdays, April 14th through May 19th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Python programming language is used by statisticians, engineers, and scientists for data analytics because Python is easy to learn and has a simple syntax with a vast collection of libraries for numerical computation and data manipulation.

The course introduces error handling, logging, functions, and using the most popular packages – NumPy and Pandas. The course includes building a capstone project. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Thursday May 6, 2021
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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

Thursdays, April 15th through May 20th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

If notes are the way to read/write music, SQL is the language of databases. SQL plays an important role in data analysis. SQL is the standard querying language for all the relational databases.

The course will introduce the concepts of SQL and will teach about joins, subqueries, expressions, and stored procedures through hands-on exercises. The course requires installing MySQL Server and Workbench on your computer. Instructions and installation assistance will be provided. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Monday May 10, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Laser Cut Lantern

There’s nothing like a nice warm night. The only thing lacking is some light! Make your own with our Laser Cut Lantern kit. These wooden lanterns come with a LED candle, so there is no fire risk to worry about, and it will last longer than a normal candle. Put it out on the deck and have it going all night long!

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 Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, April 12th through May 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies, and opportunities. It covers the basics of data analytics including structured and unstructured data, data ingestion/storage and consumption. It also provides information about various types of analytics – descriptive/diagnostic/predictive/prescriptive as well as data visualization and machine learning. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday May 11, 2021
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WECARE Workshop: ABC: Art Benefits Children
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Parents of Preschoolers | Zoom | Registration Required

Spend a fun and informational evening learning creative ways to engage your little ones in the process of art making. The creative process helps children develop motor skills, language, decision making, visual learning, intentiveness, cultural awareness, and academic performance. You will learn how to make connections between art and everything else! This workshop will provide you with a variety of artistic activities and the creative energy to create your own.

Presenter: Sara Taussik; ATR-BC, LCAT, LPC

The Zoom link will be sent via email on the day of the program.

 
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Virtual Program: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, April 13th through May 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides detailed understanding of the concepts of cybersecurity. The course covers security and risk management. There are hands-on exercises that explain encryption/decryption, identity and access management, network build and network security and controls. The class concludes with a hands-on exercise building a network and security on Amazon Web services. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday May 12, 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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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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Poet Laureate Presents: Award-Winning Poet Arthur Sze
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This program is co-sponsored by Wallingford’s Poet Laureate, Debora Kuan.

Join us as we welcome distinguished poet Arthur Sze for a virtual visit. This is a can't-miss event for writers, poets, and literature lovers of all ages!

Arthur Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, including The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), Sight Lines (2019), for which he received the National Book Award; Compass Rose (2014), a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ginkgo Light (2009), selected for the PEN Southwest Book Award and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Book Award; Quipu (2005); The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970–1998 (1998), selected for the Balcones Poetry Prize and the Asian American Literary Award; and Archipelago (1995), selected for an American Book Award. He has also published one book of Chinese poetry translations, The Silk Dragon (2001), selected for the Western States Book Award, and edited Chinese Writers on Writing (2010).

ACCOLADES - A recipient of the eighth annual ‘T’ Space Poetry Award, the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers, a Lannan Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, as well as five grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, Sze was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 2012 to 2017, he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and in 2017, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His poems have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Chinese, Dutch, German, Korean, and Spanish. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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

Wednesdays, April 14th through May 19th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Python programming language is used by statisticians, engineers, and scientists for data analytics because Python is easy to learn and has a simple syntax with a vast collection of libraries for numerical computation and data manipulation.

The course introduces error handling, logging, functions, and using the most popular packages – NumPy and Pandas. The course includes building a capstone project. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Thursday May 13, 2021
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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 May, we will watch and discuss Justin Baldoni's "Why I'm Done Trying To Be 'Man Enough'."

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper," Baldoni says. "Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? Are you strong enough to be sensitive? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life?"

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

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

Thursdays, April 15th through May 20th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

If notes are the way to read/write music, SQL is the language of databases. SQL plays an important role in data analysis. SQL is the standard querying language for all the relational databases.

The course will introduce the concepts of SQL and will teach about joins, subqueries, expressions, and stored procedures through hands-on exercises. The course requires installing MySQL Server and Workbench on your computer. Instructions and installation assistance will be provided. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Friday May 14, 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 May 15, 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 May 17, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Watercolor Mosaic

Create your own watercolor painting, then cut it up to transform it into a faux mosaic on canvas! Participants need to provide their own scissors, all other materials included.

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 Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
 
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Virtual Program: Data Analytics 101
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mondays, April 12th through May 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides a broad understanding of the data analytics field, technologies, and opportunities. It covers the basics of data analytics including structured and unstructured data, data ingestion/storage and consumption. It also provides information about various types of analytics – descriptive/diagnostic/predictive/prescriptive as well as data visualization and machine learning. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Tuesday May 18, 2021
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Ask Attorney Allinson
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This popular program is back, virtually! Please bring your questions for this hour-long program. Attorney Steven Allinson, an attorney in Wallingford, will speak and answer your questions about probate, trusts, wills, estates, Medicaid, and other estate planning. At this forum, the Attorney cannot give specific legal advice; all his responses will be procedural in nature and contain a general overview of the law.

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: Cybersecurity I
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesdays, April 13th through May 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

The course provides detailed understanding of the concepts of cybersecurity. The course covers security and risk management. There are hands-on exercises that explain encryption/decryption, identity and access management, network build and network security and controls. The class concludes with a hands-on exercise building a network and security on Amazon Web services. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Wednesday May 19, 2021
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Food Explorers: Strawberry Stuffed Cupcakes
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 8-11 | Zoom | Registration Required

Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Strawberry Stuffed Cupcakes! That’s right, these cupcakes are stuffed with an entire strawberry. You’ll need the following ingredients to make these tasty treats: flour, baking soda, baking powder, butter, sugar, vanilla (optional), 2 eggs, milk, plain Greek Yogurt, strawberries, powdered sugar and either heavy cream or extra butter for frosting (your choice to make a buttercream or whipped cream frosting). A stand or hand-held electric mixer is required for this recipe.

Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link via email the day of the program.

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

Wednesdays, April 14th through May 19th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

Python programming language is used by statisticians, engineers, and scientists for data analytics because Python is easy to learn and has a simple syntax with a vast collection of libraries for numerical computation and data manipulation.

The course introduces error handling, logging, functions, and using the most popular packages – NumPy and Pandas. The course includes building a capstone project. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Thursday May 20, 2021
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Preschool Virtual Family Literacy Night
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Open to families of 3 & 4 year olds | Zoom | Registration Required

Wallingford Public Schools and the Wallingford Public Library present a virtual family literacy night for families of 3 and 4 year-olds. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that will help get your child prepared for kindergarten. 
 
You will be asked to select a date to pick up an accompanying kit during registration. On your selected date, your kit will be out on the Park 'n Pickup Supply Kit table. The Zoom link will be sent out to registered families via email on the day of the program.
CONTACT:  Alyssa Johnson  203-284-6436  ajohnson@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Thursday Night Book Club
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

In South Carolina in 1964, 14-year-old Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around her fuzzy memories of the afternoon her mother was killed, runs away from her abusive father with her "stand-in Mother" Rosaleen. They escape to a town that holds the secret to her mother's past and are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters. Sue Monk Kidd's evocative and moving bestselling debut novel was turned into a movie in 2008

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

CONTACT:  Cindy Haiken  203-265-6754  chaiken@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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Virtual Program: SQL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursdays, April 15th through May 20th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom
Registration required
You must attend all 6 sessions

If notes are the way to read/write music, SQL is the language of databases. SQL plays an important role in data analysis. SQL is the standard querying language for all the relational databases.

The course will introduce the concepts of SQL and will teach about joins, subqueries, expressions, and stored procedures through hands-on exercises. The course requires installing MySQL Server and Workbench on your computer. Instructions and installation assistance will be provided. View syllabus.

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

Each course is designed and rendered by industry experts and benefits mid-career professionals who want to further their skill sets for better employment opportunities. Emphasis is on the use of tools for applying analytical skills in business settings. Participants should have some experience working with Excel files and be able to operate computers and install software as needed.

You will receive an invitation to the Zoom meetings prior to the first class. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of each course.

The registration period has ended.
Monday May 24, 2021
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Take Home Kit: Cross Stitch Pendant

Cross stitching is a relaxing and productive hobby. Learn how to cross stitch and make yourself (or a friend) a cool pendant with our Cross Stitch Pendant kit. This kit will have everything you need to learn how to cross stitch (though if you already know how to cross stitch, you are still welcome to sign up and make a pendant).

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.
 

Registration will begin on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM     
Tuesday May 25, 2021
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Tell Me Who You Are: Author Visit and Community Discussion
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Who Am I? Who Are You? Who Are We? A Wallingford Community Initiative

Join the Wallingford Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as we come together as a community this spring and summer to answer the questions “who am I?” “who are you?” and “who are we?” Inspired by the book Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity, we will be sharing our stories, listening, exploring issues of identity and race, and celebrating what makes us unique as individuals and as a town. With compassion, honesty, and inclusiveness we can achieve great things.

We will kick off this initiative with a virtual visit from the authors Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, followed by a discussion of the book. Submit your questions for the authors in the registration form.

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


Throughout the spring and summer we will be offering a variety of ways for people of all ages to participate in this initiative. Stay tuned!

CONTACT:  Leah Farrell  203-265-6754  lfarrell@wallingfordlibrary.org
 
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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
Saturday June 19, 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.

Friday June 25, 2021
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Staff Development Day - Library Closed
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 July 17, 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.

Saturday August 21, 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.

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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Monday December 27, 2021
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Friday December 31, 2021
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New Year's Eve - Library Closed

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