Monday April 1, 2024 - Tuesday April 30, 2024
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Donation Drive - Homework House

Please consider donating this month to support Homework House in Holyoke, MA.

According to their mission statement, "Homework House’s mission and programs are firmly rooted in the social justice vision of our founders and our programs have been inspiring children, supporting families, and transforming our Holyoke community for almost 15 years. We believe that every child is has unique gifts and talents and that all children are capable of excellence. Every child deserves access to high quality academic enrichment programs regardless of a family’s ability to pay or the neighborhood in which they live.

Today, Homework House serves almost 90 youth each day at our two sites with the help of over 250 volunteer tutors. Homework House is an independent non-sectarian organization serving all children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender."

You can access the list of items they are most in need of by clicking here.

The drive will run from April 1st - April 30th, and donations will be accepted in the Storrs Library Front Lobby.

LOCATION: Front Lobby

Please consider donating this month to support Homework House in Holyoke, MA.

According to their mission statement, "Homework House’s mission and programs are firmly rooted in the social justice vision of our founders and our programs have been inspiring children, supporting families, and transforming our Holyoke community for almost 15 years. We believe that every child is has unique gifts and talents and that all children are capable of excellence. Every child deserves access to high quality academic enrichment programs regardless of a family’s ability to pay or the neighborhood in which they live.

Today, Homework House serves almost 90 youth each day at our two sites with the help of over 250 volunteer tutors. Homework House is an independent non-sectarian organization serving all children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender."

You can access the list of items they are most in need of by clicking here.

The drive will run from April 1st - April 30th, and donations will be accepted in the Storrs Library Front Lobby.

LOCATION: Front Lobby

Tuesday April 2, 2024 - Saturday April 27, 2024
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Art Exhibit - Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling

Visit Storrs Library to view an exhibit by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling in the Betty Ann Low Meeting Room.

The exhibit will consist of a collection of intaglio etchings.

Please visit anytime the room is available.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Visit Storrs Library to view an exhibit by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling in the Betty Ann Low Meeting Room.

The exhibit will consist of a collection of intaglio etchings.

Please visit anytime the room is available.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tuesday April 16, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Tuesdays
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers

 
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tot Time (ages 2-3yrs)

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Cookbook Club: Lunch with Foodies
Love to cook? Join us for Cookbook Club: Lunch with Foodies!  Every 3rd Tuesday, we will explore a different chef or cookbook.  This program welcomes anyone who would like to try new recipes and share a prepared dish.  Every month is a food bonanza as we sample the many different recipes prepared by others.  Novice cooks are always welcome!
 
This month we are featuring Pennsylvania Dutch, Shaker, Amish, and Mennonite cooking.  A variety of cookbooks will be available at the Library.
Bring your creation, your comments, and your critiques to share with the group!
 
We will meet in the Betty Ann Low Room.  Advance Registration Required.
 
 
 
 
LOCATION: Meeting Room
Love to cook? Join us for Cookbook Club: Lunch with Foodies!  Every 3rd Tuesday, we will explore a different chef or cookbook.  This program welcomes anyone who would like to try new recipes and share a prepared dish.  Every month is a food bonanza as we sample the many different recipes prepared by others.  Novice cooks are always welcome!
 
This month we are featuring Pennsylvania Dutch, Shaker, Amish, and Mennonite cooking.  A variety of cookbooks will be available at the Library.
Bring your creation, your comments, and your critiques to share with the group!
 
We will meet in the Betty Ann Low Room.  Advance Registration Required.
 
 
 
 
LOCATION: Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Erica Swallow: Kid's Entrepreneurship Program

Erica Swallow Kid's Entrepreneurship

The Richard Salter Storrs Library will host local children’s book author Erica Swallow in a kid’s entrepreneurship program and read-aloud of Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow, her nonfiction picture book about accessories designer Gabrielle Goodwin. At seven years old, Gabby joined forces with her mother to invent and patent a new kind of hair barrette, so that she'd stop losing all her hair bows at school. 

The Storrs Library is proud to host the read-aloud and kid’s entrepreneurship program, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 3:30-4:30pm in the Discovery Room (Children’s Room). Following the read-aloud, Swallow will engage attendees in a problem-solving exercise which challenges them to brainstorm problems they face—and potential solutions which could be business ideas.

Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow is one of four books in Swallow’s Little Launchers nonfiction picture book series, which is written for readers ages 5-10 years old, about real kids with real businesses. The series includes: 

Sebastian Creates a Sock Company

Rachel Turns Her Passion Into a Business

Jason Saves the World with Entrepreneurship

Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Erica Swallow Kid's Entrepreneurship

The Richard Salter Storrs Library will host local children’s book author Erica Swallow in a kid’s entrepreneurship program and read-aloud of Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow, her nonfiction picture book about accessories designer Gabrielle Goodwin. At seven years old, Gabby joined forces with her mother to invent and patent a new kind of hair barrette, so that she'd stop losing all her hair bows at school. 

The Storrs Library is proud to host the read-aloud and kid’s entrepreneurship program, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 3:30-4:30pm in the Discovery Room (Children’s Room). Following the read-aloud, Swallow will engage attendees in a problem-solving exercise which challenges them to brainstorm problems they face—and potential solutions which could be business ideas.

Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow is one of four books in Swallow’s Little Launchers nonfiction picture book series, which is written for readers ages 5-10 years old, about real kids with real businesses. The series includes: 

Sebastian Creates a Sock Company

Rachel Turns Her Passion Into a Business

Jason Saves the World with Entrepreneurship

Gabby Invents the Perfect Hair Bow

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fiber Arts Meeting

The Storrs Library Fiber Arts Group is a generous and talented group who use recycled textiles to make beautiful and artistic products. 

Items are donated to Friends of Storrs Library for fundraising.  If you know how to sew (while you help the FOSL), we would love for you to join us.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: MakerSpace

The Storrs Library Fiber Arts Group is a generous and talented group who use recycled textiles to make beautiful and artistic products. 

Items are donated to Friends of Storrs Library for fundraising.  If you know how to sew (while you help the FOSL), we would love for you to join us.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: MakerSpace


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Welcoming Pollinators Home w/ Tom Sullivan

As a gardener and landscape designer, Tom's work is led by a recognition that whole ecosystems and human health are intertwined with pollinator well-being. As such, he creates designs that primarily use native plants, both for their ecological benefits and aesthetic fit in the landscape, with the priority of creating native bee habitats. Tom will share strategies you can employ in your own landscape to welcome pollinators while allowing ample space for human activity.  

This program is part of the Hampden-Hampshire Conservation District's Native Plants Education Series.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

As a gardener and landscape designer, Tom's work is led by a recognition that whole ecosystems and human health are intertwined with pollinator well-being. As such, he creates designs that primarily use native plants, both for their ecological benefits and aesthetic fit in the landscape, with the priority of creating native bee habitats. Tom will share strategies you can employ in your own landscape to welcome pollinators while allowing ample space for human activity.  

This program is part of the Hampden-Hampshire Conservation District's Native Plants Education Series.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Wednesday April 17, 2024
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Music Appreciation with Rob HUMBERSTON
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Art Explorers: Pointillism (gr. K+)

Art Explorers: PointillismElementary aged kids will learn about Pointillism, and practice creating their own dotted art! Please dress for messy learning.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Art Explorers: PointillismElementary aged kids will learn about Pointillism, and practice creating their own dotted art! Please dress for messy learning.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Johnny Appleseed Book Discussion w/ Melissa Cybulski

Join us as Melissa discusses her new book on Johnny Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Join us as Melissa discusses her new book on Johnny Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

 
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8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Library Speakers: A Literary Examination of Power, Love, and Art

We cannot wait for you to join us as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. 
Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the rarefied world of the elite. In 1985. Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City; her tragic death is the talk of the town. Until it isn’t. By 1998 Anita’s name had been all but forgotten―certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student was preparing her final thesis. On College Hill, surrounded by privileged students whose futures are already paved out for them, Raquel feels like an outsider. Students of color, like her, are the minority there, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret. But when Raquel becomes romantically involved with a well-connected older art student, she finds herself unexpectedly rising up the social ranks. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.
Moving back and forth through time and told from the perspectives of both Anita and Raquel, this is sure a novel (and a conversation) that you don’t want to miss.
LOCATION: Online

We cannot wait for you to join us as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. 
Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the rarefied world of the elite. In 1985. Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City; her tragic death is the talk of the town. Until it isn’t. By 1998 Anita’s name had been all but forgotten―certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student was preparing her final thesis. On College Hill, surrounded by privileged students whose futures are already paved out for them, Raquel feels like an outsider. Students of color, like her, are the minority there, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret. But when Raquel becomes romantically involved with a well-connected older art student, she finds herself unexpectedly rising up the social ranks. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.
Moving back and forth through time and told from the perspectives of both Anita and Raquel, this is sure a novel (and a conversation) that you don’t want to miss.
LOCATION: Online

Thursday April 18, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tiny Tales (ages 1-2yrs)

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Writers Group

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Page to Screen Club: Series of Unfortunate Events

Page to Screen ClubAll ages are invited to join the Page to Screen Club! Each month we chose a book to read, and then meet to watch the story come to life on the big screen! This month we are reading Series of Unfortunate Events: the Bad Beginning, and we will watch Series of Unfortunate Events (2004, rated PG). Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Page to Screen ClubAll ages are invited to join the Page to Screen Club! Each month we chose a book to read, and then meet to watch the story come to life on the big screen! This month we are reading Series of Unfortunate Events: the Bad Beginning, and we will watch Series of Unfortunate Events (2004, rated PG). Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spanish Language Learning for Families (ages 6-12)

Spanish Learning for FamiliesCaregivers and children 6 and up are welcome to learn Spanish! Instructor Jan Lamberg will introduce some beginning level vocabulary, and offer an opportunity to learn Spanish together. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Spanish Learning for FamiliesCaregivers and children 6 and up are welcome to learn Spanish! Instructor Jan Lamberg will introduce some beginning level vocabulary, and offer an opportunity to learn Spanish together. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Straw Dog Writers Guild Presents A Writer's Night
Straw Dog Writers Guild, the Longmeadow Adult Center and Storrs Library are delighted to present "A Writer’s Night."
 
Guest Speaker: Christopher Boucher is the author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (2011), Golden Delicious (2016) and Big Giant Floating Head (a 2019 Massachusetts Book Award Finalist). He’s also the editor of Jonathan Lethem’s nonfiction collection More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers (2017) and the managing editor of the literary journal "Post Road Magazine." Chris lives in Northampton and teaches writing and literature at Boston College. More information about Chris can be found at his website, christopherboucher.net.
 
Register by calling 413-565-4150, option 1. Or tell the person at the desk you’re going to "A Writer’s Night."
The Longmeadow Adult Center is located at 211 Maple Road in Longmeadow
LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center
Straw Dog Writers Guild, the Longmeadow Adult Center and Storrs Library are delighted to present "A Writer’s Night."
 
Guest Speaker: Christopher Boucher is the author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (2011), Golden Delicious (2016) and Big Giant Floating Head (a 2019 Massachusetts Book Award Finalist). He’s also the editor of Jonathan Lethem’s nonfiction collection More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers (2017) and the managing editor of the literary journal "Post Road Magazine." Chris lives in Northampton and teaches writing and literature at Boston College. More information about Chris can be found at his website, christopherboucher.net.
 
Register by calling 413-565-4150, option 1. Or tell the person at the desk you’re going to "A Writer’s Night."
The Longmeadow Adult Center is located at 211 Maple Road in Longmeadow
LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center

Friday April 19, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Little Listeners (ages 2+)

Little ListenersAll little listeners are encouraged to come to read books, sing songs, play around, and be creative!

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Little ListenersAll little listeners are encouraged to come to read books, sing songs, play around, and be creative!

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Storrs Stitchers (Drop-In)
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Spy Challenge (ages 6+)

The Spy ChallengeTest your skills at the Spy Challenge! Tackle fun obstacle courses and use your brain to see if you have what it takes to be a spy. Please register in advance for a time slot. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

The Spy ChallengeTest your skills at the Spy Challenge! Tackle fun obstacle courses and use your brain to see if you have what it takes to be a spy. Please register in advance for a time slot. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Saturday April 20, 2024
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

Dungeons & Dragons

Bring your characters and your adventuring spirit and join us for our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Campaigns!
 
All skill levels welcome - all necessary materials provided.
At this time our campaigns are intended for adults.
 
 
Advanced registration is required. 
LOCATION: Screening Room

Dungeons & Dragons

Bring your characters and your adventuring spirit and join us for our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Campaigns!
 
All skill levels welcome - all necessary materials provided.
At this time our campaigns are intended for adults.
 
 
Advanced registration is required. 
LOCATION: Screening Room


Monday April 22, 2024
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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Process Art (ages 3-6yrs)

Process Art

Children ages 3-6 are invited to participate in this group with their caregiver. Process art is art that focuses on the experience and process involved in creating. It is free, open-ended art, meaning children are able to freely choose what materials to use, how to use them and what to create. This group is sensory friendly!

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Process Art

Children ages 3-6 are invited to participate in this group with their caregiver. Process art is art that focuses on the experience and process involved in creating. It is free, open-ended art, meaning children are able to freely choose what materials to use, how to use them and what to create. This group is sensory friendly!

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Youth Chess (gr K+)

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Tuesday April 23, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Tuesdays
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers

 
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tot Time (ages 2-3yrs)

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Newbies (birth-15mo)

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
First Line Book Club (gr. 2-3)

First Line Book Club

Join our 2nd-3rd grade book group where we'll explore books that draw readers in from the very first line. Each month we'll enjoy a page-turning chapter book and meet to discuss what kept us turning those pages. This month's book selection is Sam Wu is not Afraid of Ghosts by Katie Tsang.

Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

First Line Book Club

Join our 2nd-3rd grade book group where we'll explore books that draw readers in from the very first line. Each month we'll enjoy a page-turning chapter book and meet to discuss what kept us turning those pages. This month's book selection is Sam Wu is not Afraid of Ghosts by Katie Tsang.

Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Wednesday April 24, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grow Play Learn (birth-5yrs)

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Music Appreciation with Rob HUMBERSTON
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Bananas for Books Club (gr. K-1)

Bananas for BooksJoin our K-1st grade book group so we can discover terrific stories together. Before our monthly meeting, read the book that may--or may not--have a banana in it. We will meet to talk about what made us laugh the most and work on a craft. This month's book selection is I Made These Ants Some Underpants by Derick Wilder.


Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Bananas for BooksJoin our K-1st grade book group so we can discover terrific stories together. Before our monthly meeting, read the book that may--or may not--have a banana in it. We will meet to talk about what made us laugh the most and work on a craft. This month's book selection is I Made These Ants Some Underpants by Derick Wilder.


Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Thursday April 25, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tiny Tales (ages 1-2yrs)

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Writers Group

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Art Time!

Art Time!Use your imagination to create art! Use everything from paper scraps to boxes to create. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Art Time!Use your imagination to create art! Use everything from paper scraps to boxes to create. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Great Decisions 2024 - Climate Technology and Competition

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Prior registration is required to attend this program. You can register for the program by clicking the link here.

This evening's topic will be Understanding Indonesia by Charles Sullivan

Despite its large size, Indonesia remains virtually invisible to most Americans. But as one of the world’s largest democracies, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, and as an economic driver of ASEAN, why does it fly below the radar? What are current issues in U.S.-Indonesian relations, and what role can the country play in Asia?

Each briefing booklet costs $28. Checks made payable to Richard Salter Storrs Library. Cash is also accepted.

Great Decisions will be held in the Betty Ann Low room, 6-7:30, on the following days:
February 7th: Mideast Realignment
February 28th: Climate technology and competition
March 6th:  Science across borders
March 20th:  U.S. - China trade rivalry
April 3rd:  NATO’s future
April 11th (rescheduled to Apr. 25):  Understanding Indonesia
May 1st:  High Seas Treaty
May 15th:  Pandemic Preparedness

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Prior registration is required to attend this program. You can register for the program by clicking the link here.

This evening's topic will be Understanding Indonesia by Charles Sullivan

Despite its large size, Indonesia remains virtually invisible to most Americans. But as one of the world’s largest democracies, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, and as an economic driver of ASEAN, why does it fly below the radar? What are current issues in U.S.-Indonesian relations, and what role can the country play in Asia?

Each briefing booklet costs $28. Checks made payable to Richard Salter Storrs Library. Cash is also accepted.

Great Decisions will be held in the Betty Ann Low room, 6-7:30, on the following days:
February 7th: Mideast Realignment
February 28th: Climate technology and competition
March 6th:  Science across borders
March 20th:  U.S. - China trade rivalry
April 3rd:  NATO’s future
April 11th (rescheduled to Apr. 25):  Understanding Indonesia
May 1st:  High Seas Treaty
May 15th:  Pandemic Preparedness

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Friday April 26, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Me, You and We (ages 3-5yrs)

Me You We

"Me, You and We" is a playgroup that will support 3-5 year olds and their caregivers in developing and practicing social-emotional skills. Curriculum includes learning about others, understanding and managing feelings, following directions,  taking turns, and solving problems. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Me You We

"Me, You and We" is a playgroup that will support 3-5 year olds and their caregivers in developing and practicing social-emotional skills. Curriculum includes learning about others, understanding and managing feelings, following directions,  taking turns, and solving problems. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Storrs Stitchers (Drop-In)
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
STEAM (ages 3-6)

STEAM

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join this group with their caregiver. Children and families will explore the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math, while completing the activity provided. This activity will also be paired with a themed book to generate discussion and further exploration of the concepts in the activity.
 
This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is administered by Ludlow Public Schools and is funded by the Coordinated Family Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

STEAM

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join this group with their caregiver. Children and families will explore the concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math, while completing the activity provided. This activity will also be paired with a themed book to generate discussion and further exploration of the concepts in the activity.
 
This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is administered by Ludlow Public Schools and is funded by the Coordinated Family Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Let's Laugh Book Club (gr. 4-5)

Let's Laugh Book Club

Join our 4th-5th grade book group and find a reason to laugh each month. We'll read funny, quirky stories from every section of the library, from graphic novels to nonfiction, and meet up to talk about what makes a book worth reading. This month's book selection is First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris.

Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Let's Laugh Book Club

Join our 4th-5th grade book group and find a reason to laugh each month. We'll read funny, quirky stories from every section of the library, from graphic novels to nonfiction, and meet up to talk about what makes a book worth reading. This month's book selection is First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris.

Register and pick up your copy in advance from the Discovery Room.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Saturday April 27, 2024
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Professor Bugman and the Arthropod Petting Zoo (ages 5+)

Professor Bugman and the Arthropod Petting Zoo

Get up-close and hands-on to learn about a variety of crawly arthropods and the incredible adaptations that help them survive this wild world! This program is for kids 5 and up. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Storrs Library.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Professor Bugman and the Arthropod Petting Zoo

Get up-close and hands-on to learn about a variety of crawly arthropods and the incredible adaptations that help them survive this wild world! This program is for kids 5 and up. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Storrs Library.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Monday April 29, 2024
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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Process Art (ages 3-6yrs)

Process Art

Children ages 3-6 are invited to participate in this group with their caregiver. Process art is art that focuses on the experience and process involved in creating. It is free, open-ended art, meaning children are able to freely choose what materials to use, how to use them and what to create. This group is sensory friendly!

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Process Art

Children ages 3-6 are invited to participate in this group with their caregiver. Process art is art that focuses on the experience and process involved in creating. It is free, open-ended art, meaning children are able to freely choose what materials to use, how to use them and what to create. This group is sensory friendly!

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Youth Chess (gr K+)

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Tuesday April 30, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Tuesdays
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers

 
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tot Time (ages 2-3yrs)

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Newbies (birth-15mo)

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
LEGOs at the Library (gr K+)

Legos at the LibraryChildren in kindergarten and older are invited to join us for a LEGO building experience. Design and build a structure, then name it and display it!

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Legos at the LibraryChildren in kindergarten and older are invited to join us for a LEGO building experience. Design and build a structure, then name it and display it!

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Wednesday May 1, 2024 - Friday May 31, 2024
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Donation Drive - Longmeadow Food Pantry

Donation Drive - Longmeadow Food Pantry

Storrs Library will be hosting a food donation drive to support the Longmeadow Food Pantry which is in urgent need of non-perishable food items. We will be collecting items in the front lobby for the month of May.

Some suggested items to donate are: mac & cheese, granola and protein bars, jelly, canned beans, canned pasta, tuna, pudding, jell-o, healthy snacks, tomato sauce, condiments, applesauce cups, fruit cups, brownie, cake, and cookie mix, jerky, rice, pasta, canned soups, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pancake mix, oatmeal, instant coffee, tea bags, and any other non-perishable and unopened items.

Donation Drive - Longmeadow Food Pantry

Storrs Library will be hosting a food donation drive to support the Longmeadow Food Pantry which is in urgent need of non-perishable food items. We will be collecting items in the front lobby for the month of May.

Some suggested items to donate are: mac & cheese, granola and protein bars, jelly, canned beans, canned pasta, tuna, pudding, jell-o, healthy snacks, tomato sauce, condiments, applesauce cups, fruit cups, brownie, cake, and cookie mix, jerky, rice, pasta, canned soups, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pancake mix, oatmeal, instant coffee, tea bags, and any other non-perishable and unopened items.

Wednesday May 1, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grow Play Learn (birth-5yrs)

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
You & Me in Music (birth-3yrs)

You and Me in MusicChildren from birth to age three are invited to a musical, movement-filled morning with Renee Coro, Musical Therapist of Harmonious Happenings.  Children and their caregiver will use musical instruments and scarves to play and move along with Miss Renee. Register HERE for all 5 sessions.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

You and Me in MusicChildren from birth to age three are invited to a musical, movement-filled morning with Renee Coro, Musical Therapist of Harmonious Happenings.  Children and their caregiver will use musical instruments and scarves to play and move along with Miss Renee. Register HERE for all 5 sessions.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Music Appreciation with Rob HUMBERSTON
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Library Speakers: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I

Join us as we chat with New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brunt, about instant bestselling debut non-fiction work The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I. 
September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. 
After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men -– Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world. The Kaiser wanted the engine to power a fleet of submarines that would finally allow him to challenge Great Britain’s Royal Navy. But Diesel had intended for his engine to be used for the betterment of the world. 
Brunt reopens the case and provides a compelling new conclusion about Diesel’s fate. Register now to see how the mystery unfolds!
LOCATION: Online

Join us as we chat with New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brunt, about instant bestselling debut non-fiction work The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I. 
September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. 
After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men -– Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world. The Kaiser wanted the engine to power a fleet of submarines that would finally allow him to challenge Great Britain’s Royal Navy. But Diesel had intended for his engine to be used for the betterment of the world. 
Brunt reopens the case and provides a compelling new conclusion about Diesel’s fate. Register now to see how the mystery unfolds!
LOCATION: Online

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Gaming Zone (ages 6+)

Gaming ZoneKids and up and invited to play video games at the library! With ipads, chrome books, and a Wii, kids can explore games like Minecraft, KidPix, Webkinz, Just Dance 2014 (rated E 10+), and more. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Gaming ZoneKids and up and invited to play video games at the library! With ipads, chrome books, and a Wii, kids can explore games like Minecraft, KidPix, Webkinz, Just Dance 2014 (rated E 10+), and more. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Great Decisions 2024 - Climate Technology and Competition

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Prior registration is required to attend this program. You can register for the program by clicking the link here.

This evening's topic will be High Seas Treaty by FPA editors

Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. The recently negotiated High Seas Treaty, also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty, will attempt to address these issues. How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate?

Each briefing booklet costs $28. Checks made payable to Richard Salter Storrs Library. Cash is also accepted.

Great Decisions will be held in the Betty Ann Low room, 6-7:30, on the following days:
February 7th: Mideast Realignment
February 28th: Climate technology and competition
March 6th:  Science across borders
March 20th:  U.S. - China trade rivalry
April 3rd:  NATO’s future
April 11th:  Understanding Indonesia
May 1st:  High Seas Treaty
May 15th:  Pandemic Preparedness

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Prior registration is required to attend this program. You can register for the program by clicking the link here.

This evening's topic will be High Seas Treaty by FPA editors

Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. The recently negotiated High Seas Treaty, also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty, will attempt to address these issues. How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate?

Each briefing booklet costs $28. Checks made payable to Richard Salter Storrs Library. Cash is also accepted.

Great Decisions will be held in the Betty Ann Low room, 6-7:30, on the following days:
February 7th: Mideast Realignment
February 28th: Climate technology and competition
March 6th:  Science across borders
March 20th:  U.S. - China trade rivalry
April 3rd:  NATO’s future
April 11th:  Understanding Indonesia
May 1st:  High Seas Treaty
May 15th:  Pandemic Preparedness

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lisa Ruch Presents: Sherlock Holmes

Lisa Ruch, Ph.D. will be joining us at the Library between February and July to present Sherlock Holmes: A Six-Part Series!

The story discussed this month is The Sign of the Four. You may order your copy of the stories by clicking the link here.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Storrs Library and Bank of America.

 

Please Register in Advance by Clicking HERE!

LOCATION: Screening Room

Lisa Ruch, Ph.D. will be joining us at the Library between February and July to present Sherlock Holmes: A Six-Part Series!

The story discussed this month is The Sign of the Four. You may order your copy of the stories by clicking the link here.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Storrs Library and Bank of America.

 

Please Register in Advance by Clicking HERE!

LOCATION: Screening Room

Thursday May 2, 2024 - Friday May 31, 2024
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Art Exhibit: Quabbin Art Association

Visit Storrs Library to view an exhibit by the Quabbin Art Association in the Betty Ann Low Meeting Room. The exhibit will consist of a collection of 2D artwork.

Please visit anytime the room is available.

An exhibit will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 5-7pm. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Visit Storrs Library to view an exhibit by the Quabbin Art Association in the Betty Ann Low Meeting Room. The exhibit will consist of a collection of 2D artwork.

Please visit anytime the room is available.

An exhibit will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 5-7pm. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Thursday May 2, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tiny Tales (ages 1-2yrs)

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Writers Group

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

Friday May 3, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Me, You and We (ages 3-5yrs)

Me, You and We

"Me, You and We" is a playgroup that will support 3-5 year olds and their caregivers in developing and practicing social-emotional skills. Curriculum includes learning about others, understanding and managing feelings, following directions,  taking turns, and solving problems. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Me, You and We

"Me, You and We" is a playgroup that will support 3-5 year olds and their caregivers in developing and practicing social-emotional skills. Curriculum includes learning about others, understanding and managing feelings, following directions,  taking turns, and solving problems. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Storrs Stitchers (Drop-In)
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Lunch Bunch (age 15months-3yrs)

Lunch Bunch

This group will provide an opportunity for children and families to connect over building healthy relationships around food choices. We will work on incorporating and introducing items from the 5 food groups while enjoying and  creating a healthy snack together. This group will focus on sensory exploration with the foods we create, and listening to an interactive book while eating our creations.(Nut and dairy free foods will be offered).

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Lunch Bunch

This group will provide an opportunity for children and families to connect over building healthy relationships around food choices. We will work on incorporating and introducing items from the 5 food groups while enjoying and  creating a healthy snack together. This group will focus on sensory exploration with the foods we create, and listening to an interactive book while eating our creations.(Nut and dairy free foods will be offered).

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bocce on the Lawn

Join us for Bocce on the Lawn every Friday morning at 11:00. No Experience Necessary.
 
This program is for Adults.
 
Bocce will be cancelled if it the lawn is too wet to play.
Bocce will not be held on May 10 & 31 and Jul. 5.
LOCATION: Front Lawn

Join us for Bocce on the Lawn every Friday morning at 11:00. No Experience Necessary.
 
This program is for Adults.
 
Bocce will be cancelled if it the lawn is too wet to play.
Bocce will not be held on May 10 & 31 and Jul. 5.
LOCATION: Front Lawn

Saturday May 4, 2024
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
More Than Mom Drop-In Playgroup

More Than Mom Drop-In PlaygroupA drop-in playgroup for parents with kiddos up to 18 months, hosted by More Than Mom Inc., a nonprofit group providing support to area parents. This program is also a collaboration with The Mom Walk Co. - East Longmeadow, a social group for mama's and their little ones. We'll have a story, bring out some toys, and everyone (parents included) will make some new friends!

 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

More Than Mom Drop-In PlaygroupA drop-in playgroup for parents with kiddos up to 18 months, hosted by More Than Mom Inc., a nonprofit group providing support to area parents. This program is also a collaboration with The Mom Walk Co. - East Longmeadow, a social group for mama's and their little ones. We'll have a story, bring out some toys, and everyone (parents included) will make some new friends!

 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

 
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

Dungeons & Dragons

Bring your characters and your adventuring spirit and join us for our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Campaigns!
 
All skill levels welcome - all necessary materials provided.
At this time our campaigns are intended for adults.
 
 
Advanced registration is required. 
LOCATION: Screening Room

Dungeons & Dragons

Bring your characters and your adventuring spirit and join us for our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Campaigns!
 
All skill levels welcome - all necessary materials provided.
At this time our campaigns are intended for adults.
 
 
Advanced registration is required. 
LOCATION: Screening Room


Monday May 6, 2024
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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Pals (ages 2-5)

Preschool Pals

This playgroup supports children ages 2-5 years old and their families. Each week, we will focus on an area of development and provide fun activities to support your child learn through play. Areas explored include: Early Literacy, Motor Development Science, Math, Art, Fine Motor Development and Social Emotional skills. We will integrate the ASQ into this playgroup each week.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Preschool Pals

This playgroup supports children ages 2-5 years old and their families. Each week, we will focus on an area of development and provide fun activities to support your child learn through play. Areas explored include: Early Literacy, Motor Development Science, Math, Art, Fine Motor Development and Social Emotional skills. We will integrate the ASQ into this playgroup each week.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Traveling Library
On the first and third Monday of the month residents of Emerson Manor and Genesis House can swing by the courtyard next to the office and check out books, magazines, books on CD, and DVDs. 
 
Please call 413-565-4181 x1620 with any material requests the week before the event.
LOCATION: Genesis House & Emerson Manor
On the first and third Monday of the month residents of Emerson Manor and Genesis House can swing by the courtyard next to the office and check out books, magazines, books on CD, and DVDs. 
 
Please call 413-565-4181 x1620 with any material requests the week before the event.
LOCATION: Genesis House & Emerson Manor

 
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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Youth Chess (gr K+)

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
BOLT: Board of Library Teens (gr. 9-12)

BOLTTeens in grades 9-12 are you looking to volunteer at the library? Then join BOLT! The Board of Library Teens is the spot to make a difference for our community. The group will meet monthly to help plan events, programs, and displays. These gatherings are also a great chance for everyone to hangout, have fun, and get to know each other!

LOCATION: Screening Room

BOLTTeens in grades 9-12 are you looking to volunteer at the library? Then join BOLT! The Board of Library Teens is the spot to make a difference for our community. The group will meet monthly to help plan events, programs, and displays. These gatherings are also a great chance for everyone to hangout, have fun, and get to know each other!

LOCATION: Screening Room


Tuesday May 7, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Tuesdays
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers

 
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tot Time (ages 2-3yrs)

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Newbies (birth-15mo)

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Adult Center Book Club: Between Two Buildings
Adult Center Book Club
Join Storrs Librarians and members of the Adult Center Book Club on the first Tuesday of every month.  Copies of this month's book will be on hold at Storrs Library.
 
Central Park West: When a years-long case against a powerful mobster finally cracks and an unimpeachable witness takes the stand, federal prosecutor Nora Carleton is looking forward to putting the defendant away for good. The mobster, though, has other plans. As the witness's testimony concludes, a note is passed to the prosecution offering up information into the assassination of a disgraced former New York governor, murdered in his penthouse apartment just days before. It's enough to blow the case wide open, and to send Nora into a high-stakes investigation of conspiracy, corruption, and danger.
We look forward to you joining us!
 
Register by calling the Adult Center at 413-565-4150.
LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center
Adult Center Book Club
Join Storrs Librarians and members of the Adult Center Book Club on the first Tuesday of every month.  Copies of this month's book will be on hold at Storrs Library.
 
Central Park West: When a years-long case against a powerful mobster finally cracks and an unimpeachable witness takes the stand, federal prosecutor Nora Carleton is looking forward to putting the defendant away for good. The mobster, though, has other plans. As the witness's testimony concludes, a note is passed to the prosecution offering up information into the assassination of a disgraced former New York governor, murdered in his penthouse apartment just days before. It's enough to blow the case wide open, and to send Nora into a high-stakes investigation of conspiracy, corruption, and danger.
We look forward to you joining us!
 
Register by calling the Adult Center at 413-565-4150.
LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center

 
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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Flower Creations (gr. K+)

Flower CreationsUsing Crayola model magic and other art supplies, learn to create beautiful flower vases and bouquets! Take a look at different flower and spring themed books to inspire your own flower creations. Children grades kindergarten and up are invited to come create!

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Flower CreationsUsing Crayola model magic and other art supplies, learn to create beautiful flower vases and bouquets! Take a look at different flower and spring themed books to inspire your own flower creations. Children grades kindergarten and up are invited to come create!

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Author Talk with Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is a western Massachusetts author who has created 85 books including the poetry collections, “I Carry My Mother” and “I Wish My Father,” and the children’s books, “Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story,” “Here Is The World: A Year of Jewish Holidays, “Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed,” and the children’s classic, “Heather Has Two Mommies.”

Her book, “Always Matt: A Tribute to Matthew Shepard” is a book-length illustrated poem bracketed by essays, which pays homage to Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy. In 1998, Matt was a University of Wyoming Student who was kidnapped, beaten, robbed, tied to a fence, and abandoned simply for being gay. Lesléa Newman was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at his school that year and arrived on campus the day he died. Ever since then, she has been using her voice to amplify his story in hopes of inspiring people to work for social justice.

While “Always Matt” explores Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy, Newman’s previous book, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard” explores the hate crime that took his life as well as its impact upon the world in a series of 68 poetic monologues from various points of view including the fence to which he was tied, the moon and stars that watched over him, and a deer that kept him company throughout the night.

Newman will read from both books and answer questions.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Storrs Library.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Lesléa Newman is a western Massachusetts author who has created 85 books including the poetry collections, “I Carry My Mother” and “I Wish My Father,” and the children’s books, “Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story,” “Here Is The World: A Year of Jewish Holidays, “Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed,” and the children’s classic, “Heather Has Two Mommies.”

Her book, “Always Matt: A Tribute to Matthew Shepard” is a book-length illustrated poem bracketed by essays, which pays homage to Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy. In 1998, Matt was a University of Wyoming Student who was kidnapped, beaten, robbed, tied to a fence, and abandoned simply for being gay. Lesléa Newman was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at his school that year and arrived on campus the day he died. Ever since then, she has been using her voice to amplify his story in hopes of inspiring people to work for social justice.

While “Always Matt” explores Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy, Newman’s previous book, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard” explores the hate crime that took his life as well as its impact upon the world in a series of 68 poetic monologues from various points of view including the fence to which he was tied, the moon and stars that watched over him, and a deer that kept him company throughout the night.

Newman will read from both books and answer questions.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Storrs Library.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fiber Arts Meeting

The Storrs Library Fiber Arts Group is a generous and talented group who use recycled textiles to make beautiful and artistic products. 

Items are donated to Friends of Storrs Library for fundraising.  If you know how to sew (while you help the FOSL), we would love for you to join us.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: MakerSpace

The Storrs Library Fiber Arts Group is a generous and talented group who use recycled textiles to make beautiful and artistic products. 

Items are donated to Friends of Storrs Library for fundraising.  If you know how to sew (while you help the FOSL), we would love for you to join us.

Please register in advance.

LOCATION: MakerSpace


Wednesday May 8, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grow Play Learn (birth-5yrs)

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
You & Me in Music (birth-3yrs)

You and Me in MusicChildren from birth to age three are invited to a musical, movement-filled morning with Renee Coro, Musical Therapist of Harmonious Happenings.  Children and their caregiver will use musical instruments and scarves to play and move along with Miss Renee. Register HERE for all 5 sessions.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

You and Me in MusicChildren from birth to age three are invited to a musical, movement-filled morning with Renee Coro, Musical Therapist of Harmonious Happenings.  Children and their caregiver will use musical instruments and scarves to play and move along with Miss Renee. Register HERE for all 5 sessions.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Music Appreciation with Rob HUMBERSTON
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Author Visit: Megan Litwin

Author Visit: Megan LitwinCome meet author Megan Litwin, learn about the process of writing a book, and participate in a hands on activity! Megan Litwin is a children's book author, a former classroom teacher, and a forever believer in book magic. She is the author of the successful Dirt and Bugsy series for young readers, and the new picture book, Twinkle, Twinkle Winter Night. She holds a Master of Arts in Children's Literature from Simmons University and lives in Massachusetts with her family. You can find out more about Megan and her books at www.meganlitwinbooks.com. This program is presented in conjunction with the Mass Kids Lit Fest, and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Author Visit: Megan LitwinCome meet author Megan Litwin, learn about the process of writing a book, and participate in a hands on activity! Megan Litwin is a children's book author, a former classroom teacher, and a forever believer in book magic. She is the author of the successful Dirt and Bugsy series for young readers, and the new picture book, Twinkle, Twinkle Winter Night. She holds a Master of Arts in Children's Literature from Simmons University and lives in Massachusetts with her family. You can find out more about Megan and her books at www.meganlitwinbooks.com. This program is presented in conjunction with the Mass Kids Lit Fest, and is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Loosely Bound Book Club - Evenings
Loosely Bound FlyerMay's book selection - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Summary of Book - "Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage". -- Goodreads
 
Copies of this month's book selection are available at Storrs Library, as well as online in our Libby catalog.
 
Advance Registration is required.
LOCATION: Screening Room
Loosely Bound FlyerMay's book selection - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Summary of Book - "Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage". -- Goodreads
 
Copies of this month's book selection are available at Storrs Library, as well as online in our Libby catalog.
 
Advance Registration is required.
LOCATION: Screening Room


 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Library Speakers: A Murder Mystery, Family Story, & Love Letter to Strong Women Everywhere

Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door.
You’re invited to join Nina Simon online as she chats about her lighthearted whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths, Mother-Daughter Murder Night
Mother-Daughter Murder Night follows high-powered business woman Lana Rubicon. She has a lot to be proud of with her keen intelligence, impeccable taste, and the L.A. real estate empire she’s built. But when she finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city, convalescing in a sleepy coastal town with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack, Lana is stuck counting otters instead of square footage—and hoping that boredom won’t kill her before the cancer does. 
In a turn of events, when Jack happens upon a dead body while kayaking she quickly becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation, and the Rubicon women are thrown into chaos. Beth thinks Lana should focus on recovery, but Lana has a better idea. She’ll pull on her wig, find the true murderer, protect her family, and prove she still has power. With Jack and Beth’s help, Lana uncovers a web of lies, family vendettas, and land disputes lurking beneath the surface of a community populated by folksy conservationists and wealthy ranchers. But as their amateur snooping advances into ever-more dangerous territory, the headstrong Rubicon women must learn to do the one thing they’ve always resisted: depend on each other.
Harness your inner detective and sign up for the investigation.
LOCATION: Online

Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door.
You’re invited to join Nina Simon online as she chats about her lighthearted whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths, Mother-Daughter Murder Night
Mother-Daughter Murder Night follows high-powered business woman Lana Rubicon. She has a lot to be proud of with her keen intelligence, impeccable taste, and the L.A. real estate empire she’s built. But when she finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city, convalescing in a sleepy coastal town with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack, Lana is stuck counting otters instead of square footage—and hoping that boredom won’t kill her before the cancer does. 
In a turn of events, when Jack happens upon a dead body while kayaking she quickly becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation, and the Rubicon women are thrown into chaos. Beth thinks Lana should focus on recovery, but Lana has a better idea. She’ll pull on her wig, find the true murderer, protect her family, and prove she still has power. With Jack and Beth’s help, Lana uncovers a web of lies, family vendettas, and land disputes lurking beneath the surface of a community populated by folksy conservationists and wealthy ranchers. But as their amateur snooping advances into ever-more dangerous territory, the headstrong Rubicon women must learn to do the one thing they’ve always resisted: depend on each other.
Harness your inner detective and sign up for the investigation.
LOCATION: Online

Thursday May 9, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tiny Tales (ages 1-2yrs)

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Tiny TalesA lapsit storytime for children ages 12 to 24 months with their caregiver. Children will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and free play, with an emphasis on repetition and social interaction.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Writers Group

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

Friday May 10, 2024
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Library Opens at 10:00

Delayed OpeningThe Library will open at 10:00 a.m on Friday, May 10th. 

LOCATION: Storrs Library

Delayed OpeningThe Library will open at 10:00 a.m on Friday, May 10th. 

LOCATION: Storrs Library

 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Storrs Stitchers (Drop-In)
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Lunch Bunch (age 15months-3yrs)

Lunch Bunch

This group will provide an opportunity for children and families to connect over building healthy relationships around food choices. We will work on incorporating and introducing items from the 5 food groups while enjoying and  creating a healthy snack together. This group will focus on sensory exploration with the foods we create, and listening to an interactive book while eating our creations.(Nut and dairy free foods will be offered).

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Lunch Bunch

This group will provide an opportunity for children and families to connect over building healthy relationships around food choices. We will work on incorporating and introducing items from the 5 food groups while enjoying and  creating a healthy snack together. This group will focus on sensory exploration with the foods we create, and listening to an interactive book while eating our creations.(Nut and dairy free foods will be offered).

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Oodles of Doodles

Oodles of DoodlesDo you love to doodle but don't know what to draw? Come to Oodles of Doodles to learn how to draw everything from puppies to pizza! All ages are welcome. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Oodles of DoodlesDo you love to doodle but don't know what to draw? Come to Oodles of Doodles to learn how to draw everything from puppies to pizza! All ages are welcome. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Monday May 13, 2024
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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Pals (ages 2-5)

Preschool Pals

This playgroup supports children ages 2-5 years old and their families. Each week, we will focus on an area of development and provide fun activities to support your child learn through play. Areas explored include: Early Literacy, Motor Development Science, Math, Art, Fine Motor Development and Social Emotional skills. We will integrate the ASQ into this playgroup each week.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Preschool Pals

This playgroup supports children ages 2-5 years old and their families. Each week, we will focus on an area of development and provide fun activities to support your child learn through play. Areas explored include: Early Literacy, Motor Development Science, Math, Art, Fine Motor Development and Social Emotional skills. We will integrate the ASQ into this playgroup each week.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Low Vision Support Group

If you or someone you love lives with low vision or legal blindness consider joining the Low Vision Support Group at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Meet others living your reality, community members who can help, and experts on the resources available to you.
 
Register by calling the Adult Center at 413-565-4150.

LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center

If you or someone you love lives with low vision or legal blindness consider joining the Low Vision Support Group at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Meet others living your reality, community members who can help, and experts on the resources available to you.
 
Register by calling the Adult Center at 413-565-4150.

LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center

 
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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Youth Chess (gr K+)

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Tuesday May 14, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Tuesdays
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers

 
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10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Newbies (birth-15mo)

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Newbies

Pathways for Parents CFCE presents Newbies at Storrs Library. Participants in this group will receive developmental milestone information, ways to engage in floor time play, resources, and opportunities to connect to other caregivers of children this age. Newbies is targeted for ages birth-15 months old.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Loosely Bound Book Club - Afternoons
Loosely Bound FlyerMay's book selection - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Summary of Book - "Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage". -- Goodreads
 
Copies of this month's book selection are available at Storrs Library, as well as online in our Libby catalog.
 
Advance Registration is required.
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Loosely Bound FlyerMay's book selection - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Summary of Book - "Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage". -- Goodreads
 
Copies of this month's book selection are available at Storrs Library, as well as online in our Libby catalog.
 
Advance Registration is required.
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


Wednesday May 15, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Grow Play Learn (birth-5yrs)

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Grow Play Learn

Join Pathways for Parents CFCE for Grow Play Learn at Storrs Library. This group will include a storytime curriculum, fun play activities and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This program is geared for children up through age five with a caregiver. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
You & Me in Music (birth-3yrs)

You and Me in MusicChildren from birth to age three are invited to a musical, movement-filled morning with Renee Coro, Musical Therapist of Harmonious Happenings.  Children and their caregiver will use musical instruments and scarves to play and move along with Miss Renee. Register HERE for all 5 sessions.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

You and Me in MusicChildren from birth to age three are invited to a musical, movement-filled morning with Renee Coro, Musical Therapist of Harmonious Happenings.  Children and their caregiver will use musical instruments and scarves to play and move along with Miss Renee. Register HERE for all 5 sessions.

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

 
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1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Music Appreciation with Rob HUMBERSTON
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Rob Humberston returns for another year of musical listening and exploration by way of his personal collection of recordings built over five decades. One unique aspect of his collection is the inclusion of recordings based on historically informed performance practices, often utilizing instruments - both original and in reproduction - appropriate to the time of the composition.
 
As in the last program, he will take a chronological approach to choosing different topics for listening and discussion, beginning in the Fall with the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics will include: musical forms; chant; historical musical instruments; specific genres of music; geographical considerations; and selected composers.
 
Please Register in Advance.  This program is intended for adults. 
LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room


 
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Great Decisions 2024 - Climate Technology and Competition

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Prior registration is required to attend this program. You can register for the program by clicking the link here.

This evening's topic will be Pandemic Preparedness by Carolyn Reynolds

Looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of domestic and international policies. Although this pandemic seems to have waned, how can we apply these lessons to future pandemics? Will countries cooperate, and will a consensus emerge on how to manage global health challenges?

Each briefing booklet costs $28. Checks made payable to Richard Salter Storrs Library. Cash is also accepted.

Great Decisions will be held in the Betty Ann Low room, 6-7:30, on the following days:
February 7th: Mideast Realignment
February 28th: Climate technology and competition
March 6th:  Science across borders
March 20th:  U.S. - China trade rivalry
April 3rd:  NATO’s future
April 11th:  Understanding Indonesia
May 1st:  High Seas Treaty
May 15th:  Pandemic Preparedness

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Prior registration is required to attend this program. You can register for the program by clicking the link here.

This evening's topic will be Pandemic Preparedness by Carolyn Reynolds

Looking back at the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of domestic and international policies. Although this pandemic seems to have waned, how can we apply these lessons to future pandemics? Will countries cooperate, and will a consensus emerge on how to manage global health challenges?

Each briefing booklet costs $28. Checks made payable to Richard Salter Storrs Library. Cash is also accepted.

Great Decisions will be held in the Betty Ann Low room, 6-7:30, on the following days:
February 7th: Mideast Realignment
February 28th: Climate technology and competition
March 6th:  Science across borders
March 20th:  U.S. - China trade rivalry
April 3rd:  NATO’s future
April 11th:  Understanding Indonesia
May 1st:  High Seas Treaty
May 15th:  Pandemic Preparedness

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Thursday May 16, 2024
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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Weekly Writers Group

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

You're invited to join the Weekly Writing Group! 

The Writers Group is a welcoming place to share and grow as a writer while being listened to and supported. Each week members share a page or two of their writing from that week and then join in a ten minutes writing exercise with sharing and discussion afterwards.

The Writers Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am on the second floor of the library. This group is intended for adults. 

LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Straw Dog Writers Guild Presents A Writer's Night
Straw Dog Writers Guild, the Longmeadow Adult Center and Storrs Library are delighted to present "A Writer’s Night."
 
Guest Speaker Celia Jeffries, author of Blue Desert, winner of the May Sarton award, has had her work published in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Westview, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthology "Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper." Jeffries holds an MA from Brandeis and worked in news and educational publishing before earning an MFA from Lesley University. She has worked with writers at all levels, both here and abroad, and in many different communities. Her own writing has been nurtured by the community of writers in Western Massachusetts, where she is a founding member and served on the steering committee of Straw Dog Writers Guild, and where she offers workshops at Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop.
 
Register by calling 413-565-4150, option 1. Or tell the person at the desk you’re going to "A Writer’s Night."
The Longmeadow Adult Center is located at 211 Maple Road in Longmeadow
LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center
Straw Dog Writers Guild, the Longmeadow Adult Center and Storrs Library are delighted to present "A Writer’s Night."
 
Guest Speaker Celia Jeffries, author of Blue Desert, winner of the May Sarton award, has had her work published in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Westview, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthology "Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper." Jeffries holds an MA from Brandeis and worked in news and educational publishing before earning an MFA from Lesley University. She has worked with writers at all levels, both here and abroad, and in many different communities. Her own writing has been nurtured by the community of writers in Western Massachusetts, where she is a founding member and served on the steering committee of Straw Dog Writers Guild, and where she offers workshops at Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop.
 
Register by calling 413-565-4150, option 1. Or tell the person at the desk you’re going to "A Writer’s Night."
The Longmeadow Adult Center is located at 211 Maple Road in Longmeadow
LOCATION: Longmeadow Adult Center

Friday May 17, 2024
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6:30 AM - 4:15 PM
Bus Trip to King Arthur Flour Baking School: Hasty Pastry-Savory & Sweet
Join us for a Bus Trip to the King Arthur Flour Baking School in Norwich, VT to learn how to make savory and sweet Hasty Pastry: you'll never buy pre-packaged puff pastry again!
Make a quick dough for buttery, flaky pastry, then use it to create both sweet and savory puff pastries for breakfasts, brunches, high teas, etc.
 
The bus will leave the Richard Salter Storrs Library promptly at 6:45 a.m., so please arrange to arrive ahead of time.  The trip up to Norwich is about 2 hours.  Class will begin at 9:00, shortly after we arrive, so please arrange to bring a bag breakfast, if needed.  After class, there will be about 2 hours to shop the café, bakery and store.  We will leave Norwich promptly at 2:00 and should arrive back in Longmeadow around 4:00 p.m.
 
$188 covers the cost of the class and the bus ride to and from King Arthur.  Checks should be made out to the Richard Salter Storrs Library and are due upon registration.  If your check is not received by April 19, your space will be given to the first person on the waiting list.
 
Registration in Advance is REQUIRED.
LOCATION: Bus Trip
Join us for a Bus Trip to the King Arthur Flour Baking School in Norwich, VT to learn how to make savory and sweet Hasty Pastry: you'll never buy pre-packaged puff pastry again!
Make a quick dough for buttery, flaky pastry, then use it to create both sweet and savory puff pastries for breakfasts, brunches, high teas, etc.
 
The bus will leave the Richard Salter Storrs Library promptly at 6:45 a.m., so please arrange to arrive ahead of time.  The trip up to Norwich is about 2 hours.  Class will begin at 9:00, shortly after we arrive, so please arrange to bring a bag breakfast, if needed.  After class, there will be about 2 hours to shop the café, bakery and store.  We will leave Norwich promptly at 2:00 and should arrive back in Longmeadow around 4:00 p.m.
 
$188 covers the cost of the class and the bus ride to and from King Arthur.  Checks should be made out to the Richard Salter Storrs Library and are due upon registration.  If your check is not received by April 19, your space will be given to the first person on the waiting list.
 
Registration in Advance is REQUIRED.
LOCATION: Bus Trip


 
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9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Me, You and We (ages 3-5yrs)

Me, You and We

"Me, You and We" is a playgroup that will support 3-5 year olds and their caregivers in developing and practicing social-emotional skills. Curriculum includes learning about others, understanding and managing feelings, following directions,  taking turns, and solving problems. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Me, You and We

"Me, You and We" is a playgroup that will support 3-5 year olds and their caregivers in developing and practicing social-emotional skills. Curriculum includes learning about others, understanding and managing feelings, following directions,  taking turns, and solving problems. 

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Storrs Stitchers (Drop-In)
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room
Storrs Stitchers - Fridays at 10:00Do you knit, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, etc?  Join us at Storrs Stitchers, a needle craft group that meets at theLibrary on Friday mornings at 10:00.
 
All needle work and levels of expertise welcome! Bring your own projects or participate in ongoing community projects. 
Please bring your own supplies.
 
This is a drop-in program.  Registration is not required.
LOCATION: Screening Room

 
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10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Lunch Bunch (age 15months-3yrs)

Lunch Bunch

This group will provide an opportunity for children and families to connect over building healthy relationships around food choices. We will work on incorporating and introducing items from the 5 food groups while enjoying and  creating a healthy snack together. This group will focus on sensory exploration with the foods we create, and listening to an interactive book while eating our creations.(Nut and dairy free foods will be offered).

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Lunch Bunch

This group will provide an opportunity for children and families to connect over building healthy relationships around food choices. We will work on incorporating and introducing items from the 5 food groups while enjoying and  creating a healthy snack together. This group will focus on sensory exploration with the foods we create, and listening to an interactive book while eating our creations.(Nut and dairy free foods will be offered).

This program is sponsored by Pathways for Parents. Pathways for Parents is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bocce on the Lawn

Join us for Bocce on the Lawn every Friday morning at 11:00. No Experience Necessary.
 
This program is for Adults.
 
Bocce will be cancelled if it the lawn is too wet to play.
Bocce will not be held on May 10 & 31 and Jul. 5.
LOCATION: Front Lawn

Join us for Bocce on the Lawn every Friday morning at 11:00. No Experience Necessary.
 
This program is for Adults.
 
Bocce will be cancelled if it the lawn is too wet to play.
Bocce will not be held on May 10 & 31 and Jul. 5.
LOCATION: Front Lawn

Saturday May 18, 2024
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

Dungeons & Dragons

Bring your characters and your adventuring spirit and join us for our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Campaigns!
 
All skill levels welcome - all necessary materials provided.
At this time our campaigns are intended for adults.
 
 
Advanced registration is required. 
LOCATION: Screening Room

Dungeons & Dragons

Bring your characters and your adventuring spirit and join us for our Saturday Dungeons and Dragons Campaigns!
 
All skill levels welcome - all necessary materials provided.
At this time our campaigns are intended for adults.
 
 
Advanced registration is required. 
LOCATION: Screening Room


Monday May 20, 2024
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Library Opens at 1:30

Delayed OpeningThe Library will open at 1:30 p.m on Monday, May 20th. 

LOCATION: Storrs Library

Delayed OpeningThe Library will open at 1:30 p.m on Monday, May 20th. 

LOCATION: Storrs Library

 
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11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Traveling Library
On the first and third Monday of the month residents of Emerson Manor and Genesis House can swing by the courtyard next to the office and check out books, magazines, books on CD, and DVDs. 
 
Please call 413-565-4181 x1620 with any material requests the week before the event.
LOCATION: Genesis House & Emerson Manor
On the first and third Monday of the month residents of Emerson Manor and Genesis House can swing by the courtyard next to the office and check out books, magazines, books on CD, and DVDs. 
 
Please call 413-565-4181 x1620 with any material requests the week before the event.
LOCATION: Genesis House & Emerson Manor

 
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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Youth Chess (gr K+)

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Youth ChessAll skill levels are welcome for chess and a challenge! Chess instructors will provide help for beginners and tips to sharpen your game for more advanced students. Registration is required and limited. 

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Tuesday May 21, 2024
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tech Tuesdays
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers
Tech Tuesdays
Need help with your device?  Bring it to the Library for assistance!
Having trouble with email? Come to the Library to get help!
Want to learn about the Library's digital offerings?  Drop in every Tuesday, 9-12!
 
Remember to bring your device, your library card and any passwords you may need to access your accounts.
LOCATION: Adult Computers

 
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tot Time (ages 2-3yrs)

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room
Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 6:00 AM     

Tot TimeA circle story time for children ages 2-3 years with their caregiver. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, dance, and enjoy hands-on fun with art or manipulatives.

LOCATION: Betty Ann Low Meeting Room

Registration will begin on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 6:00 AM