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July 19 - July 25

Family Yoga

Friday, July 23 at 10:30 AM

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset.

Bring your own blanket or mat. We ask that you continue to wear a mask while attending in-person programs. Participants are asked to remain socially distanced and masks will be required until you are sitting with your family group. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Magic Show with Ed Pop!

Friday, July 23 at 3:00 PM 

Please join us on the library lawn for a Comedy Magic Show with Ed Pop. We ask that you continue to wear a mask while attending in-person programs. We ask that you continue to wear a mask while attending in-person programs. Participants are asked to remain socially distanced and masks will be required until you are sitting with your family group.

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July 26 - August 1

Kids Jam with Sarah presented by MusicWithSarah

Monday, July 26 at 3:30 PM 

This is a fully involved family jam with ukuleles, percussion, bells and drums. Everyone gets to join the library band led by Sarah for kids songs, folk and pop sing a longs. We also stand up and dance. Often listed as a family jam as there is not an age limit on playing music. Grandparents, teens, siblings and friends welcome to join the fun!

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation.

Register Here

 

Upcycling Textiles Meet-Up

Monday, July 26 at 4:00 PM

Looking for ways to be creative for free? Come join us once a month to brainstorm and create new fashion from old garments, extend the life of your clothes with mending and enhancements, and help the environment by keeping textiles out of the landfill. All ages welcome. No sewing skills necessary. Finish an existing project or come learn how to start one!

Plan to have these items on hand if you have them: sewing machine (optional), extra needles and thread, fabric glue (optional), scissors, and some old clothes to get started with. 

Check out this Virtual Upcycling Meetup 101 document to help prepare for your first meeting.

Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Register Here

 

Local Authors Writing Workshop Series

Monday, July 26 at 7:00  PM

If you've always wanted to write, but don't know where to start, join us for this writing workshop series instructed by local authors this summer. See all the dates, titles, and authors included below. Each author will introduce participants to their published works, instruct on the craft of writing, and provide exercises and time to share writing related to their genre. We are offering this series as part of our adult summer reading program. Record every book you read with this form and for each one you will be entered to win a raffle for a $50 Go Local Mystic Chamber of Commerce gift card. Check out our programming related booklists to start reading! The first three craft workshops will be offered in person and have limited attendance. All participants must wear a mask to attend the workshop. 

Pain. Anxiety. Fear. Depression. What if the source of your greatest struggle became the key to your freedom? This workshop will show you steps to take to look inward - in your own time - and discover how to use writing as a healing place and channel past pain points to forge a path for growth. Prompts will gently guide you to excavate your past, and provide the tools to craft your story into something meaningful for others to read. Read more about Regina Bartlett in her bio, and her publications and other speaking engagements on her website

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Warm & Fuzzy Animal Adventure

Tuesday, July 27 at 10:00 AM

Meet farm animals on our library lawn! Great family program. Registration required.

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Outdoor Storytime on the Library Lawn

Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 AM 

Join us for an in-person, outdoor storytime on the library lawn! Bring a picnic blanket, a snack, and your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories! Best for ages 2-5. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Wednesday, July 28 at 5:30 PM 

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose upon entry; masks may be removed once on the mat. Participants will be spaced 6 feet apart at all times. 

Register Here

 

Jester Jim Show for Families!

Thursday, July 29 at 3:00 PM

"This not your ordinary juggling show!” With a trunk full of props and a looping machine, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show.  Young and old will be glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro.  Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim's wild antics for weeks! Libraries, schools and festivals can't seem to get enough of Jim and his plungers! Great family program.

Register Here

 

Family Yoga

Friday, July 30 at 10:30 AM

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset.

Bring your own blanket or mat. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Saturday, July 31 10:00 AM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose upon entry; masks may be removed once on the mat. Participants will be spaced 6 feet apart at all times. 

Register Here


August 2 - 8

Safety PAWtrol presented by CHS

Monday, August 2 at 10:30 AM

The Connecticut Humane Society wil present this fun program for families. Pets are an important part of many people’s lives! And knowing the right and wrong ways to interact with them is key. It is especially critical for children to learn how to act around pets like dogs, cats and small animals. This classroom program will provide the tools needed to be safe around pets, with an emphasis on kindness and focusing on how we can kindly interact with them. Great program for kids ages 5 to 11.

Register Here

 

Local Authors Writing Workshop Series

Get Published with a Small Press | Leslie M Browning - ON ZOOM
Monday, August 2 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

You've joined in our local authors writing workshop series, you've started some stories of your own, and now the question arises... How do I get published? Among many other options, like finding an agent, sending out query letters, and self-publishing, this program will help you explore an option you may not have considered before: publishing with a small press. Local author Leslie M Browning, and founder of the small press Homebound Publications based in Stonington, will close our local authors writing workshop series with this introduction to publishing with a small press: what they are, the kinds of authors and stories they publish, and how you can submit your work to them. Celebrate ten years of business operations for Homebound Publications and learn more about the important role small presses have in today's publishing landscape. 

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DPNC presents Owl Babies

Tuesday, August 3 at 10:30 AM 

"Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell brings us to an owl's nest with three owlette's missing their mother. Meet a resident owl to learn about the life cycle and adaptation of real Connecticut owls!

Register Here

 

Outdoor Storytime on the Library Lawn

Wednesday, August 4 at 10:00 AM

Join us for an in-person, outdoor storytime on the library lawn! Bring a picnic blanket, a snack, and your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories! Best for ages 2-5. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Cool-ology presents Coding and Robotics Lab for Kids

Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00 PM

Participants in this class will explore the fundamentals of unplugged coding concepts and robotics. We’ll investigate algorithms, ASCII binary code, and looping. Children will code mini robots including Dash, Cue, Sphero, and Bee Bots!

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Wednesday, August 4 at 5:30 PM 

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Register here

 

Book Writers Group

Wednesday, August 4 at 6:00 PM 

We now alternate between in person and Zoom meetings. View our schedule to see the meeting format.

Come join a committed writing group: the Book Writers! Whether you're all finished with 50,000 words from National Novel Writing Month and want to go to the next step, need to make the finishing touches on a manuscript, or you're just getting started, one of the best ways to keep going is to work with a group of other writers with their own projects and pursuits to keep you motivated. Sign up for a workshop slot and get serious about getting published. 

Before each meeting, we read two pieces of writing from a group member. Then, we get together, discuss, critique, and share our reactions and feedback. Register so that Erik, our Adult Services Librarian, can contact you with more information about participating.

Register Here

 

LAAM presents an Art Workshop for Kids!

Thursday, August 5 at 10:30 AM 

The project will be landscape paintings inspired by The Prismatic Pallet: Frank Vincent DuMond and His Students, currently on view at Lyman Allyn Art Museum through October 3rd.

Register Here

 

Music for the Birds

Thursday, August 5 at 7:00 PM

Many musicians had a close connection to birds. Richard Wagner owned two parrots. Other than music and trains, Antonin Dvorak's greatest passion was for his flock of pigeons. One pianist lived in a Paris apartment with 121 parrots and cockatoos (as well as two apes!). Gustav Mahler was an exception. He entrusted his wife Alma to find a summer cottage in the woods where there were no birds so he could compose in silence. 

A large number of composers have been inspired by bird song since at least Clemens Non Papa (death around 1556) and his "Reveil des Oiseaux." During the following centuries, much music was written about cuckoos, cockerels, ducks, larks, magpies, nightingales, owls, parrots, swans, wood doves and unhatched chicks.

Jeffrey Engel will present several musical works by bird loving composers of the past 400 years in this musical celebration of this year's Summer Reading theme: Tails & Tales. 

Register Here

 

Family Yoga

Friday, August 6 at 10:30 AM 

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset.

Bring your own blanket or mat. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Saturday, August 7 at 10:00 AM 

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Register Here


August 9 - 15

Digital Program: Cat Behavior 101

Monday Aug 9 at 7:00 PM

Is your cat thinking outside the box? Are you living with a hardcore shredder (and I don't mean snowboarding)? And when it comes to your multi-cat household, why can't they all just get along? We welcome Dr. Rachel S. Geller, certified cat behaviorist, pet chaplain, and Fear Free Shelter specialist. She will give advice for developing and maintaining cat-and-owner harmony, providing you with insight on your cat's behavior, and answer all of your cat behavior questions. 

We've partnered with Friday's Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit dog and cat rescue shelter in New London, for this event. Dr. Geller has pledged to donate any sales of her book, Saving the World One Cat at a Time, purchased for this event to Friday's Rescue Foundation. 

Register Here

 

Digital Program: Food Explorer's Baking Class for Kids

Wednesday Aug 11 at 3:00 PM

Join Food Explorers to make No Churn Ice-Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce! You don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe, which comes together in a flash.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

2 cans sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream (2 cups), chocolate chips, butter and optional vanilla.  You will need an electric hand-held or stand mixer.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Wednesday Aug 11 at 5:30 PM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are asked to remain socially distanced but masks will not be required once on their mats. Registration is required to attend this program. Only 15 people can attend each class.

Register Here

 

Family Yoga

Friday Aug 13 at 10:30 AM 

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset.

Bring your own blanket or mat. We will be observing social distance and masks will be required. Registration required.

Register Here


August 16 - August 22

Outdoor Yoga Class

Wednesday, August 18 at 5:30 PM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are asked to remain socially distanced but masks will not be required once on their mats. Registration is required to attend this program. Only 15 people can attend each class.

Register Here

 

Book Writers Group

Wednesday, August 18 at 6:00 PM  

We now alternate between in person and Zoom meetings. View our schedule to see the meeting format.

Come join a committed writing group: the Book Writers! Whether you're all finished with 50,000 words from National Novel Writing Month and want to go to the next step, need to make the finishing touches on a manuscript, or you're just getting started, one of the best ways to keep going is to work with a group of other writers with their own projects and pursuits to keep you motivated. Sign up for a workshop slot and get serious about getting published. 

Before each meeting, we read two pieces of writing from a group member. Then, we get together, discuss, critique, and share our reactions and feedback. Register so that Erik, our Adult Services Librarian, can contact you with more information about participating.

Registration is required to attend this program. 

Register Here

 

Roode Memorial Concert Series

Anna May: Thursday, August 19 at 6:30pm
Anna May is an indie singer-songwriter and Connecticut native. Her background as a dancer, autodidact, traveler, and pianist feeds her original music, and inspires her to weave wisdom into the music that she makes. Her music is pure memory, meditation, and escapism, streaked with tones of jazz, along with fresh twists on folk music. Anna has performed at many notable venues, including the Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, the Boston Arts Festival, Folk Alliance International, Crying Wolf in Nashville, and many more. Anna's work has been featured in Medium, Thrive Global, Northern Public Radio, New Noise Magazine, among other publications. Find out more on her website: https://annamaymusic.com/

 

Family Yoga

Friday, August 20 at 10:30 AM 

Join us for family yoga on the Library lawn. This is a joyful way for children to explore movement and develop physical skills, learn yoga poses through active imagination, and creatively channel energy by following movement instruction and practicing calming moments.

This energetic class teaches body awareness and basic teacher/student dynamic using sing-along and movement to act out favorite animals, nursery rhymes, and songs. Children also learn how they can use their breath and other skills to calm themselves down when feeling silly or upset.

Bring your own blanket or mat. We ask that you continue to wear a mask while attending in-person programs. Participants are asked to remain socially distanced and masks will be required until you are sitting with your family group.Registration required.

Register Here

 

Outdoor Yoga Class

Saturday, August 21 at 10:00 AM

We invite you to join us and Chelsea from Bluebird Yoga for an all levels (beginner friendly) yoga practice on the Library grounds at 5:30pm! Wake up your body with a gentle stretch followed by flowing movement and strengthening. We will be meeting on the side lawn nearest to the Union Baptist Church parking lot.

Please bring your own equipment. Chelsea recommends:

  • A yoga mat and yoga props (you will not specifically need any props unless they are part of your usual practice)
  • A towel or blanket to place under your mat and one for over your body during savasana
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • A mask for walking to and from your mat

Chelsea, aka Bluebird Yoga, is a local from Stonington. Yoga, for Chelsea, is about fostering healing through kindess. The goal in her classes is to hold the space for her fellow yogis to cultivate kindness on and off the mat. She understands the importance of safe movement and leads students through a practice that builds from gentler meditations through more difficult variations as they increase in strength and flexibility. Email Chelsea with any questions at: chbluebirdyoga@gmail.com

Participants are asked to remain socially distanced but masks will not be required once on their mats. Registration is required to attend this program. Only 15 people can attend each class.

Register Here