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A Summer Full of Action


We officially declare summertime at the library. On June 21, the first day of summer, it’s our 4th annual Summer Reading Bash on the lawn. It’s the official kickoff of all our summer reading clubs. This year’s theme is Build a Better World and throughout the summer there will be a variety of programs to help us all build a better world. At the Bash, sign up for a summer reading club. Hear your favorite stories, as read by local New Britain celebrities, at the day long read-a-thon. Tails the Clown and her balloon creations will be returning. There will be games and crafts and snow cones and popcorn.

In June, we will be starting two new program series. On Tuesday, June 6, we will be hosting the first of a new legal seminar series, Law and the Family Seminar Series, with Attorneys Rembish and LaSaracina, at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue on the first Tuesday of September through December. June’s topic will be Real Estate: Buying, Selling, and Keeping Your Home. Future topics include personal injury, family matters, small business, aging parents, and landlords and leases. On Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m., Common Ground Services, a non-profit organization whose mission is to spread understanding between people of different faiths, through education and open dialogue, will present the first of a three part series “Courageous Conversations with Our Muslim Neighbors”. June’s conversation will be Islam 101: Understanding Islam. With the alternate facts and misconceptions, this is a timely program to attend. Be informed.

Children’s has puppet shows, magicians, Mr. Gym and the Garden of Beats lined up. There will be story times, crafts, and two theatrical productions, Beauty and the Beast presented by Hampstead Stage Company and The Ribbles Build a Residence by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. Sting of the New Britain Bees will be stopping by in the summer.

Jefferson Branch kids can sing along with Mr. Joe on, enjoy the World Class Frisbee Show with two-time Frisbee champion, Todd Brodeur and meet the animals from the Zoo in Forest Park on at Zoo on the Go.

Just in time for your summer plans, we have added new museum passes. We now offer passes for the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, in addition to the many others we already have available.

And once again we will be on the road, thanks to the DATTCO bus company. For the second summer, we will be bringing the library to neighborhoods in July and August by bus. Sign up for a library card, check out books, hear stories and enjoy crafts.

How’s that for a summer full of activity? And that’s only some of the upcoming programs. So be sure to check our newsletter or online calendar at for information on these and other summer programs. The best thing of all is that the cost to you, for all this, is $0. So why not save a few bucks by taking advantage of what your library has to offer – the benefits are endless.