New Britain City Journal

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Kicking Off Summer


Get ready for a summer full of things to do at the library. Its official – summer arrives Thursday, June 21 at 6:07 a.m. and we are kicking off our summer activities on June 20 with our annual Summer Reading Bash on the lawn and inside, too. There will be day long activity as we promote sign up for all our summer reading clubs – with clubs for kids, teens and adults. Why summer reading clubs? Most certainly, they promote reading and help stop summer loss for students but it’s also a way to celebrate the joy of reading. This year’s reading club theme is Libraries Rock and we will, all day long, with a great schedule of activities: modge podge rock painting, a petting zoo, henna tattoos, musical entertainment, a dance party and a hip hop class with Miss Julia. The Friends of the Library will hold a mini book sale and there will be free snow cones and popcorn. The fun starts at 10 am. Schedules will be available in the library and on our Facebook page. A big thank you goes to Mayor Stewart for her support of our summer reading program with the generous donation from the Mayor’s Charitable Trophy Fund. We also thank our Friends of the Library for their support, too.

The fun doesn’t stop in June but will continue all summer long with a variety of programs. On Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m., the Law and Legal Series continues with a program on Small Business with Attorneys Rembish and LaSaracina. On Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m., we welcome New Britain detective and author, Brian Shea. His first book, The Camel’s Back, is an action thriller filled with twists and turns and unforgettable characters. It has received lots of good reviews. A copy of the book will be available for purchase. His second novel, the Lion’s Mouth, is coming out in July. Learn how his novel came about and about the writing process. Also for adults in June, there will be an evening of musical entertainment by the New Britain Symphony’s Beatles Quintet and a Saturday workshop on tie-dye cupcakes. Teens will be able to decorate their graduation cap and help build a Makey Makey floor piano on a Maker Monday. Tweens can join us for Superhero Olympics. For the kids, Magician Chris Lengyl will come to make magic and Conga J will be back with his drums for a drum circle. Check out our calendar of events on our web page (, the library newsletter or call 860-224-3155 ext. 125 for all the details. That is just a sample of June events but we will be rocking all summer long with activities for everyone.