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August 2 - 8

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. 

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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.

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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


August 23 - 29

One Book One Region: A Community Book Discussion

Monday, August 23 @ 7:00 PM

Join us for an in-person book discussion of this year's One Book One Region selection for Southeastern Connecticut: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu to share thoughts and reactions on this "delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire" (The Washington Post). Read the book's full synopsis below. We will co-host this event with our neighbors, Bank Square Books, who will also provide copies for purchase to all who would like them. Stay tuned this fall, when Charles Yu, the author, will offer a speaking event on Tuesday, October 5th at Connecticut College.

Registration is required to attend this program. Please contact us if you are no longer able to attend so we can offer your spot to another attendee. 

Synopsis: "Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Gold Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here too... but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy-- the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it?

After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he's ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family, and what that means for him, in today's America.

Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes--Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet."

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CLAMS Book Group

Monday, August 23 @ 7:00 PM

Classic Literature At Mystic (CLAMS) is a group of readers who want to engage in conversation about literature of various genres considered to be "classics." Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00pm. Titles are chosen by majority vote. Meet in person or via Zoom. Find out this month's title selection in the library's latest monthly eblast. You must email Sally Salancy to get the Zoom link. This group is open to the public

To Register Please Contact: Sally Salancy salancy@gmail.com

 

Digital Program: Guided Somatic Mindfulness Meditations

Tuesday, August 24 @ 3:00 PM

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

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

Register Here

 

Become A Fair Housing Advocate

Wednesday, August 25 @ 6:00 PM

"Start where you are; use what you have; do what you can." -Arthur Ashe

Housing intersects with every facet of human life. Where you live determines where you work, where you attend school, and your closeness to important resources such as healthcare and food. This is why housing advocacy is so crucial and necessary! Please join us for an advocacy workshop where you will be able to learn about some of the major issues and barriers many face with housing, and identify ways you can help! The Connecticut Fair Housing Center's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Rashida Rattray, will walk us through a brief history of the fight for housing equity and provide resources on how you can better support agencies working toward this goal. Anyone can be an advocate, and we're excited to show you how!

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

Register Here

 


August 30 - September 4

Upcycling Textiles Meet-Up

Monday, August 30 at 4:00 PM  -  5:00 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

 

Digital Program: Guided Somatic Mindfulness Meditations

Tuesday, August 31 at 3:00 PM

Enjoy being guided in a 30 minute body centered meditation practice to help increase your skills in focusing, rest, self-compassion and gratitude.

Pamala Lewis has been studying Eastern and Western approaches to meditation and enjoys the benefits of a dedicated daily sitting practice for more than 25 years. She co-leads the New London Community of Mindfulness, guides 2 weekly Zoom groups, and offers individual coaching sessions in Somatic Mindfulness Meditation. Pamala also offers Somatic Mindfulness Meditation along with Back Yoga outdoors through the summer months.

This class is for beginners, those who might be struggling with mindfulness meditation and those who may enjoy a friendly, relaxed and body-centered approach to practice. 

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

Register Here

 

Book Writers Group

Wednesday, September 1 @ 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

 

Outdoor Concert: US Coast Guard Clarinet Quartet

Thursday, September 2 at 6:00 PM

Join us on the Library grounds for an outdoor concert featuring members of the clarinet section of the U.S. Coast Guard Band. The United States Coast Guard Clarinet Quartet has regularly performed recitals and masterclasses for audiences across the nation, including at such venues as Carnegie Hall, conferences held by the International Clarinet Association, and at universities throughout New England. The Quartet's members include Chief Musician (MUC) Chantal Hovendick, Musician First Class (MU1) Christopher Howard, MU1 Steven Zhang, and MU1 Robert Durie. The group exhibits many musical styles including light classical and jazz transcriptions and will present a program entitled "Sounds of America" which focuses on American composers and themes including works by Gershwin, Copland, and "The American String Quartet" by Antonin Dvorak arranged for clarinets. More information about the Coast Guard Band can be found at: www.uscg.mil/community/band.

Registration is not required to attend this program. Social distance guidelines will be in place for everyone's safety.