Weekly Drop-in Programs (no registration required, unless noted)


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The following programs will be held weekly through August 16th. 

These programs will resume after Labor Day.


Music in Motion for Toddlers – Wednesdays at 10am

 30 minutes of music, dancing, pony riding, & parachute fun

Thursday Story Hour – Thursdays at 10am

Story time and craft for 2-5 year olds.



Upcoming Programs


Crochet & Knitters’ Club – Wednesdays at 1:00pm
Thursday, July 26th at 11:00am – Totally Tye Dye
Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00am – Tween & Teens Craft: Da Bomb Bath Bombs
Tuesday, July 31st at 4:00pm – Musical Storyhour
Wednesday, August 1st at 12:00pm – Scrabble (bring your brown bag lunch)
Wednesday, August 1st at 3:00pm – JCCL Musical Family Movie: Frozen (2013/PG/1hr 49 mins)
Thursday, August 2nd at 10:00am – Books with Bella (therapy dog) Storyhour
Thursday, August 2nd at 1:00pm – Bodacious Beading
Tuesday, August 7th at 9:30am – Libraries Rock: ROCK-ets to the Rescue (presented by NLC 4H)
Tuesday, August 7th at 3:00pm – Paint by Music with Jenna (Registration required)
Wednesday, August 8th at 12:00pm – Scrabble (bring your brown bag lunch)
Wednesday, August 8th at 3:00pm – JCCL Family Musical Movie: Leap (2016/Rated PG/1hr 29mins)
Thursday, August 9th at 10:00am – Ballet for Beginners (presented by Thread City Ballet – Free!) (Registration required)
Thursday, August 9th at 1:00pm – Culinary Delights Book Club – TBD
Tuesday, August 14th at 12:00pm – Rhythmic Readers Tween/Teens Book Club: Echo (by Pam Munoz Ryan)  (Registration required)
Tuesday, August 14th at 3:00pm – Paint by Music with Jenna (Registration required)
Tuesday, August 14th from 9am – 5pm: Last day to submit tickets for Summer Reading prize drawings for children, teens, and adults!!
Wednesday, August 15th at 12:00pm – Scrabble (bring your brown bag lunch)
Wednesday, August 15th at 3:00pm – JCCL Family Musical Movie: Annie (2014/PG/1hr 58mins)
Thursday, August 16th at 10:00am – Summer Reading Finale: Balloon Creations by April Brunelle
Wednesday, August 29th at 9:30am – Breakfast Book Club: One Summer, America 1927 (Chapter 18-end)

For a complete overview of Summer Reading, including a printer-friendly list of our program schedule, click here.  Please note: the library will close early at 5pm on September 20th so that the staff may attend the CT Authors Trail finale.













Tween & Teen Tech Crafts

Finally a program for all those trendy & tech savvy tweens and teens!  Escape the heat of the day with a cool craft and meet up with your friends at the library.  Registration always helpful, but not required.


Thursday, July 19th at 3:00pm – Tabletop Cell Phone Holder

Tuesday, July 24th at 3:00pm – CD Mosaic Art

Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00am – Da Bomb Bath Bombs

Special Storyhours

Can’t make our regular Thursday Storyhour?  How about one of these special-themed storyhours?  Join us for some interactive stories and a craft.   Recommended for ages 2-6 years old.  Playdate groups welcome.  Registration is always helpful (especially with larger groups), but not required.

Tuesday, July 17th at 9:30am –  Harold and the Purple Crayon  (each family receives a free book!)

Tuesday, July 31st at 4:00pm – Musical Storyhour


Like to play Scrabble? Bring a friend or meet up with other players here at the library Wednesdays at 12:00pm.  Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch and eat while you play!

Wednesday, August 1st at 12pm

Wednesday, August 8th at 12pm

Wednesday, August 15th at 12pm


JCCL Family Movie

Take a break from the heat with some of our favorite musical family movies.  JCCL is the place to be on Wednesdays at 3:00pm  in August.  Bring a comfy chair and a friend.  Free popcorn!

Wednesday August 1st at 3:00pmFrozen (2013/PG/ 1 hr 49 mins)

Wednesday, August 8th at 3:00pm – Leap (2016/PG/ 1 hr 29 mins)

Wednesday, August 15th at 3:00pm – Annie (2014/PG/1 hr 58 mins)

Music in Motion for Toddlers

Join us every Wednesday in July for 30 minutes of music with a whole lot of motion.  Your toddler will love to sing, dance, ride stick ponies, and have some fun with our parachute.  Plenty of social time for youngsters in our children’s area following the program.  Recommended for ages 2-5 , but older siblings always welcome!  Make it a playdate and meet at the library!

Wednesdays in July at 10am

No registration required

New London County 4H Programs (free!)

Once again, JCC Library is delighted to be working with the New London County 4H to offer a variety of stem-stastic programs this summer.  Registration is required so that enough supplies can be gathered, so be sure to contact the library and reserve your space for any or all of the following:

Tuesday, July 10th at 9:30am – A Night in the Library 

Tuesday, July 24th at 9:30am – A Library Mystery

Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:30am – ROCK-ets to the Rescue

These program are designed for children 6-12 years old, however, young children will likely require adult supervision.  Parents are invited to actively participate with their children for this program series.

Culinary Delights Book Club

The JCCL Cookbook Club is getting out of the kitchen and into the books this summer.  We’re reading novels with cooking themes (and recipes!).  We’ll get together to discuss each book and enjoy a highlighted treat .  Books available at the library for check out!

Thursday, July 12th at 1:00pm – The Recipe Club  by Andrea Israel

Thursday, August 9th at 1:00pm – The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses

Thursday, September 13th at 1:00pm – The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

Ballet for Beginners

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9th at 10:00am – Young children or aspiring ballerinas are invited to take a introductory ballet class with Thread City Ballet.  Free!  Bring a friend or meet a new one while you’re here!

Rhythmic Readers Book Club

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14th at 12:00pm – This summer tweens and teens are invited to read the book Echo  by Pam Munoz Ryan.  Then, join us for a pizza lunch to discuss the book on the 14th.  A great way to get in your summer reading!  Copies of the book are available at the library to check out.  Registration required, so stop in anytime to or call the library at 860-642-6207.  



Paint by Music with Jenna

Want to learn some beginner painting techniques with a little musical inspiration?  Artists of all ages are invited to participate in a special paint to the music series lead by Franklin’s own Jenna McLean.  Registration is required for one or all sessions so that sufficient supplies can be gathered. Call or stop by the library to register (860-642-6207).

Tuesday, July 10th at 3:00pm

Tuesday, August 7th at 3:00pm

Tuesday, August 14th at 3:00pm