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


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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, May 17th at 4:30pm – Tutu Tutorial 
Saturday, May 19th at 10:00am – Beginner Ballet Steps
 Thursday, May 24th at 1:00pm – Memorial Wreaths
 Wednesday, May 30th at 9:30am – Breakfast Book Club: Without a Map (by Meredith Hall)
Thursday, June 7th at 6:00pm – Optimize Your Health (FREE WORKSHOP!)
Saturday, June 9th 10am-4pm – CT Open House Day: Ashbel Woodward House
Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm – Novel Tea Book Club: Look Again (by Lisa Scottoline)
Thursday, June 21st from 12pm-7pm – Summer Reading Kickoff: Open Stage
Wednesday, June 27th at 9:30am – Breakfast Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon (by David Grann)
Wednesday, June 27th at 4:00pm – Teddy Bear Camp Out!
Thursday, June 28th at 9:30am – Bagels, Books and Bears Breakfast
Thursday, June 28th at 10:00am – Wild Over Wildlife
Please note:  In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the library will be closed on Saturday, May 26th.  Museum and State Parks passes should be picked up on Thursday, May 24th if you would like to make plans for the holiday weekend.
  For a printer-friendly version of May Happenings, click here. For June, click here.

Optimize Your Health (FREE WORKSHOP!)

THURSDAY, JUNE 7th at 6:00pm – Here’s to your health!  Learn coping tools for the heat of summer with presenter Margaret Blumie.  To register, call 860-360-5376.

CT Open House Day: Ashbel Woodward House

SATURDAY, JUNE 9th from 10am -4pm – What a great day to visit a local landmark and sign up for summer reading while you’re there!  Don’t forget to visit Franklin’s Blue Slope Farm too!

Novel Tea Book Club: Look Again

THURSDAY, JUNE 14th at 6:00pm – This month’s selection is “Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline.  Read the book and then join us for a casual conversation & a cup of tea on the 14th.  Then, if you can, stay for our monthly Friends of the JCC Library meeting at 7pm

Summer Reading Kickoff: OPEN STAGE

THURSDAY, JUNE 21st from 12:00pm – 7:00pm: Calling all budding performers & spectators!  Do you have a musical talent or enjoy listening to a live performance?  JCCL is part of the “Make Music Southeastern CT” initiative taking place throughout our region on the 21st and we want you on center stage.  Need a specific time for your performance?  Call the library to reserve your slot or drop in.  Solo and group performances welcome!

Breakfast Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27th at 9:30am – Enjoy reading non-fiction?  This month’s book selection is Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann.  Copies of the book are available to check out.  Then, join us on the 27th for a morning bite and an enjoyable book.

Teddy Bear Camp Out!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27th at 4:00pm – Teddy bears are invited to sleep overnight at the library.  Bring  your stuffed furry friend to a music & motion camporee on Wednesday, 6/27 at 4pm.  Early drop-off is available for those bears who can’t make the camporee.  Bears can be picked up at the special Bagels, Books and Bears Breakfast on 6/28 at 9:30am.


Bagels, Books, & Bears Breakfast

THURSDAY, JUNE 28th at 9:30am – Did your bear spend the night at the library?  It’s time to reunite with your stuffed friend and see what kinds of things the bears did on their overnight in the library.  Even if you couldn’t “bear” to be without your friend for the night, all are invited to enjoy a breakfast bite and book with your bear.

If you can, stick around for our featured program Wild Over Wildlife at 10:00am!

Wild Over Wildlife

THURSDAY, JUNE 28th at 10:00am – Meet different animals found in our woods.  Some hands-on petting encouraged! Presented by Heather Rorke.

Tutu Tutorial

THURSDAY, MAY 17th at 4:30pm –  Every ballerina needs a tutu.  Get your ballerina on just in time for our Beginner Ballet Steps program on 5/19.

Beginner Ballet Steps

SATURDAY, MAY 19th at 10:00am – Calling aspiring ballerinas!  Come for a morning of ballet with Thread City Dance.   Tutus welcome!  Watch a short program, learn some steps, & make a craft.  FREE!