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

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Music in Motion for Toddlers – Wednesdays at 10am throughout July

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

Thursday Story Hour – Thursdays at 10am

(Note: Storyhour will not meet during the month of July. Be sure to check out our other happenings!)

Story time and craft for 2-5 year olds.

 

 

Upcoming Programs

Crochet & Knitters’ Club – Wednesdays at 1:00pm
Wednesday, June 28th at 9:30am – Breakfast Book Club: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (by Aron Ralston)
Wednesday, July 5th at 10:00am – Music in Motion
Wednesday, July 5th at 1:00pm – Pioneer Adventures: Patriotic Celebration (at JCCL)
Thursday, July 6th at 10:00am - “Who Are the Animals in Our Neighborhood?” (presented by Dennison Pequotesepos)
Thursday, July 6th at 6:30pm – Connecticut Authors Trail Kickoff: Diana Ross McCain
Tuesday, July 11th at 3:00pm – Building a Better World – Bridges (presented by New London County 4H)
Wednesday, July 11th at 10:00am – Music in Motion
Wednesday, July 12th at 1:00pm – Pioneer Adventures: Oregon Trail (at JCCL)
Thursday, July 13th at 1:00pm – Literary Feast Bookclub (Cookbook Club)
Tuesday, July 18th at 10:30am – Drum Away the Blues (presented by Craig Harris)
 Tuesday, July 18th at 3:00pm - Building a Better World: Rollercoasters (presented by New London County 4H)
 Wednesday, July 19th at 9:30am – Morning Movie & Munchkins: Lego Batman Movie 2017 (PG/104mins)
 Wednesday, July 19th at 10:00am – Music in Motion
 Thursday, July 20th from 10am-1pm – Construction Zone: Drop-in Building Craft (requires adult supervision)
 Tuesday, July 25th at 3:00pm - Building a Better World: Wind Turbines (presented by New London County 4H)
 Wednesday, July 26th at 9:30am - Breakfast Bookclub: Close to Shore (by Michael Capuzzo)
 Wednesday, July 26th at 10:30am – Sing, Laugh, & Learn with Mr. Joe
 Thursday, July 27th at 10:00am - Pioneer Adventures: Oxcart Man (at Blue Slope Museum)
 Tuesday, August 1st at 10:00am – Local Children’s Author Meet n’ Greet: Sharen S. Peters
 Tuesday, August 1st at 3:00pm – Building a Better World: Building Submarines (presented by New London County 4H)
Wednesday, August 2nd at 1:00pm – Pioneer Adventures: Tin Lantern Craft (at JCCL)
 Thursday, August 3rd at 10:00am - Local Children’s Author Meet n’ Greet: TBA
 Saturday, August 5th at 10:00am - Pioneer Adventures: Birch Broom Demonstration (at Kahn Road Schoolhouse)
 Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30am – Singing Bowls with John Irwin
 Tuesday, August 8th at 3:00pm – Building a Better World: Rockets to the Rescue (presented by New London County 4H)
 Wednesday, August 9th at 9:30am – Morning Movie & Munchkins: Power Rangers (PG-13/124mins)
 Thursday, August 10th at 10:00am – The Puppet Lady: Dinosaurs (presented by Cheryl Incandella)
 Thursday, August 10th at 1:00pm: Pioneer Adventures: Healing Plants
 Thursday, August 10th at 1:00pm: Literary Feast Bookclub (JCCL Cookbook Club)
 Tuesday, August 15th at 10:00am – Pioneer Adventures: Pioneer Gatherings (at Franklin Congregational Church)
 Wednesday, August 16th from 10am-1pm – Construction Zone: Drop-in Building Craft (requires adult supervision)
 Thursday, August 17th at 10:00am – Construction Storyhour
 Thursday, August 17th at 1:00pm – Summer Reading & Pioneer Adventures Finale: Ice Cream Social (Children & Teens)
 Wednesday, August 30th at 9:30am – Breakfast Bookclub: Favorite Books
 For a printer-friendly version of our June/July happenings, click here. For our August happenings, click here.  Also, please watch our website for possible library closures due to building maintenance.

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Bookclub

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22nd at 9:30am – If you like reading non-fiction, then this is the book club for you.  This month’s selection is Between a Rock and Hard Place by Aron Ralston.   Books available at the library for check out.

Music in Motion

WEDNESDAYS AT 10AM THROUGHOUT JULY!

Children ages 2-6 and their caregivers are invited to join us for 30 minutes of dancing and interacting with peers.  Activities include riding ponies, playing musical instruments, & parachute fun.

Older siblings always welcome!

Pioneer Adventures

Become a pioneer this summer and explore Franklin and America’s western expansion through the eyes of local history and lore!  Build toys, create lanterns, learn to knit or crochet, play traditional pioneer games (& some modern twists on the old games!), and follow clues as they lead you through a period-themed scavenger hunt to local landmarks and businesses.

Attend any 6 of the following programs throughout the summer & receive a special prize at our Summer Reading Finale! Be sure to note the location of each program.   All materials are FREE and open to residents & non-residents (recommended for children 6+).  Registration not required, unless otherwise noted.

June 22nd at 6pm (at JCCL): Pioneer Bookclub (craft & snack)

July 5th from 1pm-3pm (at JCCL): 4th of July Celebration (traditional games, make lemonade, learn to knit or crochet)

July 12th at 1pm (at JCCL): Oregon Trail Game (& craft)

July 27th at 10am (at Blue Slope Museum): Oxcart Man (read, explore, program on bartering, & craft)

August 2 at 1pm (at JCCL): Tin Lanterns (registration required for this event so supplies can be gathered & prepared)

August 5 at 10am (at Kahn Road Schoolhouse): Birch Broom demonstration (take a tour, meet local artisan Grant Bombria’s, stories, & bring a picnic lunch)

August 10th at 1pm (at JCCL Library): Healing Plants presentation

August 15th at 10am (at Franklin Congregational Church): Pioneer Gatherings (tour, history, & role of the church in the 1800s)

 

Who are the Animals in Our Neighborhood?

THURSDAY, JULY 6th at 10:00am – Connecticut is home to many diverse habitats and living things that inhabit them. Dennison Pequotsepos will be here to explore some of these habitats through hands on activities. You’ll learn about some of the unique adaptations that some animals possess to help them survive and thrive in the forest, pond, and meadow.Then, you’ll design your own animal that can survive in one of these unique places. Includes time live animals! All ages welcome!

CT Authors Trail Kickoff!

THURSDAY, JULY 6th at 6:30pm – The 9th year of the Connecticut Authors Trail kicks off in Franklin with Diana Ross McCain.

diana ross mccain

Diana McCain is an independent historian and author who has been researching, writing, and speaking about Connecticut and New England’s past for more than thirty years. She is the author of several non-fiction books, including It Happened in Connecticut, Mysteries and Legends of New England, and Connecticut Coast. She has written extensively for publications including Early American Life and Connecticut magazines. Thy Children’s Children is her first novel.
Diana holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford for twenty-five years. She lives in Durham, Connecticut.

Historical fiction rooted in extensive research brings to vibrant life the exploits of the real-life Lyman family of Middlefield’s Lyman Orchards in the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the pioneering of industry, and more.

What is the Connecticut Authors Trail?

The Connecticut Authors Trail consists of a consortium of Eastern Connecticut Libraries who are constantly amazed at the variety of genres and diverse styles of writing among the authors who live in or are associated with the Nutmeg State. Beginning July 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Franklin and ending September 14, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun, local authors will showcase their books and share their stories.

Passports are available free at participating libraries throughout the summer as a guide to the author events. If you miss an event during the summer, you are invited to meet many of the authors from the Trail at the Finale’. The doors to The Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre open at 6:15 pm.

You will automatically be entered into a door prize drawing at each author event.  In addition, be sure to have your passport stamped at each author event for a chance to qualify for a special prize at the finale. The Finale drawing will be held at 6:45 pm. Then stay and join us for a fun-filled evening with our featured speaker starting at 7:00 pm.

For more information, visit connecticutauthorstrail.org.

Pioneer Adventures

Become a pioneer this summer and explore Franklin and America’s western expansion through the eyes of local history and lore!  Build toys, create lanterns, learn to knit or crochet, play traditional pioneer games (& some modern twists on the old games!), and follow clues as they lead you through a period-themed scavenger hunt to local landmarks and businesses.

Attend any 6 of the following programs throughout the summer & receive a special prize at our Summer Reading Finale! Be sure to note the location of each program.   All materials are FREE and open to residents & non-residents (recommended for children 6+).  Registration not required, unless otherwise noted.

June 22nd at 6pm (at JCCL): Pioneer Bookclub (craft & snack)

July 5th from 1pm-3pm (at JCCL): 4th of July Celebration (traditional games, make lemonade, learn to knit or crochet)

July 12th at 1pm (at JCCL): Oregon Trail Game (& craft)

July 27th at 10am (at Blue Slope Museum): Oxcart Man (read, explore, program on bartering, & craft)

August 2 at 1pm (at JCCL): Tin Lanterns (registration required for this event so supplies can be gathered & prepared)

August 5 at 10am (at Kahn Road Schoolhouse): Birch Broom demonstration (take a tour, meet local artisan Grant Bombria’s, stories, & bring a picnic lunch)

August 10th at 1pm (at JCCL Library): Healing Plants presentation

August 15th at 10am (at Franklin Congregational Church): Pioneer Gatherings (tour, history, & role of the church in the 1800s)

 

Literary Feast Bookclub

The Cookbook Club is cleansing their palette over the summer by reading a few food-inspired books.  Join us for an enjoyable book discussion.   Books are now available a the library for check out!

THURSDAY, JULY 13th at 1:00pm -Wife of the Chef (by Courtney Febbroriello)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10th at 1:00pm – Plum Wine (by Angela Davis-Gardner)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th at 1:00pm – The School of Essential Ingredients (by Erica Bauermeister)

Drum Away the Blue

TUESDAY, JULY 18TH AT 10:30AM -Join us for an introduction to American Indian music with percussionist and educator Craig Harris.  This exciting, multimedia and participatory adult program is based on Harris’ new book “Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Power.”

About Craig Harris:

Driven by a passion for music, percussionist/educator Craig Harris (Drum Away the Blues), author of The New Folk Music, The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, and Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music has covered the roots music scene for newspapers, magazines, and music-oriented websites for more than four decades. A skilled hand drummer, he’s appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Rod MacDonald, C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Zydeco Band, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Don White, Melanie, and the late Rick Danko (The Band) and Merl Saunders, and is currently a member of the Standing Bear Jam Band and the Gaea Star Band (with whom he cohosts the weekly Gaea Crystal Radio Hour). Applehead/SONY released their CD, Who We Are in November 2015. Possessing a Master’s in education, Harris taught music in public and charter schools for a quarter of a century before launching his multicultural, participatory, and fun-for-all-ages Drum Away the Blues program in 2009.

Building a Better World with New London County 4H

We are so excited to be working with New London County 4H again this summer!  They have a program designed just for JCC Library that we can’t wait for you to experience.  There’s a new book-inspired activity each week.  Registration always helpful, but drop-ins always welcome!  Suitable for ages 6+, although adult supervision requested for younger children.

Tuesday, July 11th at 3:00pm

Reading: Iggy Peck: Architect

Activity: Building Bridges

Can you build a bridge using spaghetti and marshmallows that can hold up our 4H mascot, Gertrude the Goat?

 

Tuesday, July 18th at 3:00pm

Reading: Rollercoaster Book

Activity: Building a Rollercoaster

Build a better roller coaster using foam insulation, tape, paper towel rolls, and your imagination.

 

Tuesday, July 25th at 3:00pm

Reading: The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

Activity: Wind Turbines

Design the blades for a wind turbine. Using a voltmeter, find out who can make the most electricity.

 

Tuesday, August 1st at 3:00pm

Reading: Sydney and Simon: Go Green

Activity: Building submarines

Trash islands in our oceans are a big problem. Build a submarine that can help with the clean up!

 

Tuesday, August 5th at 3:00pm

Reading: The Red Bicycle

Activity: Rockets to the Rescue

There are many different ways to get help to people in need. You will build a rocket that can bring medicine to people living on an island.

Morning Movie & Munchkins

It’s movie time and we’ll bring the munchkins!  Take a break from the heat and join us for a new release:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19th at 9:30am – Lego Batman Movie 2017 (Rated PG/104 mins)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9th at 9:30am -Power Rangers (Rated PG-13/124 mins)