July And August Programs

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Hope to see you soon!



All Programs MUST be signed up for during the Summer.  

Programs Typically last about an hour 

**Adult Programs are marked with stars

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/17 at 1:00pm—“Online Safety”
Adult Program
This class is designed to help you avoid many of the risks that are lurking online.  These risks can infect your computer, can steal your personal information, and can scam you in many ways.  Among the assorted topics that we will discuss: security software, passwords, attachments and downloading, social engineering, phishing, popular scams, recognizing fraudulent emails, popups, malware, ransomware, and the importance of backups.  Join us to learn more about staying safe online.

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/17 at 2pm—Lego Brick Challenge
Grades K – 5th
Come and challenge your creativity by designing a LEGO structure to match this engineering objective.
Maximum audience size: 30.

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/17 at 6:00pm – Historic Talk “Soviet Space Race”
Adult Program
Historian and Oxford resident Bob Gardner discusses the politics and turmoil of communism as it relates to the Soviet Space Race and the moon landing in 1969. Great speaker-join us!

Thursday 7/18 at 2:00pm—“The Sun”
Grades K – 3rd
Children will make sunray catcher bracelets with pipe cleaners and ultraviolet beads and watch as the beads change color in the sunlight! They will also create pictures using sunprint paper and observe the phases of the moons using tennis balls.

**Thursday 7/18 at 6:00pm – Book Club: The 10th of December
Adult Program
In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In “Home,” a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antiques store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders’s signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.

Saturday 7/20 at 10:00am—“Stars”
Grades 3rd – 6th
Children will form a star out of toothpicks and watch as water will transform the star from open to closed. They will also use watercolors to paint their own versions of the famous Evening Star painting by Georgia O’Keeffe

**Saturday 7/20 at 2:00pm—Moon Landing Discussion
Adult Program
CCSU Professor and Astronomer Kristine Larsen will show slides and lesser–known footage as she discusses the science of the First moon landing on July 21, 1969. 50th anniversary!

Monday 7/22 from 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Galaxy Stones”
All Ages
Children will be given rocks which they can use to paint their own galaxies on, including stars and planets!

Tuesday 7/23 at 3:30pm—Space and Sci Fi Trivia
Tweens and Teens 
Teens will compete to test their knowledge of science-fiction related books, films, video games, graphic novels, and TV shows.

**Tuesday 7/23 at 6:00pm—Classics Book Discussion
Adult Program
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Wednesday 7/24 at 1:00pm—“Office Learning Lab: Excel”
Adult Program
Open discussion and questions asked of Microsoft Store employees about using Excel.

**Tuesday 7/25 from 4:00pm “Adult Crafternoon”
Adult Program
Spaceship; make a mobile or model!

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Thursday 7/25 at 4pm—Origami
Grades 4th7th
Come learn how to create origami!

**Tuesday 7/25 from 5:30pm “Knitting/Fabric Arts Meetup”
Adult Program
The first in a monthly offering of snacks, chatting and sharing your fabric projects with each other the last Thursday each month.

Friday 7/26 at 2:30pm—Moon Music
Grades 3rd – 6th 
Children will listen to music inspired by the moon while they make a mixed-media collage of the moon.

**Saturday 7/27 from 10am – 12pm “Understanding and Using the Cloud”
Adult Program
What are the advantages of using the Cloud?   Is the Cloud safe?   Concepts and usage of the Cloud will be demonstrated and discussed.  Come and finally understand what is meant by “The Cloud”!

Monday 7/29 from 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Moon Sand”
All Ages
Children will make their own moon sand to play with out of flour and baby oil.

**SPECIAL VISITOR** Tuesday 7/30 at 6:00pm—“Gardening With Rae”
Adult Program
Join Rae Hodgson to discuss planning a fall garden, mulching and groundcovers to help deal with summer heat and open Q and A.

Wednesday 7/31 at 2:00pm—Giant Space Invaders
Grades 3rd – 6th
Children will throw beanbags in an attempt to knock down all of the box towers and protect the Earth from invaders!

**Wednesday 7/31 at 6:00pm—“Tech Talk With Dawn”
Adult Program
Newsbank Database.  Learn about researching in Full-text newspapers  and magazines with Dawn.


All Programs MUST be signed up for during the Summer.  

Programs Typically last about an hour 

**Adult Programs are marked with stars

Baby Time!   Every Tuesday at 5:30pm and Every Wednesday at 9:30am
Suggested for Infants to Toddlers 

Baby time is composed of a lot of fun songs, rhymes, and movement games to do any time with your baby! It’s also just a special time to work in a little one on one time after the busy day.

Every Wednesday and Friday Morning at 10:00am – Story Time!
Suggested for Ages 2 – 5 years old

Join us every Wednesday and Friday morning for Story Time!  During story time we learn songs together and include lots of movement such as dancing, yoga, ASL, and more!  The stories are chosen with interaction in mind to hold children’s attention and get them excited about reading!  We include number and letter recognition through games and songs as well. Come join us, we’d love to see you there 🙂


Chess Club: Thursdays from 6pm – 7pm
Make new friends, learn the game, or test new strategies.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  This is one of our fastest growing programs, so we encourage registration for this event to aid with partner match ups, however, drop in guests are always welcome.

JUST ADDED Wednesday 7/31 from 10am – 1pm – D&D Boot Camp
All Ages
One of our resident Dungeons and Dragons pro’s will be heading off to college at the end of the summer. To make sure that you are all equipped to carry on, she will be hosting an intensive “Boot Camp” to teach you how to run your own D&D campaign! This program is for kids and adults who already know the basics of D&D and are interested in hosting their own campaign as Dungeon Master!

Thursday 8/1 at 5pm – Asteroids
Grades K – 3rd
Children will play a game where they have to keep “asteroids” (different color balloons) in the air while space music plays, but when the music stops they have to grab an asteroid. If their color asteroid gets called, they must pop it open and act out the mission inside. Children can also make clay sculptures of the moon and recreate the craters and other surface features of the moon.

**Thursday 8/1 at 6pm – Book Discussion
Adult Program
Book Discussion on classic title Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville, to honor his 200th birthday.

**Friday 8/2 at 12:30pm – Movie Afternoon
Adult Program

Movie Showing of Braveheart with Mel Gibson.

**Saturday 8/3 at 2pm – Woodstock Music Review
Adult Program
Woodstock Music Revue using Youtube videos. Snacks provided.

Saturday 8/3 at 2pm -“Star Wars” Droid-Inspired Mason Jar Craft
Tweens and Teens   
Teens will decorate mason jars in the likeness of R2-D2 or other robots from the Star Wars universe or other sci-fi franchises.

Monday 8/5 at 1pm—Technology for Emergent Readers
Grades K – 3rd
In this free, two-hour workshop, emerging readers ages 6 through 8 will love building confidence and improving their reading comprehension with fun, interactive activities. They will be introduced to Immersive Reader in OneNote for Windows 10, a free application that provides proven techniques to improve reading skills.
By the end of the workshop, students will:
– Master key tools that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and increase spacing between lines and letters.
– Read and illustrate stories.
– Tackle challenging new books they wouldn’t be able to on their own.

Monday 8/5 at 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Surprise Craft”
All Ages
The craft room will be open for all! DIY craft kits will be available for you to create!

*SPECIAL VISITOR!!!* Tuesday 8/6 at 4pm—Magic Show
All Ages
Mr. Magic has performed at over 70 libraries in the state this year alone!  He is a legend among magical performers in our state!  Don’t miss his incredible and hilarious performance at the library!

**Tuesday 8/6 at 5pm – Astrology Program
Adult Program
”What’s your sign?” Tarot readings by Shirley from Enchanted Psychic Readings in Oxford, and from The Ruby Tree in Woodbury.

Wednesday 8/7 at 2:30pm—Moon Phase Birthday Necklace
Tweens and Teens

Teens can find the moon phases that corresponds with their birthday and cut out their representative moon phase to make a necklace out of.

**Wednesday 8/7 at 6pm – Tech Talk
Adult Program
Tech Talk on the Digital Public Library and how you can use it for research with Librarian Dawn.

Thursday 8/8 from 5pm—7pm
Celebration party of the library’s first anniversary!

Friday 8/9 at 1pm—“Stars”
Grades K – 3rd 

Children will decorate black paper and watch as it spins and creates the illusion of light. They will also be able to create star rubbings from cut-out cardboard stars.

**Friday 8/9 from 2pm—4pm – Coloring
Adult Program
National Book Lover’s Day-celebrate by doing Adult Coloring Craft from 2-4 with us! Many exciting pictures to relax with and color.

**Saturday 8/10 at 10am – LSTA Workshop
Adult Program
LSTA Program This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library

Saturday 8/10 at 10am – Rocket Craft
All Ages
Craft and STEM challenge to create our own “rockets.”

**Saturday 8/10 at 12pm – Murder They Wrote
Adult Program
Murder They Wrote Book Club hosted by the Friends of the Library in Oxford.  This month we are discussing Cold Blue Blood

**Saturday 8/10 at 2pm – Sailing Toward My Father
Adult Program
“Sailing Toward My Father” -Life of Herman Melville written and directed by Carl A. Rossi. Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play performed here by actor and professor Stephen     Collins about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relationship with his father.

Mon. 8/12 at 3:30pm-4:30pm—Crafternoon “Planet Earth”
All Ages
We’re nearing the end of our space journey, this DIY instructor-free Crafternoon will provide materials to create Earth-from-space inspired artwork.

Tuesday 8/13 at 3pm—“Follow the Moon Home”
Grades 3rd – 6th

Children will make and decorate paper sea turtles using inspiration from the book Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson.

**Tuesday 8/13 at 5pm
Adult Program
Woodstock Author Talk by Scott Parker and Concert by Tablature

Wednesday 8/14 at 2pm—DIY Kites
Grades K – 3rd

Children will be able to create and decorate their own kites out of paper bags, crayons, markers, and stickers.

**Wednesday 8/14 at 6pm
Adult Program
Microsoft Office Learning Lab/ Open Q&A

Thurs. 8/15 at 5:30pm—Planet Pillows
Tweens and Teens  

Teens will be able to decorate pillowcases with a space-inspired design.

**Thursday 8/15 at 6pm
Adult Program
Adult Book Discussion “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

**Friday 8/16 at 1pm
Adult Program
Adult Craft Pina Colada Salt Scrub

**Friday 8/16 at 3pm
Adult Program
Poetry of the 60’s reading by Dawn

Saturday 8/17 12pm—2pm
End of Summer Reading Program-All Ages Cookout with Library staff serving lunch and talking books and fun summer adventures!

**Tuesday 8/20 at 6pm
Adult Program
Classics Book Discussion The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang. Describes the author’s involvement in creating the Woodstock Festival on its 50th anniversary this week.

**Wednesday 8/21 at 6pm
Adult Program
Tech Talk Medline Plus database. Helping you find health information from reliable sources from the National Library of Medicine resources with Librarian Dawn.

**Thursday 8/22 at 5:30pm
Adult Program
Knitting/Fabric Arts Meetup for any one to drop in and socialize and share ideas in the fabric arts. Snacks provided.

**Friday 8/23 at 1pm
Adult Program
Gene Kelly Birthday Movie. Your choice of Gene Kelly movies in honor of his birthday.

Saturday 8/24 at 10am—Stories in Space
Grades 3rd – 6th

Children will create their own constellations with stars marking special points and chalk to connect them and reveal the shape or object they have made. They will also be able to make their own “Mad Libs” space-inspired story!

**Wednesday 8/28 at 1pm
Adult Program
LSTA Program:This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

Thursday 8/29 at 5:30pm – Planner Party
Tweens and Teens
Have you ever used a planner to keep track of events and assignments?  Whether you have or have not, you will enjoy this program of tips and tricks to make using a planner fun AND useful! Color coding, time blocking, and decorating are just some of the techniques we will talk about.  It may seem a little silly at first, but you may discover that you’ve been missing out on the perks of planners!

Saturday 8/31 from 10am – 12pm – Space Olympics!
All Ages
Space themed outdoor and indoor games all morning! Planet Toss, Charades, Rocket Race, and more!

Special Program: Pre-School Preschool
August 20th – August 24th from 1pm – 2pm
If your little one is starting school or childcare this year, one of the struggles can be breaking into a new routine.  We will be offering a 1 hour program for 5 days to help get accustomed to some of these new routines. Pre-school preschool is essentially a longer version of library story time with a couple differences that may help when transitioning to school/childcare.

  • Parents/Caregivers can bring their child to the Program Room of the library at 1pm. Adults are required to stay in the library the entire time their child is here, but you are welcome to wait outside of the program room so that it mimics the habit of school “drop-off/ pick-up”
  • We will go through a relatively typical routine of story time, circle time, a craft, and a small snack. This way your child may feel more familiar with these activities at school.
  • At 1pm parents and caregivers will be welcomed back in to “pick up” their child.

 A Few Things to Make Pre-School Preschool Work Best

  • Children must be over 3 years old or turning 3 in 2019.
  • This program will be limited to only 10 children. This is the typical ratio within a childcare facility for children over the age of 3.
  • Please make sure you can attend at least 3 of the 5 days
  • Please make sure you are close by in case your child needs a familiar face/ in case of emergency. Again, Adults are required to stay in the library the entire time their child is here, but you are welcome to wait outside of the program room so that it mimics the habit of school “drop-off/ pick-up”