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Fun at the Library This July: Flashlight Crafts, Oscar Films, and Book Discussions

July 9, 2024
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Case Memorial Library in Orange, Connecticut. A large, modern building with a glass facade. A flagpole flies a flag in front of the building.

Children's Take & Make: Flashlight Search

July 8-13

Make your very own flashlight search game. Use markers to decorate your bag and use the paper flashlight to light up your art. First come, first served.

Oscar Film: The Holdovers

Monday, July 8, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 1 p.m.

A cranky history teacher at a prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a grieving cook and a troubled student who has no place to go.  2 hr. 13 min. R.  Click here to register for Monday, July 8, 6 p.m.  Click here to register for Wednesday, July 10, 1 p.m.

Water Bead Stress Balls

Thursday, July 11, 3 p.m.

Relax, renew, and destress in this stress ball making activity.  For children in grades 1-6.  Click here to register.

The Bookcase Evening Discussion Group

Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m.

Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. This discussion will take place on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder....

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Concert: Marc Berger

Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m.

Marc Berger & Ride bring a well choreographed mix of deep country folk songs with touches of bluegrass, roots, Americana, a little spicy cajun, and even a little indie with an effects laced lead acoustic guitar. It’s near impossible to sit through a set without feeling a musical kinship to something in every song, even if it’s just the basic joy of watching a well seasoned band rip through every song as if it was the final number of their farewell tour. Marc has performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts.

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Craft Workshop: Batik

Monday, July 15, 7 p.m.

Learn how to use traditional tjanting tools to draw with hot wax onto cotton fabric, then use dyes to paint your design.  Workshop guided by Librarian Rebecca Harlow.  Please note this workshop is best suited to beginners.  Click here to register.

Teen Drop-In: Snack Battle

Tuesday, July 16, 2-4 p.m.

Which flavor of Lay's potato chips is best?  Spicy Crayfish?  Italian Red Meat?  Mexican Chicken Tomato?  Come to Snack Battle and try over a dozen different flavors!  Please note this is a program that is best suited to those without food allergies.  Held in our new teen space!  For rising 7th-12th graders.

Mystery Book Discussion

Thursday, July 18, 2 p.m.

Join discussion leader Donna DiMassa and Librarian Rebecca Harlow for a discussion of Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto.

Sixty-year-old self-proclaimed tea expert Vera Wong enjoys nothing more than sipping a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy ‘detective’ work on the internet (AKA checking up on her son to see if he’s dating anybody yet). But when Vera wakes up one morning to find a dead man in the middle of her tea shop, it’s going to take more than a strong Longjing to fix things. Knowing she’ll do a better job than the police possibly could – because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands – Vera decides it’s down to her to catch the killer. Nobody spills the tea like this amateur sleuth....

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Ban This Book Club

Monday, August 12, 7 p.m.

Join librarian Rebecca Harlow as we discuss Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo as a work of literature and an object of censorship. This book has been banned, restricted, or challenged in libraries in 15 states, including Connecticut. It is a National Book Award winner, a Stonewall Award winner, a Printz Honor book, and received an Asian American and Pacific Islander Librarians Award for Literature.

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Wednesday Book Group

Wednesday, August 14, 1 p.m.

Beyond That, The Sea by Laura Spence-Ash is a sweeping, tenderhearted love story about two families living through World War II on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and the shy, irresistible young woman who will call them both her own.  This is a remarkable book of historical fiction that is a deeply felt and fresh take on the story of the children sent away from London during the war.  This in-person discussion is facilitated by Librarian Ellen Miller.  Books will be available to borrow at the Circulation Desk mid-July.  Registration is required.  Click here to register.


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