We’re Marching on (yes, we did go there) with a month of engaging, enriching, and entertaining virtual programs. Mark your calendars and sign up while there are still spots open!
March Teen Volunteering Challenges
Earn community service hours by submitting a photo, video, or other content that may be added to CPL’s social media pages! Each submission will be awarded 2 community service hours. March’s challenges include:
- Art: Will March come in like a lion and go out like a lamb? Draw your favorite animal.
- Writing: Write a story, poem, or essay about luck. It could be good, bad, or a bit of both!
- Food: March 10th is National Oreo Cookie Day, so bake or make something awesome with Oreos!
- Reading: Pick a book you’ve read and loved, and make a bookmark inspired by it.
- More Reading: For Women’s History Month, read a nonfiction book about an accomplished woman you’ve never heard of.
- Even More Reading: Think about your favorite book character- and choose a book you think that character would like to read!
If you participate in the challenges, earn community service credit by submitting your creations so we can share them on our social media pages
Book Buzz Teen Book Club: The Radium Girls
All month long
This month we are going to read The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Register starting March 2 to pick up your copy of the book in the Children’s Room, then join us on our Google Classroom page to share and hear our different points of view about the book! (This book discussion group will be available all month -and beyond- and you can interact with us and post your thoughts any time that’s convenient for you.) For grades 6-12.
Take + Make Kits
- Week of March 1: Sock Puppet (Ages 3-6)
- Week of March 8: Japanese Candy Kits (Grades 6-12)
- Week of March 15: Potpourri Squares (Ages 7+)
- Week of March 22: Magic Blooming Flowers (Grades K-6)
Make something at your own pace this week with a Take + Make kit! We have kits for kids in every age group this month, and registration is required to pick up a kit in the Children’s Room each week. We have a limited number of materials and the kits get reserved very quickly, so please register early and limit to one kit per child.
- Broccoli Cheddar Soup: Monday, March 8, 6:00 – 7:00pm
- Southwest Taquitos: Monday,March 22, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Join a Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make ChocolateCheesecake Egg Rolls and Loaded Veggie Tot Nachos! Ingredients are listed on our Event Calender. For kids ages 6-12. Please register for these virtual events and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Tuesdays, March 9 – April 6, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00am
A virtual storytime for preschoolers (and their grown-ups!) to learn through talking, singing, reading, writing,and playing! Best for children ages 3-5. Younger and older siblings are welcome. Registration required. This program meets five times: March 9, 16, 23, & 30 and April 6. Register once to attend all five sessions. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link 1 hour before the beginning of each session.
Connecticut in Motion
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
This overview of 400 years of transportation developments in Connecticut, from the colonial era through the present day, focuses on the privately owned railroads and trollies of the nineteenth century and the publicly operated interstate and express highways of the twentieth. Please register for this virtual event and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
College Admissions in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 6:45 – 7:45pm
Learn how COVID-19 is changing the college admissions landscape and how it will affect Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. This program covers how admissions officers are handling the current situation and how students can position themselves to develop a compelling narrative to increase their chances for admission. Please register for this virtual event and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Thursdays, March 11 – April 8, 2021, 10:00 – 10:30am
A virtual storytime for toddlers and their caregivers, with interactive songs, stories, and other fun activities. Best for children ages 1-3. Younger and older siblings are welcome. This program meets five times: March 11, 18, 25, and April 1 and 8. Registration required. Register once to attend all sessions. You will receive a Zoom link one hour before the beginning of each program.
Cat Tales Writers Group
Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30pm
We’re back! Join us virtually for an open writing group that can help answer your questions on writing, editing, grammar, and publishing. Read a selection of your work to the group for general constructive feedback, or discuss a book you’ve read that might help someone else. Join us once, join us every month! Please register for this virtual event and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Family Trivia Night
Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Looking for something that you can do as a whole family? Team up for this virtual trivia challenge! Trivia questions will cover a variety of topics and will be appropriate for children of all ages. Each family will need a device (or devices) to participate in Zoom and answer trivia questions. Registration is required–please register once per family participating. You will receive a link via email for the Zoom meeting prior to the event.
Jammin’ with Jeffrey
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 – 10:30am
Join Early Childhood Music specialist Michele Urban and her silly puppet friend, Jeffrey, as they make music together! Best for ages 0-5 but all ages welcome. Please register for these virtual events to receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Ten Trends in Landscape and Land Care
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Presenter Kathy Connolly takes us on a brief visit to the world of landscape professionals. Listen as professional landscapers and garden center owners describe what they see for the future, and what common beliefs and practices they wish would change. Be prepared for some laughs and perhaps a bit of controversy. Please register for this virtual event and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
What to Grow in My Medicinal Herb Garden?
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30pm
The right herbal “superstars” can help treat common ailments like colds and flu, inflammation, pain, anxiety, poor digestion, and insomnia. But where should you begin? How do you even start a medicinal herb garden? It’s a question many people ask, and we’ll help take the mystery out of starting a medicinal herb garden. Please register for this virtual event and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Clear Lip Gloss with Gemstones (Teen Take & Make tutorial)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Pick up a Take + Make kit with supplies for the craft any time the library is open during the week of March 15. Then join us on Zoom March 24 to learn how to make your own lip gloss at home with lovely gemstones and no beeswax or petroleum jelly! Please register for this virtual event to receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.
Comics Club: Stargazing
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4:00 – 4:45pm
This month we’ll make instruments in addition to discussing the book, Stargazing by Jen Wang. Please read the book before attending this virtual event. Copies of the book and craft materials are available at the children’s information desk starting on Feb 22. For kids in grades 3-5. You must register for each child in order to pick up a copy of the book and craft supplies. Registered participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the event start time.
Books Over Coffee: The Woman Who Stole Vermeer
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Want to engage in great discussions about books? Meet new people? Join us for an adult monthly book club program called Books Over Coffee. We will meet over Zoom. This month’s book is The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony Amore. Please register for this virtual event and you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the start of the program.