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Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10:00-8:00 Friday 10:00-5:00 Saturday 10:00-3:00 Sunday 1:00-5:00

Library Closed:

January 1, New Year’s Day January 21, Martin Luther King Day February 18, Presidents’ Day

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Book Discussions The next book discussion at the library will be Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. with a snow date of February 6. Denise Stankovics is the discussion leader. Copies of the book are available for loan. Also join us for a discussion of a popular nonfiction book on the third Thursday afternoon of each month beginning in February. Titles to be discussed will be available soon. Please call 860-7633501 to register or for further information. Book Talk with CT Author Robert Steele Former U.S. Congressman Robert Steele will discuss his new novel The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. The novel is set against the casino gambling explosion that hit southeastern Connecticut during the 1990's and comes at a time when Connecticut's casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the library the evening of Mr. Steele's appearance. Snow date is scheduled for Thursday, January 17. Monday Matinees We will show the recently released film Hope Springs on Tuesday, January 8 and Magic of Belle Isle on Tuesday, January 22. The movies will be shown with closed captioning in the Blake Community Room beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Identity Theft: What You Need to Know Sam Chang, a representative from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will present a program on identity theft at the Somers Library on Thursday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will learn how identity theft can occur, tips to protect themselves, and steps to take if identity theft happens to them. Please register online (www.somerspubliclibrary.org – Events Calendar) or by calling 860-763-3501.

Free Opera Afternoon Join opera teacher Mike Cascia for a screening of Vincenzo Bellini’s Italian “Bel Canto” opera Norma on Sunday, February 3, from 1:00-4:30 p.m. On Sunday March 3 Mr. Cascia will present Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a 1904 “verisimo” (true to life) Italian style opera. Light refreshments will be served. The programs are free and open to the public.

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussions Are you interested in joining a series of discussions on world affairs? Call 860-763-3501 or come in to the Somers Public Library for a listing of foreign policy topics being discussed in 2013. If there is enough interest, the library will provide the books which will serve as the focal text for the discussions which will begin in the winter.

eBooks for Loan The library subscribes to the Overdrive downloadable eMedia catalog with items available for loan to Somers residents. Titles may be downloaded to either the Kindle or Nook eReaders, or other devices, for a 7 or 14 day checkout. You will need your Somers Public Library barcode and there is a limit of 5 titles per patron. Because of the high demand, most bestsellers have waiting lists. Overdrive is easily accessible from the library’s website, www.somerspubliclibrary.org.

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Family Movie Matinee Saturday, January 5, 1:00 p.m. We will show the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, rated PG, 94 minutes. No registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Storytime Session

Registration for the Somers Public Library winter storytime session will begin the week of January 7. Somers residents can register beginning Monday, January 7 and non-residents can register beginning Tuesday, January 8. Storytime sessions will run for eight weeks January 14 –March 15. Registration is required for all storytimes. Children ages 12-24 months will meet on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Children ages 24-36 months will meet on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Children ages 3-5 years will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Snow Fun Storytime! Thursday, January 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. A storytime for students in grades K-2. We will read Martin MacGregor’s Snowman and make a winter craft. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Registration is required. Pancakes & Pajamas Family Night Tuesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. Wear your winter pajamas for some pancake making, stories and songs. All ages are invited. Registration is required for this event.

Winter Reading Program January 7- February 28 Pick up your first reading sheet beginning Monday, January 7 and check out five books from the library. Return your completed reading log to the library for a special surprise. Candy Kiss Contest January 7 – February 13 Stop in and take a guess at the number of candies in the jar. Closest guess wins them all!

February is Love Your Library Month! Celebrate the love for your library by filling out a heart for our children’s room bulletin board. Your name will be entered for a chance to win a gift basket! Stop in the children’s room beginning February 1.

Take Your Child to the Library Day Saturday, February 2 • Dads & Donuts at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2 & up are invited to bring their dads for stories, songs & a craft. We will also be serving donuts, coffee and juice. Registration is required. • Family Movie Matinee at 1:00 p.m. We will show the movie, Ice Age: Continental Drift, rated PG, 88 minutes. No registration required. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Celebrate the Chinese New Year - Year of the Snake! Saturday, February 9, 1:00 p.m. Meet numerous species of snakes. Learn about these fascinating but often misunderstood reptiles. How do they locate prey? How do they eat? How big do they grow? Presented by Riverside Reptiles. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Registration is required for this event. Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Thursday, February 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Students in grades K-2 are invited to make a craft and special treats with chocolate! Registration is required for this event. February School Vacation Week Activities Watch for details on these special events: Dr. Seuss Family Night! Tuesday, February, 19, 6:00 p.m.

Lego® Club Wednesday, February 20, 1:30 p.m. Musical Petting Zoo with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Thursday, February 21, 10:30 a.m.

January 2013 North Central  

Community news for the towns of East Windsor, Ellingon, Enfield, Somers, Stafford and Vernon.