Atwater Memorial Library

1720 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT 06471
203-315-6020 / Fax 203-315-6021

Edward Smith Library

3 Old Post Road
Northford, CT 06472
203-484-0469 / Fax 203-484-6024

 

Hours for Both Libraries:
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 8:00
Friday: 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 12:00
 

Upcoming Programs

Fundamentals of Drawing Series with Artist Liz Egan

Drawing is the foundation of all art.

In this four-week workshop, you will learn real drawing skills that you can incorporate into all your creative endeavors.

Weekly sessions will focus on step by step instruction in shading, perspective and observational drawing techniques.

Handouts include take home activities to build on what you learn in class.

Since the work of one session builds on the next, it is encouraged that you participate in all four sessions. You must register for each session individually.

Liz Egan is an award winning artist, painter, and printmaker. After a career in Higher Education and Arts Administration, Liz received her CT Teaching Certification and taught art at Westbrook Middle School for 14 years. A member of numerous arts organization, she is a past President of Clinton Art Society.

Ages 18+

6:30pm - 8:00pm View Details

Book Club, "Our Missing Hearts"

Book Club takes place at the Atwater Memorial Library on the 3rd Thursday, of every month at noon! If you would like to become a member, register for this event, and you will be added to the member's list for all future titles and meetings.

This month's title is, Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng!

"Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner lives a quiet existence with his loving but broken father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird knows to not ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. For a decade, their lives have been governed by laws written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. To keep the peace and restore prosperity, the authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic—including the work of Bird’s mother, Margaret, a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old.

Bird has grown up disavowing his mother and her poems; he doesn’t know her work or what happened to her, and he knows he shouldn’t wonder. But when he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, he is pulled into a quest to find her. His journey will take him back to the many folktales she poured into his head as a child, through the ranks of an underground network of librarians, into the lives of the children who have been taken, and finally to New York City, where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of much-needed change" - GoodReads.

12:00pm - 2:00pm View Details

Unpacking a History of Systemic Racism in the American Education System with Tiffany Jewell

Tiffany Jewell, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School, Thursday, June 20th

Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School

From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.

The book follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.
Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School provides young folks with the context to think critically about and chart their own course through their current schooling—and any future schooling they may pursue. A true “don’t want to miss” event–so register now!

2:00pm - 3:00pm View Details

Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

Join in the fun as we read through a Choose Your Own Adventure book. We will end each session with a craft or activity that pertains to the adventure we've just read. 

Registration Required

Recommended ages 8-12

 

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.

4:30pm - 5:45pm View Details
Click here to view the
full Events Calendar
Online

Online Library

The Palace Project is a free collection of more than 11,000 openly licensed eBook and eAudio titles.

Where creativity, imagination and learning meet! Access a robust collection of popular plays with everything needed to put on a production. Educators will love the lesson plans and extended learning pieces that help students become more fluent readers, understand core concepts, and internalize content. 

Upper Elementary & Middle School. Multi-media articles with high-interest, readable content. Primary sources, “Behind the Headlines” summarized current events, Timelines database, over 10,000 Biographies, citation builder, recommended websites, educator tools and printable graphic organizers.

Elementary School. Elementary age-appropriate articles that are easy-to-read with image-driven navigation and designed to build confidence and encourage creativity. Includes WebQuests, compare & contrast tools, biographies, inquiry-based activities, citations, educator tools and lesson plans.

Preschool & Early Elementary. For pre & emergent readers learning the fundamentals of reading and writing. Enforces early childhood curriculum with 350+ fiction / nonfiction read-aloud stories including fairy tales and nursery rhymes, printable activities and matching and tracing games. Includes short nonfiction videos with educator lessons & disguised learning activities.

A streaming movie service that offers access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

To access iNDIEFLIX, sign into your LION: Libraries Online account using either the Libby app or the web version of the Libby app from your computer.
Look for “EXTRAS” and click on iNDIEFLIX.

Over 1,400 in-depth instructional videos for all creative makers from basic instruction to advanced techniques for fabric and yarn crafts, baking, drawing, and much more.

To access Craftsy, sign into your LION: Libraries Online account using either the Libby app or the web version of the Libby app from your computer.
Look for “EXTRAS” and click on Craftsy.

FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records, based in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Records from over 130 countries include birth, marriage, death, census, probate, land, military, International Genealogical Index, and more. In-Library use only. Remote access is not available.

Driving-Tests.org offers access to Connecticut DMV handbooks and practice tests to help you prepare for your learner’s permit, driver’s license, motorcycle license or commercial driver’s license

Unlimited access to hundreds of courses for lifelong learning and personal enrichment on subjects like history, food & wine, finance, travel and much more.

To access The Great Courses, sign into your LION: Libraries Online account using either the Libby app or the web version of the Libby app from your computer.
Look for “EXTRAS” and click on The Great Courses.

 
Subscribe to our E-Newsletter

     

    New Arrivals

    Hotel Portofino
    Five nights at Freddy's
    Holdovers
    Hunger games
    Bride
    The Fury
    Fourteen days
    Happy days