Programs at the Case Memorial Library are free (except as noted for materials charges) and open to the public. Library hours are as follows: Monday and Thursday 10-8; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-4.
Registration is highly recommended for all Library events.
Come to our weekly storytimes to have fun, meet new friends, and set your child on the path to lifelong learning!
Our lapsit storytimes are for babies and toddlers up to 24 months and feature nursery rhymes, music, and movement. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Visit casememoriallibrary.org/storytime.htm for upcoming dates.
Our 2-year-old storytimes feature storytelling, music, and movement. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Visit casememoriallibrary.org/storytime.htm for upcoming dates.
Three to Five-Year-Old Storytime
Our 3 to 5-year-old storytimes feature storytelling, rhymes, finger plays, and a craft activity. Mondays at 4 p.m. Visit casememoriallibrary.org/storytime.htm for upcoming dates.
Events for Children
Every Hero Has a Story: Children’s Summer Reading Program
June 18 – August 8
For students entering grades K-5. Pre-schoolers can register as “Read to Me” members. Students entering grade 6 may choose to participate in either “Every Hero Has a Story” or the teen summer reading program, “Unmask!” Sign up in person with your child or register and participate online.
Registration is required for children’s summer programs and opens two weeks in advance of the program date.
Summer Reading Kickoff Party: Mr. Magic
Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m.
A fun-filled family show which includes music, comedy, audience participation, and magic! For children of all ages.
Fourth of July Craft
Thursday, July 2, 2 p.m.
For children ages 4-8. Space is limited.
Superhero Cartooning Workshop
Thursday, July 16, 4:30 p.m.
Learn to draw your favorite superhero with cartoonist Rick Stromoski. For children ages 7-12. Please bring your own sketchpad. Space is limited.
Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures
Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m.
Meet a kangaroo, a monkey, birds of prey, and more! For children ages 5 and up.
Drama Workshop with Ingrid Schaeffer: “Pandora’s Box”
Thursday, July 30, 4 p.m.
Learn how to act out this famous Greek myth complete with costumes and props then make your own Pandora’s Box. For children ages 5-10. Space is limited.
End-of-Summer-Reading Party: Al deCant “Music for Little Superstars”
Saturday, August 8, 11 a.m.
Raffle drawings will be held and certificates will be awarded to summer reading participants who have read 5 or more books. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, August 12, 2 p.m.
Decorate your own cape. For children ages 4 and up. Space is limited.
Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime
Thursday, August 13, 4 p.m.
Held outside on the sitting wall. Bring your bear and blanket. Refreshments will be served. For children ages 2-5.
Children’s Film: Big Hero 6
Wednesday, August 19, 1 p.m.
Come see this Oscar-winning Disney film about a band of heroes on our big screen! Rated PG. Refreshments will be served.
Events for Teens
Book Chat Café
Tuesday, June 16, 2:15 p.m.
Held at the Amity Middle School Media Center for teens who love to read and share their opinions over refreshments. Please see Mrs. Goss.
Unmask!: Teen Summer Reading Program
June 18 – August 15
For students entering grades 7-12. Students entering grade 6 may choose to participate in “Unmask!” or the children’s summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story.” Here’s how it works: tell us what you’re reading this summer by logging it online. Read at least two books and you’re guaranteed a prize! For every five books you read you’ll be entered into a grand prize raffle. Each week you finish a book and log it online you’ll be entered into an additional weekly raffle.
Registration is required for teen summer programs and opens two weeks in advance of the program date.
Color-Block Book Totes
Thursday, June 25, 2-3 p.m.
Create your own colorful tote to carry all of your summer reading books in style. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration begins Thursday, June 11.
Sharpie Mug Design
Thursday, July 9, 2-3 p.m.
Create a fun, personalized mug with paint pens. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins Thursday, June 25.
Thursday, July 23, 2-3 p.m.
Learn how to create art through repetitive drawing of simple patterns and “tangles” with Jamilah. It’s fun, relaxing, and easy to learn! No previous experience required. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins Thursday, July 9.
Henna with Jamilah
Tuesday, August 4, 2-3 p.m.; 3-4 p.m.
Learn about henna and get your own tattoo from professional henna artist Jamilah. Register for either the 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. session. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, July 21.
Marbled Clay Ring Dishes
Tuesday, August 18, 2-3 p.m.
Create a customized marbled ring dish with oven-bake clay. Please bring a 6-inch oven-safe bowl. All other supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, August 4.
Events for Adults
Escape the Ordinary: Adult Summer Reading Program
June 18 – August 15
For adults 18 and up and recent high school graduates. Here’s how it works: each time you visit the Library this summer fill out a simple form with the title and author of a book you’ve just finished, give it a star rating, and drop it in the raffle box. Every two weeks we’ll hold at raffle drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Can’t make it to the Library? No problem! You can participate online.
Drop-In Tech Help
Please note that Drop-In Tech Help has been cancelled until further notice.
Registration is highly recommended for all Oscar films. Seating is limited. Registration opens three weeks in advance of the screening date.
Monday, June 15, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 1 p.m.
PG-13. 128 minutes.
A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaigns to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Into the Woods
Monday, June 29, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 1 p.m.
- 125 minutes.
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Monday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 15, 1 p.m.
- 100 minutes.
The adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Monday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m.
PG-13. 137 minutes.
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a POW camp.
Friends of the Library Annual Meeting
They Called Her Reckless
Monday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Join author Janet Barrett as she discusses her book, They Called Her Reckless, the story of a courageous and indomitable war horse who stood with her buddies for two years during the Korean War, saving many lives, raising spirits, and winning the love and respect of all who knew her. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The Bookcase: Evening Book Discussion Group
Monday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
Square One Theatre: Reader’s Theatre Showcase
Monday, July 6, 7 p.m.
Join us for a dazzling theatrical performance of Gidion’s Knot by Square One Theatre Company. Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. Sponsored by the Shirley Martin Prown Fund.
Art in the Library
June: Watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, and sculpture by Rita Kelly, Rosalie Spinelli, and Deepa Kumar.
July: Graphite, watercolors, pen & ink, gouaches, oils, and egg tempera by Connecticut natural science illustrators.
Reception: Thursday, July 9, 5-7 p.m.