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. The Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours resume on Monday, July 6.
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.
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
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.
Sharpie Mug Design
Tuesday, July 7, 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 Tuesday, June 23.
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.
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.
Registration is highly recommended for all Oscar films. Seating is limited. Registration opens three weeks in advance of the screening date.
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.
Monday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12, 1 p.m.
PG-13. 169 minutes.
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.
Monday, August 24, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26, 1 p.m.
- 114 minutes.
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
Books & Breakfast: Morning Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 21, 10 a.m.
Join Books & Breakfast leader Carol Davidson for a discussion of China Girls by Lisa See.
The Bookcase: Evening Book Discussion Group
Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland.
Art in the Library
July: Graphite, watercolors, pen & ink, gouaches, oils, and egg tempera by Connecticut natural science illustrators.
Reception: Thursday, July 9, 5-7 p.m.
August: Watercolors, knitted items, and dolls by Graziella deSoldow and Bronislava Slagle.
Reception: Thursday, August 6, 5-7 p.m.
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Books for Babies
The Friends of the Library are launching a new program to welcome our newest and littlest Orange residents to the Library. As of July 1, parents and their babies born in the last year are invited to the Children’s Department to receive a gift compliments of the Friends. The gift includes a small yellow bag containing a book, a toy, and baby’s first library card as well as helpful information on how to take advantage of the great programs and services offered by the Library for children and their caregivers.