Programs at the Case Memorial Library are free (except as noted for materials charges) and open to the public. Registration is required where noted. Library hours are as follows: Monday and Thursday 10-8; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-4.
Friends’ Semi-Annual Great Basement Book Sale
Members Preview Night: Thursday, March 16, 5-7 p.m.
Open to the Public: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books including hardcover and paperback fiction and non-fiction for adults, children, and teens as well as vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. It’s the perfect place to pick up a gift for an upcoming event, add a new special book to your coffee table collection, or just grab a few great new things to read. The Members Preview Night is open to current members of the Friends as well as those who wish to join the night of the sale.
3-5 Year Olds Storytime
Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Enjoy storytelling, books, music, fingerplays, and puppetry at this story time series especially for three to five-year-olds! A story-related craft is offered following each session.
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
Little ones from birth up to age two and their caregivers are invited to this high-energy story time with Ms. Michelle. We’ll practice nursery rhymes, sing and move together, plus explore touch-and-feel books.
Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
Audience participation is highly encouraged at this storytime session just for twos. Enjoy books, stories, music and movement, fingerplays, and puppetry together.
Events for Children
No Bake Kids’ Cooking Class
Wednesday, April 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
For children in grades K-6
Ready to roll up your sleeves and learn some easy, allergen-free recipes? We’ll make delicious, nutritious bites and bars with Courtney Huggins, Retail Dietician at ShopRite in Orange. Courtney works with the local community doing cooking classes, cooking demos, nutrition presentations, store tours and one-on-one consultations. Registration is required and begins March 22.
“Caps for Sale” Drama Workshop
Thursday, April 13, 1-2:30 p.m.
For children ages 5-10
Re-enact this humorous and timeless tale about a peddler, some townspeople and a band of monkeys who believe they have played a trick on all of them. Everyone will get a part and a costume piece to wear as they act out this funny folktale and we’ll end with a creative art activity. Registration is required and begins March 23.
Earth Day Craft
Wednesday, April 19, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
For children grades K-6
Roll up your sleeves and celebrate Earth Day with a one-of-a-kind mystery craft! Note: our activity may get messy, so please dress accordingly. Registration is required and begins March 29.
Events For Teens
Book Chat Café
Tuesday, April 18, 2:15 p.m.
For teens who love to read and share their opinions over refreshments. Held at the Amity Middle School Media Center. Please see Ms. Liebrock for more information.
Events for Adults
Cookies and Coloring for Adults
Tuesday, March 14, 2-3:30 p.m./Tuesday, April 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
Think of the fun you had and the hours you spent with your coloring books and crayons in your childhood. Let’s return to those happy days and in the process reduce your stress, make new friends, and nibble some cookies. All supplies will be provided. Presented by the Friends of the Library in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
2017 Oscar Film: Manchester by the Sea
Monday, March 20, 7 p.m./Wednesday, March 27, 1 p.m.
An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. 2 hours, 17 minutes. Registration is required.
Books & Breakfast: Morning Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 21, 10 a.m.
Join Books & Breakfast discussion leader Carol Davidson a discussion of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Registration is required.
For the Sake of the Country: Female Spies in the Civil War
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.
Focusing on four women who risked all for their country during the Civil War, military historian Matthew Bartlett tells how these women played an important part in the extensive spy networks that were formed on both the Union and Confederate sides. Presented by the Friends of the Library in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Registration is required.
2017 Oscar Film: Hacksaw Ridge
Monday, March 27, 7 p.m./Wednesday, March 29, 1 p.m.
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. 2 hours, 19 minutes. Registration is required.
Ingredients for a Healthy Lifestyle
Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Learn how to make a delicious chicken sausage and vegetable pasta dish and hear tips about overall nutrition and wellness from Courtney Huggins, Registered Dietician for Shoprite of Orange. Held in the High Plains Cafeteria. Presented by Case Memorial Library and Orange Community Services as part of Boomers and Beyond: A Lifelong Learning Center. Registration is required and begins March 14.
Wellness Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m.
A discussion of Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brené Brown. Led by Adult Services Librarian Marianne Pysarchyk at the Senior Center. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. This program is free and open to participants of all ages. Please call the Senior Center at 203-891-4784 to register.
2017 Oscar Film: Moonlight
Monday, April 17, 7 p.m./Wednesday, April 19, 1 p.m.
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. 1 hour, 51 min. Registration is required and begins March 27.
The Bookcase: Evening Discussion Group
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m.
A discussion of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Led by Toby Zabinski. Check for copies at the Circulation Desk. Registration is required.
Music in the Library: Belle of the Fall
Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m.
Belle of the Fall is fast becoming known for its vocal harmonies, and the interplay between Tracy Walton’s upright bass and the hauntingly beautiful voice of Julia Autumn Ford. Their sound has been described as a modern Simon and Garfunkel, if Art Garfunkel were female. In their performance, expect plenty of stories and interaction with the audience. Presented by the Friends of the Library in celebration of its 25th anniversary. .Registration is required and begins April 1.
2017 Oscar Film: Fences
Monday, April 24, 7 p.m./Wednesday, April 26, 1 p.m.
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. 2 hours, 19 min. Registration is required and begins on April 3.
Aging Gracefully: Practicing Self-Care with Meditation and Massage
Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Learn to lead a more relaxed, mindful, and open state of living with insight meditation and self-massage. Guided practice will be led by Barbara O’Neill and Rita Lombardi of the Anam Cara Center. Presented by Case Memorial Library and Orange Community Services as part of Boomers and Beyond: A Lifelong Learning Center. Registration is required and begins April 6.
2017 Oscar Film: Hidden Figures
Monday, May 1, 7 p.m./Wednesday, May 3, 1 p.m.
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. 2 hours, 7 min. Registration is required and begins April 10.
Art In The Library
March: Watercolors by Susan Wolanic and abstract mixed media by Betsy Ratner, on view March 1-30.
April: Artwork by the children of Orange elementary schools, on view April 2-30. Reception: April 6, 4-6 p.m.
If physical limitations keep you or someone you know from visiting the Case Memorial Library, we can help. The Library will match you with a volunteer who will visit you with a variety of books hand-selected by our librarians based on your reading preferences. Your volunteer will pick up your materials and bring them back to the Library at no cost to you. Together, you and your Homebound Volunteer can arrange visits so that you always have books to enrich your life. To inquire about receiving Homebound Service or becoming a Homebound Volunteer, please call the Library at 203-891-2170. You must be an Orange resident to receive Homebound Service.
Museum Pass to Long Wharf Theatre
The Library is pleased to announce a new museum pass for the Long Wharf Theatre which is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The pass is available on a first come, first-served basis and allows patrons to call Long Wharf Theatre and reserve two free adult tickets for a performance of the current show at Long Wharf. Here’s how it works: Call or stop in the Library up to one week in advance of the performance you would like to attend to inquire about its availability. If the pass is available, you will have two days to come to the Library to check it out with your valid library card. Once you have the pass from the Library, call Long Wharf Theatre to reserve your seats. The day of the performance, bring the library pass to the box office to exchange it for your tickets.