Library Lines: Aug. 4

Fairy dolls

For this Saturday’s Let’s Make Something, kids ages 5 and up will be making fairy dolls from 2 to 3 p.m. The Let’s Make Something programs focus on STEAM activities (incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math) for kids with a concentration on innovation and creativity. Mrs. Keogh will show children how to make the dolls in an hour-long workshop. Space is limited to eight children and tickets will be handed out on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Children's Library Reference Desk starting at 1:45 on Saturday. Caregivers must remain in the program with children.

Learn game programming

Students in grades 6 through 8 have their own introduction to computer programming in a five-day workshop. Scratch Programming for Middle School Students takes place Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 4. Kids will learn how to code basic programs and games through a project-based curriculum in Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT. Absolutely no experience is necessary; kids can join in on the fun and learn as they go. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants must be able to commit to all five days. Registration for the first day automatically enrolls the student in the full week. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family Fund.

Support group continues

The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Group continues meeting in August with a get-together on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Post-treatment breast cancer survivors are led by Nina Marino, LCSW, in this monthly group. Nina was the clinical director for 15 years of the former Breast Cancer Survival Center and is a breast cancer survivor. Please email Nina at with any questions. There is no charge. Registration is highly encouraged. Newcomers are always welcomed.

Embroidery gets better

The library has a new embroidery machine — The Janome Memory Craft 500E. The demand for embroidery in the library’s Innovation Station necessitated the change to a more robust machine. The library is offering special sessions for people who have already attended classes in the use of the previous Singer machine. Getting Acquainted with Our New Embroidery Machine takes place on the following dates: Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 to 11:30; Monday, Aug. 15, from 11  to 12:30; and Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 6:30. Attendees will learn how to work all the new “bells and whistles” of this more rigorous system so they can keep creating their personalized items. Registration is required as the class size is limited. Visit the library’s Innovation Station page to see what other programs the library has to offer in its maker space.

Once upon a time

“Fairy tales can come true” and on Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Wonderful Wednesday program brings Disney Princesses to the library from 2 to 4.  This dazzling array of favorite princesses and other characters is a highlight of the summer season for so many children. Kids will be able to meet and greet their beloved characters and even get their pictures taken with the likes of Elsa, Anna and so many more. Children can even come dressed in costumes. The kids can make autograph booklets for the princesses to sign. There is no registration.

Look up in the sky…

It’s not a bird, or a plane or even a superhero. It’s a super light show so now is the perfect time to check out the library’s Orion 10015 Starblast Astro Reflector Telescope. According to experts, Friday, Aug. 12 is peak viewing for the Perseid meteor shower visible in the Northern Hemisphere.  Bill Cooke, a NASA meteor expert, said August Perseid is the most popular meteor shower of all. In an interview with, he noted, “This year, instead of seeing about 80 Perseids per hour we may be able to see more than 150 — up to as many as 200 meteors per hour…meteors burn up in the atmosphere traveling at 37 miles (59 km) per second leaving vivid streaks behind them in the sky.”

The library’s telescope may be loaned for one week. It comes in a carry case with binoculars, an LED light with lanyard, a night sky and three books on stargazing. There is also the Mixed Bag — Stargazing, with a DVD, CD, and recipes for gourmet S’Mores over a backyard grill or fire pit.To reserve the telescope, visit the library’s website and search “lending telescope” in the catalog or email For more information, call Susan Lauricella at 203-762-6343.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336 and Teen Services at 203-762-6342.