Library Lines: July 28

Final concert tonight

Steve Kazlauskas fills the Brubeck Room with favorites from “Old Blue Eyes” in his performance of Echoes of Sinatra in the final Summer Music & More concert tonight from 5 to 6:30. This is the fourth year Steve has thrilled audiences with his style, manner and storytelling reminiscent of the Chairman of the Board. The concert is free and open to the public with no registration required. The concert series is made possible by the generous funding of The Village Market. The audience is treated to free refreshments and wine is donated by Michael Crystal. The concert takes place in the Brubeck Room and courtyard rain or shine.

Fun for kids this week

From mind games to Lego construction, from live animals to a live musical performance, kids have lots to do at the library this next week. Beginning with Flaming Goat! and Other Mini-Games on Friday, July 29, from 3 to 3:45, kids in grades 1 through 5 can use their brains to solve an absurd puzzle. Kids completely unplug — the antithesis of Pokémon Go — with no screens, game boards, dice or cards. All that is used is the kids’ collective minds and their imaginations. They also will be designing a simple game together. There is no registration or fee. On Saturday, July 30, Let’s Make Something, from 2 to 3 p.m. is a Lego Day! Kids entering grades K and up can come and create something and then put it on display. Tickets for this program will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Reference Desk starting at 1:45 on the day of the program. This week’s Wonderful Wednesday brings the Beardsley Zoomobile on Aug. 3 from 2:30 to 3:30. Kids entering grades K and up will experience What Makes Animals Different with an assortment of rainforest and jungle creatures. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family. There is no registration sign-up; at 2:15 the day of the program, tickets for that afternoon's program will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the Children's Reference Desk. Space is limited.

Teen skills put to the test

This week’s teen programs use creativity in different ways. On Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 3 to 5, kids entering grades 7 through 12 can get crafty with Light Up Bucket Hats for Teens. The teens will be using fabric markers to create a unique design on a bucket hat and then get acquainted with light-up wearables by sewing on LED circuits. Registration is required because space is limited. Kids are asked to arrive on time. The program is supported by the Amadeo Family Fund. On Thursday, Aug. 4, teens’ culinary skills will be challenged with a Teen Iron Chef competition from 3 to 5. Teams of three to four teens will bring their imaginations and innovative skills to the chef's table to create dishes to dazzle the library’s judging panel. Entries will be judged on taste, creativity and presentation. Teamwork is a must in this fun competition. Teen Iron Chef is for kids entering grades 6 through 12. Registration is required for this program which is sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.

Children’s programs continue

The summer reading program continues at the library with regularly scheduled activities each day. The ongoing programs include Minecraft Club, Saturday, July 30, continuing on Saturdays in August, 10 to noon; Jungle Crafts, Mondays, Aug. 1, 8 and 15  10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Movement and Dance for Little Ones, Monday, Aug. 1, 8 and 15, 11 to 11:30; on Tuesdays, Aug. 2, 9 and 16 Books for Babies, 10:15 to 10:45; Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes,11 to 11:30; and Wonderful Ones and Twos, 3 to 3:30;  Ready Readers, Tuesdays, Aug. 2 and 9  4:15 to 5 for ages 4 and 5; Movie Theater Thursday, Thursday, Aug. 4 — Rio, 10:15 to 11:45 and Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, 2 to 3:15. Programs can be found on the library’s website under the Children’s tab. Each event is listed with age groups, registration requirements, a brief description and registration links if applicable.

Upgraded embroidery begins now

The library has upgraded its electronic sewing machine to a new embroidery machine that can handle the demand much better. The machine, a Janome Memory Craft 500E, is a great addition to the Innovation Station. For people who have already learned how to embroider or monogram on the previous Singer machine, a special session on Monday, Aug. 1, from 4 to 5:30 is designed to bring them up to speed on the new features and capabilities of the Janome, so they can keep creating personalized items. Registration is required for Getting Acquainted with the New Embroidery Machine because the class size has to be limited for optimum learning. Participants may register online or call 203-762-6324.  For more Innovation Station classes, visit the library’s website and click on the Innovation Station icon on the home page.

The library’s website and phone system will be down for routine maintenance on Sunday, July 31, while the library is closed for summer hours. 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.