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This Week @ the Library

Need a Boost?

The Library has recently purchased a new charging station now located in the Teen area. Never again worry about getting caught with a dead battery for your phone or device. A special Thank You to the Friends of the Simsbury Public Library for the generous gift which made this purchase possible.

Introducing Our Newest Database

Over 63 languages to choose from that are completely self-paced and become fluent in just a few months. Just set up a free account and log in with your Library card. It's that easy! Learning a language has never been this fun. Start learning now.

Summer Reading

It's not too late to sign up for our summer reading programs. Children can earn bones to feed our Library dog in support of animal heroes, teens can earn raffle tickets for autographed books and gift cards to local shops and adult can earn raffle tickets towards our Escape the Ordinary gift baskets and enter to win our grand prize of a night's stay for 2 at Green Acres Bed & Breakfast. Pick up a brochure to see more exciting summer events. Pick up a brochure or check the calendar for events.


Sign up here:

Little Heroes

Every Hero Has a Story Grades K-6

Teen Summer Reading

Adult Summer Reading

3D Thursdays
10:00-11:30 am
Reference Area

Interested in learning how the Library's 3D printer works?

Come in for live demonstrations and instructions. Learn how to find and print items for your home or business. You may choose an object to print or send us your file and we'll print it for you.

Simsbury Small Business

Monday, July 6

7:00-8:30 pm, Program Room 2


Simsbury Small Business is a group of business owners and entrepreneurs in Simsbury, formed to provide support and group mentoring to help all of our businesses succeed. The group meets monthly at the Library, the first week of the month, alternating Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.


Join us if you own or operate a small business and would like a forum to talk about the issues, challenges, and opportunities you face in your local business. Join our Facebook group to learn about updates and share information between live meetings.


Questions? Contact Jenna Mayotte, Business Resource Center Coordinator, at 860-658-7663 x2107 


Kindle eBook Instruction 

Tuesday, July 7

Wednesday, July 8

1:00-2:00 pm & 2:00-3:00 pm, 

Business Resource Center


Small group instruction to learn how to download free e-books to the Kindle. Preregistration is required.


Wellness on the Web (part 1)
Tuesday, July 7
10:00-Noon, Technology Learning Center


The web is a phenomenal resource for health information. This course will introduce you to the types of websites you can use to learn about health issues, blogs to follow on health, online resources to work out with and mobile apps that can help you in your journey toward a healthier tomorrow. Instructed by Ellen Cartledge. Space is limited so please pre-register. Free and open to all.


Keeping the Home Fires Burning:
Families on the Home Front in World War II
Tuesday, July 7
1:30-3:00 pm, Program Room

WWII ended 70 years ago this year, but the effects are still being felt in our society today. In this lively program, historian John Cilio will take you back to the America of 1939-1945, closing with the impact that 19 million working women had on the future of work in the U.S. Slides of vintage photos set to 1940's music will take you back to a different era. Enjoy some snacks from the days of rationing, Spam and Saltines, anyone? Co-sponsored by the Simsbury Library and Simsbury Senior Center. Reserve a seat through the Senior Center at 860-658-3273.


Teen Techie Tuesday: 3D Printer Demo & TinkerCAD
Tuesday, July 7
2:00-3:30 pm, Technology Learning Center


Stop by the library for a 3D Printer demonstration and learn how to make your own design using TinkerCAD. Participants can pick up their design at a later date TBD.


Free Business Counseling with SCORE®

Wednesday, July 8 

Call for available appointments, Barnes Room


Are you an entrepreneur who wants to expand, improve profitability, or improve operations? Or are you thinking of starting a new business? If so, SCORE® can help! SCORE® counselors represent a full range of business skills and experience. Counselors volunteer their time to provide advice on every aspect of business planning, start-up, management and growth. One hour, face to face appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow-up appointments are available. Registration is required in advance. Contact Jenna Mayotte, 860-658-7663 ext 2107


The Complete Job Search (Part 1)
Wednesday, July 8
10:00-Noon, Technology Learning Center


In this course you will begin conducting a modern job search:

  • Planning and tracking

  • Searching for jobs online

  • Filling out job applications

  • Writing and sending resumes and cover letters

  • Interviewing

Registration is requested.


Lunch & Lit for Teens
Wednesday, July 8
Noon-1:00 pm, Teen Space


Get free books! Bring a brown bag lunch. We'll provide drinks & dessert. Let's discuss what you're reading this summer. Drop in.

Crafternoon for Teens: Superhero Buttons
Wednesday, July 8
2:00-3:30 pm, Teen Space


Use discarded comics or draw your own superhero buttons! Blank paper & markers will also be provided for you to create your own button.



Comic Construction Drawing for Teens
Wednesday, July 8
3:30-5:30 pm, Program Room


Interested in learning about comic construction and what it takes to create your own characters and storyline? If so, comic book artist Matt Ryan from Free Lunch Studio will lead the group through the creation of a 5 panel storyline as well as how to make well rounded characters. Previous drawing/writing experience is not necessary.


Family Movie Night: Finding Nemo
Wednesday, July 8
6:30-8:30 pm, Program Room

Fun for the entire family. Just drop in.


Wellness on the Web (part 2)
Thursday, July 9
10:00-Noon, Technology Learning Center


The web is a phenomenal resource for health information. This course will introduce you to the types of websites you can use to learn about health issues, blogs to follow on health, online resources to work out with and mobile apps that can help you in your journey toward a healthier tomorrow. Instructed by Ellen Cartledge. Free and open to all.


Cardfight Vanguard for Teens
Thursday, July 9
1:00-2:00 pm, Teen Space


Open to any teens interested in playing or learning to play Cardfight Vanguard. Drop in.


Nerdfest/Fandom Social for Teens
Thursday, July 9
2:00-4:00 pm, Program Room


Come discuss your fandoms and participate in trivia, raffles, and more! Snacks Provided! Theme TBA. Drop in.


Sit & Stitch Needlework Group
Friday, July 10
10:30-11:30 am, Barnes Room


Looking for inspiration? Bring a project to work on and share ideaswhile you enjoy the company of other crafters. Held the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Drop in.


Free Blood Pressure Screening
Friday, July 10
11:45 am-12:45 pm, Outside of Program Room



Friday Flicks: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Friday, July 10
12:30-3:30 pm, Program Room


After settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, a British colonel cooperates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. Starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, and Jack Hawkins. Rated PG. 161 min.

Upcoming Movies:
Hollywood Goes to War
July 17 - Twelve O'Clock High
July 24 - On the Beach
July 31 - The Dirty Dozen





Library Staff will be at the
Farmer's Market on:

  • July 16

  • August 20

  • September 10

to demonstrate many of our databases and services. If you're shopping at the market come and check us out.
Questions? We've got the answers.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Panel 
aturday, July 18
1:00– 3:00 p.m., Program Room 

The Friends of the Simsbury Public Library are delighted to host  a panel of four award-winning, New England Science Fiction and Fantasy writers:

  •  Hugo and John W. Campbell  award-winning author Elizabeth Bear will discuss her new Western steampunk,  KAREN MEMORY, set in a reimagined 19th century Seattle. This  unforgettable story of a plucky heroine received a starred Library Journal review which said, "Bear pumps fresh energy in the steampunk genre....the entire cast of heroic a delight."

  •  James L Cambias  will present  CORSAIR  an adrenaline-pumping SF thriller that imagines the very real potential of what crime may look like when piracy takes to space.  This thrilling space adventure will appeal to fans of Star Wars and Star Trek.

  •  Max Gladstone will share  his latest stand-alone and 4th urban fantasy novel of the Craft Sequence, LAST FIRST SNOW a post industrial (and post war) fantasyland where wizards wear pinstripe suits and gods have shareholder's meetings.  

  •  Brian Staveley will talk about THE PROVIDENCE OF FIRE, book II in his fantasy series Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne which a starred Kirkus review calls "*Brutal, intriguing, and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown."

This lively panel should prove both entertaining and enlightening to science fiction and fantasy fans and all readers alike! 

Copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.  The program is free of charge, and open to all. Prior registration is requested before July 10, 2015. Sign up at the library’s reference desk, register on-line at (and click on “Calendar”), or call the library at (860) 658-7663.

Simsbury Community Read
Tuesday, July 28
7:00-8:30 pm, Program Room

Join members of the SHS crew team, coaches and community members for a discussion of the book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel J. Brown. Our discussion will be led by Mary Jane Springman as we all learn what it means to be part of "the boat." Pick up your copy today and become part of the discussion!

May 26 through August 29
Collection Site: at the Library (signs posted)
Days & Times: Tuesdays & Fridays: 10 am - noon
Saturdays: 10 am - 3 pm

Bring: Books, games, puzzles, CDs, DVDs & Computer software; all in GOOD, CLEAN condition Don't Bring:Records, magazines, encyclopedias, textbooks, video/audio tapes, or books in poor condition

BOOK SALE Dates: Sept. 12 & 13 @ Simsbury High

Questions? Want to Volunteer? Call Charmaine Glew (860) 651-4192 or Ann Wallack (860) 658-7781


Language Classes

French Conversation  
Monday, No class
6:00-7:30 pm , Fireside - Upper Level  

Spanish Conversation Class  
Wednesday, July 1
10:30-11:30 am , Wagner Room    

English Conversation Group  
Tuesday, No class till Fall
10:30 - 11:30 am , Barnes Room  

English Conversation Club  
Friday, No class till Fall  
10:30-1:00 pm ,  Program Room 2  

June Exhibits

Program Room - Avon Arts Association Spring Show
East Gallery - Photographs by members of the Simsbury 
Camera Club
West Gallery - Dan Dahlstrom's oil paintings of the New England landscape
Display Case - Toy cars of Robert Scalla of the Valley Collector Car Club







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