Simsbury Public Library

Featured Programs

Repair Cafe

Remember the days when we darned our own socks or repaired broken household items? Have a small item that needs a quick repair? Before throwing it away, bring it to the Library’s first Repair Café. The Library wants to bring back a culture of ‘repairing not discarding” and help keep unnecessary items out of the waste stream.

Bring your small electrical appliance, torn clothing in need of mending or a button, small chair or table, broken crockery, bicycle, toy, or dull knife and a trade professional or handyman or woman will help you fix it. You must be able to carry the item you are bringing and it should be a repair that will take no more than about 15 minutes. Experts will also offer advice on items that cannot be fixed on the spot or that need more extensive repairs. In addition, there will be a station with handymen who will consult with you on DIY projects such as plumbing, tiling and carpentry.

This is a drop-in activity. Registration will take place on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

Teen Chopped

Tuesday August 1
3:00-4:00 pm
Program Room
Sign up here

Teen chefs, entering grades 7-12, can compete to show off their culinary skills as they prepare a delicious three course meal. Our guest judges will decide who provides the best taste, presentation, and creativity.

Please note: The children’s Chopped program at 1pm is full.

Summer Reading Fun at the Library

Don’t know what to do with yourself or the family this summer? We’ve got the answer! Our Summer Reading Program is the hottest event in town. There’s something for everyone, from babies to seniors.

How can you participate? It’s easy. Track your reading to earn prizes. Read a book, or better yet, read anything. Going on a trip? Take an audiobook with you. Don’t want to pack a lot of books, download one from our online resources. We don’t care how you do it – just read!

You may record your books online or on paper. Visit the library each week to receive a treasure chest prize and earn raffle tickets towards larger prizes such as:

  • Amazon Echo
  • Dash Robot
  • Kindle Fire
  • and many, many more.

We will also be giving away coupons for CT Sun Basketball, the Beardsley Zoo, a free kids sundae from Bertucci’s, free ticket voucher for the Yard Goats, and free bagels courtesy of Bruegger’s Bagels

In addition, all summer long we have special programs and events for everyone of all ages happening at the library. You may sign up for any program through our calendar of events.

By attending these programs, you can:

  • Prevent the “summer slide” and continue learning
  • Meet new people
  • Give back and help to “Build a Better World”
  • Have fun!

Sign up for Summer Reading today, and let the fun begin.


Adulting 101

Mondays, July 31 – August 21
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Program Room

Please join us for a weekly workshop series centered around the theme of “adulting” or “what you need to know before you leave home,” for students and parents, presented by area professionals. This series is a result of Simsbury High School rising senior Abbey Mundt’s research for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Topics and presenters include:

July 31 – Banking, Financial Literacy & Investing — This program will cover how to set up and manage your own bank accounts and credit cards, budgeting and investments. Panel presenters include: Joseph Beale, Simsbury Bank, Joseph Shiman III, Robert Hensley & Associates, and James Q. Rice, JQR Capital. Register here.

August 7 – Job Search & Preparation — This program will include topics such as how to write a resume and cover letter, how to interview for a job, and how to find job opportunities and incorporate social media into your search. Presented by Trish Thomas, EDGE Career Solutions. Register here.

August 14 – Career & College Exploration — Attend this program to discover the importance of career exploration in college planning. Topics will include career assessments, exploring occupations and corresponding college majors as well as wage and employment outlook. Presented by Lynne Bossart, Muse College Consulting LLC. Register here.

August 21 – Health & Safety — Attend this program to learn how to be safe on and off campus, protect your identity and personal property. Be educated on how to identify and avoid harmful drugs. Includes a brief self-defense demonstration. Presenters include: Daniel Coppinger, West Hartford Police Department, Michael Kaselouskas, University of Hartford Department of Public Safety, and Jay Mantie, Empower the Girls. Register here.

Used Books Wanted

Have you been saving your books, puzzles, games, CD’s and DVD’s? The Friends need your donations for the Giant Annual Used Book Sale.

Book collection begins on Tuesday May 30th and will continue until August 26.
Books will be collected at the Library. Please bring your books and/or materials to the designated area on the lower level – just follow the clearly marked signs. A cart is available if you need one.

Collection Days and times:
Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10a.m. – Noon
Saturdays from 10a.m. till 3p.m.

What can you donate?
Any of the following in good, clean condition:
– Hardcover and paperback books
– Games and puzzles (must be complete)
– DVDs
– books and music on CD
– Recent software

Please DO NOT bring:
– Records, textbooks, VHS tapes, encyclopedias or magazines
– Anything stored in damp areas

Questions? Please call Charmaine Glew (860) 651-4192 or Annie Wallack (860) 658-7781.

SAVE THE DATES!! Our Giant Annual Book Sale
September 9 & 10, 2017