Simsbury Public Library

Featured Programs

Upcoming Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Leveraging the Strength of LinkedIn

Monday, January 22
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Technology Learning Center
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Come to this hands-on workshop to learn from Trish Thomas, EDGE Career Solutions, how to build a strong LinkedIn profile and use key LinkedIn features.

Mac Basics

Tuesday, January 23
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Program Room 2
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Bring your Mac laptop (at least El Capitain/Mac OS 11.11), optional backup device and power cable with you for this small group workshop led by Mac Consultant Sue Werner.

Investing 201 – Asset Allocation & Portfolio Construction

Wednesday, January 24
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Technology Learning Center
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How do you know the difference between a growth stock and a value stock? What are income stocks? How can I construct an investment portfolio that meets my specific guidelines? For answers to these questions and more please come to an informative class on how to construct a portfolio and determine which assets are appropriate. Presented by Brian Elmer, President of BE Investment Management.

An Evening with Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom will present her new book, WHITE HOUSES, her first historical novel about the unexpected and forbidden relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok.  Guided by 3,000 letters between the two women from the Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, Bloom has recreated, in her unique and gifted literary voice, one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century.  Amy Bloom has been a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award for Fiction. Her best-selling novel, Away, was an epic story about a Russian immigrant. Her most recent and best-selling novel, Lucky Us, (Random House) came out in 2014. She lives in Connecticut and taught at Yale University for the last decade. She is now Wesleyan University’s Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing.

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Gen Y Craft Night

Wednesday, January 24
7:00-8:30 PM
Innovators’ Workshop
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Join other men and women in their 20’s and 30’s for craft night. Choose from a wide selection of materials and inspirations to make your own coasters, jewelry, greeting cards, and more. Bring additional materials to personalize your creations, such as photos to make photo coasters. Hot cocoa and snacks provided. See Sara Ray with questions.

Intro to Scratch (Grades 4-9)

Saturday, January 27
2:00-3:30 PM
HFPG Technology Learning Center
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Scratch is an easy to use drag-and-drop programming language that you can use to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations – and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.

This class will introduce to students the Scratch website and environment. Students will create their first programs as well as learn how to modify the program code. The class will be taught by Simsbury teens Mackenzie & Ella.

We now have two 3D printers available for use!

Have you visited the Innovators’ Workshop lately? We now have two Makerbot 3D printers available for you to use!*

  • The Makerbot 5th Generation is drop-in, first come first served. That means if you walk by the Innovators’ Workshop and see that it is free, you can drop in and use it for up to 2 hours!
  • The Makerbot Replicator should be reserved in advance. If you have a print that will take longer than two hours, this is the option for you. Click here to reserve it online.

Take a one time class to Learn to Use the 3D Printer and get certified. Then come back anytime to use the equipment. For class times and to sign-up, check our events calendar. If you can’t attend one of our scheduled classes, please email sray@libraryconnection.info with some possible dates and times and we’ll try to accommodate you.

*Patrons must take a 3D printing class and must sign an Innovators’ Workshop Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form. Children must attend a class with a parent or caregiver and have an Innovators’ Workshop Minor Liability Waiver and Hold Harmless Agreement form signed by a parent. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who is also certified.