The library is an essential part of our community. Why? 1. Community gathering place-a place to get together to learn, socialize and provide meeting space. 2. A place that provides free access to WiFi and computer usage. 3. Enhances and builds literacy skills. 4. A source of free materials for loan from educational to pleasure. 5. A wealth of programs for all ages and both educational and for fun.
After getting through the coldest days of the year, I am sure that you are all ready to get out of your houses. At the Hammond Community Library we have many reasons to leave your home this month. From Chocolate Fest (Feb. 7) and our Tea Sampling/Tasting (Feb. 21) to our winter reading challenge to art and craft activities, we have it all. Every program is free and has a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate ready as you enjoy the program you are attending.
How many books do you read in a year? Have you ever kept track of the number of books you have read? Well, here is our goal for you this year — visit the library often, check out books you will enjoy, keep track of the titles (use an app or write them in a journal), and see how many wonderful adventures you have gone on in 2019.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 9. The Hammond Community Library is hosting a Saturday of fun activities for children and parents as part of the international event, Take Your Child to the Library Day. Take Your Child to the Library Day was launched in 2011 as a grassroots literacy project in Connecticut. Created by Connecticut librarians Nadine Lipman and Caitlin Augusta, with Connecticut children's book illustrator/author Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, it has become an international celebration encouraging families everywhere to take their children to their local libraries.
Check out what we have coming up at the Hammond Community Library. This information can also be found in the Hammond Community Education flyer, which is available at the library. December events Do not miss our 12 days of Christmas book check out. Each year we wrap and bundle 12 books together for you and your family to enjoy opening a book a night for 12 nights.
The holiday season is quickly approaching and we would like to wish all our patrons and the community we serve a very warm holiday season. We are thankful for all of you and in the many ways that you support the library. We love seeing everyone enjoy the free activities and programs that are offered every month and the great library materials that you and your family can enjoy. We are thankful for the volunteers who come in and help each week. We are thankful for the many talented people who help share their talents and for being a part of the Friends of the Library.
Thank you to everyone who hosted a trunk at the Trunk-or-Treat event and for everyone who came to enjoy the Haunted Library and Trunk-or-Treat on Oct.20 at the Hammond Community Library. Even though it was chilly, it was a fun evening for families to enjoy a non-freighting, family-friendly event. A huge thank you needs to go out to Michael Johnson who puts it all together each year, from the maze that the kids love so much to the design and layout. Michael is amazing with his designs and creativity.
We are super excited for the Rhythm and Music program where we will all get to dance, move our bodies and enjoy learning through music. Tuesdays, beginning on Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays, beginning on Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. Rhythm and Music, a fun program that will get you moving and grooving. Learn songs, finger plays, parachute play, rhythm activities and so much more. The class is 30 minutes long on Tuesday morning and is recommended for ages 3-5; younger children welcome.
The Hammond Community Library will host a free writing workshop for novice authors featuring Redmond Herring, who will guide attendees through five classroom lectures outlining the necessary steps before you write your first manuscript, as well as explaining how an author should have a chapter outline, creating the first chapter, connecting subsequent chapters while writing the prose for a memorable conclusion.
Friends of the Hammond Community Library is a group that is dedicated to the community and throughout the year; they host various programs at the library. This fall they are proud to host the following programs: • Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15: Baldwin's Main Street Farmers Market. The Friends will be at the market with homemade breads and a special surprise. • Mondays, Oct. 1-Nov. 5: Woodburning/Pyrography with Kimmer Prosser. Six weeks of learning woodburning/pyrography from 6-8 p.m. $30 includes all supplies. Registration needed.