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A Wet And Dreary Holiday Festival Filled With Joy

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Dec 042018
 

The Orange Holiday Festival Committee works very hard to make the annual event fun for everyone. They can make up a schedule and cram a lot of activities into a very short period of time, but they can’t control the weather.

Even with a steady drizzle putting a damper on things, Sunday’s annual event was far from a washout. Al deCant brought smiles and excitement to children’s faces at the library. New visitors appreciated the history lessons they learned at the Stone-Otis House and Academy Building. And who doesn’t love the new model railroad layout in the Academy basement?

Over at the Congregational Church, the Bell Choir was magnificent as usual and guests were treated to something new, The Amity Chamber Singers performed in the balcony instead of at the traditional spot at the library.

The OVNA building had a lot of wonderful gingerbread creations and the fireplace Ice Sculpture was really something else.

The Case Memorial Library experienced less traffic this year due to two major changes. First, as previously mentioned, the absence of the Chamber Singers, and the “break” that the Friends of the Library took from their sponsored decorated tree display this year.

Two features that were appreciated were deCant’s performance, Letters to Santa, and the “guess how many candies” contest (run by Kim Browe).

Now, in its second year, the tractor parade drew the attention of the entire crowd, with more participants than last year. Led by Blue Fantarella, they slowly rolled up Orange Center Road, big tractors, little tractors, tractors pulling trailers, all beautifully decorated with lights, garland, inflatables, and lighted plastic blown figures.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department then announced Santa’s arrival with horns and sirens as they delivered the jolly old elf to the bright-eyed children who’d been anticipating the chance to meet him in person.

Because of the rain, First Selectman Jim Zeoli sped things up a little this time so everyone wouldn’t have to spend any more time getting wet than necessary. A young boy, who’d been chosen came forward and flipped the switch with Buddy the Elf, and he was delighted.

Santa took a seat in the trailer that he and his elves made up in the North Pole and welcomed all of the children to come in and share their Christmas wishes. As expected, some little ones were apprehensive and wouldn’t come in without their mommy, but Santa is clever and found a way for nearly every parent to get a photo of their child with him. Even a puppy happily sat for a photo op.

One of the most sincere exchanges was from a group of Amity Chamber Singers who documented their visit with a selfie video, as they asked Santa for acceptance letters to the college of their choice(s).

Thank you to the Committee for their hard work and for pulling off another successful Holiday Festival — even if Mother Nature had other plans.

 

Get Ready For Some Awesome Holiday Fun In Orange

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Nov 272018
 

The town of Orange invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting this coming Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. The festivities on and around the Orange Town Green will begin at 3 p.m.

Visitors may tour the Stone-Otis House to learn what a Victorian Christmas was like.  The Academy Building and the antique shop will be open and invites you to view the Historical Society’s antique collections and Emily Prudden Watercolors, as well as the New Haven to Derby line model railroad in the lower level from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Orange Congregational Church will host a cookie sale, handbell concert and carol sing in the church sanctuary from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Case Memorial Library will be splendidly decorated, and will host a performance from Al deCant of Half Moon Music who will perform a children’s musical program in the library meeting room from 3:30 – 4 p.m.  Guess how many candies are in the jar at the library and win a prize, write a letter to Santa Claus and make a craft in the craft room.  The Library will be open from 3 – 5 p.m.

Don’t forget to enter the Gingerbread House Contest

The Annual Gingerbread Contest will be featured in the Clark Building.  Friends of all ages are invited to enter a gingerbread creation.  Entries must be dropped off at the Clark Building from 2 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and must be picked up between 5:30 – 6 p.m.  Prizes will be given to the contest winners.

An ice carving demonstration will take place in front of the Clark Building from 3- 5 p.m.

The second annual Lighted Tractor Parade will take place down Orange Center Road at 4:30 p.m.  Santa Claus will arrive at the conclusion of the Lighted Tractor Parade.  The Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.  Children may visit with Santa on the Town Green.  The Holiday Festival will end at 6 p.m.

Come one, come all and bring your friends and family to this wonderful town event.

Originally posted on Nov. 10. 

 

Check Out These Upcoming Events At The Library

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Nov 242018
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following upcoming activities and events for teens, tweens and adults.


Teen Cooking Class
Tuesday, November 27, 3:30 p.m.
Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietitian Courtney Huggins. For students in grades 7-12.


Mystery Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 29, 7 p.m.
A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd: Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. Discussion led by Librarian Samantha Jasulavic.  Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.


Ornament Decorating
Saturday, December 1, 2:30 p.m.
For teens and tweens in grades 6-12. Help us decorate ornaments for the Town Tree Lighting! Create your own ornaments at our decorating stations and make one for the Library to put on our tree. Registration is required. Space is limited.


Fall Film: Tea with the Dames
Monday, December 3, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, 1 p.m.

Celebrated actresses and longtime friends Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. 1 hr. 34 min.


The Amazing Race: Library Edition
Tuesday, December 4, 3:45 p.m.
Four teams, seven continents. Do you think you have what it takes? Similar to the TV show, The Amazing Race, tweens will work in groups and race across the seven continents completing challenges along the way. Test your knowledge and see if your team comes up on top! For tweens grades 4-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room, or call the Library to sign up!


Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, December 6, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the current exhibit: “Waterworks.”

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

Friends Fall Book Sale Today!

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Nov 032018
 

The friends of the Case Memorial Library will host their annual Fall Book Sale in the Library basement, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This sale is open to the public.

Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books, DVDs, and music for all ages.

It truly is incredible and a wonderful opportunity for those shopping for book lovers for the holidays.

 

Upcoming Attractions At The Library

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Oct 252018
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host the following events for children, teens, and adults in the coming weeks.


Fall Film: Chappaquiddick
Monday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31, 1 p.m.

Depicting Ted Kennedy’s involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. PG-13. 1 hr. 46 min.
Teen Cooking Class
Tuesday, October 30, 3:30 p.m.
Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietitian Courtney Huggins. For students in grades 7-12.


Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale
Friends Night: Thursday, November 1, 4-7 p.m. (Members only. Nonmembers may join at the door.)
Open to the Public: Friday, November 2, 1-4 p.m., and Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come for great deals on thousands of new and gently used books, DVDs, and music for all ages!


Fall Film: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Monday, November 5, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7, 1 p.m.

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers. PG-13. 1 hr. 34 min. Registration is required.


Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, November 8, 5-7 p.m.
In honor of the current exhibit: Photographs by the Veterans’ Photography Club.


Who Left a Pumpkin in the Road Drama Workshop
Saturday, November 10, 2 p.m.
For children ages 5-10.  Hear the tale of “Who Left a Pumpkin in the Road?”, then re-enact it and complete a fun art activity!  This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Registration is required.


Makey Makey Gaming

Wednesday, November 14, 3:30 p.m.
For teens and tweens in grades 5-12. Play classic games on our big screen after you build your own game controller out of gummy bears and Play-Doh using MakeyMakey. Registration is required. Space is limited.


Makey Makey for Kids
Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.
For children ages 6-10.  Turn everyday objects into touchpads and create imaginative inventions using our Makey Makey kits!  Registration is required.


Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy
Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Co-sponsored by the Orange Community Women and Case Memorial Library as part of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame “Talks on the Road” series.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org

Coming Up At The Library This Month

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Oct 112018
 

The Case Memorial Library176 Tyler City Road, offers the following activities and events of interest to different age groups through the end of October.

Fall Film: Book Club
Monday, October 15, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 1 p.m.

Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club. PG-13. 1 hr. 44 min.

I Spy Fun
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
For children ages 6-8.  “I spy with my little eye…” Hone your observation skills as you complete “I Spy”-themed challenges!  Conquer a scavenger hunt with a twist and make a fun craft to take home.  Registration is required.  Click below, call the Library, or stop by the Children’s Room to reserve your space!

Boo Bubbles
Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m.
To get in the holiday spirit, the library is running a Boo Bubbles program. Tweens will learn about these bouncing smoke bubbles and will be given an opportunity to hold and play with them. Please note that dry ice will be used during this program. Please bring your own pair of knitted gloves similar to the ones in the picture. For tweens grades 4-6. Registration is required. Click below, stop by the Children’s Room, or call the Library to reserve your space!

Teen Craft: Pumpkin Decorating
Saturday, October 20, 1 p.m.
Create a pumpkin masterpiece! Pumpkins and decorating supplies will be provided. Bring a box to carry home your pumpkin. For students in grades 7-12.

Jazz Concert: Songs from Classic American Films
Saturday, October 20, 2 p.m.
A jazz concert by the Jim Clark Quartet, who will perform memorable songs from some of the most beloved (and some more obscure) American films. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Adult Make & Take Workshop: Gemstone Soaps
Monday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Create your own gemstone soaps scented with essential oils at this small hands-on workshop. Led by Librarian Rebecca Harlow. All supplies will be provided. For adults and teens ages 16 and up. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Computers for Beginners
Tuesday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.
Are you a new computer user with little experience using a keyboard and mouse? If so, come to this class and learn how to left-click, right-click and use basic command keys. Laptops will be provided to registrants for use during this class. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Discovery Museum: Crime Lab
Thursday, October 25, 5:30 p.m.
For children in grades 4-8.  Ready to dive into some CSI-style science?  Observe the scene of a theft and learn about three suspects before testing evidence in this fun and engaging stations-based lab.  Learn what forensics is, discover different types of evidence, and question motive and means.  After building and discussing our case, we’ll present evidence.  Registration is required.  Please note: any cancellations or changes in registration status MUST be made by Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m.

The Bookcase Evening Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Join The Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Big Pumpkin
Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.
For children ages 5-10.  Hear and re-enact the tale of the Big Pumpkin, then complete a fun art activity!  This drama workshop is generously funded by a grant from the Orange Foundation Trust U/A, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.  Registration is required.  Click below, call the Library, or stop by the Children’s Room to reserve your spot!

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

Upcoming Events At The Case Memorial LIbrary

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Sep 132018
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, has a full schedule of events for the coming weeks.

Fall Film: Victoria & Abdul
Monday, September 17, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 1 p.m.

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. PG-13. 1 hr. 51 min.

 

Books & Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Led by Carol Davidson.

 

Technology Basics: Email for New Users
Tuesday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.
Have you always wanted to email but don’t know how? In this class, you’ll create a free email account using Gmail and learn to send, receive, and organize email messages. Registration is required. Space is limited. Laptops will be provided to registrants for use during this class.

 

MythBusters at the Library
Tuesday, September 25, 3:30 p.m.
Are Pop Rocks and Coca Cola really dangerous to eat at the same time? Similar to the Discovery Channel show, Mythbusters, children will conduct science experiments to decide whether there is any truth behind this myth and other popular myths. For children ages 7-9. Registration is required. Stop by the Children’s Room or call the Library to sign up!

 

Teen Cooking Class
Wednesday, September 26, 3:30 p.m.
Cook tasty treats with Shop Rite’s Registered Dietician Courtney Huggins. For students in grades 7-12.

 

Virtual Reality with Google Cardboards
Wednesday, September 26, 3:30 p.m.
Tweens, grade 4-6, will learn about virtual reality technology and be able to use a Google Cardboard Virtual Reality headset. Through smartphone apps, tweens will learn how to use the headsets and be able to play games and explore different places. In order to use the Google Cardboard VR headsets, tweens need an Android 4.4+ or the latest iOS smartphones with a screen size ranging between 4 and 6 inches.

 

Preschool STEM Storytime: Make a Splash with Water Science
Thursday, September 27, 3:30 p.m.
For children ages 3-5 (older siblings are welcome, too).  Can a fairytale or picture book really be used to teach science?  See how with Ms. Michelle!  We’ll read the book together as a group, learn more about the story through our re-telling, then make a scientific craft or try some hands-on experiments together.

 

Mystery Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Bluebird, Bluebird
 by Attica Locke: Texas Ranger Darren Mathews travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment.  Darren must solve the crimes before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. Discussion led by Librarian Samantha Jasulavic.  Check for copies at the Circulation Desk.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

It’s Happening At The Library In September

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Aug 232018
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following two events at the beginning of September.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, September 6, 5 p.m.
In honor of the current exhibit: Watercolors by Millie Farrell, Molly Dineen, Maryann Verinis, and Elizabeth Harlow. Jewelry by Sally Ann Endleman and Mary Wolfe.

 

Adult Make & Take Workshop: African Mudcloth Totes 
Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m.

Learn about bogolanfini, also known as African mud cloth, and create a mudcloth-inspired tote using bleach. All craft supplies will be provided. Please bring a box to take home your tote. Led by Rebecca Harlow.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170

It’s Happening At The Library: Lots of Programs For Kids and Teens

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Aug 092018
 

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, Orange, offers the following programs this month.

 

 

Internet Basics
Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.
Are you an internet novice in need of more information?  In this class, you’ll learn basic internet terminology and how to navigate a browser, locate a website, identify common domains and stay safe while searching. Registration is required.

 

The Science of Baseball (STEM)
Tuesday, August 14, 2 p.m.
Tweens will be able to hone their baseball skills and learn about the sweet spot in a baseball bat, why a curve ball curves, what’s a baseball actually made of and more. Weather permitting, tweens will be able to go outside and practice their pitching using what they learned. Grades 4-6.

Teen Craft: Marbled Canvases
Wednesday, August 15, 2 p.m.
Paint your own custom canvas art using a marbling technique. For teens entering grades 6-12.

 

Summer Reading Finale: Bryson Lang’s The Cure for the Common Show
Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m.
For children of all ages.  Celebrate your summer reading success with a one-of-a-kind performance!  Bryson Lang incorporates audience participation, ball bouncing and spinning, juggling, improvisation, glow-in-the-dark objects, giant beach balls, and exciting surprises into every show.

Teen Cooking Class
Wednesday, August 22, 2 p.m.
For teens entering grades 6-8. Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietician Courtney Huggins. Please notify the Library of any food allergies at the time of registration.
This class is fully booked, but you may register to be placed on the waiting list.
Teen Cooking Class
Thursday, August 23, 2 p.m.
For students entering grades 9-12. Cook tasty treats with ShopRite’s Registered Dietician Courtney Huggins. Please notify the Library of any food allergies at the time of registration.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register at the front desk or call 203-891-2170

August Events At The Library

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Aug 062018
 

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, offers the following upcoming activities and programs this month.

Art in the Library Reception
Thursday, August 9, 5 p.m.
In honor of the current exhibit: Photography by Edward Jolly and pottery by Sally Ann Endleman.

The Bookcase Evening Discussion Group
Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Join Bookcase leader Toby Zabinski for a discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
Oldies of the 50s, 60s, and 70s
Saturday, August 11, 1 p.m.
Willie and Jan Duo will perform the tunes of Paul Simon, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, Sonny and Cher, and many more favorites from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Come and relive fond memories of the era of rock and roll.
Internet Basics
Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.
Are you an internet novice in need of more information?  In this class, you’ll learn basic internet terminology and how to navigate a browser, locate a website, identify common domains and stay safe while searching. Registration is required.
The Science of Baseball (STEM)
Tuesday, August 14, 2 p.m.
Tweens will be able to hone their baseball skills and learn about the sweet spot in a baseball bat, why a curve ball curves, what’s a baseball actually made of and more. Weather permitting, tweens will be able to go outside and practice their pitching using what they learned. Grades 4-6.
Teen Craft: Marbled Canvases
Wednesday, August 15, 2 p.m.
Paint your own custom canvas art using a marbling technique. For teens entering grades 6-12.


Summer Reading Finale: Bryson Lang’s The Cure for the Common Show
Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m.
For children of all ages.  Celebrate your summer reading success with a one-of-a-kind performance!  Bryson Lang incorporates audience participation, ball bouncing and spinning, juggling, improvisation, glow-in-the-dark objects, giant beach balls, and exciting surprises into every show.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register.

Phone: 203-891-2170
http://www.casememoriallibrary.org