Town of Groveland Highlights January Events at Langley-Adams Public Library

GROVELAND — The Town of Groveland and Langley-Adams Public Library Director Darcy Lepore are pleased to share scheduled programming for children, teens, and adults throughout the month of January. 

“Whether community members join us from home for one of our virtual programs, or stop by the library for hands-on activities in a responsible, socially-distanced environment, we hope everyone will check out our offerings this month at the Langley-Adams Library,” said Director Lepore. “The weather outside may get frightful, but your local librarians are always working on fun and educational programs to keep all warm and smiling inside.”

Adult Programs

Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. — Virtual/Zoom Program — An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery

Rachel May’s rich book follows a remarkable trail left by an unfinished quilt to explore the far reach of slavery, from New England to the Caribbean, the role it played in the growth of mercantile America, and the bonds between the agrarian south and the industrial north in the Antebellum era. This illuminating saga examines slavery from the cotton fields of the south to the textile mills of New England — and the humanity behind it. While studying objects in a textile collection, May opened a veritable treasure-trove: a carefully folded, unfinished quilt made of 1830s-era fabrics, its backing containing fragile, aged papers dating back to the 18th century. The quilt top sent May on a journey to piece together the story of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba — the enslaved women behind the quilt — and their owner, Susan Crouch. May brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. Beautifully written and richly imagined, An American Quilt is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past.

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. — Virtual/Zoom Program — Central Park

Bob Gelber, a licensed New York City Tour guide, will share the story of New York City’s playground — Central Park. Starting in 1858, construction begins to offer New Yorkers of every economic status a connection to nature — a green oasis to escape the noise and pollution of one of the most populous cities in the Western Hemisphere. Created by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, learn the story behind its creation and why it was so important for New York City to have a “Central Park.”

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Monday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. — Virtual/Zoom Program — The Saints of Swallow Hill

An evening with historical fiction author Donna Everhart — author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Forgiving Kind — who will talk about her newest book, The Saints of Swallow Hill. Having grown up in “The Tar Heel State” of North Carolina, Everhart’s curiosity about the origins of this nickname got the best of her. Everhart’s research led her to the stark landscape of the Great Depression and the lives of three vagabonds at a turpentine camp in the deep woods of rural Georgia in 1932. Those who participate will have a chance at winning a copy of this book, which will be released on Jan. 25.

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Teen Programs

Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 3:30 p.m. — Teen Bath Bomb Making

Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to make bath bombs, using food coloring, dried flowers, and essential oils to give each bath bomb its own unique characteristics. Anyone with nut allergies should be aware that coconut oil will be used as a bonding agent.

Registration is required. To register, click here

Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. — Game Night: Scrabble and More
Come challenge other young adults to games of Scrabble, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, and more. Games will be provided.

Registration is required. To register, click here

Children’s Programs

Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m. — Slime Activity for Kids!

Children are invited to make their own slime, with items like glitter and googly eyes to add to the slime. 

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Winter Story Time Series

Librarians will host story time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in January to February. In addition to stories, there will be songs, crafts and other fun activities based on age group. Registration is required due to limited space in each session.

  • Baby Story Time — Tuesdays at 11 a.m., from Jan. 11 to Feb. 15; to register, click here.
  • Toddler Story Time — Thursdays at 11 a.m., from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17; to register, click here
  • Preschool Story Time — Fridays at 1 p.m., from Jan. 21 to Feb. 18; to register, click here.

To view the full calendar of events at the Langley-Adams Public Library, click here.

Town of Groveland Highlights January Events at Langley-Adams Public Library
Due to the many illnesses going around this winter, mask wearing at the library is encouraged and recommended!