For over a year, the library has been offering English conversation groups. The groups offer adult language learners an opportunity to practice speaking English in a fun and informal way.

We are very pleased to announce that we will be starting an evening group. It will meet for 8 Mondays, starting May 7 at 7:00.  English learners of any level are welcome.  Please sign up at the library or by phone.

Our other conversation groups, 10:30 on Mondays and at 1:00 on Tuesdays, continue to meet through July and welcome newcomers.  Come to whichever of the three fits into your schedule, or come to more than one for even more practice.

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The May calendar is very full. This weekend brings two events you will not want to miss. 

Wouldn't it be great to grow vegetables in less space, with less time and less work? Come to the library on Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 for Square Foot Gardening 101.  Master Gardener (and TAP columnist) Althea Llewellyn will introduce you to this innovative approach to vegetable gardening. It’s great for the beginner gardener as well as the seasoned and weary gardener looking to cultivate a beautiful and productive garden. Anyone can develop a green thumb!

Jane Austen is known for being one of England's most famous novelists, but she was not celebrated for her writing until more than 50 years after her death. Join us on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 when Connie Paul of the Jane Austen Society of North America will explore her life, writings, impact, and why she is still so beloved today. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Tuesday Book Club meets on May 8 at 4:00 to discuss Dead Wake by Erik Larson. You can pick up a copy at the reference desk. If you’ve already read it and would like to take part in a lively discussion, come join us.

Do you want to add more nutrient-dense vegetables, grain and fruits to your diet? Veggies and You: Plant Based Superfoods is a program you won’t want to miss on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00. It will cover the many health benefits of a plant based diet, basic nutrition, and other information to help you change your diet. Handouts will include menus and recipes. Please register at the library or by phone.

There are no musical programs for adults this month, although keep your eyes out for the two planned in June. In the meanwhile, why not stream one of the over 1700 concerts available for free on Qello?  You’ll find fantastic full length concerts and music documentaries in every musical genre from classical to rock, reggae to country.

To access this wealth of great performances for free, use the library’s website to reach the Qello database on our RB Digital gateway page. You’ll need your library card to create an account. From there you will be able to watch the concerts of your choice on your computer screen. 

If you’d like to watch on a different device--tablet, phone or smart TV—download the app from the appropriate app store.  Apple, Android, Sony, Amazon, Windows, and Roku devices are all supported.  You will find detailed instructions on our site and the RB Digital site; or you can ask a librarian to help you.

Children’s programs continue all month, with regular and bilingual storytimes, clubs and special events. On May 8 and 9 storytime turns into Pajama time. Tuesday at 10:30 is for kids 3 and older, and Wednesday, also at 10:30, is for 2 and 3 year olds. Stay in your comfiest PJs for the morning and come for great stories.

After the evening storytime on May 9, you and your older children (ages 7-12) can wind down the day with Kid’s Meditation.  The calm starts at 7:45, when you will learn practical methods of using meditation and mindfulness to manage challenging situations.

The Kid’s Corner Book Club for readers ages 8-10 meets on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30. They will be talking about Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton. There’s mystery and adventure—and it’s funny, too! Pick up a copy at the adult reference desk so you can read it before the discussion.

On Friday, May 11, there will be a tween craft program at 3:30.  Children ages 9 and over can have an afternoon of creative fun making lip balm. Please register so we will have enough materials on hand. 

Plan to be at the library next week to rock out with Mr. Ray on Wednesday, May 16.  On Saturday, May 19, we’ll be celebrating Holi, the Indian festival of color.  This is the rescheduled date, after the initial celebration was snowed out.

The library will be closed on May 13 in honor of Mother’s Day.  It’s the perfect time for mothers, and anyone who is the child of a mother, to enjoy some marvelous music at home or on the go.