Summer Reading Program

Build a Better World at the Windsor Public Library!  We are excited to offer a wide range of program for both children and adults! 
 
Children's Programs
Reading logs are now available.  Keep track of the number of books you read or the amount of time you spend reading.  Visit the library and fill out a "book spine" for each book you read and tape it to the wall leading into the children's room.  Let's see if we can read enough to fill the entire wall!!
 
3Doodle Pens:  Draw in 3 dimensions!  Our six new pens will be available for use to create your own 3D drawing that you can take home. Ages 8 and up please.  Please sign up for a date by emailing us or stopping in to ensure a pen is available on the day you wish to come.
  • Wednesday, July 19th, 2-4pm
  • Saturday, July 29th, 10am-12 noon
Chocolate Olympics #2:  Thursday, July 20th at 2:00pm:  M&M quick sort, Oreo stacking, kiss-eating, marshmallow blowout, chocolate relays, and other sweet games.  All ages.
 
Electricity!  Batteries/Lightbulbs/Motors/Switches:  Friday, August 4th, 10:00am:  Join Rebecca Haynes from the Montshire Museum as we explore the power of electricity.  Sign up required!  Ages 5 and up.
 
Vermont READS 2017:  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  An award-winning biography in verse suited for ages 12 and up.  Free copies available, so come get yours!  Share your thoughts on the book in our log (located at front desk) and keep the book!
 
Adult Programs
Building a Better World by Building a Better YOU!  Bicycling Workshops: Back by popular demand - basic bicycling workshops presented by Vital Communities and Local Motion!
  •  Basic Bicycle Maintenance:  Monday, July 10, 6:00pm
  •  Basic Everyday Bicycling:  Monday, July 17, 6:00pm
  •  On-Road Workshop:  Saturday, July 22, 10:00am (must have bike and helmet)

Build a Better World through Green Cleaning (and Anything Else You Want to Ask About the Hazardous Materials in Your Home or Yard): Thursday, July 20th 6:00pm: When You Throw Something Away, Where is “Away”? How to recycle or safely dispose of things you don’t want. How to replace your commercial cleaning products with safe, effective solutions. The things our parents didn’t teach us. The things our parents didn’t know. Bring your questions!

Building a Better World with the Peace Corps: Speaker Michael Wanigasekera, Thursday, July 27th, 6:30pm: Hear from Michael, a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served from 2013-2015 in Cambodia, as he shares his stories from that time. Mr. Wanigasekera taught English, developed a school library, organized a basketball team, created a filter system for clean water for the village, and financed each of these projects with private donations that he raised in the United States. Mr. Wanigasekera now serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Springfield, VT.

Building a Better World through Nonviolent Communication:  Introduction to the Power of Empathy, Thursdays July 20 through August 24th, 6:30-8:00pm:  A six week overview of the proven principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication. Participants will learn a practical approach to deep listening, showing respect, having empathy, and seeing beyond judgement. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection, and conflict resolution. Come learn a concrete set of skills which can help you connect to others in your family and community.
 
Building a Better World:   Admiring our World and the Perseid Meteor Shower, Saturday, August 12th, 10:00pm - 2am:  The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers to experience, producing up to 60 bright, luminous meteors per hour at its peak! It is produced by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of Aug 13, with the highest peak around midnight. The waxing gibbous moon will be 3/4 full, but we should still get a pretty good show. We will have our telescope on hand to look at planets, stars and the moon, as well as star gazing apps to help you recognize the constellations. Bring a reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack, possibly insect deterrent. Dress for evening temperatures.  We will meet at the red pump house on Marton Road.