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Gladys E. Kelly Public Library calendar of events

The Gladys E. Kelly Public Library in Webster. 2 Lake St., Webster, 508-949-3880, has listed the following calendar of events.  All programs are scheduled to be held outside on the Library lawn (unless otherwise noted), weather permitting.
Adult Programming
Armchair Travel Series – The Wilds of Southern Belize – January 13, at 6:30 p.m. Located in Eastern Central America, Belize shares borders with Guatemala and Mexico. From the crystal blue ocean waters and inland to the nearby mountains, it is amazingly diverse. Wildlife along the Southern coast, and nearby rivers, includes magnificent tiger herons, fast flyers like the cinnamon hummingbird and the peregrine falcon, and large swimmers like manatees and crocodiles. Traveling inland to the rainforest brings sightings of spectacular butterflies, birds, like the black headed trogon, but also mammals like the elusive jaguar and bands of coatimundi. Join us for a virtual trip to see some of the stunning wildlife of Southern Belize.
Armchair Travel Series – New Zealand: Penguins, Parrots & Pods – January 20, at 6:30 p.m. New Zealand is home to many rare birds and marine mammals including the comical yellow-eyed penguin. Watch and listen as the yellow-eyed penguin returns from the ocean to feed its chick and the Antipodes Island parrot demonstrates “looks, personality and talent.” Not to be outdone, rare New Zealand sea lions make quite an impression as they interact on isolated South Island beaches, pods of rare Hector’s dolphins frolic near coastal shores and dusky dolphins play with kayakers as they travel deep into the fiords of southern New Zealand. Join us for sights and sounds of animal personalities from this amazing country.
Armchair Travel Series – Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail – January 27, at 6:30 p.m. Those who attend this program will be treated to a modern day adventure. In March last year, Sam Ducharme set out on a 2,180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine. During his six month journey he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest. Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people.
Yoga with Julie – Saturdays from January 8 through March 26, 10-11:15 a.m. Join Julie at the Gladys E. Kelly Library for a vinyasa yoga class for all levels. In Sanskrit, Vinyasa yoga translates to the “uniting of movement with breath”. A typical class involves a centering of the mind with the breath, aromatherapy, movement of the body to release energetic blockages and, finally, a rest and relaxation. Classes are free for Gladys Kelly Library patrons.
Candle Dipping – February 10, at 6:30 p.m. Learn to dip candles just like Laura Ingalls did in Little House on the Prairie. Participants are able to choose wax colors, scents, and shapes of candles, and may choose to hand dip or use candle molds.
Before Brooklyn book discussion with Ted Reinstein – February 24, at 6:30 p.m. Ted Reinstein from WCVB-TV’s Chronicle will be at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library to present his latest book, Before Brooklyn. This book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball, from communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw to it that black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of blacks throughout the country. There will be time for a brief Q&A after the presentation as well.
Children’s and young adult programming
Songs and Stories Storytime – Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Join Miss Emily Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. to read books, sing songs, and do rhyme games. Meet other children and caregivers at this community event. After stories, catch up with other community members over a simple craft. This Storytime is best for children 0-5, but all ages are welcome. Masks are required for everyone in the children’s room over the age of 2 years. Disposable masks will be available.
LEGO Club – Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. LEGO Club is back, and we’re so excited to have you build with us again. Stop by the storytime room every Tuesday at 3:30 to freeplay with our bucketloads of LEGOs or try out our weekly challenge. Masks are required for everyone in the Children’s Room over the age of 2 years. Disposable masks will be available.
Drop in Paint Hour – Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. It’s time to break out the paintbrushes. With a variety of paints and paper available, bring your artist of any age to join in the fun. Masks are required for everyone in the Children’s Room over the age of 2 years. Disposable masks will be available.
STEAM Kids – Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join Miss Emily in a weekly STEAM event.  That is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Each week there will be a new project to tackle from slime making and catapult challenges, to board game development and bath bombs. Every week contains some take home element. These events are best for children 7-12, but siblings are always welcome. Some events may have a limited number of places, in this case children between 7-12 will have preference. Caregivers must remain for the duration of the event. Masks are required for everyone in the children’s room over the age of 2 years. Disposable masks will be available.
Working with Dangerous Animals – January 22, at 12:30 p.m. Join Joy Marzolf to learn how animal keepers and scientists stay safe when working with dangerous animals, such as captive alligators or wild crocodiles. Meet some live animals at the end! Sponsored by the Friends of the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library.