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Introduction to the Library Catalog

Monday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Board Room
Want to learn how to use the library catalog? Would you like to freeze your holds while you are on vacation? Join us for an informative class on the many features of the library catalog. An up-to-date Wallingford library card is required.


Pigment of Imagination

Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory
mandala and colored pencils
Participate in creative and meditative coloring. Choose from our assortment of adult coloring books or bring your own.

Meets the second Saturday of the month. Open to all adults. No registration necessary.

Presentation & Discussion with Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the Community Room
IRIS logo

Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), will speak about the refugee crisis, the U.S. refugee resettlement process, refugee resettlement in Connecticut, and the current threats to the program.

IRIS is a non-sectarian, independent nonprofit refugee resettlement agency that has welcomed more than 5,000 refugees to Connecticut since its founding in 1982. Its goal has remained constant: to provide a haven to refugees and other immigrants from around the world.

Registration is Appreciated.


Braided Leather Bracelet Workshop

Wednesday, May 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the Collins Room
leather braided bracelet

Learn how to make a popular and trendy bracelet. Braid and knot leather, adorn with beads, then finish with a statement closure. Yours will be as unique as you are.

Open to Teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required.


Author Event: Dana Alison Levy

Wednesday, May 10th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Community Room
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher book cover

The Wallingford Public Library is proud to welcome author Dana Alison Levy. Ms. Levy is the author of the Nutmeg nominated The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, as well as its companion The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island, and the soon-to-be-released This Would Make a Good Story Someday. Please join us for a memorable afternoon as she talks about her books and experiences as an author. Ms. Levy will also sign books, which will be available for purchase after the program.

No registration required, but you may call, stop by, or use the online form to sign-up for an e-mail reminder.


Upcycled Thumb Pianos

Saturday, May 20th, 2:00-2:00 p.m. in the Collaboratory
Tim Sway
Build a thumb piano out of upcycled materials under the guidance of local maker Tim Sway. You will use hand and power tools to create your own unique musical instrument. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own reclaimed materials from home to add volume to their pianos. A milk jug? Cardboard box? Tennis racket? What do you think would sound good?

Open to adults. A session for teens will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Tim Sway makes “worthless things priceless” by creating one-of-a-kind furniture, musical instruments and more from things that have been thrown away. The trendier term is “reclaimed” or “upcycled” materials. Tim brings awareness to wastefulness and excessive consumerism while encouraging others to live local, Earth-friendly lives. He has a podcast and YouTube channel where he spreads the message and also encourages people to try making things on their own. He was a prinicpal on FYI Networks’s television show “Trashformers” and worked extensively as a touring and performing musician. He lives in Wallingford and “Tim Sway Perspectives World Headquarters” is located in an old chicken barn in Meriden.

This program is sponsored by Jean Anderson in memory of a lifelong upcycler, Alan McIlveen.


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