Glocester Libraries' e-Newsletter

Summer Reading 2020 - Imagine Your Story!

Welcome Back! The Glocester Libraries Open this Monday, June 15.

On June 15, 2020, the Glocester libraries will welcome our patrons back into the libraries. As you expect, your experience will be different from what we remember it was like going to the library. These are just a few ways in which your experience will be different:


  • Library Access - Patrons will gain access to the libraries in two ways. We will take reservations to insure that you can access the library upon arrival. If you wish to drop by without a reservation, you are welcome to do so, but access is not guaranteed. There might be a waiting time.
  • Library Capacity - Given the size and layout of our libraries, we will be repositioning the browsing areas to meet the social distancing guidelines. Also, our capacity will be reduced to 150 square feet per patron in the building. At the Glocester Manton Library, this will limit us to a maximum of five patrons in the library. At the Harmony Library, this will limit us to a maximum of seven patrons in the library.
  • Given the capacity limitations, we ask that only one member of the family enter the library unless this causes a significant inconvenience.
  • Library Time - Library visits will be limited to 15 minutes for browsing and checking out books.
  • Computer Use - Designated computers will be available for patron use, and we ask that you limit your time to no more than 15 minutes.
  • Library Hours - The Glocester Manton Library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Harmony Library will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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We have attached brochures that you can open, download, and print!

Summer Reading Programs - Registration Begins Monday, June 15!

Family Programs

Tale Trail

June 22 – July 28, during library hours

Location: Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: All Ages

Come to the Glocester Manton Library for a magical book walk around the building! Our Tale Trail will feature a children’s book with each station featuring a page of the story. Children and their caregivers read the story and collect different take home items at each station that are relevant to the story. These items can be used to retell the story later. A guest book for children and adults to sign-in and offer comments will be available at the final station.


Family Growing Challenge

Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 (materials pickup)

Location: Glocester Manton Library

Ages: All Ages

The Glocester Manton Library challenges families to grow the best pot of flowers! Families can pick up seeds and a flowerpot outside of the Glocester Manton Library to take home and plant. Give your seeds plenty of attention, love, and water! Send weekly update pictures with the subject line: Growing Challenge to nancysteereya@gmail.com. The final picture will be due n Friday, July 31, and a winner will be chosen to receive a prize. All pictures will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Note: Supplies are available on a first-come, first served basis.


Family Building Challenge

Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8, during library hours (material pickup)

Location: Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: All Ages

The Glocester Manton Library challenges families to a building challenge using uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Families can pickup materials outside the Glocester Manton Library to take home and build. Once the structure has been built, take a picture of it and email with the subject line: Building Challenge to nancysteereya@gmail.com. Pictures will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and a winner will be chosen to receive a prize! Picture deadline is Friday, July 17, 2020. Note: Supplies are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Mobile Quest Escape Room Kit

Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 30

Location: Harmony Library

The kit is valid only for the date you are registered.

Age Level: All Ages

The Harmony Library has a great new summer offering- a Mobile Quest Escape Room Kit. In this kit, you are given puzzles and riddles that you have to solve a take-home family night. Like our Zoo pass, you need to register for a specific day and then return it to the Harmony Library at the end of the day so another patron can use it on the following day. (Note: The kit will be disinfected for the next family after its return.)

Children Programs - Pre-K

Crafting with Miss Annie

Friday, June 26, 11 a.m.,

Location: Zoom

Age Level: 2-6 years old

Join Miss Annie as she takes you step-by-step through two fantastic crafts, a nature portrait, and a magical wand. You will need to collect a stick, leaves, flowers, and masking tape before the Zoom meeting begins.


Pajama Story Time

Thursday, July 9 and July 30, 5 p.m.

Location: Harmony Library

Age Level: 3–6 years old

Join Miss Kat for some mythical stories. At the end, there will be a fantastic craft and snacks!


Storytelling and Songs with Miss Annie!

Friday, July 17, and July 24, 11a.m.

Location: Zoom

Age Level: 2-3.5 years old

Join Miss Annie on Zoom to listen to stories and sing some of our favorite songs!

Children Programs - Grade School

Magical Monday Crafts (Crafts-to-Go)

Monday, June 22, June 29, July 6, 13, and 20, during library hours

Locations: Harmony Library and Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: Ages 3 and up

Each week, we will feature a pick-up Magical Craft suitable for ages 3 and up from Magic Wands to Dragon Puppets. These crafts will be available Monday through Wednesday. These crafts are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Crafts will be outside each library while supplies last.


Online Escape Rooms

Monday, June 22, 2 p.m., Ages: 9 and up

Monday, June 29, 2 p.m., Ages: 6-8

Location: Zoom Meeting

Join Miss Kat on Zoom to help her navigate through tricky escape rooms. Let's put our heads together and solve some puzzles.


Cook-A-Book

Wednesday, June 24 and July 22, 1 p.m.

Location: Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: Ages 7 and up

We will use the fun book, Pie in the Sky, a Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominee, as our focus. We will read a few chapters and then make a “slimy” craft. **Copies of this book will be available for checkout with your library card. Note: Social Distancing will be observed.


Animal Adventures

Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting

Age Level: All Ages

Join this fun Zoom event to meet some amazing animals from Animal Adventures! See and learn about animals such as the Red Kangaroo, the Ring-Tailed Lemur, and the African Pixie Bullfrog - from the comfort of your home!


Summer Princess Party

Tuesday, July 7, 2 p.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting

Age Level: Children of all ages

Summer is all about fun, and Rapunzel and Tinkerbell know how to have fun! Children of all ages, join us on Zoom to meet Rapunzel and Tinkerbell! They will read some magical stories, sing songs and dance, and have plenty of time to chat with all of their new friends!


Fantasy Book Club

Monday, July 13 and August 3, 4 p.m.

Location: Harmony Library

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Join us for our monthly Fantasy Book Club meeting. We will discuss different fantasy books, what makes them fit the genre, and what we love about them! There will also be a craft and snacks! Weather permitting, this meeting will take place outside!


Yoga for Kids

Monday, July 13, 4:30 p.m.

Location: Glocester Town Hall lawn

Age Level: Ages 7 and up

Tracy from Summit Valley Natural Wellness Studio will be doing a special Children’s Yoga program on the Town Hall lawn! Children are asked to bring a yoga mat or something to sit/lie on. We will be observing social distancing. A water bottle is recommended!

Teen/Tween Programs

Glocester Libraries’ Stories

Monday, June 1 - Friday, June 19, deadline - June 19

Wednesday, July 1 – 24, deadline - July 24

Location: email submission (Submit for June and July!)

Age Level: Ages 6 to 18

Young authors write your own stories to submit to the Glocester Libraries! At the end of the month, booklets will be made from submissions to be put outside the libraries for patrons to take home! Be as creative as you can; it can be about anything. Directions: Type your story (maximum of two pages) in a Microsoft Word or Google document and send it to glocesteryouth@gmail.com with the email subject: My Story. Be sure to include a title, your name, and age. Deadline for June: June 19 Deadline for July: July 24


Selfie Scavenger Hunt

June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-13, July 13-17, July 20-24, and July 27-31

Location: Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: Ages 10 and up

Who doesn’t like a good selfie? Tweens/Teens, ages 10 and up, may join the Selfie Scavenger Hunt by taking a selfie each week. The selfie must be taken with the assigned object and then posted on Instagram with #glocesterlibrariessummerreading and/or on Facebook and tag Glocester Manton Library and/or Harmony Library. Entry forms with weekly challenge are available at both libraries for curbside pickup or may be downloaded at glocesterlibraries.org.


Teen Book Club

Thursday, June 25 and July 23, 2 p.m.

Location: Harmony Library

Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Join Miss Kat to help fulfill your summer reading requirement. Please read a title off the Rhode Island Teen Book Award list so we can discuss it. We’ll talk about your book, discuss genres, and enjoy a snack! Weather permitting, we will have the meeting outside.


Teen Virtual Art Club

Wednesday, July 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2 p.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting

Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Join Miss Kat on Zoom for the Glocester Libraries’ Virtual Art Club! For the first meeting, we will show different pieces of artwork we have done in the past. At the end of the meeting, you will be given a topic to create art from for the following week. It can be any kind of art: painting, photography, drawing, poetry – you name it! Get creative with your work!


Safe Sitters Class

Friday, July 10, 9:30 a.m.

Location: Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: Ages 11 to 14

Join us with Lifespan/Community Health’s representative for a day-long class. You will learn skills such as baby and child CPR, choking rescue, behavior management, childcare essentials, and safety for sitters. This class costs $90 per student, and you must bring a check made out to the Miriam Hospital on the day of the class.


Teen Paint Night

Wednesday, July 29, 5 p.m.

Location: Harmony Library

Age Level: Ages 11 and up

Join us for a teen paint night with Miss Kat. Our subject will be a Fairy Tale surprise! All supplies will be provided; just bring your creativity!

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Adult Programs

Adult Summer Reading & Raffles

June 1- August 7, Harmony Library and Glocester Manton Library

Join our Summer Reading Program for Adults, and you might win a prize! By filling out a short Book Review Form for each book that you read this summer, between June 1 and August 7, your name will be entered into one of our four gift certificate raffles. Forms may be found and submitted online or at the Circulation Desks at the Harmony Library or Glocester Manton Library. Audiobooks and e-Books count!


Plein Art Drawing Series

Wednesday, July 8, 15, and 22, various locations

Directions: The addresses of these locations will be provided upon registration in EventKeeper on our website, glocesterlibraries.org. We will be following CDC guidelines: social distancing and masks if applicable.

It is said that drawing from life in more instructive than drawing from photographs. During July, we will visit three local locations to draw flowers, an outdoor still life, and a water feature.

  • Wednesday, July 8, 3 p.m., Flowers - We will visit the private garden of a local resident and find the perfect flower or group of flowers to draw.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 3 p.m., Farm equipment still life - We will visit a local resident’s home where a still life focusing on the old tools of farming will await your drawing talent.
  • Wednesday, July 22, 3 p.m. - Water feature - The subject will be a water feature that will challenge your skills at reflections.

Materials you should bring:

  • Lawn chair
  • Drawing Board
  • Pencils, colored pencils, pastels...
  • Drawing paper/sketch paper
  • Bug spray and sunblock
  • Drinking water

The Library will supply, if needed:

  • Drawing board
  • Pencils and eraser
  • Drawing paper


Evening Book Discussion and Dinner

Monday, July 20, 6 p.m., Harmony Library

Join us for a delicious dinner, followed by a lively discussion of The Witch Elm by Tana French.

Our discussion will take place outdoors, if the weather is good, or indoors in an area of the library where participants can spread out to follow social distancing guidelines. Dinner will consist of delicious pre-wrapped food.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #1)

Wednesday, June 17, 8 a.m.

Location: Wolf Hill Forest Preserve, Smithfield

Directions: We will meet at the trail head head-on directly Waterview Drive in Smithfield

The Wolf Hill Forest Preserve is a Smithfield Land Trust property offering several miles of beautiful trails, including the World War II Memorial Trail. For the most part, walkers will be walking single-file on narrow trails making it easier to follow social distancing guidelines. Please bring a mask, though, for those occasions when we take a break and chat. Don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent. Be aware that trails of this type typically feature sections with rocks, stumps, and tree roots to maneuver.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #2)

Wednesday, June 24, 8 a.m.

Location: Ponaganset High School Cross Country Trail

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot next to the athletic field (the lot furthest to the right at the high school complex.)

Used by the PHS Cross Country Team and host to the State Cross Country Championships, wide and well-groomed trails boast three bridges and one beautifully crafted covered bridge. Ambitious walkers can finish their hike with a lap or two around the high school track! For the most part, we will be walking single-file on narrow trails making it easier to follow social distancing guidelines. Please bring a mask, though, for those occasions when we take a break and chat. Don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent. Be aware that trails of this type typically feature sections with rocks, stumps, and tree roots to maneuver.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #3)

Wednesday, July 1, 8 a.m.

Location: Sprague Farm

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot for Sprague Farm on Pine Orchard Road.

We will visit Sprague Farm, a Glocester Land Trust property, twice this summer. For our first walk, we’ll visit a meticulously restored historic cemetery.For the most part, we will be walking single-file on narrow trails making it easier to follow social distancing guidelines. Please bring a mask, though, for those occasions when we take a break and chat.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #4)

Wedneday, July 8, 8 a.m.

Location: Steere Hill Conservation Area

Directions: We will meet at the dirt parking lot directly on Putnam Pike across from Harmony Post Office.

Steere Hill Conservation Area is a Walking Club favorite every summer! Home to many

well-marked trails, we will visit this location twice this summer for two different walks. For this first visit, we’ll hike the Ridge and Stone Dam Trails. For the most part, we will be walking

single-file on narrow trails making it easier to follow social distancing guidelines. Please bring a mask, though, for those occasions when we take a break and chat.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #5)

Wednesday, July 15, 8 a.m.

Location: Heritage Park

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot on Chestnut Oak Road.

Acquired in 1967, Heritage Park offers 115 acres of trails crossing several streams and passing by a shepherd’s hut. We’ll climb Steere Hill and then head back along the Outer Loop Trail and cross a small wooden bridge.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #6)

Wednesday, July 22, 8 a.m.

Location: Pulaski Park at 151 Pulaski Road, just off Putnam Pike.

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot AT THE BEACH.

We will revisit Pulaski Park this year and walk along the rustic gravel road that winds around the limits of the park crossing over a quaint covered bridge halfway through our hike. Towards the end of the walk, we’ll enjoy views of lovely Peck Pond.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #7)

Wednesday, July 29, 8 a.m.

Location: Sprague Farm

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot for Sprague Farm on Pine Orchard Road.

For our seventh walk of the season at this Glocester Land Trust property, we’ll pass by the stone foundations of two farmsteads on the Sprague Trail, continue along a scenic ridge, and then turn onto the Colonel Anthony Trail.


Glocester Libraries Walking Club (Walk #8)

Wednesday, August 5, 8 a.m.

Location: Steere Hill Conservation Area.

Directions: We will meet at the parking lot directly on Putnam Pike across from Harmony Post Office.

We will return for a second time this summer to Steere Hill Conservation Area, but we will be walking on the Field, Cutter, and Phillips Trails, with a short detour to a tiny cemetery. These trails offer a combination of shaded pine paths and open fields.


Note: Please register for each individual walk that you plan to attend.

Glocester Libraries - the Harmony Library and the Glocester Manton Library