Greenwich Free Library
News and Notes from the Library
July's newsletter is coming at you a little late, because we've been so busy at the library! If you haven't been by in a while, come for the cool air-conditioned temps, and stay for the books, the WiFi, and the good company. Here's everything else you need to know to take advantage of your library this summer.
- Summer Reading update
- Save the Date for our Endless Summer Party on August 31
- COVID PCR testing available
- Legos are back!
- August children's programming
- Farm 2 Library and composting food scraps at the library
- What to look for at the library this month
Save the Date: August 31
Endless Summer Party
Wed, Aug 31, 2022, 04:00 PM
Backyard at Greenwich Free Library
COVID-19 PCR testing available now
We are proud to be able to serve the Greenwich community with PCR testing right in town. At this time, appointments are not necessary. Testing hours are10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. This is a self-administered PCR test. Patrons must have an email address in order to receive results.
Starting in August: Lego Club!
Every Wednesday afternoon, all school-aged kids are invited to come build with Legos, enter challenges, win prizes, and have fun. Begins on August 3rd.
Summer programming for children continues through August 18
- Building Blocks Early Literacy Lunchtime Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:30. Bring a lunch, and settle in for stories and activities.
- Special guest reader Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner on August 2
- Join dance instructor, Lili Loveday, for a "Move Like a Monarch" workshop on August 9
- Building Blocks Playground Story Time on Thursdays at 10:30. Join us for offsite programming around our community.
- 7/28 Thunder Mountain Trail
- 8/4 Hudson Crossing Park, Edible Education with Comfort Food Community
- 8/11 Cambridge Community Forest
- 8/18 Greenwich Beach
Don't miss out on the BUZZZZZZ! Join us for our Children's Room Story Hour every Thursday at 3:00 PM. Cool down in the library; listen to bug-themed stories, and participate in crafts and activities.
What you'll find at the library... besides your favorite books
Food and food waste
Our Thursday deliveries of fresh food from the Farm 2 Library program have been wildly popular! All food is free and available to all. We've also added a grocery bag swap; bring your extras, or take what you need. And don't forget that we also collect food scraps out back for weekly pick up from Adirondack Worm Farm. If you're not able to compost at home, that doesn't mean you have to throw food in the trash! Bring any and all food waste (including meat and dairy) to the big green bin at the library's back entrance during our open hours.
Did you know?
- Since the end of May, over 500 people have enjoyed fresh fruits, veggies, and dry goods from the Farm 2 Library program at our library.
- Since the beginning of March, our composting program has helped to divert over 897 pounds of food waste from landfills.
A new roof
We are grateful to a generous donor for underwriting our roofing project in full, and we marvel at the excellent labor done so quickly in the heat of summer. We're thrilled to report that we didn't have to close the library or interrupt service for this work, and we appreciate our patrons who found other places to park while our lot was closed.
The quilt that could be yours
Don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets for this queen-king size quilt in gorgeous shades of deep blue and cream, it was made by a generous (and talented!) library patron with both traditional & contemporary fabric patterns in a classic North Star pattern. It will look great in any decor or style house. Your ticket purchase supports materials and programming at the library. Tickets are $10 each, and available at the circulation desk. The drawing is on September 12, and you do not need to be present to win.
A tiny preview of the Fair
Cindy Whitman has brought another set of miniature scenes to the library's display cases this month, and this time we're celebrating the rich traditional of agricultural fairs. Before you visit the big fair, you can come and see the tiny one!
A few more things to note
Your weekend in books...
Start your weekend early, and make it a bookish one. There are so many literary happenings and destinations in our area; here are just a few:
Thursday: head to Battenkill Books in Cambridge to catch poet Rage Hezekiah for an author talk and reading from her new book Yearn. Details here.
Friday: Stillwater Library is hosting author Elizabeth Berg for a fundraising event to benefit the library's building fund. Read more here.
Saturday: The weather looks perfect for an afternoon at Owl Pen Books. Get lost in a barn full of books!
Ever wonder how our gardens stay so gorgeous?
It's all thanks to our garden volunteers! Did you happen to see volunteer Susan Smith on the front page of Sunday's Post Star? She makes it look fun--and it is!--but our volunteers work hard. We are so grateful for their time and care. And thanks to Bruce Squires for snapping this photo.