Glocester Libraries Newsletter

January 2016 - Happy New Year! Hope to see you in 2016!

Special Events

Amnesty Day at the Glocester Libraries
Wednesday, January 6, 10 am to 8 pm

Start the New Year off fine-free! Visit the Glocester Manton Library or the Harmony Library anytime during library hours, and we will waive all of your fines. Applies to late fees only; damaged or lost item charges will not be waived.

Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve
Saturday, January 30, 1 pm, Glocester Manton Library

Filmmaker Marc Levitt will present his documentary film about the remains of a pre-contact coastal village on the southern coast of Rhode Island. Learn about one of the most important archeological sites on the East Coast of the United States, the legal battles over the land, and the most unlikely alliances formed to preserve this beautiful territory. Call to register at 568-6077.

Program Registration - in-person, by phone, and email

Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for a Glocester Manton program, phone 568-6077. To register for a Harmony program, phone 949-2850.

To email your registration request, contact the following:
Adult Programs at Glocester Manton -
Adult and Computer Programs at Harmony -
Adult Writing and Technology (iPad & eReader) Programs at Harmony -
Children Programs at Harmony -
Story Time Registration for both libraries -
Children Programs at Glocester Manton -
Please register for programs as soon as possible due to space limitations.

Special Event - Indoor Sand Table from the RI Museum of Science and Art

Tuesday, January 5 until beginning of February, Harmony Library
All ages are welcome to stop by the Harmony Library during library hours to tinker with one of the RIMOSA's most popular traveling exhibits. No registration required.

Children Story Time Registration

Story Time registration for the Glocester libraries begins January 5th. They include:
  • Babygarten - Thursdays at 10 am, Harmony Library & Fridays at 10 am, Glocester Manton Library
  • Toddler Time - Tuesdays, 10 am, Harmony Library & Fridays, 11 am., Glocester Manton Library
  • Preschool - Wednesdays, 10 am, Harmony Library & Thursdays, 11 am, Harmony Library

Children's Programs

Registration is required for this month's programs.

Winter Bird Feeding Treats with the Glocester Land Trust
Monday, January 4, 4:30 pm, Harmony Library
Ages 5-8 are invited to learn about the different North American birds that inhabit their backyards and then make a fun bird feeding treat to bring home to them.

Book Tasting
Wednesday, January 13, 4:30 pm, Harmony Library, Grades K-3

Children will "taste" a variety of books according to their reading levels, as well as enjoy a yummy snack and take home a dessert they create!

Beat the Winter Blues Beach Party
Tuesday, January 19, 4:30 pm, Glocester Manton Library, Grades K-5

Sandcastle fun, "cool" treats, and Beach Blanket Bingo, ending the program with a Sunshine Pinata!

After School Art: Clay Creations
Wednesdays, January 27-March 2, 4:30 pm, Glocester Manton Library, Grades K-5

Children will use air dry clay to create projects using different techniques such as coiling, pinching, and clay resist painting.

December 2015 Special Moments

Teen Programs

Registration is required.


Saturday, January 2, 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm, Glocester Manton Library

Ages 9-14 - Come learn how to use code to summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow or build giant rainbows in the Minecraft world! This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing students how to build or change (e.g. mod) the game using code based on the Javascript programming language.

"Adult" Coloring for Teens
Wednesday, January 20 and 27, 4 pm, Harmony Library

Heard about the adult coloring craze? In addition to being fun, grown-up coloring has been shown to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Grades 6-12 are invited to hang out in the teen area and try it out. You will use Prismacolor's artist pencils and a variety of coloring books, including Lost Ocean, Dapper Animals, and Day of the Dead. Pizza will be provided as an after school snack. Please register by e-mailing Miss Allison at

Writing Programs

Registration is required for both programs.

Memoir Writers Group
Wednesday, January 20, 6 pm, Harmony Library

Participants develop their writing skills by reading published memoirs, writing short essays, and sharing their writing with the group, led by Writing Coach Pat Kenny. Writers are encouraged to attend one meeting to see if the group is a good match for their writing goals.

Fiction Writers Group
Thursday, January 21, 6 pm, Harmony Library

Share short excerpts of your original work, participate in monthly exercises, and receive feedback from fellow writers.

Adult Programs

Registration is required except for Tuesday matinees.

Fearless Art Club Special
Monday, January 4, 6 pm, Glocester Manton Library
Explore and draw portraits with art student, Kate Steere. All materials will be supplied.

Cookbook Club
Monday, January 4, 6 pm, Harmony Library

Join fellow foodies for a monthly meeting that focuses on a different cookbook. January's selection is The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman. Choose a recipe and prepare it for the class. Everyone samples the dishes and discusses the cooking experience. Pre-registration is required before January 1.

Yoga for Beginners with Tracy Gilchrist
Tuesday, January 5, January 12, 19, 26; February 2 and 16, 6:30 pm, Harmony Library

Yoga relieves stress and chronic pain and promotes strength, flexibility, and mindfulness. Tracy, a yoga instructor for 15 years, specializes in teaching beginners. The first class is free. There is a $5 fee for subsequent classes. Space for this class is limited and pre-registration is required.

Tuesday Matinees at 2 pm, Glocester Manton Library
Walk great movies on the big screen. Refreshments will be served.
January 12: The Intern starring Robert De Niro
January 19: A Walk in the Woods starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson
January 26: Black Mass starring Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton

Fearless Art Club
Wednesday, January 13 and 27, 2 p.m., Glocester Manton Library
In January , the club will explore sculpting with clay. All materials will be provided.

Media & Technology Programs

Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for a Glocester Manton program, call 568-6077. To register for a Harmony program, call 949-2850.

Technology Tuesday - One-on-One Computer Instruction
Tuesday, January 5 and 19, 6 pm, Harmony Library

Do you want to learn the basics? Sign up for individual instruction in the basics of computer use, email, and Internet searching.

One-on-One Computer Basics
Wednesday, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10 am, Harmony Library

Receive one-on-one instruction in learning how to use a computer, set up an email account, and search the Internet.

iPad Basics - One-on-One Instruction
Wednesday, January 6 and 13, 3 p.m., Harmony Library

Learn how to use your iPad at a comfortable pace. Bring your iPad and your questions.

One-on-One eReader Instruction
Monday, January 11 and 25, 2 pm, Harmony Library

Learn how to use your eReader to borrow ebooks from the Oceant State Libraries.

One-on-One Computer Help
Library Hours, Glocester Manton Library

One-on-One computer help is available Monday through Wednesday, 11 am to 2 pm. Other times are available by appointment.

Special Notice: The Harmony Library recently traded in its old Nooks for two of the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 4Nook devices. Patrons can borrow a device for three weeks and read the latest bestsellers. Try out the Nook for a future purchase and enjoy a variety of apps.

Book Discussion Groups

Glocester Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 13, 1 pm, Glocester Senior Center

Discuss I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 14, 1:30 pm, Harmony Library

Talk about All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Mystery Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 28, 1:30 pm, Harmony Library

Enjoy a discussion of Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith.

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion
Wednesday, January 20, 1:30 pm, Glocester Manton Library

Discuss The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

Glocester Libraries

The libraries of Glocester - The Harmony Library and the Glocester Manton Library - share the same mission: to provide free and convenient access to those materials, services, programs, and technologies that support the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the all the members of the Glocester community.