Glocester Libraries' e-Newsletter

December 2020

Have a healthy and happy holiday!

Light Up the Town!

Celebrate the holiday safely this year without losing the spirit of the season. All homes and businesses are invited to make Glocester glow merry and bright! The Glocester Libraries will guide you with a map of all the brightly decorated Glocester homes and businesses. it is our improvement upon the traditional drive-by holiday lights experience. Maps will be available on Monday, November 30, at our libraries.

A Tribute to Pat Svansson upon her retirement on November 30

She is one of the friendliest members of the Harmony Library staff, an energetic colleague valued by employees, Board of Trustees, and community. Pat Svansson, Harmony Library’s most tenured employee, has been at the library for more than three decades. During that time, Pat learned and adapted to the introduction of technology and several upgrades that provide more efficient and effective library services. What makes Pat stand out as one of the most loved and admired colleagues is her unwavering smile and commitment to serving her community.

Pat Svansson – Glocester Libraries salute you and all your contributions to our library and its community. You have defined what an engaged and committed employee is all about. A sincere thank you from the Board of Trustees and each and every one of us!

As of November 12, 2020, all indoor in-person programs have been suspended until further notice.

Curbside Pickup

The Glocester Libraries continue to offer curbside pickup of pre-ordered materials during library hours. The Harmony Library provides this service, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the Glocester Manton Library, you can receive curbside pickup, Monday through Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To order, please phone the Harmony Library at 949-2850 and the Glocester Manton Library at 568-6077.

Wi-Fi Expanded at Libraries!

All public libraries in Rhode Island now offer extended external "parking lot" Wi-Fi. Harmony Library and Glocester Manton Library are pleased to offer a stronger external Wi-Fi signal for the Glocester community.

Our statewide library consortium, Ocean State Libraries, secured the funding for this project.

Special Children's Virtual Event

Owls of New England, hosted by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Monday, December 7, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom

Age Level: Grades 3-5

Learn about the owls that live in our area from the comfort of your home with a virtual Zoom live streaming event! Meet a live owl! We encourage you to ask questions and make observations to the staff at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. This program is free but registration is necessary at the library's website,

Story Time Programs

Story Time Programs

This fall, the Glocester Libraries’ Story Time programs are live on Facebook in an effort to continue our tradition of quality story time programs while making your experience as safe as possible.

Story Time with Miss Annie (Pre-recorded)

Thursday, December 3 and December 10, video 3 to 5 minutes length

Age Level: Preschoolers

Watch a weekly pre-recorded video with Miss Annie reading a story, offering suggestions for activities, and singing songs!

Tuesday Facebook Live Baby/Toddler Story Time

Tuesday, December 1 and December 8, 11 a.m., Facebook Live

Age Level: Infant to 3 years old

Join us on Facebook with your child, ages: infant to 3 years old, for stories, finger plays, and songs!

Thursday Facebook Live Preschool Story Time

Thursday, December 3 and December 10, 11 a.m., Facebook Live

Age Level: Ages 3 to 5 years old

Join us on Facebook Live with your preschoolers for stories, finger plays, and songs! A new program begins on November 12, November 19, December 3, and December 10.

Children's Programs

Harmony December Crafts

Begins Monday, November 30, during library hours, Harmony Library

Age Level: All Ages

Crafts continue with a new craft each Monday at the Harmony Library! The crafts include:

· November 30: Festive Lights

· December 7: Puzzle Snowflake Shadow Box

· December 14: Nutcrackers

· December 21: Elf Hats

· December 28: Penguin Poppers

Note: Crafts are on a first-come, first-served basis. Crafts at the two libraries are different.

Glocester Manton ‘Tis the Season Pickup Crafts

Monday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 30, during library hours, Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: All Ages (Under 3 years may need caregiver assistance.)

Let’s make some fun, holiday crafts!

· Week 1: Spiral Holiday Tree

· Week 2: Heart Ornament

· Week 3: Reindeer Headband

· Week 4: Santa Searchers

· Week 5: Gingerbread Playdough

December Storybook Crafts

Tuesday, December 1, through Wednesday, December 23, library hours, Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: All Ages (Under 3 years may need caregiver assistance.)

Check out a children’s holiday book during the month of December and bring home a “Swirly Paint Ornament Kit” to make for your holiday tree! Write or paint your name on the ornament and you can bring it back to the library to hang on our outdoor holiday tree! Note: You may bring your ornament home after the holidays!

DIY Sensory Bin Video

Thursday, December 3 and December 17, Glocester Libraries’ YouTube Channel and

Age Level: Adult for Preschoolers

Are you interested in ways to keep your baby or toddler entertained this winter? Try some of these fun, easy to make and easy to clean DIY sensory bins! They include:

· Pompoms, measuring cups, cupcake trays, turkey baster, scoops

· Play-Doh

· Tubes and caps

· Toy washing station

· Holiday bin (bows, wrapping paper, tissue paper, candy canes, bells) kiddie scissors

Gingerbread Houses Using Pop-Tarts®

Begins Friday, December 4, and Glocester Libraries’ YouTube Channel

Age Level: This is a fun Mom & Me, Dad & Me, Grandma & Me, etc. project

Did you know that you could make a gingerbread house using Pop-Tarts®? Ms. Nancy will show you how and share her special “glue” recipe. You will also learn how to make a cookie tree with an awesome cookie frosting. Watch the how-to video on our Glocester Libraries’ YouTube Channel and on our website.

Pass the Popcorn – Family Movie Night

Friday, December 11, library hours, Glocester Manton Library

Age Level: All Ages

Families, help the Glocester Manton Library while picking up some essential movies night supplies! Visit the Glocester Manton Library, choose a movie from our collection, and the library will provide the popcorn, hot chocolate, and the four popcorn boxes upon check out! A donation is not expected but greatly appreciated for our Children’s Programs. Note: Concessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Discussion Groups

Mystery Book Discussion

Thursday, December 3, 1:30 p.m., via Zoom

Talk about the Christmas mystery, Murder in Her Stocking by G.A. McKevett.

Glocester Senior Center Book Discussion

Wednesday, December 9, 1 p.m., Glocester Senior Center

Join us for a discussion of the New York Times bestseller, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Copies of the book are available at the Harmony Library.

Second Thursday Book Discussion

Thursday, January 14, 1:30 p.m., via Zoom

Discuss your response to To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.

Glocester Libraries - the Harmony Library and the Glocester Manton Library