Milford Public Library

The Library will be closed on Saturday, August 18 as Milford hosts the 44th Annual Oyster Fest! We will be open on Friday, August 17, but parking will be extremely limited due to festival set-up. Our book drops will be locked from Friday, August 17 at 5:00pm - the morning of Sunday, August 19. ALL overdue fines will be waived for these closed dates. 

WOWBRARY -  new books, movies and music at the Library!

We are excited to introduce our newest service - Wowbrary! a weekly email alert showcasing the newest books, DVDs, CDs, and audio books purchased each week.  When you spot something of interest, you can click on the item and be taken directly to our library catalog to place a hold.  Selecting  materials has never been so convenient. Review the new items, place a hold and we will contact you when your book, movie or music is ready for you! 
Get started today!

 

Libraries rock
Adult Summer Not-Just-Reading Program
Do you feel a library item or service rocked? Don't just sing it's praises, tell us about it! During July and August, every book, database, program and service recommendation gives you an entry into a weekly drawing for cool prizes! It gets better! At the end, all participants have a chance to win an ipad - thanks to the Friends of the Milford Library. Participants must be 18 or over. Details available at the adult Circulation Desk.
PROGRAMS
career coach busCareer Bus

The internet has made it easy for people to search out and apply to many job opportunities.  But sending out more applications doesn’t increase your chances of getting hired.  Sending out better applications does!  If you are frustrated with finding a great job, then visit the experts at the American Job Center Southwest Career Coach. The Career Coach is a one-Stop shop on wheels and mobile classroom which brings career services and computer training to you!  Call the Reference desk at 203-783-3292 to register.  The services are free and open to all. Thursday, August 23: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm.

harry potter pillowcaseBasic Sewing: Make Decorative Pillowcases
Learn to sew a pillowcase with a Harry Potter or Star Wars theme.  All material provided,  Ages 12 and up (chidren must be accompanied by an adult). This program is provided by our library makerspace, The Brain Station. Class size is limited.  Please call 203-783-3292 or stop by the Reference Desk to register. Monday, August 20 at 2:30pm.
Magician Matias LetelierMagician Matias Letelier
Professional illusionist Matias Letelier will perform The Magic of Imagination. His blend of magic, mentalism, clean comedy, pickpocket, high energy and audience participation will keep you engaged and entertained. Fun for the whole family! Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30pm.
linuxTech: Introduction to Linux
This is a class for those who have have had no exposure to the Linux command line and would like to learn it for DIY projects like those that require a Raspberry Pi. The class will cover logging in, command line navigation, listing files and file permissions, as well as the shell, environment variables, user accounts and installing software. Call the Reference Department at 203-783-3292 to register. Monday, August 13, 2:30-4:00pm.
Adulting 101Adulting 101
Life's hard! Come learn essential life skills that make being an adult easier. Experts on a variety of topics will present throughout the day - there's sure to be something for you! Click here for the latest schedule!  Saturday, August 4. Please note:  This program runs from 11:00-5:00; some printed copies of our calendar wrongly have the time as 10-5.  Check the schedule to see which sessions interest you! Come for some or stay all day!
rope coastersAdult Craft:  Rope Coasters
Ahoy mateys! We will be making nautical themed coasters at this workshop. Brush up on your knot-tying skills and give your home a summery look. All materials and instructions provided. Class size is limited. Please call 203-783-3292 to register. Thursday, August 2 at 2:00pm
Brian GillieThe Roots of Rock 'n' Roll
Brian Gillie's musical performance is unlike any history lesson you will ever see. History, humor, props, costumes, sound bites, stand-up piano playing, radio commercials, attitude and impersonations serve to reveal the sound of rock 'n' roll through its first 15 years. Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30pm.

 
handbellsBell and Chime Chorus
Join us for a performance by the ever popular Young at Heart Bell and Chime Chorus.These seniors from Black Rock Congregational Church perform with handbells and chimes, and offer a varied repertoire of hymns.
  Thursday, July 12 at 2:00pm
Amazon alexaTech: Amazon Alexa and the Echo Family of Devices
Unsure what Alexa can do? Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news. This is a general overview for those interested in this new technology. Saturday, July 21 at 2:30pm
multimeterTech: Testing Circuits for Continuity, Voltage and Resistance
A demonstration of the proper use of a multimeter. Multimeters are useful for any kind of electronics work, or electrical work in the home. Saturday, July 7,  at 2:30-3:00pm
lace doily bowlAdult Craft:  Doily Dish
Doilies are out of fashion, but many of us still have them stored away - here's a fresh way to use them. Using fabric stiffener, we will be turning doilies into dishes! All materials and instructions provided. Class size is limited. Please call 203-783-3292 to register. Thursday, July 5 at 2:00pm
GenealogyGenealogy
Our monthly genealogy program is taking a summer break for July and August. Our presenter, Greg Thompson, will be back in September exploring different genealogy tools each month. In the meantime, be sure to check out our online genealogy resources, including Ancestry.com!  

 
electric carPOSTPONED - Electric Vehicle Information Session
Experienced electric vehicle owners will discuss why they like their electric vehicles and how they use them on their daily commutes and longer distance drives, as well as how they charge the cars’ batteries. Learn about the differences between electric vehicles and conventional gas-powered cars (including why electric vehicles are much less expensive to operate and maintain), the widespread locations and different types of charging stations, the range of electric vehicle models available now, and the benefits of electric vehicles for the environment and for public health. Attendees will also learn about financial incentives from the Connecticut Green Bank for purchasing and leasing electric vehicles. Cars will be on display. Presented by Milford's Energy Advisory BoardSaturday, June 30 at 2:00pm   This program has been postponed to the fall (new date TBD) due to many local events and extremely limited parking this Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
ExcelBeginning Excel
Need help starting a spreadsheet? Get started with this basic overview, covering basic functions such as formatting cells, summing columns, and sorting data. Thursday, June 28 at 7:00pm
Birding in CTBird Walk with Frank Gallo
Bring your binoculars and wear your comfortable shoes - we're going outside! Bird expert and author, Frank Gallo, will lead all attendants on a one-mile walk to see what feathered friends can be spotted downtown. Afterwards, join us in the Library to hear about his latest book, Birding in Connecticut. Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30pm
Chilton DatabaseCar Repair Made Easy! Chilton's Automative Database
The well-loved series of Chilton's automative manuals is now online! The Chilton database has detailed information on most cars for do-it-yourself repairs. It also contains labor estimates for a multitude of professional repairs. Mechanics can also complete ASE test preparation quizzes through Chilton Automotive Library to study for their ASE certification. Learn how to access this resource using your Milford library card! Saturday, June 23 at 2:30pm.

 
Make music MilfordMake Music Milford
Make Music Milford is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. The Library is joining the festivities with this free outdoor concert by singer/songwriter Frank Critelli. Performance will be in front of the library. Other music events will be taking place thoroughout the day at various locations throughout the City.  For more information, please visit:  http://www.makemusicday.org/milford/ .  Thursday, June 21, 5:00-6:00pm. 
Shell MiddenHistory on the Half Shell: A Native American Shell Midden at Laurel Beach
Join archaeologist and Field Director of the Laurel Beach II Project, Dan Zoto, for a presentation exploring 3,000 years of Native American life at the mouth of the Housatonic River. The tools, shells and animal remains discovered at the site piece together a story of land use over thousands of years. Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30pm
ONGOING
Calling All Crafters!
The Library hosts both a Needlepoint Guild and a Knitting/Quilting Group. Bring your work in progress and chat with fellow crafters.
Needlepoint Guild: Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00am.
Knitters & Quilters: Meet every Friday at 1:00pm.

Exploration! The Brain Station
Open hours when everyone is welcome to pop into our makerspace to see what we're up to! Email milfordbrainstation@gmail.com or visit our Brain Station web page for more information

Book Discussion Groups   Tuesday Movies

Romance Book Group:
Thursday, August 9 at 10:00am
To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell


Evening Book Group:
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00pm
The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00pm
Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00pm
The Baked Bean Supper Murders by Virginia Rich

Classic Book Discussion:

Thursday, July 26 at 10:00am
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Thursday, August 20 at 10:00am
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

 

JULY - Movies that Rock!

July 24:
A Hard Day's Night

July 31:

Grease

AUGUST - MORE Movies that rock!


August 7:
Searching for Sugar Man

August 14:

High Fidelity

August 21:

Across the Universe

August 28:
Walk the Line


All movies begin at 2:00pm
Free popcorn!

Thank you to the Friends of the Milford Library for generously funding our programs.

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