Community Announcements

Winsted Elks Flag Day ceremony
WINSTED — The Winsted Elks is holding its annual Flag Day ceremony on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the lodge, located at 75 High Street. The Elks is the only fraternal organization to require a formal observance of Flag Day, June 14 by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Flag Day was not a national observance until 1949. The history of our flags is given with each flag presented at the event. For more information call the lodge at (860) 379-8045.

New Hartford Beekley Library events
Downtown New Hartford Family Storywalk
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Through June 18

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes is a sweet story that shows young readers how the world transforms from winter to spring. Patience and observation skills are highlighted to show how nature changes over time.

Read along with the Beekley while taking a stroll through downtown New Hartford! The story begins at Town Hall, moves through Town Center, and ends at Barden Farm Market. Pages are numbered and are viewed through local business windows.

Generously sponsored by the Economic Development Commission

Glass Castle Children’s Art Exhibit
Beginning June 18th
At the Beekley Library

The Glass Castle Children’s Art Exhibit will be available for viewing. Art students, beginning at age five, learn the basics of drawing and painting from Ann Raymond. Two-dimensional art skills are built to create a complete painting, including subject, color, color mixing, textures, composition, and using the correct pencils and tools. Three-dimensional skills are taught using sculpture and pottery on the wheel.

Ann Raymond, professional artist and art teacher, has been teaching art in her Pine Meadow studio for over 37 years. “Art is basic to all education. It is the beginning of learning,” she said, “Before a child can write or read, a child draws.” Visit for more information.


If you have visited the library 3 times (or curbside delivery) and read for 100 minutes per week this summer, you are entitled to a free book! Drop your completed journal in the library’s book drop, then visit to select your book.

Pick up your journal at the Beekley, or download a copy at

Summer Reading Kickoff
Family BINGO Night (Virtual)
Thursday, June 17
6:30-7:30 p.m.
All children and their grownups

Kick off the summer with a game of Family Bingo! Pick up a packet at the Beekley. We’ll play ten rounds, competing for fun prizes to keep you busy during your summer vacation. We’ll create cards with different letters and shapes and work our way up to the last round of Blackout Bingo for a grand prize!

Stop by the Beekley to pick up your BINGO Cards and Rules beginning June 10, or download below for a contactless experience.

Ms. Sheryl Garala will be leading the BINGO evening. She was a intermediate and middle school teacher for years, is a familiar face to Beekley Children’s Programs, and is the President of BookFriends. She can’t wait to lead this event. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link. A reminder email with the Zoom will be sent out 30 minutes before the event starts. Register at

​Summer Reading
Virtual Magic Show with Pete & Chris (Virtual)
Saturday, June 26
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Pete and Chris Amusements proudly present The MAGIC of Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris! They have been entertaining kids and families for the past 10 years! They are the kings of slapstick comedy magic!

As part of the show, traveling 2-man kid’s comedy magicians and real life brothers Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris of Pete and Chris Amusements bring kids an ULTRA high-energy show to kids at the library! Kids will guffaw and giggle at their crazy cartoon-like antics, and be wowed at the magic presented. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link. A reminder email with the Zoom will be sent out 30 minutes before the event starts. Register at

Letters are Characters (Virtual)
For children ages 4-7
June 28-August 16
Virtual, at your convenience
A multi-library partnership
​Registration is June 7-18th

Join us for this 8-week early literacy program for residents of the Northwest Corner. Each participant will receive a Letters Are Characters kit including:
· A brand new box of scented crayons and a Letters are Colors coloring book
· A Letters are Characters Book
· Letter Dough Powder with a storage bag for your finished dough

Each parent will receive a weekly instructional letter and video, plus unprecedented access to Letters Are Characters creator, Dr. Caroline Ugurlu via email or phone. WOW! A kickoff event will be held on Friday, June 25th at 11:30 a.m. at the Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place. Meet Caroline, participate in a sample lesson, pick up your supplies, and let your little ones have fun with letters!

Can’t make the kick-off event, no problem! Your supply kit will be available for pickup at the Beekley Library the week of June 21-25th! At the end of the program, treat your child to an ice cream and pick up your completion certificate on Thursday, August 26th at 6:30pm at the Torrington Library, 12 Daycoeton Place!

Bring the alphabet to life in this fun book designed for both parents and children. When letters become characters, young learners can do what comes most naturally: play, laugh, and learn about the characters and their stories. They do this while simultaneously breaking the phonemic code, the essential first step to reading. Emails will be sent out Mondays to participants. ​ Register at

Nutmeg Book Club (Virtual)
For teens in grades 7 & 8
Wednesdays, June 30-August 11
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Whether you are staying home, visiting family, or on vacation, you can participate in the Nutmeg Book Club from anywhere with wi-fi on Wednesday evenings! The “Meet and Greet” will begin the program on June 30, and you’ll get to pick the reading schedule for the summer program. Enjoy reading the Nutmeg award-winning books and check in weekly with Ms. Wiecking online for fun discussions.

A variety of topics, genres, and formats will be included in the book club. Solve a mystery to save the world with an Albert Einstein prodigy, go to Puerto Rico, travel through magical realism in graphic novel form, and work through tough teen issues.

Each teen will receive their very own paperback copies of the books to be read and discussed. The first meeting on June 30 will be a “Meet and Greet.” Register to reserve your copies and pick up your books at the Beekley ahead of time. When your books are ready, you will receive an email that includes the Zoom link.

Ms. Nancy Wiecking will be leading the discussions each week. She has been teaching middle and high school for over 10 years and can’t wait to read the Nutmeg nominees with you. The Nutmeg Book nominees are chosen by librarians and student readers and are considered to be the best stories of the year. Register at

Winsted Beardsley Library programs

Highland Lake Watershed Association annual meeting

Torrington Civil Rights Mural