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 Program on Salts


  Lydia from the company “Auntie Arwen’s” will talk about the wide variety of salts, their purposes, history, mining and cooking on Tuesday, February 3 at 6 PM at the Plainville Public Library.  She will bring many samples from around the world for tasting.  Foodies are welcome.

            Some of the different varieties are:

Cyprus Black Flake Salt: Four-sided pyramidal flakes due to the speed of crystallization. Nice and crunchy, great as a decorative salt on a tomato-mozzarella salad plate.


Bali Smoked Sea Salt: the Balinese split a coconut palm, scoop out the inside so it looks like 2 dugout canoes, and then ladle seawater into it for solar evaporation. After the salt is harvested and dried, it’s smoked over Kaffir lime leaves and coconut.


Korean Roasted Bamboo Salt: In Korea, superfine sea salt and bamboo shoots are put inside clay jugs, which are then fired in a kiln. Little black specks are what’s left of the bamboo.


Trapani Sicilian Sea Salt: Harvested the same way that the Romans did it.


            The free program does not require registration.  Call the library for details at: 860-793-1446.


4th Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day


Plainville Public Library celebrates The Fourth Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  Stop by the children’s department to explore the newly created “Reading Igloo”, which was made out of donated plastic gallon jugs. Throughout the day, the Winter Scavenger Hunt will be available for families. Find the winter clues hidden throughout the children’s department and earn a beautiful ceramic snowflake (donated by the Pottery Piazza).


At 11AM, Harris in Wonderland from Avon, will present “Reptiles and Amphibians from Around the World.” Adam Harris will bring a corn snake, ball python, Burmese python, tegu lizard, turtles and tortoises, a milk snake, king snake, leopard gecko, crested gecko, “pixie” frog, panther chameleon, bearded dragon and more! This program is sponsored by The Friends of The Plainville Public Library. 


Families are invited to drop-in anytime between 1pm and 3pm to construct a “Turbo the Snail” pullback toy. Goggles, aprons, and project materials have been generously provided by the Lowe’s of Plainville). This project is best for children ages 5 and older, and is limited to the first 50 children. Children should bring a hammer (there will be a limited supply available) and a grownup friend to help.


Take Your Child to the Library is an annual event that was first celebrated in February 2012. Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, came up with the idea for Take Your Child to the Library Day and selected the first Saturday in February as the annual day of celebration. The idea gained popularity immediately, and librarians started planning special events, programs, and displays.  This year over 600 libraries will be participating, including libraries from 44 different states.


All events are free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Call the library for information at 860-793-1450.


Movie Matinee

The Plainville Public Library will show the movie, “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall on Thursday Feburary 12 at 2:30 PM.  

The free showing is part of a series  of newly released DVDs and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  In the film, big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. 

Call the library for more information at 860-793-1446.

Free E-mail Account Class


             Kari Burgess, Adult Services Librarian, will give step-by-step instructions on how to setup a free email account using Gmail on Thursday, February, 19th  and again on Wednesday, March 18th from 9-10 a.m. at the Plainville Public Library.  Participants will only need to attend one of the free sessions.


            Once created, an email address gives people the ability to keep in touch with family and friends, receive up-to-date information from favorite businesses, register for newsletters, coupons, and special offers from countless websites, purchase goods online (i.e. Amazon) and create other web accounts (i.e. Facebook) if desired. No prior email address is required to register for an email account and participants can use the library’s public computer to access their new email account anytime.  It would be helpful for students to bring their cell phones if they have one although it’s not required. Participants must have basic mouse skills, a basic understanding of the internet and how to navigate a website.


            Each class is limited to 6 people and free registration is necessary. Register at the Plainville Public Library Reference Desk or call 860-793-1446.


Winter Time Sunday Hours


            The Plainville Public Library will be open Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. starting on January 4th.   Patrons will find a full range of services available including: books and videos, computer access, reference assistance, programs and more.

           Winter Sunday afternoons have always been a popular time to visit the library.  Students need a quiet place to study, children enjoy a special trip out of the house and readers have more time to browse in the collection of 90,000 books.  Last year, an average of 155 people visited the library each Sunday afternoon.


            The Library will be open on the 14 Sunday afternoons from January 4th to April 26, excluding Easter and the weekends of Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day. Through the winter, the regular hours of the library will be Monday – Thursday 10 – 9, Friday & Saturday 10 – 5 and Sundays 1 – 5.  Call the library at 860-793-1446 for details.



Plainville Writers Workshop


        The Plainville Public Library will sponsor a series of four workshops for aspiring writers on the third Thursdays of February, March, April and May from 6:00 - 8:00 at the library. This new workshop series will provide opportunities for area writers to read their original work, and receive helpful criticism and support.  It is open to the general public, for writers at least 18 years of age. Guests are welcome to attend and contribute to the discussions. Call the library at 860-793-1446 to register for the series and receive additional information.  The workshops are planned for February 19, March 19, April 16 and Mat 21.  A public reading by workshop participants is planned for June at a date to be determined.


            The workshop series is facilitated by Candace C. Hall, former editor/owner of Andrew Mountain Press, Hartford, CT. Her areas of publication include poetry, creative non-fiction, and op-ed.     

            The Plainville Public Library is located at 56 East Main Street, Plainville, and is handicap accessible.



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