Let’s connect through Zoom & virtual programs

We miss seeing you in person! So we are piloting a new way to learn and connect: virtual programs. We will use Zoom, a web-based software solution for meetings and webinars that requires nothing more than a device and an Internet connection to take part in the fun.

Registration for each individual event through Zoom is required; links to register are listed below. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event.

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Kindermusik With Pat

Thursday, June 4, 10-11 am. You’re invited to a virtual musical beach party!  We’ll hop like seagulls, fly like parrots, search for buried pirate treasure, groove to some island-inspired tunes, and watch the stars twinkle over the horizon at day’s end. For families with children 0-7 years old.

This event is limited to 12 families. Please register as one family, not per child. Before the event begins, you will be emailed a specific Zoom link and password to join. Register on the library’s calendar now »

Midday Meditation

Thursday, June 4, 12-12:30 pm. Relax and concentrate on your breathing with a midday meditation led by Betsy Grimm. Register in Zoom now »

English Language Conversation

Saturdays, 10-11 am. Join other English language learners to practice English and learn new vocabulary in an informal setting. Conversation facilitators will lead the session with a variety of topics for conversation. Free and open to all English language learners. Register in Zoom »

Spanish Conversation Hour / Conversación en español

Saturday, June 6, 3-4 pm. Join us for a casual hour of open conversation with other Spanish speakers. Whether you speak enough to hold a basic conversation or can rattle off long stories, all levels are welcome. No class, no formal lesson—just practice for current Spanish speakers. Register in Zoom now »

Writers’ Word Feast

Sundays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for writers of all types and genre. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will spend some time writing!

Books & Brews: Daisy Jones & The Six

Tuesday, June 9, 7-8 pm. In Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six, when singer Daisy Jones meets Billy Dunne of the band The Six, the two rising 70s rock-and-roll artists are catapulted into stardom by a producer who puts them together, a decision that is complicated by a pregnancy and the seductions of fame.

At Books and Brews expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles in a social atmosphere, and don’t worry if you don’t have time to finish the book, we’re pretty chill! Meet new friends, discuss new books, and enjoy some drinks with us, virtually! Register in Zoom now »

Try It Thursdays Trivia

Thursday, June 11, 4-5 pm. Who will be the trivia champion? Students in grades 4-8 are invited to play virtual Kahoot! trivia. Join in the fun and connect with your regular Try It Thursday members! Trivia theme: teen movies; 30 questions total. Register in Zoom now »

Searching for South America

Saturday, June 13, 1-2 pm. Brian Michalski is on the road again—this time spending over a year in South America. As he trekked the Inca Trail, navigated pristine Patagonia, and explored the Amazon rainforest, he also volunteered, took Spanish classes, earned his English teaching certificate ,and worked remotely. Brian overcame obstacles, including one so immense, it could take only the collective help of his loved ones to save him. Witness this atypical approach to a challenging, yet deeply rewarding continent. Michalski will enthrall you with as many entertaining stories as he has passport stamps. Live Q&A upon conclusion. Register in Zoom now »

Queerios Summer Meet-Ups

Saturdays, 2-4 pm. Join us for any and all Queerios virtual summer meet-ups. In partnership with OPRF High School’s A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools, Queerios is an LGBTQ+ positive group. Our goal is to provide a space for tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to get together, discuss different issues, share their favorite books, sponsor and provide support for activism, plan outings, and more.

Death Cafe

Sunday, June 14, 2-3:30 pm. At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to discuss death. Our objective is bring awareness to the impermanent nature of life so that we may remember the sacredness of each breath, A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Register in Zoom now »

What’s Cooking: Now and Again

Sunday, June 14, 4-5 pm. Join fellow cooks to discuss Julie Turshen’s Now & Again, which features more than 125 delicious and doable recipes and 20 creative menu ideas.

This book group meets four times a year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Register in Zoom now »

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, June 16, 2-3 pm. Join us for a virtual Memory Cafe for seniors and their caretakers. Register in Zoom now »

Summer Art With Gene Ha

Wednesdays, 2-3 pm. Start your summer break with some comic books and art! Join the library in a six-day virtual Zoom chat with comic book artist, Gene Ha, creator of the Mae comic book series. Learn the basic steps that artists use to develop their own comic books and design your own comic strip this summer! For more information, check out Gene Ha’s website at www.geneha.com. Limit: 25 Attendees. Grades 1-8.

Please register for each event:

No Shush Salon

Thursday, June 25, 6:30-9:30 pm. Listen to performances by local creative types and share your own works-in-progress or newly finished endeavors at this monthly open mic night. Each person will have 15 minutes to present their latest creative endeavor. Spectators are welcome and appreciated! Register in Zoom now »

Grief Journaling Workshop

Sunday, June 28, 2-4 pm. Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, there will be time to share, if you feel so moved. Resources for writing, grief, where to get help, etc. will be provided at each session. Feel free to attend any or all sessions. Register in Zoom now »

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