Activities and Programs for Adults and Teens

Every First Tuesday

  • 10 a.m. Heart of Bethany Join us as we finalize the planning of Bethany’s 2017 Rid Litter Day, April 22.  Find out how your talents and ideas help keep Bethany beautiful!

Every Tuesday

  • 6:30 p.m.   Nifty Needlers and more: Welcome to a casual crafting group.  Here you may explore your inner crafter, whether it is knitting, some other type of needle work, or some other handicraft.  Please note that we do offer informal instruction on knitting for novices.

Every Second Tuesday

  • 7 pm Second Tuesday Book Group:  Enjoy discovering yourself and others by discussing literature.  Schedule of books to be read the next four months are:  God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson [March], Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles [April], Still Life by Louise Penney [May], and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance [June].

Every Wednesday

  • 5:30 p.m. Movies!:  

Mar 8,  Arrival, rated PG-13, nominated for Best Picture: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

Mar 15, Fences, rated PG-13, nominated for Best Picture:  A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.  Starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.  Ms. Davis won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.

Mar 22, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, rated R: 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle.

Mar 29, Patriot’s Day, rated R:  The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Every First & Third Tues

  • 7 p.m. (Mar 1 &15 ) Bethany Writers!  Find that connection between the written word, the story and the writer at our bimonthly meetup.  The group is facilitated by a professional editor and published author.  Bring a sample of work to share, 500 words or less.

 Every First Weds

  • 6 – 8 p.m. (Mar 1)  First Selectman’s Night Out First Selectman Derrylyn Gorski will be on hand to hear from constituents who may not be able to make it to Town Hall during regular business hours.  Bring questions and concerns.

Programs in March

Weds, Mar 1

6 p.m.  Who decides Who is Beautiful?  Join us, Empower Her, INC, and the Heart of Bethany as we view and then discuss the movie The Illusionists.  This film explores how our insecurity over body image is commercialized.  The preoccupation over physical beauty is as old as time; what is different today is the central role that the pursuit of the perfect body has taken: it has become our new religion. A beautiful body is seen today as key for personal and also, more importantly, economic success for both women and men. Refreshments will be served and provided by the Heart of Bethany.  Ages 12+. Please register, 203 393-2103.

Thurs, Mar 9

5:30 – 7 p.m. Meet the Artist Reception!  This month’s exhibiting artist is Bethany’s Cathy Weiss.  Her exhibition, Metal and Cloth, explores the richness Cuban culture and also the stark contrasts of Cuban life.  It is the culmination of a special trip to Cuba made last year.  Meet the artist, enjoy Cuban coffee, and explore her exhibit.   From her website,  Cathy’s main focus now is writing. However, she has had many art shows and community dance events benefiting local non-profits.  Although her strong background includes administration in both Health and Social Service, she has recently proven her ability in helping to develop community through her many artistic endeavors.

Tues, Mar 14,

12 p.m. Brown Bag with Friends!  Friends of the Bethany Library, our auxiliary, hosts a brown bag lunch meeting to discuss upcoming activities of the Friends, opportunities for folks to volunteer, and ideas about building the future of the Friends.  Bring your lunch.  Call 203 393-2103 for more information.

Thurs, Mar 16

6 p.m. Release your inner artist!  Local artist and chair of Arts at Clark, Liz Scott will host a drop in free-hand drawing table.  This is an opportunity for you to learn the basics of free hand drawing.  Pencils and paper provided.  Bring your imagination and creativity!  All ages.

Fri, Mar 17

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Zach is Back for a Painting Party!  Friends of the Bethany Library, our auxiliary, is planning a painting party to tap the inner artist in you and your friends.  The cost for the evening, which includes your canvas, supplies, snacks and wine/lemonade will be $40.  Everyone will paint a spring time scene.  All ages.  Folks can share the cost of one canvas.  Please call 203 393-2103 by Mar 11 to register.


Activities and Programs for Children and Families

Every Thurs

  • 10:30   R&R at the library. Means ready for reading.  Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adults share time having fun with books, toys, songs, finger plays, and friendship.

Every Sat starting Jan 21 – Mar 18

  • All day, CABIN FEVER BUSTER Saturdays for kids and their families.  Join us as we make crafts and play games every Saturday starting Jan 21 through March 18.  Drop in anytime on a Saturday to enjoy making crafts or playing games.  Every week’s activity will be a surprise in order to keep the winter exciting.

Thurs, Mar 23

4 p.m. Celebrate the life of Magician Harry Houdini Mr. Houdini’s birthday is March 24.  We will celebrate his magical life with stories, learning new tricks, and sharing magic tricks with one another.  For ages 5 and up.  Please register: 203 393-2103.