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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Closings

Just a reminder - The East Haddam Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Weekend.

Wednesday (11/26): Open 10:00-2:00
Thursday-Saturday: Closed

We will reopen on Monday, December 1st. Have a safe & Happy Turkey Day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Library Book Clubs!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Library System is proud to present two new book clubs for all ages...

East Haddam Public Library System
Book Club at Two Wrasslin' Cats

The Book: 

 David & Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell
Wednesday, November 12
6:30pm at Two Wrasslin' Cats Coffee Shop
Copies available at EHFPL and Rathbun Library
The book club will meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM at Two Wrasslin Cats Coffee Shop located on Town Street, East Haddam.

Join us November 12th for some insightful conversation about overcoming life’s challenges and the advantages of being the underdog, as outlined in Gladwell's David & Goliath.

And for Junior Readers, Please join us for...

Junior Reader Book Club

Wednesday, November 19th 
3:30pm at the Rathbun Library

We'll be reading Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry! The world is filled with hidden treasure, what will you find when you start looking?
Junior Readers Book Club: Walls Within Walls - Nov. 19 at 3:30

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Book Club!

Coming soon! The new East Haddam Library System's Book Club. First informational meeting will be October 15th, 6:30 PM at Two Wrasslin' Cats. Save the date and invite your friends! 

At our first meeting we will be deciding what to read and when to meet. Don't miss out on the fun! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Events at your Local Libraries

Check out these great programs at your local libraries this Fall!
(Please Call to Register)

Little Ones: 
    Baby Time – Every Wednesday at 10:30, at the Rathbun (ages 0+)
    Storytime – Every Tues. at EHFPL; Every Mon. & Thurs. at Rathbun, 10:30 (ages 3+)

    Kids (Grades 1-6)
          American Girl Club – 1st Wed. of the month at 3:30 at the Rathbun 
    Video Games for Kids – 4th Wednesday of the month at 4:30 at EHFPL

    Tweens (Grades 4-8)
    Science Club –Group 1: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3:30 at the Rathbun 
    Science Club –Group 2: 4th Wednesday of the month at 3:30 at the Rathbun 
    Jr. Readers Book Club – 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3:30 at Rathbun

    Teens (Grades 7-12)
    Teen Write Club – 2nd Friday of the month at 6:00 at EHFPL
    Anime Club – 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 at EHFPL
    Awesome Hour (Teen Night) – 1st Monday of the month at 6:00 at EHFPL
     Teen Video Games – 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 at EHFPL 

       Origami Club – 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 at EHFPL
       Book Club - 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at EHFPL
       Knitting Club - Every Tuesday at 3:00 at Rathbun
       Quilting Club - Every Tuesday at 6:30 at EHFPL

    Movie Nights, Book Clubs, Holiday Parties and more are just around the corner. Visit & for info!

    East Haddam Public Library System

    EHFPL: (860) 873-8248 | Rathbun Library: (860) 873-8210

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Libraries Closed 8/30 - 9/1

    Just a friendly reminder, the East Haddam Libraries will be closed Saturday & Monday in honor of Labor Day Weekend. Please have a safe and happy holiday.

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Story Time & Baby Time Registration Now Open!

    Join Ms. Karen for another year of Story Time fun!  

    Storytime (ages 3+) -  Starts September 8 at 10:30 – for Mondays Song, stories and craft

                       Starts September 11  at 10:30  - for Thursdays Song, stories and craft

    Babytime (ages 0-3) – Starts September 10 at 10:30 – Wednesdays – Songs, Fingerplays, story and musical instruments

    Please call (860) 873-8210 to register or visit Ms. Karen in the Children's Department. :)

    See you in September!

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    The Friends of Rathbun Present Fridays at 5:30

    AUGUST 15th
    with Terry & Deborah Borton
    of The American Magic-Lantern Theater

    Join us for an informative and entertaining presentation with the Bortons as they discuss their new book:
    Before The Movies –
    American Magic-Lantern Entertainment and the Nation’s First Great Screen Artist, Joseph Boggs Beale”

    Magic Lantern shows were very popular Victorian-era big screen extravaganzas that led to the modern movies. They consisted of a combination of projected color images, live drama, live music, hilarious comedy and boisterous audience participation. The shows were "the great grandfather of the cinema" -- what the movies developed from 100 years ago.

    Before the Movies is a comprehensive survey of the American artists who created early magic-lantern stories and songs for the screen. The book emphasizes the work of Joseph Boggs Beale, a pioneer in the field, and demonstrates that Beale almost single handedly created American-made screen entertainment for the generation before the movies.

    The American Magic-Lantern Theater has authentically recreated the traveling theater using antique equipment, and the content, music, and dramatic style of the 1890s. During the last 20 years, the Bortons have given over a thousand performances in 38 states and 6 different countries, entrancing over a million people.

    Terry Borton is the director of The American Magic-Lantern Theater, holds a doctorate from Harvard, and is the author of two previous books.

    Deborah Borton holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and is President of the Magic Lantern Society of the U.S and Canada.

    The authors will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

    A $5.00 donation is requested. All proceeds benefit the Rathbun Library.

    For more information -
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