Moore Free Library offering summer programs

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NEWFANE — The Moore Free Library is offering a number of programs and activities in the coming weeks.

- Outdoor StoryWalks will be offered throughout the summer, allowing children and families to move through a story page by page in the great outdoors. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The Moore Free Library's StoryWalks will be installed outdoors on the library lawn and are accessible any day in any weather, thanks to WW Building Supplies donating and installing the materials. July's storywalk is "How to Be a Lion" by Ed Vere.

- The library will host a variety of family events with the "Imagine Your Story" summer reading theme in July and August. Children can create their own log to record books they are reading independently or they can pick one up at the library. All events will be held outdoors.

On Tuesdays, July 7 through August 11, children and families will read fables and folktales at 10:30 a.m., followed by an activity that will involve crafts, movement, poetry or writing. After the Tuesday programs, the library will be open before the normal 1 p.m. opening time for families to browse and borrow books.

On Wednesdays, July 1 through August 12, there will be family story time yoga at 10:30 a.m., with teachers from Newfane Village Yoga and mats from RISEVT. Teachers will read a story and lead participants through gentle, easy and fun movements related to the stories. This is suitable for all bodies and all ages and no yoga experience is required. Grandparents welcome.

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On Thursdays, the library hosts story time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. This is geared towards children aged 0-6, but all ages are welcome. On Thursday, Aug. 6, there will be an "Imagine Your Story" musical concert with Stephen Coronella where children can bring their completed reading logs for prizes.

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- Thanks to a grant from "Grow with Google," the library will be offering free drop-in computer classes to Newfane, Brookline, Williamsville and South Newfane residents on Saturdays in July and August. The dates of the classes are July 11, 18, 25 and August 8 and 15, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The classes are designed to help people with no computer experience learn how to do basic internet tasks, such as browse the internet, use email, explore social media, write a resume and apply for jobs. Computers will be provided. For people who can't make the class times, individual help is also available by appointment.

- The library is partnering with Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer three workshops on death and grief in July. The workshops will be held outdoors and chairs will be provided, but attendees may also bring their own.

On Wednesday, July 15, at 4 p.m., Muriel Wolf, Spiritual Companion at Brattleboro Area Hospice, will present "Spirit Rising: Death as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth." Wolf will discuss spiritual issues, questions and opportunities that arise at times of death and loss, and talk about the unique kinds of support offered through the Spiritual Care Program at Brattleboro Area Hospice.

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On Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m., Lars Hunter, Bereavement Program coordinator for Hospice will discuss grief, how it affects us, how to manage the deep feelings, and the support provided by BAH. The discussion will include the importance of trained volunteers, how to become a volunteer, support groups and how they play a special role in the grieving process. There will be time for Q&A and materials will be provided.

On Saturday, July 25, at 12:30 p.m., Hospice volunteer Suzanne Weinberg will discuss how to put your health care wishes and guidelines in writing should you not be able to speak for yourself. Ideas and materials to help you move forward with writing an advance directive will be provided.

- On Saturday, July 18, State Rep. Emily Long, D-Windham-5, returns for monthly "office hour" visits at the library. Long's district is comprised of Newfane, Townshend, and Marlboro and residents of those towns are encouraged to bring their concerns and questions for Long, who will be outdoors from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to chat with constituents.

The library is located at 23 West St. All library offerings are free to the public. Visit www.moorefreelibrary.org or call 802-365-7948 for more information.


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