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Acton Public Library

60 Old Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Tel: 860-395-3184 


The Acton Library provides educational programs for all ages. Our events are free and open to the public. Some programs have age recommendations. Please look at the event calendar to see if you need to register for a seat.

  • Mon, Jan 24, 2022 -- VIRTUAL - Hiding in Plain Sight at 6:30 PM

      This program will now be held through Zoom. Author Orlene Allen Gallops, will discuss her book Hiding in Plain Sight. "Hiding In Plain Sight" is Orlene Allen Gallop's personal account of uncovering her Jewish heritage and the tragic past of her family, shrouded in mystery for decades. Her story begins with the discovery of her parents' marriage certificate, signed by a Rabbi in 1949. Finding out that her parents were Jewish was only one revelation; their families' fate was another. Orlene's research spanned five years in a relentless search for answers, taking her around the globe to places and meeting people she never could have imagined. The book weaves together the fabric and detail of the research facts with an extraordinary story of her family's experience with the very worst of human despair and ultimately the joy of two people who celebrated life.  Free and open to all. Registration is required and is available one month prior to the event. Location: Grady Thomas Room

  • Tue, Jan 25, 2022 -- Cookbook Club: Sheet Pan Suppers at 6:30 PM

    Check out a copy of the chosen cookbook for the month, make a recipe within the cookbook & bring it to the meeting for members to sample.  This is required to attend.  This month's cookbook is Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 recipes for simple, surprising, hands-off meals straight from the oven by Molly Gilbert.   Free and open to all ages 14+. Registration is suggested as seating is limited and is available one month prior to the event. Location: Grady Thomas Room

  • Wed, Jan 26, 2022 -- Mystery Book Club at 1:00 PM

      This group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month in the library.  This month's book is Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin. Free and open to all.   No registration required. Location: Grady Room

  • Thu, Jan 27, 2022 -- Tech Time with Brian at 10:30 AM

    Contact: Brian D Story   8605105061   Join Our YA Librarian Brian Story as he sits with you to help with your tech related questions.   BYO Device or borrow one of ours.   *Please note, this service is for educational purposes. We cannot fix your device. Walk - ins are always a welcome place to start  Or Thursday Mornings  with Brian at 10:30 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 See Librarian Emily's link for more times  12-5 Thursdays Drop in for help on Tech related topics or get assistance with your devices e.g. Basics of word Processing Navigating the Web for affect Information literacy/ Avoiding Scams  Using the Library to its fullest: downloadable apps   Location: Teen Space and PC's

  • Thu, Jan 27, 2022 -- VIRTUAL - Genealogy Interest Group at 10:30 AM

     This program will be held using Zoom. Come explore your family roots! Meet with other patrons who are gathering information about their family trees and learn about the research databases that are available to you here at the library, including Ancestry Library Edition and FamilySearch. Meetings are on 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month with the library's cataloger, Donna Tappin. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to 'tune-up' your current research skills or learn something new about family history research.   Free and open to all.   Registration is required and is available one month prior to the event. Location: ZOOM

  • Mon, Jan 24, 2022 -- STEM-2-GO at 10:00 AM

    Looking for fun activities to do at home? This kit will contain some science supplies, a simple experiment and suggested additional experiments to do at home. Stop by the Children’s room, or request curbside pickup. Available while supplies last. Free and open to all. No registration necessary. Location: Children's Department

  • Fri, Feb 4, 2022 -- Game On! at 1:00 PM

    Come to the library to test your gaming skills. Challenge a librarian to a video game or board game and see if you can come out the winner. Space is limited, and registration is required. Masks are required while attending this indoor event. Acton Public Library programming may be affected or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines while attending this event.    Location: Grady Thomas Room

  • Sat, Feb 5, 2022 -- Adopt a Reading Buddy at 11:00 AM

    Join us for the 11th Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day! This year we will celebrate with a Reading Buddy adoption event. Fill out an adoption application, pick out your reading buddy, and take a new plush pet home that day. We will have plush dogs and cats available to adopt. We will also have free books, crafts and the opportunity to read to a therapy dog.  No registration, available while supplies last. Unable to join us on February 5? You can still adopt a Reading Buddy by filling out the online form  Acton Public Library programming may be affected or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines while attending this event.    Location: Children's Department

January Book Bundles from the Children's Room!

January Book Bundles from the Children’s Room!

Available the week of January 10th!

Enjoy story time at home! Book Bundles include books handpicked by our children’s librarians, along with a list of suggested songs and activities to do with your little one. Pick up is available all week. Stop by the children’s room, or call the library at 860-395-3184 to request curbside services. Free and open to all.

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28th Annual Poetry Competition

28th Annual Poetry Competition

The Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT announces its

28th Annual Poetry Competition

Entries will be accepted from January 24, 2022 through February 12, 2022 at the library.

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