The day – Notes from the library: plenty of fun activities will rock the summer in Waterford


Did you know that this is the fifth year that we have offered a summer reading program for adults? Summer reading challenges aren’t just for kids! We challenge the adults to read five books during the months of July and August with a drawing at the end of the summer. Starting Tuesday, July 6, you can pick up a brochure of the Adult Summer Reading Program with a reading journal attached.

Keep track of your books, write them down in the journal, then drop off the journal at the library to enter the drawing to win a basket of fun stuff! For every five books read, you have one entry in the drawing.

Thanks to generous funding from the Chelsea Groton Foundation, we are pleased to present our very first “Waterford Public Library al fresco” performance series. Bring your camp chair and sit on the side lawn and listen to Marc Bernier, the Chanteyman, sing his sea songs; the Waterford Community Band will be joining us for one of their first concerts in over a year.

They will perform a wide selection of family-friendly pieces, including marches by John Philip Sousa, Broadway musical medleys and a rich repertoire of traditional and modern orchestral music.

We also have an African and World storytelling event with renowned storyteller and accomplished jazz singer Eshu Bumpus, who captivates audiences by telling a variety of African, African American and global folk tales complemented by music, humor and mystery; ACT III will play an eclectic mix of jazz and R&B with singer / guitarist Carol Pollack and lead guitarist Al Dimmock. Joining them for this performance are Chris Leigh on bass and the talented Jacob Graham, drummer / percussionist; Finally, Massachusetts actress Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions will perform her one-woman show featuring an Arab princess from Zanzibar based on the memoirs of Emily Ruete (née Salamah bint Said).

We invite you to participate in a fun Facebook activity now in its third year, titled “Where is it in Waterford…? This year’s activity is “Where is the whale in Waterford?” For eight weeks, the Waterford Whale will be photographed at various locations around Waterford and then posted on Facebook. With a clue and a photograph, you need to determine where the whale is.

Each week, the first person to guess the correct location will receive a prize. We thank Crown Pizza of Waterford for their generous contribution to this event.

Who doesn’t like to look for different species of birds every summer? With the help of our Waterford community, we do our own backyard bird count. With a big thank you to Planning Director Abby Piersall and the Waterford Planning Department, we have a specialized map of Waterford hanging in the library. Join us to search the community for birds, then enter and pin the appropriate Bird ID to our map. At the end of the summer, we’ll share our finds!

Our Sunset Cinema film series, sponsored by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, runs Thursday evenings through July.

And just a reminder, we have free and discounted passes to the Florence Griswold Museum, Lyman Allyn Museum, Custom House, Denison Pequotsepose Nature Center, Mystic Seaport, Niantic Children’s Museum, State Parks & Forests Free Pass – No Child Left Inside Program and the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi.

Please call the library for details. All dates and times can be found at under “Calendar of Events”.

Jill Adams is responsible for adult services at the Waterford Public Library.

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