Yoga Nidra @ the Library 

Thursday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. at the SML.

Yoga Nidra, also known as “yogic sleep,” is a guided relaxation and rejuvenation practice that is intended to bring deep ease to the mind and body. Anyone can do it! Bring items to make yourself comfortable lying on a carpeted floor for 45 minutes. Can’t lie on the floor? Try it seated. Librarian Claudia Volano is a certified Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra facilitator.

“Chris Picks” for June

Here are this month’s great recommendations from staff member Christopher Jennings Penders! Click on a title to place a hold. To find previous Chris Picks, click on the “What to Read” link at the bottom of this page or type “Chris Picks” into the search bar on our homepage.

Since we are coming up on the height of summer tourist season, I thought June would be an excellent time to devote my book choices to area tourist locations. I hope you will excuse a bit of shameless self-promotion with this latest crop of books. Under “Block Island,” you will see one of the books I have written. Of all the places I have visited, Block Island remains my favorite place ever.


Philip Craig writes mysteries that take place on Martha’s Vineyard.

Alice Hoffman
llumination Night


Rose Connors
I have read all of Rose Connors’ books and having spent some time in Sandwich, Cape Cod, I can say that Ms. Connors describes the area perfectly, so much so that place and setting become a character itself.

Henry Beston
The Outermost House
Being a writer myself, I have often fantasized about going away by myself, cutting myself off from everyone and spending time writing all day. It’s one reason The Outermost House resonates so deeply with me.


As I mentioned above, Block Island is my favorite place to visit. I love reading and writing about it as well.

C. Jennings Penders
Arrivals and Departures: An Etheric Tribute to Block Island

Karen E. Olson

Voices in Transition: A Conversation with Transgender Youth

Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30 p.m. at the SML.

Join Jillian Celentano and a panel of gender-diverse teens who will share what it’s like to be transgender in 2023. Hear personal stories about their journeys, including the good and bad, and how these teens navigate our challenging times. Learn about trans health care, the importance of an emotional support system, and what being an ally actually means.

All CT Reads: “All My Rage” 

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. at the SML.

Join our new All CT Reads book club, which focuses on inclusivity, culture, and acceptance, along with a bit of adventure, mystery, and humanity. For our June session, we will be reading Sabaa Tahir’s 2022 novel “All My Rage.” Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young lives are shaken by tragedy, they come to the U.S. hoping for a new start.

Teen Creative Writing Group

Begins Wednesday, December 1 at 5 p.m. @ the SML.

In this exciting new weekly program, teen writers will explore and foster their creative voice through writing prompts and exercises. Covering short stories, poetry, prose, non-fiction, and more, writers will be able to share their work and collaborate with others in a relaxed workshop environment. Ages 12-18 are welcome!