Community Chats on Zoom

Let’s talk. We miss interacting with our wonderful library community, and many of you probably miss each other too. As a public gathering space, we thrive on all of those serendipitous connections that happen every day – connections that aren’t happening when our doors are closed.

To bring back that opportunity for connection and conversation, we are launching online Community Chats through Zoom. At the Community Chats, we will give a short introduction or presentation on a topic and then open up the meeting for questions or discussion. A librarian will be on hand to facilitate, but the forum is really about you and what’s on your mind.

We hope you can join us for one or more of these Community Chats. If you are new to Zoom video conferencing and would like to know more about how it works, please e-mail us at

Sew-Along: Fabric Basket

Librarian Tori Russo will show you how to sew your own easy fabric basket. You will need cotton fabric and fusible fleece for this project. You will also need your sewing machine and access to an iron.

  • Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.: Sign up here.
    • Please come to the meeting with materials pre-cut to the following dimensions:
    • Exterior fabric: (2) 10.5”x16.5” rectangles*** for the basket AND (2) 5”x9” rectangles for handles***the top of the basket is along the 16.5” side so if you have a directional print, be sure the top of the print runs along the 16.5” side
    • Interior fabric: (2) 10.5”x16.5” rectangles
    • Fusible fleece: (2) 10.5”x16.5” rectangles

Diverse Books for Elementary and Middle School Readers

This chat will begin with a book talk of some recommended titles for elementary and middle school readers that feature diverse main characters. Caregivers, educators, and any other interested adults may join on their own, or can join along with children who may be interested in reading the books discussed.

Family history

Tracing your family history? Join other researchers to share strategies, recommend resources and get help. A librarian will moderate and begin the chat by highlighting a resource available online.

*Please note: You must enter your email address in the registration form. This enables the library to send you the invitation with access to the Zoom meeting.

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