Weekly Update: September 11th-17th

MTL Service Update

Sunday Hours Return

We welcome back patrons to visit us on Sundays . Stop by, we'd love to see you!

Sunday Hours: 1-5pm

Commemorating 9/11

We put together a number of resources including books, articles and videos that recall and provide context to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. You can access that on our homepage or by clicking on this image.

Upcoming Programs
Register for In-person History Close to Home Here
Register for Virtual History Close to Home Here

Thursday, September 15th | 7:30PM

History Close to Home: Native Americans & Early Settlers...It's Complicated! (Hybrid) 

Introducing a new occasional series "History Close to Home" where we'll delve into the unique and fascinating history of both Redding and the Nutmeg State. Whether you’re a newcomer to Redding, or an old-timer, you'll learn more about our collective stories and shared past. In this first program we'll hear about about the people and places from Redding’s early history from town historian Brent Colley, who is the 5th generation to have grown up here.

Monday, September 12th | 5:00PM

OUTDOOR EVENING Family Pizza Picnic & Story Time

Looking for a break from making dinner on Monday evening after a long day of work and school?!? Then join us on the MTL lawn for a light pizza picnic and story time! Bring your picnic blankets and your own beverages; we’ll supply Toozy Patza cheese pizza, GoGo squeeZ apple sauce, and allergy-friendly popsicles. Focused on ages 2-8 but all ages are welcome.

Register for Family Pizza Picnic Here

Monday, September 12th | 6:00PM

Monthly MTL Music Circle (In-person for teens & adults)

The monthly MTL Music Circle welcomes singers, musicians, and music lovers with all levels of skill and experience to share songs and music in a supportive and informal setting. The goal is to have fun and gain confidence! Piano available in our program room for participants to play. Acoustic music only.

Register for September Music Circle Here

Tuesday, September 13th | 4:00PM

K.R.A.B.S Kids Raving About Books (For 4th, 5th & 6th graders)

It’s time for the first school-year get-together of our book discussion group for 4th, 5th and 6th graders: KRABs, otherwise known as Kids Raving About Books. You are invited to the Library to browse through our new books, snack on cookies and chips, and talk about the books you’ve read lately. Complain or cheer, either is fine with us!

Register for K.R.A.B.S Here

Tuesday, September 13th | 10:30AM

NEW SESSION! The Creative Collective Discussion Group (Virtual)

Realize and enhance your creativity by joining the Creative Collective Discussion Group via Zoom. In this 7-week session the Creative Collective will explore the book, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Lamott's book will be used as a spring board for inspiration and discovery. Facilitation of the group is shared by current group members. 

Register for Creative Collective Discussion Group Here

Wednesday, September 14th | 1:00PM

Women and Money Roundtable: How to Make Sense of Today's Financial Markets (Virtual)

This monthly financial program was created to empower and educate women on financial matters that impact their families and themselves. Join Julia Strayer and Liz Maccarone virtually as they lead a lively and informative discussion.

Register for Women & Money Roundtable Here

Wednesday, September 14th | 7:30PM

History Book Club - The Guns of August (Hybrid)

Interested in history? This book club is for you! Led by members of the Library’s Programming Committee, this book club selects engaging history reads and meets regularly for lively and engaging discussions.

Books are available to borrow at the Library.

Register for History Book Club Here

Friday, September 16th | 4:00PM

Fall Origami Workshop w/ Masako (Grades 5-12))

Local origami expert, Masako, will teach participants to make fall-themed origami pieces. No experience necessary to participate.

Registration is limited to 12 participants.

Register for Origami Here

Weekly Drop-In Knitting Circle | Tuesdays @ 1:30PM

Join us each Tuesday IN PERSON - novice or experienced - to learn, share or just knit together.

Weekly Children's Programs

Fall Family Story Time | Wednesday @ 10:30AM

We’ll sing, dance, and read together.  Designed for children birth – 5 but older siblings are welcome.

Book Fair Wrap Up


Hundreds of volunteers came out to set up, break down, neaten shelves, help customers, tally books and take payments. Thanks to YOU this year's Mark Twain Library Book Fair was one of the most amazing, satisfying, and profitable events yet!

*We begin accepting donations for next year's Book Fair on September 15th. 

Coming Soon

Monday, September 19th | 5:00PM

Author Talk w/ Frankie Ann Marcille - Yes, The Story of a Dreamer (In-person for all ages)

Author Frankie Ann Marcille recounts her own journey in this poignant and beautifully-illustrated picture book. In doing so she cultivates empathy in young readers and builds a more encouraging world for people with disabilities — as well as anyone who has ever faced obstacles to realize their dreams.This program was rescheduled from last week.

Register for Frankie Ann Marcille Author Talk Here

Thursday, September 22th | 7:30PM

Conversations: Censorship & Race - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Virtual)

To mark this year’s Banned Book Week, "Conversations: Truth, Myth & Democracy" presents a panel of experts, including a former Harvard professor and renowned Twain scholar, to discuss the merits and challenges of teaching a literary classic.

Register for Censorship & Race Here
Staff Picks
Find this Book Here

Janet recommends: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Summary: This work depicts the heroic young men of Alpha Company as they carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness. They battle the enemy (or maybe more the idea of the enemy), and occasionally each other. In their relationships we see their isolation and loneliness, their rage and fear...Yet they find sympathy and kindness for strangers...and love for each other, because in Vietnam they are the only family they have.

Watch What You Missed

College Prep Programs @ the MTL

Now that school has started some students and families may also be gearing up  to apply to college or at least start the process.  Get some tips by watching some of our previously recorded College Bound programs. Find them  on our YouTube Channel or by clicking on the image here.

Tell Us What You Think

StoryWalk® Feedback

We hope you all enjoyed strolling through Redding's trails and reading this Summer's StoryWalk® installations as much as Yogi did! We would appreciate any feedback. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you thought in this short survey. Thanks!

StoryWalk® Survey

About Town

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