Happy Hour

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Take your mind off pandemics and viruses and enjoy an hour of live interaction with your neighbors and friends while enjoying a potpourri of presentations, DIY craft sessions, culture, music, and games.

To watch with us, you will need:

  • a laptop, tablet, or computer
  • and, if you want to watch on your Smart TV, an HDMI cable to connect your laptop/computer to your Smart TV.

Please send your name and email address to: registrations@boontonholmeslibrary.org.  We’ll reply with the Zoom invite and login credentials.

Dog Days of Gotham
Tales of Pampered Pooches in Old New York

Author Event: Hatching Cat, Dog Days of Gotham

October 7: In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Pomeranians, terriers, bulldogs, and other small breeds were extremely popular with socialites of the “fairer sex” and starlets of stage and screen.

Pet dogs were as much a status symbol for these wealthy ladies as were their diamonds and furs. Many women of the Gilded Age loved their dogs more than they loved their children or husbands.

  • Hear about Hear about: The spoiled monkey griffon responsible for America’s first doggie day care at the Plaza Hotel
  • The French poodle with a $1 million dog yard on Fifth Avenue
  • The terrier that inspired Margaret Wise Brown’s last picture book
  • The pug reportedly buried at Green-Wood Cemetery—and more!

Needle Felting
with Christine Hsiao

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October 14: Try your hand at the popular art of needle felting with Christine Hsiao. Christine will show participants how to create an adorable pumpkin. Pre-packaged kits containing everything you will need for the project will be available at the library starting Monday, October 5.

Christine is the instructor of needlecraft workshop at art schools and community centers, and has many pieces of artwork available.  Visit her website at https://www.woollypets.com.

This workshop is full. If you would like to be waitlisted, please contact us at registrations@boontonholmeslibrary.org.

Dog Portraits
with Laurie Harden

Here's How to Draw Your Dog's Portrait Using a Photograph | Dog drawing  tutorial, Dog face drawing, Drawings

October 21: Our favorite local artist and art teacher is back with a workshop in honor of National Shelter Dog Adoption Month. Have a photo of a pooch ready (your own or someone elses’s), along with paper and pencils (or charcoal) and get set for another of Laurie’s creative sessions.

Results may vary — but you’ll feel great after Laurie’s fun, instructive session!

Upcycled Halloween Wreath
with Allie DeCesare


October 28: Just in time for the spooky holiday, our talented youth librarian, Allie, will demonstrate how to create an literary themed wreath out of old book pages, twine, and props. Edgar Allan Poe would be thrilled! Materials will be available at the library starting October 19.

Sunday Special:
The Story of Halloween
with Kevin Woyce

9 Uses for Your Jack-O'-Lantern Pumpkin After Halloween - Hobby Farms

Sunday, October 25, 7 p.m. Why do we carve pumpkins at Halloween, dress up in costumes, or decorate our homes with skeletons and ghosts?

This colorful new program traces the strange history of Halloween, from Old World harvest festivals to our modern family holiday. Along the way, Kevin will discuss the origins of the Jack-o’lantern, Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, the first monster movies, famous costume makers, and much more.