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Casting Call: Open Auditions for Beautiful, The Carole King Musical at Curtain Call

Curtain Call will hold auditions June 5 and 6 at The Kweskin Theatre from 7 to 10 p.m. to cast all roles for Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, which will open the 51st season at the Kweskin this fall. For more audition, callback, casting and rehearsal information, click here.

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Stamford Early Childhood Fair

All ages are invited to the Whittingham Discovery Center at Mill River Park this Saturday, May 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the annual Stamford Early Childhood Fair. Kids can enjoy such activities as arts and crafts, face painting, story times, games and more while the adults learn about preschool and family home daycare programs as well as health, education and social service resources available in Stamford. For more information, click here.

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City of Stamford Kicks Off Parks Strategic Plan

In an effort to manage and invest in the sustainability of Stamford's parks, beaches and trails, the City of Stamford recently launched its Parks Strategic Plan, which will prioritize the operation and development of Stamford's more than 50 green spaces, building the roadmap for making Stamford a more resilient and sustainable community.

Community members can help by filling out a brief survey here. Haga clic aquí para la encuesta en Español.

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Notary Public Services Available at the Main Library

Anyone needing a notary public to officially notarize documents can find one beginning June 1 at the Main Library. Notary services are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Announcing the 2023 Teen Art Contest Winner

The winner of this year's Teen Art Contest is Aarna Agrawal, who is in seventh grade at Dolan Middle School in Stamford. Her winning image will be the featured art used in all Teen Summer Learning program materials.

Congratulations Aarna!

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Find Your Next Great Read with NoveList Plus

The Ferguson Library's NoveList Plus database is an easy-to-use tool that provides fiction and nonfiction book reviews and reading suggestions for adults and teens. You can search by genre or theme, and find works with diverse characters, written by authors from many different cultures and backgrounds. Or keep up with the latest award winners, celebrity picks and best new audiobooks. A special section for book groups includes recommended titles and tips for energizing the discussion.

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Play Group for Ukrainian Children and their Families

Starting Friday, May 26, the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut Inc. (CGC), an affiliate of the Community Health Center Inc. (CHCI), will host free weekly play groups from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for Ukrainian families with children younger than 5. These play groups offer families a chance to connect and learn about community resources while their children play together.

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Free Blood Pressure Checks & Heart Health Education

The Stamford Department of Health is currently providing free blood pressure checks at its clinic at 137 Henry Street Mondays and Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No insurance is required. Call 203-977-5385 to make an appointment.

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Free Screening of the Documentary The Right to Read

Synergy1Holdings, in collaboration with Alliance for Black Achievement and the City of Stamford, will present a free screening of the documentary The Right to Read: The Greatest Civil Right Issue of Our Time, at the Avon Theatre May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. The film, from executive producer Levar Burton and director Jenny Mackenzie, sheds light on the current illiteracy crisis in America. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are available here.

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Children's Book Week Book Giveaway

Calling all kids and teens in grades pre-K to 8! Celebrate Children's Book Week with free books. Drop by any of our branches at these times and get two books for your home library, while supplies last.

The giveaway is presented in partnership with the City of Stamford, Reading is Fundamental, Stamford Public Education Foundation and Stamford Public Schools.

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Tiny Art Submission Deadline Extended at the Main Library

Tiny Art bags of supplies are still available at the Main Library for artists ages 6 and older who wish to create two 4x4-inch paintings for the Tiny Art Show. Artwork for the Main Library reception is now due May 5.

There are no more supply bags at the Harry Bennett Branch and the Weed Memorial-Hollader Branch. Their deadline remains April 29.

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Intro to Cognitive Behavioral Skills for After-School Providers

Stamford after-school providers are invited to the introductory seminar, Cognitive Behavioral Skills and the Thoughts, Emotions and Behaviors (TEB) Cycle, which will identify the various skills, cover elements of the TEB cycle, and explore how understanding these can be used to help young people manage emotions and build resiliency.
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CEO Alice Knapp on the Library's Decision to Become a Book Sanctuary

Ferguson Library CEO Alice Knapp spoke recently (see video here) with Bob Greenberg of The Brainwaves Video Anthology, a collection of more than 2,000 videos featuring some of the brightest minds in education, to share how the Ferguson Library became a book sanctuary, only the second library system in the country—the Chicago Public Library was the first—to take this important step in protecting challenged books and the freedom to read.

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Be Part of the Ferguson Library's Tiny Art Show

Artists ages 6 and older are invited to pick up a Tiny Art bag that contains everything you need to create two 4x4-inch paintings. Bags are available at all branches, while supplies last. Artwork is due April 29.

Read More for Classical Music Fans

Calling all music lovers! The online video collection contains an extensive selection of concerts and documentaries for fans of classical, opera, ballet and jazz. Featuring legendary historic performances and current live-streaming events, highlights some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians, singers and conductors, all presented with high-quality sound. For those honing their skills, the collection also includes master classes taught by prominent music educators.

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