Summer activities for teens and adults kick off at the library

Jul 5, 2018

This summer, Southworth Library will be hosting a variety of fun events for adults and teens, including visits from local authors, the annual summer reading program, movie nights, and a robot building program for middle and high school students.

Huntley Fitzpatrick is the author of three young adult novels: What I Thought Was True, The Boy Most Likely To, and My Life Next Door. On Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m., Fitzpatrick will give a reading, a Q and A session, and talk about her writing journey in the Elsie Haskell Room.

Catherine McLaughlin, a New Bedford Native and current resident of Padanaram, will appear on Wednesday, July 25, to talk about her new novel, Blue Collars. Her novel is a work of historical fiction which tells the story of Fiona Kilroy, a girl growing up in a multicultural tenement in New Bedford’s south end during the late 1950s through the 70s.

The summer reading program is running again this year for adult and teen readers who join a reading club at the library. Readers can track every 360 pages or minutes read on a tracking card, which will be used for the library for weekly drawings for gift cards from local restaurants and businesses. The more you read, the more chances you have to win a prize.

The annual summer movie program for adults began on July 12, and continues every Thursday until August 16. All movies will begin at 6 p.m., and pizza will be served, although attendees may also bring their own snacks. This year’s movies include many award winners, including The Shape of Water, Maudie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Chef.

On July 24, starting at 2 p.m., performer and educator Ed the Wizard will teach the basic properties of flight, and participants can test out their skills in flight length, accuracy, controlled banks, turns, and even stunts.

The program is free and open to the public, but is best for children ages 6 and up, and registration is required.

In August, the Dartmouth High Robotics Team will run a camp for participants to design, build, program, and create metal robots using Tetrix Robotics Kits and LEGO Mindstorms software, before completing a robotics challenge designed by the club. Participation is free, although all the equipment and parts are owned and will be retained by Dartmouth High School. Interested middle and high school students may sign up by emailing

More information on these and other library events can be found at