Calendar of Events – All Locations

Family Movie Night @ Moneta/SML Library
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
“Storks” (PG) Crafts and games start at 5:30 PM, feature film with snacks begins at 6:00 PM. Have fun and watch a great movie with your friends and family! At no cost to you.
Lego® Club @ Forest Library
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come and join children ages 5 and up as we play with LEGOS®. Take on the challenge of the month or just use your imagination to build whatever you would like with our LEGOS® or DUPLOS®. 5:30pm-7:00pm

Friday Breakfast Book Club @ Bedford Central Library: The Nightingale
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
All meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Meeting Room. No registration necessary, new members always welcome! This month’s book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. For more information, call (540) 586-8911.
Fun Filled Fridays @ Stewartsville
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Fun Filled Friday mornings at the Stewartsville Library for children ages 0 – 36 months and one of their favorite grown-ups. Visit the library at 10:30 on Friday mornings for a program of playing instruments, learning rhymes, reading stories, dancing and playing with new friends.

Senior Scholars @ Forest Library: “Education in the 21st Century” with Steve Griffis
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

“Education in the 21st Century”

Steve Griffis


The biggest difference in education, comparing when most of us went to school and what school is like today, is “High Stakes” testing.  There is too much emphasis on testing.

The amount of money spent on testing is enormous.  Standardized testing is just the tip of the iceberg.  Schools feel so pressured by the need to perform well on standardized tests they spend large amounts of school funds on tests like Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and on teacher training to prepare for the state mandated tests.

Despite Common Core and other educational initiatives, the functional literacy rate in the United States has remained flat in the last 10 years, running at about 86%.

The stress that is associated with testing has taken a huge toll on students, but also teachers have been affected negatively as well.  Roughly half a million U.S. teachers move or leave the profession each year.  That’s a turnover rate of about 20% in 2015, compared to 9% in 2009.

Here are the top three positive aspects of schools in the 21st century:

  • Our young people show a high degree of moral development and intellectual curiosity.
  • Public schools educate every child. We are inclusive.
  • Whether you agree with the emphasis on standardized testing or not, the data shows most schools are successful.


Note:  Our children must be taught about evolutionary science in order to become fully science-literate.  If evolution is taught in relationship to religious controversies, then it is not being taught as a science.  But instead it is being taught in relationship to intelligent design as a part of creationism.  Creationism is religion.  Science-minded people know there is no controversy.

Library Closed
May 29 all-day
Library Closed- Memorial Day
May 29 all-day
Books For Fun @ Forest
May 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Books 4 Fun is a preschool program for ages 3-6. Your child will enjoy music, rhymes, stories, crafts, and opportunities to engage in creative play. Enjoy “Reading by Design” themed story times this Summer!

Krazy for Colors @ Stewartsville Library
May 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

An adult coloring group at the Stewartsville Library. We meet every Tuesday (except when the library is closed) from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Come relax and de-stress with us!

Mesmerizing Mandalas @ Stewartsville
May 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Mesmerizing Mandalas

Mandalas are found throughout the world. Mandalas are all around us. One simply has to walk through a garden to find beautiful flowers in bloom and appreciate their circular, repetitive patterns. Come join us Tuesdays 10:30-12:00 and create your own mandala.