Friends of the Library Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 12 from 11am-4pm
Join the Friends of the Library for a great day of holiday shopping and refreshments in the new Bookstore Alley on the mezzanine level of the library. There will be great holiday deals and gift options to choose from!
Healthy Holiday Hors D’oeuvres with Robin Glowa
Tuesday, December 15 @ 7 pm
Throwing a holiday party? Robin Glowa, the Conscious Cook, will share her healthy, holiday inspired recipes for hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail that will inspire you to throw your own holiday party this season. Samples and recipes provided. Space is limited and registration required. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Children of the Wind film screening
Thursday, December 17 @ 7pm
Two brothers and a cousin journey from humble fishing families on the tiny Caribbean island of Bonaire to become three of the best freestyle windsurfers in history. Set against the backdrop of the 2011 Windsurfing World Cup on Bonaire, the film follows the boys over 15 years as they transform not only their island, but the face of the sport worldwide. Documentary. 93 minutes.
A Walk in the Woods film screening
Thursday, January 7 @ 7pm
After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends. Rated R. 104 minutes.
The Martian film screening
Thursday, January 14 @ 7pm
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Rated PG-13. 144 minutes.
The Intern film screening
Thursday, January 21 @ 7pm
70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Rated PG-13. 121 minutes.
Purposeful Destiny with Joan Hoey
Wednesday, January 27 @ 7 pm
Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, join social worker and human service consultant Joan Hoey to hear about her new book “Purposeful Destiny” to help people struggling to find their highest destiny in life. “Purposeful Destiny” urges readers to reach beyond their own limitations to find a power higher than themselves. With eight real-life stories of people who achieved this goal, Hoey’s new book gives a human perspective to the intangible concept of finding one’s personal higher power. Please register online, at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at 203-389-3433.
Children and Teen Programs
Shake It Up, Shakespeare!
Saturday, December 12 from 3-5pm for teens & tweens in grade 5-12
Join Ingrid Schaeffer for a special two hour hands-on theater workshop based on A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s wacky comedy of errors! Try out all sorts of costumes, wigs, props and create your own Coat of Arms. Please register online.
Eager Readers K-2 Book Group
Monday, December 14 @ 6:30pm
Read Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French at home, then join us for a book discussion and fun craft! Register at the Children’s Desk when you pick up your copy of the book. For grades K-2.
Brick by Brick Lego Program
Wednesday, December 16 @ 4-5pm
What can you build with Lego’s? Join us at this interactive workshop to find out. Ages 5 and up. Please register online.
Monday, December 28 @ 2pm – Ages 4 and up
Meet some incredible Animal Ambassadors from around the world and learn how they prepare for winter in a variety of ways. Some animals migrate, some get new fur coats, some hibernate, and some store food to last through winter. We will explore the ways in which different animals prepare for the challenges of the winter season. Get up close and personal with a Flemish Rabbit, African Bullfrog, and more! Please register online.
Wednesday, December 30 @ 2pm – grades 3-12
Our world is full of robots in all forms, each with a specific function. Get a closer look at some of the robots that work at the Connecticut Science Center. Interact with the humanoid robot Quiz, watch a flying robot whiz overheard, and discover what makes these incredible machines tick! Please register online.