One Book, One Town 2018
Join us by reading the “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown and attending the related events below. Please register for these events by calling the Circulation Desk at 203-389-3433 or online at www.woodbridge.lioninc.org. Copies of the book can be obtained at the Circulation Desk in regular, large print, and audiobook.
American Experience: The Boys of ‘36
Thursday, April 5 @ 7pm
The thrilling story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany. Featuring interviews with Brown, historians and surviving children of the 1936 Washington team, the film recounts their unexpected victory and the obstacles they overcame to achieve it, giving hope to a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Great Depression.
150 Years of Women’s Rowing with Tom Weil and Anne Boucher
Tuesday, April 10 @ 7pm
The story of women’s rowing goes back over a century, a fact that many do not know. Join Woodbridge residents Tom Weil and Anne Boucher as they discuss the history of women’s rowing. Tom will cover 1860 to 1970, and Anne will speak about 1970 to the present day, including her own personal memories of the time period and rowing for Yale.
The Boys in the Boat…The Rest of the Story with Jim Pocock
Monday, April 16 @ 7pm
George Pocock’s great-nephew Jim Pocock will speak about his personal memories of his great uncle, as well as his grandfather Dick who built boats exclusively for Yale for 46 years. He will include many interesting stories not included in the book and fill in some colorful background on others.
Depression-Era Food Demonstration with Robin Glowa, The Conscious Cook
Tuesday, April 17 @ 7pm
Travel back in time to talk about and taste the foods of America during the Great Depression. Samples and recipes will be provided.
Bedlam Brothers String Band Concert
Friday, April 20 @ 7pm
The Bedlam Brothers play an eclectic mix of old time American roots music, fiddle tunes, country music from the 1920s and 30s, and a mix of folk music. Four musicians with great vocal harmonies, they play a variety of instruments: banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, accordion, and more.
Brother Can You Spare a Dime? Entertainment During the Great Depression with Hamish Lutris
Monday, April 23 @ 7pm
Although the worst economic downturn in recent history, the Great Depression had other effects besides unemployment. It gave rise to a massive entertainment industry, designed to take people’s minds off hardship and make them laugh. Alcohol was legal again; movie stars captured the American imagination; sports became sensational – all these things, which we take for granted, had their start in the Great Depression. This talk by Hamish Lutris, professor at Capitol Community College, will center on the trends and personalities that made the Depression so entertaining, even while so much of the country was suffering.
The Boys in the Boat Book Discussion with Dr. Mark Schenker
Monday, April 30 @ 7pm
Join us to discuss our One Book title. Dr. Mark Schenker, Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs, returns to the library to lead the lively conversation.
Film Screening of A Hero for Daisy and discussion with Mary O’Connor
Thursday, May 3 @ 7pm
The film chronicles the story of Title IX pioneer and two-time Olympian Chris Ernst, who galvanized her rowing team to storm the Yale athletic director’s office in 1976, protesting the lack of athletic facilities for women. Nineteen athletes stripped, exposing the phrase “Title IX” in blue marker (referring to legislation enacted in 1972, mandating gender equity for all institutions receiving federal aid). The impact was immediate and national in scope. Woodbridge resident Mary O’Connor, who took part in the protest at Yale, will talk about the experience and impact it had on women’s sports.
April Film Screenings
Film Screenings begin Thursdays at 7pm. Seating is first come, first serve.
April 5 – American Experience: the Boys of ‘36
April 12 – The Greatest Showman
April 19 – Phantom Thread
April 26- Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
In partnership with the JCC of Greater New Haven’s Third Annual Beckerman Film Series.
Upcoming Children and Teen Events
Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, April 24th, 6-7pm
Middle schoolers, join us to discuss The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and have some snacks! You can register online and we’ll put a copy of the book on hold for you to pick up.
Graphic Novel Club
Thursday, April 26th, 5:30-6:30pm
Kids in grades 3-4 can join us for a fun discussion of the out-of-this-world discussion of Zita the Spacegirl, to have a snack, and make galaxy slime! Register online and check out a copy of the book at the Children’s Desk.
Eager Readers K-2 Book Group
Monday, April 30th 6:30pm
Who says a garden has to grow in the ground? Read Jan Brett’s Mossy, and see what happens when a garden begins to grow in the most unlikely place. Join us for a book discussion and an amazing garden craft! Register at the Children’s Desk when you pick up a copy of the book.
Sneak Peek Book Club
Thursday, May 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm
Kids in grades 5-6 can get learn about different time periods with an old-fashioned craft and snack, and of course, a highlight of some great historical fiction books. Register online or at the Children’s Desk.
Passport to Connecticut Libraries
Libraries all over the state are participating in this exciting program to make people of all ages aware of the power of their library card. To get started you can pick up a passport at any participating library. Take your library card and passport (to get stamped) to at least five libraries that are participating during the month of April to be eligible to win $150 gift card for adults or $100 gift card for children. You will also receive a little token at each library when you have your passport stamped.
Ask for your passport at the Woodbridge Town Library to get started! This program is an initiative of the Connecticut Library Association.