Adult Programs and Film Screenings
MOONLIGHT film screening – Thursday, April 6 at 7 PM
Rated R | Drama | 111 mins. The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
HIDDEN FIGURES film screening – Thursday, April 13 at 7 PM
Rated PG | Drama | 127 mins. The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson–brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Art in the New Century with Marcie Slepian – Wednesday, April 19 at 2 PM
This talk will feature well-known artists of the early 20th century such as Childe Hassam, Maurice Pendergast, and George Bellows. While artists of the Ashcan School painted poor urban neighborhoods with rough types, others in New York focused on leisure activities like bathing beaches and the vistas of Central Park. Works from c. 1910 to 1925 will be discussed, including major cultural events such as the controversial Armory Show of 1913. This lecture will cover themes and artists from the exhibit “It Was a New Century: Reflections on Modern America,” currently at the Yale Art Gallery through June 4, but does not require a prior visit. Fairfield resident Marcie F. Slepian has an A.B. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Yale University in the History of Art. She has taught courses at Fairfield University, Wesleyan University, and S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and worked in the Woodbridge school system.
REMEMBER film screening Part of the JCC of Greater New Haven’s Beckerman Jewish Film Series.
Thursday, April 20 at 7 PM
Rated R | Drama, Mystery | 95 mins. A gripping thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. At 86, Auschwitz Survivor, Zev Guttman, voyages across the Atlantic to bring his family’s killer to justice.
Ann Nyberg: “Remembering Katharine Hepburn” – Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM
Join us in welcoming Ann Nyberg to Woodbridge, where she will speak about her latest book, “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady.” The book is a sweet and captivating look at a woman who was an inspiration for many and whose legacy endures. From tales from her beloved Fenwick here in Connecticut to her time as an actress, endearing memories of Kate are recounted that highlight her individuality, confidence, determination, and zest for life! Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. This program is free, but please register—space is limited.
Outdated Ads with Stephen Spignesi – Wednesday, April 26 at 7 PM
Outdated Ads: Memories from a Less-Than-PC-Era, a lecture based on the forthcoming book by Stephen Spignesi. A wild ride through more than 100 years of ads—ads that could not or would not be printed today! A lecture and slideshow of actual advertisements from 1850 through the 1980s that illustrate how society has changed and powerfully demonstrates what, until a short while ago, was universally acceptable.
LION film screening – Thursday, April 27 at 7 PM
Rated PG-13 | Drama | 120 mins. Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Future Classics Discussion with Dr. Mark Schenker, featuring “A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson – Tuesday, May 2 at 7 PM
“A God in Ruins” relates the life of Teddy Todd – would-be poet, heroic World War II bomber pilot, husband, father, and grandfather – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man’s path through extraordinary times, “A God in Ruins” proves that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age. Books will be available for loan at the circulation desk. Dr. Mark J. Schenker, Senior Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Academic Affairs will lead the lively discussions. He has led book discussions in Connecticut libraries for over 15 years, and has given numerous lectures on writers and their works.
Children’s and Teen Events
Animal Embassy ages 4+ with an adult – Wednesday, April 12 at 2 pm
Online registration required. Take a journey around the globe with Animal Embassy! Families will meet incredible Animal Ambassadors representing diverse habitats such as a Eurasian Eagle Owl and an African Crested Porcupine.
Series Club: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys – Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm grades 2-4
Online registration required. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys are detectives that manage to solve even the toughest mysteries. Come learn about this classic series and what it takes to be a master sleuth. In this fun program we will become detectives, play games, and make a craft.
Sport Stacking – ages 8+ – Sat. May 13 at 2 pm
Online registration required. Are you a stacker? Sport stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) involves stacking plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. The cups are specially designed to allow for faster times. Participants stack cups in pre-determined sequences, by aligning the inside left lateral adjunct of each cup with that of the next. Sequences are usually pyramids of 3, 6, or 10 cups. Players compete against the clock or another player.
Woodbridge Town Library Announces One Book, One Town 2017 Title
The Woodbridge Town Library has selected The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik as our One Book, One Town selection. Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of the meaning of food in our lives as he charts America’s recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. Throughout, he reminds us of a time-honored truth often lost amid our newfound gastronomic pieties and certitudes: What goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table—the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board. This, ultimately, is who we are.
Programming for One Book, One Town program will run from May 1-May 31 and books will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk beginning on April 15. Please register for any of the programs below online or by calling 203-389-3433.
Saturday, May 6 – Metal Spoon Stamping (ages 14 and up) @ 11 am
Tuesday, May 9 – Connecticut Food and Wine Cooking Demonstration with Robin Glowa @ 7 pm
Wednesday, May 10 – Connecticut Food and Wine Lecture with local authors Eric Lehman and Amy Nawrocki @ 7 pm
Thursday, May 11 @ 7 pm – Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi will be talking about the food at Miya’s as well as owning/running a family restaurant and his farm in Woodbridge! Samples will be served as well!
Wednesday, May 17 – book discussion with Christine Scarfuto, literary agent at Long Wharf Theatre in the library Meeting Room @ 7pm
Thursday, May 25 – Woodbridge Night at Long Wharf Theatre. Purchase tickets for this evening’s performance of The Most Beautiful Room in New York and join the Library for a pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres @ 6:30 pm.
Gerry Hellmann Eckhardt Creates Programming Fund through the Valley Community Foundation for the Woodbridge Town Library
They say that books give wings to the mind and flight to the imagination. For lifelong learners like Gerry Eckhardt, her first memory of visiting a library stems back to Waterbury where, as a young girl, she would read anything and everything she could during the summer months at the Silas Bronson Library. “My upbringing was modest, but my parents’ value of education was paramount,” Gerry said. “At an early age I developed a special appreciation for our local library and the opportunities it presented. Now, reflecting on this later in life, I believe that you’re never too old to learn or to enjoy learning.”
Libraries have always had a special place in Gerry’s heart, ranging from service as the President of the Friends of the Seymour Public Library and volunteering as the librarian for Chatfield School. Gerry and her husband, Harvey, are also active members of the Woodbridge Town Library, where they have come to enjoy its engaging cultural programming.
This love of learning compelled Eckhardt to establish a fund through the Valley Community Foundation to support adult cultural and arts programs at the Woodbridge Town Library that will help attract more patrons and provide alternatives to other local programs. “Through our fund I hope to support stimulating programs for adults in the same way I encouraged my children and students to enjoy learning,” Gerry said.
The Library is immensely grateful to Gerry Eckhardt for her tremendous generosity in setting up this fund,” said the Library’s director, Eric Werthmann. “We are excited that it will allow us to continue to present inventive, thought-provoking programs that explore ideas, cultures and the arts.”
The fund can be contributed to by anyone wishing to support adult cultural and arts programs at the Woodbridge Town Library. Contributions are tax deductible. You can visit www.valleyfoundation.org, click Donate Online at the top right corner, and on the following page, manually enter “Eckhardt” into the field box. Additionally, if there is a preference to donate by check, checks can be made out to either Valley Community Foundation or VCF, with the name of the Eckhardt’s fund in the memo line.
For more information, please contact John Ready at the Valley Community Foundation at 203-751-9162.
Pictured are Harvey and Gerry Eckhardt