The Big Sick Pakistani-American man (Kumal Nanjiani) falls for white grad student (Zoe Kazan), and hides their romance from his family. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. However, their relationship gets more serious when she develops a mysterious illness, which in turn forces him to bond with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). (1 hour, 59 minutes)
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself iso-lated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
Rescheduled from 1/17 due to weather.
“Earthing” also called “Grounding” stems from the idea that in modern life we no longer have direct physical contact with the Earth. By not keeping direct contact with the Earth’s electrical pulse, Manning believes that we are losing out on purported health benefits. A handful of small studies have found that grounding appears to provide some general health benefits. There are believers, but also skeptics. Come decide for yourself.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Join Lisa for a discussion.
Connecticut Made: A Unique Guidebook to Local Resources and Cottage
Author Cynthia Parzych will share her unique guidebook and local resource full of hundreds of things to find and buy, crafts to discover, factories to explore, and history to uncover--all made in Connecticut.
The Glass Castle
Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children's brilliant and charismatic father (Woody Harrelson) captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother (Naomi Watts) abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want to take on the work of raising a family. Starring Brie Larson. (2 hours, 7 minutes)
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9:00 am -Noon Celebrate! Book drawings, decorate a square for our "I Love My Library" quilt and make your own bookmarks. All ages Drop-in
10:00 am Meet the Animals with Animal Shows on the Go. See a mix of species including arthropods, amphibians, reptiles and mammals up close and learn all about them. Free tickets for this program are available beginning January 22nd. Ages 4 and up.
Join Professional Organizer Rick Woods The FUNctional Organizer as he shows us how to make the most of our time management skills and to get organized in 2018. He will have copies of his book Make Room for Clarity: Getting Rid of the Clutter that Gets in Your Way available for sale and signing.
Mike Cascia will lecture on Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.
The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league – financially and otherwise. But when he buys a “love potion” from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.
Hoping to honor his father and the family business with innovative glass designs, Louis Comfort Tiffany launches the iconic Tiffany lamp as designed by women's division head Clara Driscoll, who struggles with the mass production of her creations.
Young Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty. (1 hour, 58 minutes)
Join local author Mark L. Dressler as he shares his book Dead and Gone: A Dan Shields Mystery. He will have books available for sale and signing.
How does ten million dollars disappear after a narcotics deal ends in a deadly shootout? Hartford detective Dan Shields searches for the money.
Mike will lecture on Puccini’s La Bohème.
Poverty-stricken poet Rodolfo and his artist friends eke out a precarious existence in bohemian Paris, alternately practising their art, laughing, quarrelling, dodging the landlord, and living it up in their local cafe. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, the pair instantly fall in love. But Mimì is ill, Rodolfo is jealous, and their romance is doomed from the start. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
Katsa, lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa’s Grace is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. (2 hours)
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Rossini’s Semiramide.
Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret, and whoever gains the throne may find that he has lost more than he has won. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Heft by Liz Moore.
Arthur weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Kel navigates life as a poor kid in a rich school, and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career. An unexpected connection transforms both their lives asthey find sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.
Victoria and Abdul
Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. (1 hour, 52 minutes)
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Mort by Terry Pratchett.
When inept, but well-intentioned Mort gets only one offer for an apprenticeship—with Death— he can’t exactly turn it down. But Mort finds that being Death’s right-hand man isn’t as bad as it seems—until he falls back to his old, bumbling ways.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer.
When fabricated aspects of their picture-perfect world are embarrassingly exposed by a car accident, Sunny Mann, a woman longing for an ideal life, and Maxon, her savant astronaut husband, struggle through blame and fear before confronting realities about their deep bond.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
The young maiden Luisa loves Rodolfo, unaware that he is actually the son of the local lord. An unscrupulous rival for her affections tells her father of Rodolfo’s true identity, turning the old man against him. Jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal tear the lovers apart, but Luisa remains loyal to her father to the last. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Lie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Massenet’s Cendrillon.
A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest, and a Prince Charming who loves her – did all that really happen, or was it just a dream? Long-suffering Cendrillon lives a life of drudgery with her good-natured father and his imperious wife, until fate, romance, and a touch of fairy magic intervene. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear.
When Maisie Dobbs is hired to find the missing daughter of a wealthy grocery magnate, she discovers that three of the heiress's friends have died violently, leading her to investigate the connection between the disappearance and the murders.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey.
A dark and humorous story involving a doomsday gizmo, a horde of baddies determined to possess its power, and a clever thief who must steal it back . . . again and again.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.
Disgraced when her village's mysterious healer, who she loved and begged to help her have a child, is arrested as a war criminal, Fidelma flees to England to take migrant work, only to confront.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experi-ence. During her shift, she begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America— and that he is standing squarely in its path.
The Hero An over-the-hill movie star Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) spends his days reliving old glories. Then life deals him a cancer diagnosis and with a lifetime of regrets, he tries to mend fences with his ex-wife and daughter (Katharine Ross and Krysten Ritter). At the same time, he pursues a new romantic interest (Laura Prepon). (1 hour, 36 minutes)
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.
On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian.
1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills of Tuscany, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. But when two soldiers—a German and an Italian—arrive at their doorstep asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered.
1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence Police Department, has successfully hidden her tragic scars from WWII, at least until she’s assigned to a gruesome new case—a serial killer who is targeting the remaining members of the Rosati family one by one. Soon, she will find herself digging into past secrets that will reveal a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
Join us for the opening reception of our gallery of handmade trees. Meet Jingles the Elf on the Shelf, enjoy the music of Enfield High School music ensembles, a story and more. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Art Commission. Drop-in
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro.
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum-still the largest unsolved art theft in history-one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery.
The Taste Testers Cookbook Club invites all bakers to join them in their first annual cookie exchange. Bake 5 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to share and take home new holiday favorites. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served. Register at the Reference Desk. Please label cookies with allergens (peanuts, soy, nuts, etc.)
Wonder Woman An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot), trained to be warrior, leaves her island paradise home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot (Chris Pine) she works to put an end to the conflict. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. (2 hours, 21 minutes)
Crosstalk by Connie Willis Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion.
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.