Book Chat
Nov
14
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat.

At the age of twelve, Sophie Caco is sent from the impoverished village of Croix-des-Rosets to New York to be reunited with her mother, where she gains a legacy of shame that can only be healed when she returns to Haiti, to the woman who first reared her.

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Meet the Author: Barbara A. Lawrence
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Barbara A. Lawrence

Through personal stories, reflection, and poems, Barbara illuminates the many challenges she has faced while working through issues such as hypervigilance, low self-esteem, poor body image, bulimia, and alcoholism.


Barbara resides in Enfield, Connecticut with her rescue cat, Zeke. She has given presentations on what it’s like to live as a survivor of immense trauma, as well as on the stigma of mental illness. She works one-on-one with other trauma survivors, helping them learn how to navigate the myriad challenges they face by sharing her experience and lending a compassionate ear. Most importantly, she offers them hope.

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Friday Film
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Black Panther

After the death of his father, the prince returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, his mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. 2 hours, 15 minutes

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Page Turners
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. 444 pages

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Other Worldly Words
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Artemis by Andy Weir.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right?

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Friday Film
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of beloved children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance to children – changing the way television addressed children at the time. 1 hour, 34 minutes

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Page Turners
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn’t hate it more.  326 pages

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The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch is hoping to give Connecticut residents a chance to explore every municipality in the State of Conn. with his new book, Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Martin Podskoch, a retired reading teacher from Delhi, NY and now lives in East Hampton, Conn. has compiled interesting information for his new Connecticut Travel Guide Book on the 169 towns, cities and villages in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit them all.

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Book Chat
Dec
12
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman.

Inside Blackbird House more than a dozen men and women learn how love transforms us and how it is the one lasting element in our lives. The past both dissipates and remains contained inside the rooms of Blackbird House, where there are terrible secrets, inspired beauty, and, above all else, a spirit of coming home.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Dec
13
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Verdi’s La Traviata.
Worldly courtesan Violetta has grown tired of her dissolute life, so when pure-hearted Alfredo declares his love for her, she quits her old life to start anew. When she finds out that his family’s reputation is ruined by his association with her, she bows to the pressure of the Alfredo's over-bearing father and returns to her old life.  Alfredo, not knowing the real reason for her apparent betrayal, is heartbroken - and intent on revenge. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Meet the Author: Eileen Albrizio
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Eileen Albrizio

There are ghosts in the tree who would kill to get home.

Unable to crawl out of her grief after losing her youngest child to leukemia, Mercy Amoretto, mother of four, takes her therapist's advice and starts to clean out the clutter in her life. In the garage, she finds an old tire and rope and, in a fanciful moment, creates a tire swing. Unknown to her, the rope, the tire, and the tree share a violent history. Once they are connected, that history is unleashed in the form of two child spirits from decades past. 

EILEEN ALBRIZIO is a former ABC and NPR radio news host and journalist. During her tenure, she earned numerous first-prize honors for her news and features from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's a graduate of the CT School of Broadcasting and has earned a BFA in Theatre and an MA in English. She is the author of numerous volumes of short literature, which include poetry, plays, and short stories. Her debut novel THE WINDSOME TREE: a ghost story has received much critical acclaim. Her book of shorts THE BOX UNDER THE BED won the 2015 Paranormal Poetry and Prose Prize. Her other writings have won many awards and have been nominated for many more. She's a two-time recipient of the Greater Hartford Arts Council fellowship for poetry. A freelance creative writing teacher, she's taught at conferences and institutions across the Northeast, including at the York Correctional Institute, CT's maximum-security prison for women. She and her husband Wayne Horgan have owned and operated Heroes & Hitters, a comic book store in Rocky Hill, CT, since 1989.



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Friday Film
Dec
21
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Ocean’s 8

Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long a con artist (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it's going to take -- a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime (Cate Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including a jeweler (Mindy Kaling), a street con (Awkwafina), a suburban mom (Sarah Paulson), a hacker (Rihanna), and fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter). Their target -- a necklace that's worth more than $150 million worn by a glamorous star (Anne Hathaway). 1 hour, 50 minutes

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Matica Circus
Dec
27
10:30 AM10:30

Matica Circus

In this family-friendly, acro-comedic act, Matica Arts will perform acts of daring and tremendous skill. Witness with awe extreme unicycling, club juggling, and more. Audience participation is a must. Ages 4 and up. Free tickets available at the library starting December 17th.

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Dec
28
10:30 AM10:30

Light Up Art

Design a picture that glows. Incorporate LED lights to make your design shine. You bring the imagination and we will provide the rest. Learn about electricity, conductivity and circuits while creating a one of a kind piece of art. Ages 7 and up. Registration required.

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Friday Film
Jan
4
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

RBG

An intimate portrait of the exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - exploring how her early legal battles changed the world for women. Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. 1 hour, 38 minutes

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Jan
10
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
Adriana is courted by many but loves only Maurizio, who adores her in return. When Maurizio tries to extricate himself from his previous lover, the Princess of Bouillon discovers that Adriana is her rival and takes desperate measures of her own. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Friday Film
Jan
18
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Tag

One month every year, five highly competitive friends (Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress) hit the ground running for a no-holds-barred game of tag -- risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take one another down. This time, the game coincides with the wedding of the only undefeated player (Jeremy Renner). What should be an easy target soon becomes an all-out war as he knows they're coming to get him. 1 hour, 40 minutes

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Page Turners
Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller

Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding, but silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe fire. So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast. 438 pages

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Jan
31
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Bizet’s Carmen.
Love is a wild bird… Steadfast Don José breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen but the capricious gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo. Although she has ruined his life Don José adores her still, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Page Turners
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. A portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America. 287 pages

 

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment.
Orphaned as a small child and raised by an entire army regiment, the spirited Marie has grown up as the regiment’s ‘daughter’, raising morale and spreading joy. Local man Tonio falls in love with her and even joins the army for her sake, but a chance encounter with a noblewoman sparks a sudden revelation, and a tale of secret identities, long-lost family and murky pasts unfolds.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

 

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Page Turners
Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Moonglow by Michael Chabon 

Unfolding as a deathbed confession from grandfather to his grandson - a gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century. 430 pages

 

 

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Mar
28
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Wagner’s Die Walküre
When love-struck twins Siegmund and Sieglinde find each other at last, Siegmund promises to release Sieglinde from her forced marriage by killing her husband, Hunding. The god Wotan instructs Valkyrie warrior Brünnhilde to defend Hunding but, moved by the twins’ devotion, Brünnhilde disobeys, instead forging an alliance with Sieglinde that will have far-reaching consequences for them both. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Page Turners
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Leavers by Lisa Ko

With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is adopted by two white professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. 352 pages

 

 

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
May
9
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.
At the start of the French Revolution shy Blanche becomes a novice nun in an convent run by an elderly prioress. Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror but she remains behind, caught between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent. When the nuns are expelled and threatened with death, Blanche must make an agonizing decision. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Page Turners
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. 346 pages

 

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Page Turners
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 

In the 1920s, after oil was discovered beneath their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. 338 pages

 

 

 

 

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The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography

Join author Mike Shalin as he shares his book The Hometown Team.

For Red Sox fans eager to relive the glory days of their favorite players, The Hometown Team enables them to do just that, through the lens of longtime photographer Steve Babineau. From star and support players, to members of the grounds crew, Red Sox staff, alumni, and some opposing players, this book features Fenway's most memorable characters from the past forty years, with behind-the-scenes images of the ballpark during that time as well.

This scrapbook-style book features fun and insightful commentary from veteran sportswriter Mike Shalin and images of the following BoSox legends: Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester, Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon, Mookie Betts, and many more.

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College Financial Planning Workshop
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

College Financial Planning Workshop

Join Susan Allen for an Educational College Scholarship and Financial Aid workshop that will focus on college-bound high school sophomores, juniors, and last minute seniors. Learn how most families who thought they could never qualify for financial aid based on their high income or high assets can become eligible for aid. Understand cost effective options to fund college, and how to avoid costly pitfalls without putting  a strain on your retirement and the rest of your family finances. 

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Friday Film
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Stronger

Based on a true story. A man loses both of his legs when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, he is able to help law enforcement identify one of the suspects, but his own battle is just beginning. With unwavering support from his family and girlfriend, he embarks on a long and heroic journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation. 1 hour, 56 mintues

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The UFO Experience
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

The UFO Experience

Attorney Dyke Spear presents analysis of the UFO phenomenon. He is a spokesperson and field investigator for the CT Chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). For the last 35 years Attorney Spear has interacted, researched and conferred with the leading UFO researchers in the world.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Nov
1
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Muhly’s Marnie.
A young woman lies, cheats, and steals her way through life, propelled by compulsions she can neither control nor understand. A wealthy man catches her red-handed and blackmails her into marrying him. Will the secrets in her past send her to jail or set her free? Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Other Worldly Words
Oct
25
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Monster by A. Lee Martinez.

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Oct
25
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.
California, the Gold Rush in 1849. Bar owner Minnie is no pushover; she looks after a crew of rough miners while fending off the unwanted attentions of the local sheriff.  When a mysterious stranger walks into the bar, it looks as if her life is about to change but the newcomer is not what he seems, and Minnie finds herself facing deadly peril. Boasting gunfights, poker games, and stagecoach robbers, La Fanciulla del West combines the action of a great adventure with the emotional punch of Italian opera. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Passport Services @ the Enfield Public Library
Oct
23
3:00 PM15:00

Passport Services @ the Enfield Public Library

Can't get to the post office?  You can come here to get your passport instead. This program is in conjunction with the Hartford Public Library's Passport Services.  $110 fee for the Passport application and $35 for the execution fee. If you need a photo taken it is an additional $15.  

Passport cards are available and valid for travel by land and by sea only.
Adult card fee: $30; Under Age 16: $15

 

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The Great American Songbook & Singers with Russ Salk
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

The Great American Songbook & Singers with Russ Salk

Spend the evening listening to some great music. Russ will play musical recordings and lecture on their place in our musical culture. You'll hear some rare but outstanding performances of standards, known as the Great American Songbook. You probably know the names George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Russ will introduce you to a whole world of composers and lyricists beyond that. Among the singers you will hear are Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Peggy Lee, with some Big Band and breezy jazz thrown into the mix.

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Friday Film
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Game Night

A hyper competitive couple’s weekly game night with friends gets kicked up a notch when the brother arranges a murder mystery party -- complete with fake thugs and federal agents. The fictional murder-mystery game turns into a real-life kidnapping. And the friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night. 1 hour, 40 minutes

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Oct
18
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

Mike Cascia will lecture on Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.
Blessed with immense physical strength, leader of the Hebrews, Samson is sworn to defend his people and his faith from the Philistines.  Formidable leader though he is, his heart is tender and when Philistine Dalila sets out to seduce him, he is powerless against her wiles. He reveals to Dalila the secret of his strength and immediately his fate is sealed. Imprisoned, blinded, and humiliated, can Samson ever atone for his folly?  Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.

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Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA
Oct
17
3:00 PM15:00

Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA

Guest speaker, TJ Pridell, with ReferenceUSA will be hosting an interactive lead generation marketing seminar catering to the Enfield business community.  To accommodate the needs of business owners, sales & marketing representatives and job seekers, Enfield Public Library is offering a service called ReferenceUSA, an online provider of business and consumer research.

 ReferenceUSA helps library users create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand & grow their book of business. The online database provides real-time access to more than 44 million businesses and 280 million consumers.

Enfield Public Library cardholders may access this resource from within the library or at home or work with Internet access. The database features seven detailed modules of information: “US Business”, “US New Business”, “US Consumers/Lifestyles”, “US Standard White Pages”, “US Healthcare”, “US New Movers/Homeowners”, & “US Jobs & Internships”.

Users can select a location and radius to search through a database of millions of businesses and locate direct business contact names. Many entries also include links to job postings.

Students can utilize ReferenceUSA to find articles for research on businesses and find data summaries to profile neighborhoods, cities and states, as well as researching demographics by business type, sizes and median income.

Users can access ReferenceUSA at https://www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org under “Research < Databases < Business & Law < ReferenceUSA” Members may log in by typing in their active library card number.  For more information, please contact the Reference Department at 860-763-7511.

Please join us to learn more about how you can assist your business in establishing and growing your book of business with ReferenceUSA!

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Page Turners
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan
This inspiring memoir by the Gold Star parent and captivating DNC speaker is the story of one family's pursuit of the American dream and why-especially in these tumultuous times-we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most. An intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it's like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment.  288 pages

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Meet the Author: Geoffrey Craig
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Geoffrey Craig

Join Geoffrey as he shares his book One-Eyed Man and Other Stories. This collection of 21 stories is organized into five sections, each with from one to six stories loosely focused on a particular place/time and set of characters. The Blue Heron Lake stories follow a community of Latino workers who eventually attempt to make their town a sanctuary city. The Brandon Forsythe stories feature a talented African American man wrongfully imprisoned. Unemployable as an ex-con, he becomes a successful drug lord. The Carmichael stories feature two generations of Swedish immigrants in upstate New York, facing--or avoiding--the challenges which industrialization and automation create. The Snake stories, set in 1920s South Carolina, provide disturbing, unforgettable images of Jim Crow at work. And the stand-alone story, Morocco, we believe, will convince readers that travel can help heal the deepest of wounds.

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Book Chat
Oct
10
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave.

n a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.

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