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.
Set against the backdrop of the 17th-century Tulip Wars, a married noblewoman (Alicia Vikander) has an affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) and switches identities with her maid to escape the wealthy merchant she married. She and her lover try to raise money together by investing what little they have in the high-stakes tulip market. (1 hour, 47 minutes)
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….
Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting, hand-painted by 125 professional oil painters. The film was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is the interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent's famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. (1 hour, 35 minutes)
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.
Battle of the Sexes
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. (2 hours, 1 minute)
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.
READY: Basics of Business Startup--Covers what you need to consider and prepare for in the early stages. Presented by: Moraima Gutierrez, SBA
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SET: Essentials of becoming credit-ready – Where to get money; five C’s of Credit; how to prepare a business loan application. Presented by: Moraima Gutierrez, SBA
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During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Churchill withstands his darkest hour to rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. (2 hours, 5 minutes)
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.
Teenager Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson (Saoirse Ronan) navigates a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf). Over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school, she longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. 1 hour, 34 minutes
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.
Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. 2 hours, 10 minutes
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.
Talented figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. Her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband (Sebastian Stan) conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces Harding to withdraw from the national championship. Harding's life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she's forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history. 2 hours
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.
After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras leave México and come to America. But upon settling at Redwood Apartments, a two-story cinderblock complex just off a highway in Delaware, they discover that Maribel's recovery--the piece of the American Dream on which they've pinned all their hopes--will not be easy. Every task seems to confront them with language, racial, and cultural obstacles. 286 pages
Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper -- The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers -- and very freedom -- to help bring long-buried truths to light. I hour, 57 minutes
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob.
When brain surgeon Thomas Eapen decides to cut short a visit to his mother's home in India in 1979, he sets into motion a series of events that will forever haunt him and his wife, Kamala; their intellectually precocious son, Akhil; and their watchful daughter, Amina. 512 pages
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Heirs by Susan Rieger.
An upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch. Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. 254 pages
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
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
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
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 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.
Rescheduled from Thursday, March 8 at 2:30 pm.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)
This program was rescheduled from Thursday, February 8.
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.