The 15:17 to Paris
Based off the real-life story, on August 2015, three American tourists subdue a terrorist aboard a Thalys train headed to Paris. This docudrama chronicles their lifelong friendship and the numerous choices that prepared them to act quickly in the face of sudden danger saving more than 500 passengers on board. 1 hour, 34 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
Set in the deteriorating north end of Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1950s and early ’60s, Surviving Remnant is Hanna Perlstein Marcus’ sequel to her award-winning memoir, Sidonia’s Thread. In Surviving Remnant, she recreates her childhood community of ambitious, humorous, and resilient immigrant refugees who occupy an apartment building, eager to adapt to their new homeland and build new lives for themselves and their children in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Roses and Rot by Kat Howard.
Imogen and her sister Marin escape their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, whether it be art or love.
After a senator (Jason Clark) drives his car off of a bridge on Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island and kills his passenger/28 year-old campaign strategist (Kate Mara), he tries to protect his presidential aspirations by using his family's political power to control the subsequent scandal. The ongoing investigation into the mysterious and scandalous events forever alters his political legacy -- and ultimately changes the course of presidential history. 1 hour, 46 minutes
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham.
Based on fact, describes the story of Mary Surratt, who ran a small boarding house where her son brought spies, secessionists and future confederates, including the charming actor John Wilkes Booth, and may have been involved in Lincoln's assassination.
This workshop will cover the entire writing and publishing process from how to develop ideas, story structure and creation of atmosphere/location, how to put together a chapter, character development, creating authentic dialogue, the flow of the book and how to hold readers’ interest. Common problems like overcoming writer’s block will be addressed. The how’s and why’s of publishing will also be covered from self-publishing to finding an agent, to using small publishing houses, to marketing including press releases and author events to increase book sales. Writing prompts will also be used. The purpose of the workshop is to help people who want to write but don’t know how to go about it and for those that have written something and need to know how to move ahead.
Ed Londergan is a freelance writer and editor, storyteller, writing coach, workshop teacher and amateur colonial historian.
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
The Fourth Son is a work of historical fiction following the young son of a French noble family from France into colonial America. Mr. Brown uses his extensive knowledge of history and geography to fill this work with rich and authentic details about early colonial America. Brien will have books available for sale and signing.
The Leisure Seeker
Traveling in their family Leisure Seeker vintage recreational vehicle, husband (Donald Sutherland) and wife (Helen Mirren) take one last road trip from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys before his Alzheimer's and her cancer can catch up with them. I hour, 52 minutes
Join the Friends of the Library as they welcome special guest author R.C. Goodwin. He will share his award winning collection of short stories, The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells.
Nicholas Valiarde is the greatest thief in all of Ile-Rien. He assumes the guise of a master criminal, stealing jewels from wealthy nobles to finance his quest for vengeance
The Enfield Public Library is now part of the national network that connects nonprofits with the resources they need to thrive. Librarian Sam will be demonstrating Foundation Directory Online – a grant research tool containing profiles of more than 140,000 grantmaking organizations.
Mike Cascia will lecture on Verdi’s Aida.
An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
The lives of four lifelong friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen) are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey," catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices. With each of them in a different romantic situation, the women gather inspiration and tips for the bedroom and try new things later in life. 1 hour, 44 minutes
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.
Returning to the hometown of her youth after a failed marriage, Willa struggles to find her place in a community where she no longer feels like she belongs, uncovers a sixty-year family feud, and falls for a strangely secretive man.
In May 2017, Corinne Smith found her mother's stash of more than 100 letters from 16 servicemen she had corresponded with in 1944-1945. Corinne began to trace the soldiers' family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children. This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence. It revisits a time that we may not want to forget. And it may prompt others to wonder for themselves what treasures lurk in their own old family boxes, and how they can share the information with others.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A hard-nosed mother (Frances McDormand) is seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, she puts up three roadside signs to goad Ebbing police chief into action. But the law - and especially hot-headed deputy (Sam Rockwell) - don't take kindly to the provocation. And the townsfolk are on their side. But mom doesn't care about ruffling a few feathers. In fact, she's happy to pluck the whole bird. 1 hour, 55 minutes
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Dawn by Octavia Butler.
Lilith awoke from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. They had saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased strength, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth--but for a price.
Ever wanted to try a trumpet? Violin? Now is your chance, The Musical Petting Zoo from the Springfield Symphony is an informative, hands on exhibit of musical instruments. Ages 5 and up Space is limited, Free ticket required. Ticket available at the library beginning July 23rd.
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 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.
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
Mike Cascia will show and lecture about the complete opera movie, Mefistofele by Italian composer Arrigo Boito. The story of the opera is based on the two part play Faust by the famous German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The plot involves an old man who has spent his life in pursuit of knowledge and disgusted, sells his soul to the devil to regain his youth and to experience all he missed in his original life span. Faust and the devil (called Mefistofele in the novel and the opera) have many adventures which makes for a fascinating experience. The opera is filled with one glorious melody after another with plenty of chorus, love affairs and pageantry.
Mefistofele will be part of the Metropolitan Opera repertory for the 2018-2019 season, but it will not be seen at the Met HD Cinema broadcasts. Here is a chance to see this rarely performed opera.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Julia Keller's A Killing in the Hills.
Prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins and her estranged teenage daughter, Carla, try to protect their town and each other in the aftermath of a shocking triple murder committed by an unknown shooter whose identity is gradually realized by Carla.
Introducing Foundation Center
The Enfield Public Library is now a proud partner of the Funding Information Network providing access to world-class database Foundation Directory Online. Reference Librarian Sam will demonstrate how to research funding sources for nonprofit organizations seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant-making public charities. Foundation Directory Online is the premier searchable database that provides information on more than 100,000 grant-makers.