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.
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.
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.
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 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 us for an uplifting, participatory storytelling event with master drummer Craig Norton. Children contribute to the program by playing, singing and dancing along. Ages 5 an up Free tickets will be available at the library beginning October 29th.
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.
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.
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.
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 Michael Alimo of USA Financial for this informative workshop. He will help you navigate crucial retirement decisions.
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?
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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!
Crocodilians and turtles have been around for more that 100 million years. We will learn about how these fascinating reptiles adapted and evolved into the animals we see today. Meet a crocodile, alligator, turtle, tortoise and an 80 pound swamp monster! Ages 5 and up. Free tickets will be available beginning October 9th.
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 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.
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
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 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.
Combining archival audio, rare film, well-researched storytelling, and collective music making, percussionist and author of The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (2014, 2017); Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (2016); and Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time, and Americana Music (May 2018), Craig Harris leads this informative journey from old-time Appalachian fiddlers and bluegrass pioneers to newgrass innovators and beyond.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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 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.
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