The Opioid Epidemic: History, Causes, and How We Can End It Dr. Michael Saxe joins us at the Enfield Public Library for a discussion.
The Friends of the Library welcomes author Nan Rossiter. Following the Friends meeting, the NYT bestselling author will discuss her latest book, Summer Dance.
Other Worldly Words Level Grind by Annie Bellet Join Lisa Sprague for a
discussion about the book.
Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.
Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho, hiding from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers--her ex-boyfriend Samir. Yet when dark powers threaten her friends' lives, Jade must save them by using magic. But as soon as she does, her nemesis will find her and she won't be able to stand up against him when he comes.
THE MAGIC OF COMMUNICATION
All successful people know the role communication plays in life. How one communicates with self and others is the key to a fulfilled life. Former illusionist Greg Dwyer will share secrets with you on how to create real magic in your life. Based on neuroscience and a little storytelling, Greg will entertain and educate you on the magic of communication.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Bellini's Norma. A great way to experience the wonders of opera without leaving Enfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Bellini's Norma is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self. The title role demands dramatic vocal power combined with the agility and technique of a coloratura singer. It is a daunting challenge that few can rise to: those who have are part of operatic lore.
Peter Biedermann began focusing on performing original solo instrumentals beginning in 2000. The music is now being presented in intimate settings such as libraries, art galleries, house concerts, churches. PB will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording 'Tales From The Desert' on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50+ years.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The LIfeboat by Charlotte Rogan.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. A great way to experience the wonders of opera without leaving Enfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte is a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism—was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score.
The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion with Michael Zacchea
Meet the Author Michael Zacchea
The Ragged Edge is Zacchea’s deeply personal and powerful account of hopeful determination, of brotherhood and betrayal, and of cultural ignorance and misunderstanding. It sheds light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight murderous insurgents and terrorists, precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any other time in US history. He will have books available for sale and signing.
Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of When Breath Becomes
Air by Paul Kalanithi.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
Remembering the Shakers on the 100th Anniversary of Their Departure from Enfield with Stephen Paterwic
Although the Shakers sold most of their remaining land to a tobacco syndicate in November, 1914, Church Family members decided to remain on the property. The continuing decline of Shakerism made this impossible, and they decided to join other Shaker communities where their presence was needed. Consequently, the last handful of Shakers left Enfield on October 15 and 16, 1917. Today, after so much passage of time the Shaker presence is vague to most residents of Enfield. This presentation will highlight a look at the people and places that visitors would have seen if they visited the Shakers from 1875 until 1910. Issues that plagued the society will also be discussed and there will be ample time for questions.
Stephen Paterwic has been studying the Shakers for over 50 years and is a well-known speaker and author. He is a trustee of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine, home to the remaining Shakers. He is also a corporator of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.
Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. Robert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer's patient. The world that he remembers was much as we know it today. Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near-fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it.
Join Mike Cascia as he lectures on Adès’ The Exterminating Angel. A great way to experience the wonders of opera without leaving Enfield. Sponsored by the Friends of the Enfield Library.
The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.
Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.
Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.
Connecticut: Rock 'n' Roll: A History with Author Tony Renzoni
Tony will discuss his book and leads a sonic trip that captures the spirit and zenith of the local scene. He will have books available for sale and signing.
Crosstalk by Connie WillisJoin 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.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Join Sam Lee for a discussion of the novel.
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Join Katie Werth for a discussion.
The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.
Other Worldly Words The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi Join Lisa for a discussion. New members are always welcome.
Jean le Flambeur gets up in the morning and has to kill himself before his other self can kill him first. Just another day in the Dilemma Prison. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is a currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turned-singularity lights the night. Meanwhile, investigator Isidore Beautrelet, called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, finds himself on the trail of an arch-criminal, a man named le Flambeur....
Page Turners The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George This novel is for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives. Join Sam for a discussion. New members are always welcome.
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
Author Robert Ernest Hubbard will discuss the life of Major General Israel Putnam, a colorful
figure of 18th-century America.