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
To register please visit: http://enfieldbizstartup.eventbrite.com/?s=84125655
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
To register please visit: http://enfieldbizstartup.eventbrite.com/?s=84125655
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.
Summer is the perfect time to start eating healthier. Join Jacqui Campbell, MS, RD, CDN for this informative program.
Jacqui Campbell MS, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and has been credentialed since 2013. Jacqui enjoys working with all ages and health concerns. She has significant experience working with individuals with eating disorders as well as food allergies/intolerances, diabetes, heart disease, GI issues, and more.
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.
An Ice Age Odyssey: The Pope Mastodon’s Epic Journey Through Life, Death, Storage Crates and Museums
In August of 1913, workmen digging a ditch on the Hill-Stead estate of A.A. Pope in Farmington uncovered the remains of a mastodon. The huge bones were excavated by a crew of scientists from the Yale Peabody Museum, where the mastodon was taken for conservation and study. Shortly thereafter it ended up in storage back in Farmington where it was largely forgotten for decades. In the late 1970s, the Institute for American Indian Studies tracked down the mastodon at Yale, arranged an extended loan, and placed it on exhibit. A decade later, the mastodon was transferred back to Yale and then the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. Ignored again for decades, the scientific significance of the remains was recently brought back to public attention when a successful radiocarbon date on a tusk fragment was conducted indicating that “Old Longtooth” passed away about 14,500 years ago. This talk summarizes the Pope Mastodon’s epic journey and his (or her) continuing importance to understanding Connecticut’s ancient environment and history. Program is presented by Brian Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist.
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?
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
Free Data training geared toward non-profits and community agencies, but anyone is welcome to attend.
This is the CT Data Academy's introductory session designed to expand data literacy.
Participants come away with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life.
My Music Book: The Poetry of Larry Toussaint Garlington.
This collection of poems spans many moods, but is set by music. If you listen closely, you can hear the rhythms and melodies of songs that moved us to "Tears", made us "Smile", pleaded that we "Open Our Eyes", asked "What's Going On" and in the words of Mother Mary, "Let It Be". You can view these songs alongside the poems that they themselves inspired. This is a tribute to the great artists and composers of some of the most treasured productions of all time. The poems written for this collection serve as appreciation for those efforts. You're invited to hum along, read along, and settle in, as you peruse the varied moods of My Music Book.
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.
The Great American Read movie tie-in! Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over. (2 hours, 4 minute)
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
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.
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….
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 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.
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 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.
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 the Friends of the Enfield Library for a meeting and author visit.
Susannah Hardy is the author of the Greek to Me Mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime. If you like your mysteries cozy, culinary, and a little bit crazy, you’re going to love Georgie and the gang at Bonaparte Bay.
As Sadie Hartwell, Susannah also writes the Tangled Web Mysteries from Kensington.
Suze is a member of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Romance Writers of America and the Connecticut Chapter of RWA. Susannah is originally from Northern New York State (Way north! Only a few miles from the Canadian border), graduated from St. Lawrence University, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenage son, and Elvira the Wonder Cat.