Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Dec
13
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

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Festival of Trees
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Festival of Trees

Join us for the opening reception of our gallery of handmade trees.  Enjoy a musical performance and a visit from Jingles, Santa’s favorite elf while you browse the trees.  Pick up your Winter Playcation Kit from Enfield Plays On and enjoy the playful idea of the day over winter vacation. This event is sponsored by the Enfield Culture and Arts Commission, Jo Ann Walk, State Farm and the Enfield Public Library.  Drop-in

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Meet the Author: Eileen Albrizio
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Eileen Albrizio

There are ghosts in the tree who would kill to get home.

Unable to crawl out of her grief after losing her youngest child to leukemia, Mercy Amoretto, mother of four, takes her therapist's advice and starts to clean out the clutter in her life. In the garage, she finds an old tire and rope and, in a fanciful moment, creates a tire swing. Unknown to her, the rope, the tire, and the tree share a violent history. Once they are connected, that history is unleashed in the form of two child spirits from decades past. 

EILEEN ALBRIZIO is a former ABC and NPR radio news host and journalist. During her tenure, she earned numerous first-prize honors for her news and features from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's a graduate of the CT School of Broadcasting and has earned a BFA in Theatre and an MA in English. She is the author of numerous volumes of short literature, which include poetry, plays, and short stories. Her debut novel THE WINDSOME TREE: a ghost story has received much critical acclaim. Her book of shorts THE BOX UNDER THE BED won the 2015 Paranormal Poetry and Prose Prize. Her other writings have won many awards and have been nominated for many more. She's a two-time recipient of the Greater Hartford Arts Council fellowship for poetry. A freelance creative writing teacher, she's taught at conferences and institutions across the Northeast, including at the York Correctional Institute, CT's maximum-security prison for women. She and her husband Wayne Horgan have owned and operated Heroes & Hitters, a comic book store in Rocky Hill, CT, since 1989.



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Friday Film
Dec
21
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Ocean’s 8

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

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Matica Circus
Dec
27
10:30 AM10:30

Matica Circus

In this family-friendly, acro-comedic act, Matica Arts will perform acts of daring and tremendous skill. Witness with awe extreme unicycling, club juggling, and more. Audience participation is a must. Ages 4 and up. Free tickets available at the library starting December 17th.

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Light Up Art
Dec
28
10:30 AM10:30

Light Up Art

Design a picture that glows. Incorporate LED lights to make your design shine. You bring the imagination and we will provide the rest. Learn about electricity, conductivity and circuits while creating a one of a kind piece of art. Ages 7 and up. Registration required.

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Friday Film
Jan
4
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

RBG

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

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Book Chat
Jan
9
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Katie for a discussion of The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over . . .

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An Evening with Cameron Sutphin
Jan
9
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Cameron Sutphin

This winter Cameron Sutphin will head out on a Solo Acoustic New England Tour in support of his Nashville Recorded EP Heartbreak Town.  Cameron has toured throughout the United States, performing in over half of the country.

Transcending the genre of folk Americana, Cameron's music echoes inspiration from singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young – combining simple melodies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of his own.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Jan
10
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

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Techno Topic: Digital Data Detox - Part I
Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Techno Topic: Digital Data Detox - Part I

Have you installed too many apps and clicked “I Agree” without really knowing what you’re agreeing to? Feeling out of control with your digital life? Have ads on your social media gone from annoying to creepy? Then it’s time for a digital data detox. In this 2-part series over two months, Reference Librarian Sam Lee will guide you through the steps to begin your digital data detox. Start 2019 in control of your digital life.

Part 1 is on Monday, January 14th and Part 2 will take place February 11th.

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Meet the Poet: Cindy Lurie
Jan
16
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Poet: Cindy Lurie

Buried Feet is a rich mix of haiku and free verse poetry for adult readers.  This engaging volume takes  mundane, everyday things and elevates them to an inviting read.

“Cindy Lurie weaves her enchanting imageries and language from first poem to last. Her style of stanza poetry along with Haiku poetry, gives the reader a look at her extensive command of alliteration and syntax that works perfectly within the depth of each poem, whether it’s about human nature, or the seemingly mundane, she gave me a rare view on how everything we come into contact with deserves appreciation. This is a most inviting read that I didn’t want to end.” ~ Elizabeth Szewczyk, Fragments of Survival

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Friday Film
Jan
18
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Tag

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

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The Great American Songbook & Singers with Russ Salk
Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

The Great American Songbook & Singers with Russ Salk

Spend the afternoon 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.

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Page Turners
Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller

Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding, but silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter’s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has his mother’s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe fire. So when the Book at the root of the bakery’s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it—along the way encountering an unforgettable cast. 438 pages

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Jan
31
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

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Other Worldly Words
Jan
31
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Lisa for a discussion of What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they -- like you -- would be better off not knowing.

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Friday Film
Feb
1
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Crazy Rich Asians

Based on the best-selling book. A woman (Constance Wu) accompanies her longtime boyfriend (Henry Golding) to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s surprised to learn that he’s considered the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, she fights off jealous socialites and a disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh). 2 hours.

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Copy of Techno Topic: Digital Data Detox - Part II
Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Copy of Techno Topic: Digital Data Detox - Part II

Have you installed too many apps and clicked “I Agree” without really knowing what you’re agreeing to? Feeling out of control with your digital life? Have ads on your social media gone from annoying to creepy? Then it’s time for a digital data detox. In this 2-part series over two months, Reference Librarian Sam Lee will guide you through the steps to begin your digital data detox. Start 2019 in control of your digital life.

Part 1 is on Monday, January 14th and Part 2 will take place February 11th.

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Book Chat
Feb
13
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

A Swedish woman who arrives in Iowa to learn that her pen pal has just died opens a bookstore in the woman's honor and makes choices that threaten to bring secrets to light as she attempts to share her love of reading with the locals.

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So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During WWII
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During WWII

Co-author Alison O’Leary will share the true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II—and an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Crossrecipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board.

Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued—and each family member had to find their own path to survival.

An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.

Alison O'Leary is a former reporter for the Boston Globe, a magazine editor, and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in publications across the country.

Michael J. Tougias is the author of more than ten books, including Overboard!, The Finest Hours (with Casey Sherman), Fatal Forecast, and Ten Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy aboard the Can Do.

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Page Turners
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. A portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America. 287 pages

 

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“ADVENTURES IN LIKING MY LOOKS: ‘NORMAL’ MUST BE SO BORING!”
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

“ADVENTURES IN LIKING MY LOOKS: ‘NORMAL’ MUST BE SO BORING!”

Susan Cummings’ will present her one-woman show, “Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal Must Be So Boring!” The show, already performed in numerous venues in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, is a fun, spirited, sometimes poignant journey to discovering that her non-“normal” body is beautiful, and that someone else might find her beautiful too. Cummings’ journey takes her to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to art therapy and ballroom dance lessons, to London. A certain green vine turns out to be pivotal. Cummings tells her story with the help of over 12 characters and a bit of music.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

 

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Other Worldly Words
Feb
28
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.

An empire of star systems, connected by an extradimensional conduit called the Flow, is threatened by eventual extinction as it appears to be breaking down. 

 

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Friday Film
Mar
1
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Bohemian Rhapsody

Based on the true story of Queen’s journey from the start of a rock band to their now legendary 1985 performance at the Live Aid concert. Chronicling the lead singer’s (Rami Malek) journey from outcast immigrant to becoming a beloved and world-famous artist. 2 hours, 14 minutes.

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Book Chat
Mar
13
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals more than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

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Friday Film
Mar
15
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Breathe

After contracting polio at the age of 28, a man (Andrew Garfield) is confined to bed and given only months to live. With help, he emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. 1 hour, 57 minutes.

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Page Turners
Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Moonglow by Michael Chabon 

Unfolding as a deathbed confession from grandfather to his grandson - a gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century. 430 pages

 

 

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Mar
28
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

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Other Worldly Words
Mar
28
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty.

On the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed skill. She makes her living swindling Ottoman nobles, hoping to one day earn enough to change her fortunes.

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Friday Film
Mar
29
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Goodbye Christopher Robin *Bonus*

A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. 1 hour, 47 minutes.

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Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA

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!

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Book Chat
Apr
10
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle.

Clare Cosi’s new friend has an offer no New York barista could turn down: an all-expenses-paid summer away from the sticky city. At his Hamptons mansion, she’ll relax, soak up the sun, and, oh yes, train the staff of his new restaurant. Clare packs up her family for what she hopes will be one de-latte-ful summer…Her plans quickly change when there’s a murder in the house!

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Page Turners
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Leavers by Lisa Ko

With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is adopted by two white professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind. 352 pages

 

 

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Other Worldly Words
Apr
25
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Jade City by Fonda Lee.

Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

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Book Chat
May
8
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman.

Forced to take her life in a new direction when an injury ends her ballet career, Emma returns to her home in Australia and learns that she has inherited an isolated sheep station from a late grandmother who would impart key lessons about love and motherhood.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
May
9
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

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Page Turners
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. 346 pages

 

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Book Chat
Jun
12
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

Join Assistant Director Katie Werth for a discussion of Himself by Jess Kidd.

Twenty-six years after he was abandoned at an orphanage, Mahony returns to the rural Irish village he was born in, determined to discover the truth, after receiving a mysterious note suggesting his mother met foul play.

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Page Turners
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

Join Reference Librarian Sam Lee for a discussion of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 

In the 1920s, after oil was discovered beneath their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. 338 pages

 

 

 

 

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Other Worldly Words
Jun
27
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

As a swollen red sun grows ever closer to annihilating the Earth, decadent magicians compete for the technology of an ancient age — a science now known as magic.

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Other Worldly Words
Jul
25
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

 A huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space.

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Other Worldly Words
Aug
29
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty.

Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

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Other Worldly Words
Sep
26
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North.

The only book you need if you're going back in time. What would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past. . . and then broke?

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Other Worldly Words
Oct
24
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

Join Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy.

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Other Worldly Words
Dec
19
6:45 PM18:45

Other Worldly Words

oin Public Services Librarian Lisa Sprague for a discussion of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.

Raised by Martians on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith is a human who has never seen another member of his species. Sent to Earth, he is a stranger who must learn what it is to be a man. 

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Book Chat
Dec
12
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

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.

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The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch is hoping to give Connecticut residents a chance to explore every municipality in the State of Conn. with his new book, Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut.

Martin Podskoch, a retired reading teacher from Delhi, NY and now lives in East Hampton, Conn. has compiled interesting information for his new Connecticut Travel Guide Book on the 169 towns, cities and villages in the State of Connecticut in the hopes of encouraging people to visit them all.

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Page Turners
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

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

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Friday Film
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

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

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Other Worldly Words
Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Other Worldly Words

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?

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Page Turners
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Page Turners

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

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Friday Film
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Black Panther

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

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Meet the Author: Barbara A. Lawrence
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Barbara A. Lawrence

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.

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Book Chat
Nov
14
2:30 PM14:30

Book Chat

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.

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The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography

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.

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College Financial Planning Workshop
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

College Financial Planning Workshop

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. 

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Friday Film
Nov
2
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Film

Stronger

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

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The UFO Experience
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

The UFO Experience

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.

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Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia
Nov
1
2:30 PM14:30

Metropolitan Opera Adventures with Mike Cascia

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.

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